Arctic Circle Explorer – Spring

£2340pp

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£2340 per person

10  nights

A spectacular time to see arctic Norway at it’s best. The days are lengthening, but the winter snows linger on the mountains lending and extra element of beauty to the surroundings and remaining you that you are voyaging far above the arctic circle. During this expedition, Narwhal will be travelling at a slower pace, giving us plenty of time to appreciate and explore the scenery around us… Time to relax and unwind in an untamed wilderness… Time to compose that beautiful photograph… Our aim will be to sail during the day, find a wild anchorage to explore and spend the night. If you are dreaming of stretching your horizons beyond the arctic circle but are not sure how to take the first step, then this expedition is for you.

Trip Start: 09 May 2020

Trip End: 19 May 2020

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Steel Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit, and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.

Additional

  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Bodø, Norway

Getting back

Tromsø, Norway

A spectacular time to see arctic Norway at it’s best. The days are lengthening, but the winter snows linger on the mountains lending and extra element of beauty to the surroundings and remaining you that you are voyaging far above the arctic circle. During this expedition, Narwhal will be travelling at a slower pace, giving us plenty of time to appreciate and explore the scenery around us… Time to relax and unwind in an untamed wilderness… Time to compose that beautiful photograph… Our aim will be to sail during the day, find a wild anchorage to explore and spend the night. If you are dreaming of stretching your horizons beyond the arctic circle but are not sure how to take the first step, then this expedition is for you.

ITINERARY

You will join our expedition yacht in Bodø. A vibrant city with regular flights in arctic Norway. We will meet you on board Narwhal and give you a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the town and get your first taste of life above the arctic circle. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about Narwhal, life onboard and the research projects that we will be undertaking. Dinner will be provided onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crew mates.

10th May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered and spectacular fjords around Bodø provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and trial some of the research equipment. There will be plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the arctic landscape.

11th- 17th May: Fjord Norway

The main part of the expedition will see us working our way north through the sheltered but intricate inside passages. Sailing up fjords and past islands will will have a front row view of the scenery and wildlife. Anchoring each evening will allow you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, maybe even trying your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding or simply relaxing an enjoying the relaxed pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

18th May: Arrival in Tromsø

We will spend our final day enjoying the scenery of Northern Norway before heading into port in Tromsø. We will moor up for the night in Tromsø and enjoy our final evening onboard with a nice dinner and time to swop stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

19th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing Tromsø.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provide to illustrate the general areas the we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests.

KIT LIST

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, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

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

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

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. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

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

Rucsac – 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 onboard 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 squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

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