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Various dates available

Arctic Adventure Photography

From £1226 Per person

Deposit Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
This is the trip for those who want to learn how to take awesome pictures during the rawest time of the year in northern Norway.
Clear
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Groups, Individuals, Couples
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
50ft yacht
Vessel length
50ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Double Cabin or twin bunk cabin
Insurance Required
Yes

Snap, pose and explore your way around some of the gorgeous areas of Norway capturing stunning memories on route.

6 nights: Various dates January - February 2021

Fr 16,400 NOK / £1,435 per person*

 Capture the ever-unfolding beauty of this breath-taking arctic landscape in winter as you sail up the coast of northern Norway. Venturing through fjords and past mountains, you will view the stunning scenery from the truly unique vantage point of your yacht. 

From incredible landscape vistas and arctic wildlife to the onboard action as you sail, let your creativity flow as you photograph and sail during the day, using the extraordinary winter light as your filter. Working your way north through the sheltered, intricate inside passages and islands from Bodø to Tromsø, you will anchor in the evening surrounded by wonderful vistas and incredible winter skies, capturing stunning images under the skies at anchor in Sommarøy in one of the best months for viewing the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle.

An experienced skipper will take care of the sailing instruction and navigation, while adventure photographer Thomas Eckhoff will be on hand to share his top tips for capturing that incredible winter light in Norway. Whether you are a professional or amateur, you are welcome to join us in shooting the beautiful surroundings as you explore both onshore and offshore in this magic arctic environment.

Day 1: Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Bodø at 3pm. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. When ready, you will set sail north, heading for a group of islands 16 nautical miles away in Steigen where you will find a sheltered natural bay.

Day 2: Sailing towards Steigen and across the Vestfjord to Lofoten

After breakfast you will sail to Nordskot, Steigen. Here the two norwegian polar explorers, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug have bought each their little island, and you will be able to go ashore and stretch your legs on at least one of them. In the afternoon you will sail over to Lofoten, crossing the Vestfjord in the winter-night.

Day 3: Full day of sailing up to Andøya and Risøyhamn

You will wake up this morning in magical Trollfjord, with its high ranging mountains and peaks. Take a morning swim if you are feeling brave enough before sailing north for about 50nm, shooting the breathtaking scenery as you go.

Day 4: Going to Hamn on Senja – meeting the whales

After breakfast you will continue north towards Senja, approaching the area where whales are abundant this time of year. After another full day of sailing, you will reach the port of Hamn with its hot tub and sauna. Treat yourself this evening and join the crew at dinner in Hamn.

Day 5: Close on the whales in the fjords of Senja

After breakfast you will set sail for Sommarøy (Summer-island), where you will anchor for the night under the northern lights. Relax this evening with a bonfire and warm food as you shoot some of the most stunning scenery.

Day 6: Whale-safari on the outer side of Kvaløya

Continuing from Sommarøy you will now sail the area where herring and whales enter the fjords. Keep a sharp lookout and hopefully you will encounter these majestic creatures.

Day 7:  Last encounters with the whales and afternoon sail into Tromsø

After breakfast, you will have another chance to capture that perfect image of a whale, as you enter another fjord where whale activity is usually very high. Set sail for Tromsø to finish the trip with a well deserved dinner and dancing in a local restaurant.

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Extra crew/photo guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Accommodation on board the whole trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • Use of our shared trip-equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • Personal safety equipment, HH inflatable life vest
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Advice, guidance and practical training on sailing and boating in general. As an active crew member you will be engaged in, and learn to run a boat.
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • Travels to Bodø and back home from Tromsø
  • We do not have our own chef on this trip. As a part of the crew, you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Optional activities where we hire external guides and equipment, such as kayaking, glacier hikes or surfing
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but up to you (normally you don’t need a special insurance to sail)
  • Open to beginner Sailors

Experience & equipment required

You will need to bring your own camera for this expedition. It doesn’t need to be the newest or the most expensive model, it could even be your phone. The skipper and crew are happy to share their experiences and give hints and tips, helping to get you in the right position for the best shots. You should be familiar with the camera that you intend to bring including its settings and accessories in order to get the most from the expedition.

Fly into Bodø.

Return to Tromsø.

Day 1: Joining the expedition

Join the expedition yacht in Bodø at 3pm. Following a warm welcome on board, you will be shown around the boat and given the chance to familiarise yourself with the yacht and the itinerary. When ready, you will set sail north, heading for a group of islands 16 nautical miles away in Steigen where you will find a sheltered natural bay.

Day 2: Sailing towards Steigen and across the Vestfjord to Lofoten

After breakfast you will sail to Nordskot, Steigen. Here the two norwegian polar explorers, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug have bought each their little island, and you will be able to go ashore and stretch your legs on at least one of them. In the afternoon you will sail over to Lofoten, crossing the Vestfjord in the winter-night.

Day 3: Full day of sailing up to Andøya and Risøyhamn

You will wake up this morning in magical Trollfjord, with its high ranging mountains and peaks. Take a morning swim if you are feeling brave enough before sailing north for about 50nm, shooting the breathtaking scenery as you go.

Day 4: Going to Hamn on Senja – meeting the whales

After breakfast you will continue north towards Senja, approaching the area where whales are abundant this time of year. After another full day of sailing, you will reach the port of Hamn with its hot tub and sauna. Treat yourself this evening and join the crew at dinner in Hamn.

Day 5: Close on the whales in the fjords of Senja

After breakfast you will set sail for Sommarøy (Summer-island), where you will anchor for the night under the northern lights. Relax this evening with a bonfire and warm food as you shoot some of the most stunning scenery.

Day 6: Whale-safari on the outer side of Kvaløya

Continuing from Sommarøy you will now sail the area where herring and whales enter the fjords. Keep a sharp lookout and hopefully you will encounter these majestic creatures.

Day 7:  Last encounters with the whales and afternoon sail into Tromsø

After breakfast, you will have another chance to capture that perfect image of a whale, as you enter another fjord where whale activity is usually very high. Set sail for Tromsø to finish the trip with a well deserved dinner and dancing in a local restaurant.

  • Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

    Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

    Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

    Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket

    Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer

    Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

    Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap

    Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

    Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

    Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

    Boots – Wellington type boots, waterproof with good grip. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop in mid-calf depth water.

    Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

    Backpack – for on land exploring

    Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

    Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

    Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries on board but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

    Entertainment – books, music etc. for rest time

    Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

    Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

    Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

    Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

    Head torch – ideally with a red light function

    Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

    Sunglasses

    A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

    Passport / visas

    Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

    Kitbag – this must be a soft type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

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