Norway, Aurora Borealis, Hike & Kayak & Sail

From
Tromso, Norway
Price
$3,150

Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

Shared cabins with porthole and private shower and toilet
Additional $450 supplement for kayaking
Single Cabin $5,355 plus kayaking supplement ($450) 

Duration
8 Days, 7 Nights

Upcoming dates

Duration

8 Days, 7 Nights

Skill Rating
1
Van Supported
No
From

Tromso, Norway

Accommodation
s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Price

$3150

Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

Shared cabins with porthole and private shower and toilet
Additional $450 supplement for kayaking
Single Cabin $5,355 plus kayaking supplement ($450) 

Included
Guides, Voyage aboard the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn. All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea. All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff and The Northwest Passage guide.
Free use of snow shoes and kayaks (all kayak related gear included). All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
AECO fees and governmental taxes.
Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Not Included
Airfare to and from Tromso, ground transfers to and from harbor. Passport and visa expenses. Government arrival and departure taxes. All meals ashore. Personal clothing and accessoriesBaggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended). Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges. The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime Northern Norway adventure. In partnership with our colleagues at Oceanwide Expeditions, aboard the warm and comfortable accommodations of the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn you will experience the stunning Norwegian fjords. The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers unmatched open deck viewing areas especially when under sail. The 2 inflatable zodiacs enable landing and wildlife viewing in otherwise inaccessible areas. On top of this unique sailing experience, we have partnered to explore the remote Northern Norway archipelago by kayak. A truly unique opportunity to expand your paddling skills. A first-class adventure in the stunning backdrop of remote Northern Norway. The dramatic landscape under the low sun and long sunrise/sunset offers great opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but the dark hours will not be wasted: Northern Norway is one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. This amazing phenomenon can only be seen when the sky is dark and clear. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where we stay the night.      

Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

Day 1: Paris of the North
Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. We aim at departing from Tromsø in the evening, sailing through Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden toward the northeast. All passengers are kindly asked to board the vessel by 17:00.

Day 2: Lighting out toward Lyngen
You arrive in the Nord-Lenangen fjord, just under Lyngsfjella (Lyngen Alps), and the ship may stay there for the night. If conditions permit, you may also make a walk along the coast of the fjord, after which evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear, if the sky is clear enough.

Day 3 – 6: Into the Nordic fjords
You then sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and may stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating in the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses where residents store dried cod. (In fact, the town still exports this cod for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau.) Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes.

From Hamnnes, you sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon you find a harbor to spend the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where we might climb the 240-meter-high (788 feet) Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Great hikes can also be made in Burfjord, just 50 km (31 miles) from the northerly town of Alta. During the evenings and nights, there are fine opportunities to see auroras if the sky is clear enough. 

Day 7 – 8: Below the northern lights
Your next objective is to sail back toward the southwest, staying for the night in Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights. In the morning you embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 315-meter-high (1,033 feet) Småvasshaugen. On day seven, you sail back to Tromsø and arrive around midday. You will have enough time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum, or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air. After spending the last night on board, you disembark on day eight (Saturday) with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Our itinerary depends largely on weather conditions and the amount of daylight during the voyage. These conditions dictate the route, sailing hours, and our harbors for the night. We intend to explore the fjords and islands by sail and also on foot. In case of heavier snow, we will use our onboard snowshoes.

In winter the amount of daylight is limited, providing about 10 hours of light by the end of February. The dramatic landscape under the low sun and long sunrise / sunset offers great opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but the dark hours will not be wasted: Northern Norway is one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. This amazing phenomenon can only be seen when the sky is dark and clear. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where we stay the night. During the voyage you may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, and the more-skittish fish otters. Both species are year-round residents of the Norwegian fjords.

 

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789. 

The municipality is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Tromsø is even milder than places much farther south of it elsewhere in the world, such as on the Hudson Bay and in Far East Russia, with the warm-water current allowing for both relatively mild winters and tree growth in spite of its very high latitude.

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