Arctic wildlife and nature, Lofoton to Tromsø
Join: Svolvær, Sunday July 23, afternoon.
Leave: Tromsø, Sunday July 30, morning.
We start the trip by sailing north through the Lofoten Mountains, mooring in the bays of Hinnøya and hiking to the top of Vesterålen’s highest mountain, Møsalen. Heading further north we round the Andøya island with waters rich with marine life and ideal for spotting whales, including killer whales. We then set sail towards the spectacular mountain range of Senja, stopping to seek haven at the idyllic Hamn of the Berg Fjord, where you can enjoy a sauna, hot tub and great food. The trip ends with a day’s sail to Tromso, the ‘Paris of the North’.
Arrival day – sailing from Svolvær to Syddalspollen
Afternoon sail to Syddalspollen or Laukvik islands, north of Henningsvær. Anchor for the night. The Laukvik islands are an important area for seabirds. In the evening we will try to arrange an audio-adventure listening to the sounds of the sea.
Monday – listening for whales, orcas and dolphins, and sail into the Lonkan-fjord
If the weather allows in the morning we will listen for whales, orcas and dolphins. We will fish for our lunch and eat on board. After lunch we set sail northwards for Hinnøya and Lonkanfjord. Lonkanfjord is the best starting point for the hike through the Møysalen National Park to Møysalen peak the next day.
Tuesday – hike to the top of Møysalen
In the morning we set out towards the top of Møysalen – possibly the most beautiful hike in all of northern Norway. This mountain’s peak is 1262 metres above sea level, the highest in Lofoten. Back down at the boats in the afternoon we sail north towards Vesterålen and Andøya. Depending on the wind conditions we dock for the night by anchor in the harbour. Depending on the weather we may get all the way out to Stø, on the northernmost point of Langøya in Vesterålen. Stø is a small and interesting fishing village almost in the ocean.
Wednesday – sailing, surfing, kayaking or hiking at Bleik, Andøya
In the morning we continue further north on the western side of Andøya, where the mountain rises straight up above the long and charming beaches. At Bleik we can kayak, surf or swim, and we may also hike among the 3000-year-old hunting pits used by our ancestors in the Stone Age. Bleik also offers a very pleasant atmosphere in the village itself. And Café Jakobine at Bleik is the most charming coffee shop in all of Vesterålen!
Thursday – whale and sea-bird safari at Andøya – and sail to Senja
After breakfast we continue north along the inner fairway of Andøya. On the way we will pass Bleik island nature reserve, an important nesting area for puffins and other seabirds.
From Andenes a whale guide joins us from Andenes Sea-Safari and we head northwards to the place where the seabed rises from 2000 metres to 100 metres, and where whales meet and eat. This is the best place to spot whales.
In the afternoon we continue our sail northwards with a trip to Senja, and the ideal harbour of Hamn with its great restaurant and unique submarine hot-tub.
Friday – hike at the mountains around Hamn and a visit at the Kråke-Castle (Kråkeeslottet)
In the morning you can hike, kayak or surf in the inner pool of Hamn. Early afternoon we sail into Bergsjorden for a visit to the castle called Kråkeslottet. This space, previously used for fish-landing, is now made into an important cultural institution at Senja.
Saturday – full sail day to Tromsø
After breakfast we set sail for the last time, and head for Tromsø; the Paris of the north. We may catch some fish on the way. In the evening we prepare a great last meal on board or go out for dinner. We then explore the city of Tromsø either in an urban way by restaurants and pubs or by a midnight hike to one of the surrounding mountaintops.
Sunday – breakfast and return home
From the Paris of the north the possibilities for further explorations are plentiful.
This is a rough programme as an ambition for the week. As we sail along we’ll adapt to weather conditions and there might be changes in the programme. The aim however remains the same: to have the most amazing week possible.