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22nd February 2021 to 28th February 2021

Northern lights photography

£1370 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Take the most stunning and dramatic scenic photos of the stunning northern lights as you sail your way from Tromso to Bodo on this Norwegian adventure
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
50 foot Bavaria
Vessel length
50 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
5 cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

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Join us on an incredible out-of-this-world sailing and photography adventure discovering the beautiful northern lights 

7 Nights: 22 - 28 February 2021

16,400 NOK / £1,370 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This is a trip for those of you who want to take the “most badass” pictures during the harshest season in northern Norway, and for those who want to sail through northern Norway in a very special winter light with your camera always ready. While the batteries are charging under deck you can be sailing, or learning how to sail, along the way. Winter sailing in northern Norway is completely unique and by combining it with photography we maximize our use of the day and are always ready to take the best pictures completely free of street lights or other light pollution.

This week we will sail from Tromsø and spend one week southbound along the coast to Tromsø. On the way, we will sail around Senja, Andøya, Lofoten and Steigen, and we hope to find northern lights, and learn more about sailing and photography, as well as the area we sail through.

One of our experienced skippers will take care of the sailing instruction and navigation, while adventure photographer Thomas Eckhoff will lead a photo expedition with lots of content, both professionally and socially.

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do. Minimum 5 participants.

Day 1 – Arrival and sail towards Sommarøya

Welcome aboard! We meet at the quay in Tromsø at 15:00, get settled in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before we hoist our sails we get to know the boat and go through safety instructions on board. Then we set sail towards Sommarøya. On the way, we will spend time training sailing, man-overboard, and other emergency drills. We make dinner along the way.

Day 2 – Stretch our legs on Sommarøya and sail to Hamn I Senja

After breakfast, we have the chance to stretch our legs on Sommarøya before we set sail southbound around the outside of Senja, towards Hamn in Bergsfjorden. Hamn, as the name suggests, is a picturesque harbour where we will spend the night. While in Senja, there is the opportunity to use a hot tub and sauna for those who are interested:), and we eat dinner at the restaurant that evening. Whether we make it around the outside of Senja is dependent on weather and wave conditions. The alternative is to go innermost southbound towards Harstad.

Day 3 – From Senja and through Risøyhamn to Vesterålen

After breakfast, we hoist our sails again on our journey southward and now set our course towards Vesterålen. First, we will go through Risøyhamn, with its many blinking lanterns and lighthouses, and after we continue to Sortland if the weather calls for us to spend the night moored.

Day 4 – Full sailing day to Lofoten through Raftsundet and to Trollfjorden

After breakfast, we sail further south past Sortland and Stokmarknes and into Lofoten through Raftsundet. Here we will spend some time in the fjords, especially Trollfjord which is spectacular and well worth a visit, but also many other beautiful places to either anchor or sail through. This is a full sailing day where we will cover over 50 nautical miles. Underway there will be more photography and sailing training. Before night we will anchor in a calm bay in Raftsundet or Trollfjorden if the ice is not too thick.

Day 5 – Sailing to Svolvær in Lofoten

There is plenty of activity in Lofoten during this time of the year and the yearly Lofoten-fishing is taking place, so before we cross Vestfjorden we must pass through Svolvær, eat a sandwich at Kringla in the centre, a look around a bit. In the afternoon we sail out to Skrova if we feel like it, or we drink some beers at Bacalao with the fisherman in the harbour.

Day 6 – Crossing Vestfjorden from Svolvær to Steigen

After breakfast, we set sail to Skrova. If the conditions are good we can go on land on Skrova, but if the wind is against us we will continue over Vestfjorden towards Nordskot in Steigen. Here, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug each have their own island, and since we know them both we aim to get ashore to at least one of them and get to stretch our legs. Maybe they have a fire in the sauna? We will try to have a photo session indoors with a screen and projector so we can look at the photos we have taken on the trip and practice a little editing. This is also the last night, and it’s Saturday, so there can be a good time and cheerful atmosphere on board.

Day 7 – Morning sailing to Bodø

Early in the day will set course further south towards our last stop of Bodø. We eat breakfast and lunch underway. We arrive in time to tidy, pack, and clean the boat before 15:00. We’ll dock in the middle of the harbour, within walking distance to both the train station and the airport. Thanks for a great winter trip in the north!

  • Trip experience with a sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Extra crew/photo guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Accommodation onboard 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.
  • Travel to and from the boats
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide?
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and other alternative arrangements and activities along the way
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • A good level of fitness is recommended.

Fly to Tromso, Norway

Fly from Bodo, Norway

Day 1 – Arrival and sail towards Sommarøya

Welcome aboard! We meet at the quay in Tromsø at 15:00, get settled in the sailboat and get to know each other. Before we hoist our sails we get to know the boat and go through safety instructions on board. Then we set sail towards Sommarøya. On the way, we will spend time training sailing, man-overboard, and other emergency drills. We make dinner along the way.

Day 2 – Stretch our legs on Sommarøya and sail to Hamn I Senja

After breakfast, we have the chance to stretch our legs on Sommarøya before we set sail southbound around the outside of Senja, towards Hamn in Bergsfjorden. Hamn, as the name suggests, is a picturesque harbour where we will spend the night. While in Senja, there is the opportunity to use a hot tub and sauna for those who are interested:), and we eat dinner at the restaurant that evening. Whether we make it around the outside of Senja is dependent on weather and wave conditions. The alternative is to go innermost southbound towards Harstad.

Day 3 – From Senja and through Risøyhamn to Vesterålen

After breakfast, we hoist our sails again on our journey southward and now set our course towards Vesterålen. First, we will go through Risøyhamn, with its many blinking lanterns and lighthouses, and after we continue to Sortland if the weather calls for us to spend the night moored.

Day 4 – Full sailing day to Lofoten through Raftsundet and to Trollfjorden

After breakfast, we sail further south past Sortland and Stokmarknes and into Lofoten through Raftsundet. Here we will spend some time in the fjords, especially Trollfjord which is spectacular and well worth a visit, but also many other beautiful places to either anchor or sail through. This is a full sailing day where we will cover over 50 nautical miles. Underway there will be more photography and sailing training. Before night we will anchor in a calm bay in Raftsundet or Trollfjorden if the ice is not too thick.

Day 5 – Sailing to Svolvær in Lofoten

There is plenty of activity in Lofoten during this time of the year and the yearly Lofoten-fishing is taking place, so before we cross Vestfjorden we must pass through Svolvær, eat a sandwich at Kringla in the centre, a look around a bit. In the afternoon we sail out to Skrova if we feel like it, or we drink some beers at Bacalao with the fisherman in the harbour.

Day 6 – Crossing Vestfjorden from Svolvær to Steigen

After breakfast, we set sail to Skrova. If the conditions are good we can go on land on Skrova, but if the wind is against us we will continue over Vestfjorden towards Nordskot in Steigen. Here, Børge Ousland and Randi Skaug each have their own island, and since we know them both we aim to get ashore to at least one of them and get to stretch our legs. Maybe they have a fire in the sauna? We will try to have a photo session indoors with a screen and projector so we can look at the photos we have taken on the trip and practice a little editing. This is also the last night, and it’s Saturday, so there can be a good time and cheerful atmosphere on board.

Day 7 – Morning sailing to Bodø

Early in the day will set course further south towards our last stop of Bodø. We eat breakfast and lunch underway. We arrive in time to tidy, pack, and clean the boat before 15:00. We’ll dock in the middle of the harbour, within walking distance to both the train station and the airport. Thanks for a great winter trip in the north!

Ski kit

Skis and boots

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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