30th January 2023 to 5th February 2023

Northern Lights & Arctic Adventure Photography – Tromsø to Svolvær

From £1770 per person

Deposit 25%. Trip balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Winter sailing, enjoying and photographing the northern lights and the teaming sealife.
Clear
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

Winter sailing, enjoying and photographing the northern lights and the teaming sealife.

6 nights: 30 January - 05 February 2023

From 20,300 NOK / £1,770 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.>

Day 1: Arrival and sail towards Sommarøy

Welcome aboard! You meet at the dock in Tromsø at 16:00, settle in and get to know everyone joining the trip. Before hoisting the sails, you will have a chance to get familiar with the boat and go through safety instructions on board. After checking the latest weather forecast and planning the route for the week, you cast off towards Senja and Sommarøy. On the way you will be trained on boat-handling, man-overboard drills and other emergency situations.

Day 2: Kayak in Sommarøy and sailing to Hamn on Senja

In the morning, paddle out on a kayak around the beautiful Sommarøy archipelago. After lunch you will sail further on the outskirts of Senja, a beautiful area! After docking in Hamn, you are greeted by a hot bathtub and sauna for those who want, and dinner is at a restaurant in Hamn. Weather permitting, you will sail on the outside of Senja. Alternatively you will sail on the inside of Senja towards Harstad.

Day 3: From Senja via Andøya to Vesterålen

After breakfast you hoist the sails and set course towards Vesterålen. Hopefully you will be able to sail on the outside of Andøya, and pass by an area where you can encounter whales. Keep a sharp lookout for movement and blows in the sea! You will have a full day of sailing with the course set for Stø in Vesterålen, covering more than 50nm. Ashore you will prepare your tripods on the dock and hope for a great aurora-show at night.

Day 4: Full sailing day through Raftsundet, to Lofoten and Trollfjorden

The route continues past Stokmarknes and into Lofoten through Raftsundet. Here you will spend some time in the fjords, especially Trollfjorden which is spectacular and well-worth a visit, with its alpine peaks and granite walls that plunge into the sea. This will be another full doay of sailing and on the way, there will be more photography and sailing training. For the night you anchor in a calm bay in Raftsundet or Trollfjorden, if the ice is not too thick.

Day 5: To the whaling-island of Skrova

You will hopefully wake up in Trollfjorden to a calm morning. The question is, who will jump in for a morning swim first?! From here you sail out to Skrova, the whaler island in the middle of Vestfjorden. Here there’s usually no snow all year round, so you could have the opportunity to do an evening hike with your head torches to Høgskrova in the afternoon. If the restaurant and pub of Heimskrova is open, this is the perfect place to try out whale for dinner! :)

Day 6: The Lofoten Fishery in Henningsvær

When the yearly Lofoten-fishing takes place, there is plenty of activity in Lofoten all around. You will sail to the middle of the action with an armada of fishing boats in Henningsværstraumen to try out “Haill” (North Norwegian fishing luck). With the boat hopefully filled with the Skrei-cod, you will find a harbour spot in Henningsvær and prepare a feast meal with the freshest cod you’ll ever taste onboard!

Dag 7: Seil to Svolvær and goodbye for now!

On the last day, you will sail from Henningsvær to Svolvær. You leave with enough time to possibly stop in Kabelvåg on the way, and reach Svolvær with enough time to tidy, pack, and clean the boat before the trip ends at 16:00 at the latest. This is the end of a great winter trip in the north!

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted according to the weather and conditions. The skipper reserves the right to change and improve the itineraries. You will have a dinghy for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – are you ready for an adventure?

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Professional photographer/instructor on board
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • 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, Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Advice, guidance, and practical training on sailing and boating
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants (we sometimes have the chance to visit local restaurants on the way, see the itinerary for more details)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other 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
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended, but it’s up to you
  • Travel – in generalSometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!Travel TromsøThe fastest option for getting to or from Tromsø is to fly. But if you have time to travel slowly we recommend doing that instead. Taking Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there is one option.Travel BodøThe Nordlandsbanen train line goes all the way to Bodø, and can be taken overnight from Trondheim or Oslo. This is a great way to travel and a beautiful journey from southern Norway. For timetables and prices see www.vy.no. If you live along the coast, the speed ferries or Hurtigruta are possible options either northbound or southbound. Another option is a flight to Bodø, and there are some reasonable tickets.Safety and risk – in generalWe take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. On board a boat and on trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant are trained quickly enough to be a participant – not a passenger. It contributes to learning, a sense of achievement, and increased safety for all. It’s also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses: you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.Level of this tripThis is a trip for all photography and nature lovers! In terms of sailing, this trip is not very difficult, but sailing in the winter gives an extra challenging dimension to it all. You must also be prepared for both calm winds and sailing in harsher weather. If you are a beginner, we want to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible, and if you are experienced, you will quickly get responsibilities and greater challenges.Equipment/packingAs with all activities, there is plenty of specialized equipment and clothing for sailing. If you do not have any of this, you can use regular hiking/skiing/mountain clothing. What you need is something waterproof and windproof on the outside, and warm, layered with clothes underneath. For winter sailing, the most important thing to remember is to have enough air in between the layers of clothing. So bring spacious clothes and shoes, preferably a couple sizes too large, and plenty of wool! We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.Food and cookingOn our trips you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “boat friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences, let us know in the registration form and we will take that into account. During the trip, we often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.What we expect from you

    We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work of the participants – and you must be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories :)

    Life on board and accommodation

    Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which one should be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.

    Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. You must arrange any accommodation before and after the trip on your own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.

    We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. And a morning swim in the sea is always available all year round!

    What kind of people join this trip – and how many will we be on board?

    Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t so important to us. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part in making this a great trip for everyone. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we have many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers.

    Environment and sustainability

    In general sailing is an environmentally friendly activity,, and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as much as we can. We also run trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.

    Philosophically, we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability: we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.

Tromsø

Svolvær

Day 1: Arrival and sail towards Sommarøy

Welcome aboard! You meet at the dock in Tromsø at 16:00, settle in and get to know everyone joining the trip. Before hoisting the sails, you will have a chance to get familiar with the boat and go through safety instructions on board. After checking the latest weather forecast and planning the route for the week, you cast off towards Senja and Sommarøy. On the way you will be trained on boat-handling, man-overboard drills and other emergency situations.

Day 2: Kayak in Sommarøy and sailing to Hamn on Senja

In the morning, paddle out on a kayak around the beautiful Sommarøy archipelago. After lunch you will sail further on the outskirts of Senja, a beautiful area! After docking in Hamn, you are greeted by a hot bathtub and sauna for those who want, and dinner is at a restaurant in Hamn. Weather permitting, you will sail on the outside of Senja. Alternatively you will sail on the inside of Senja towards Harstad.

Day 3: From Senja via Andøya to Vesterålen

After breakfast you hoist the sails and set course towards Vesterålen. Hopefully you will be able to sail on the outside of Andøya, and pass by an area where you can encounter whales. Keep a sharp lookout for movement and blows in the sea! You will have a full day of sailing with the course set for Stø in Vesterålen, covering more than 50nm. Ashore you will prepare your tripods on the dock and hope for a great aurora-show at night.

Day 4: Full sailing day through Raftsundet, to Lofoten and Trollfjorden

The route continues past Stokmarknes and into Lofoten through Raftsundet. Here you will spend some time in the fjords, especially Trollfjorden which is spectacular and well-worth a visit, with its alpine peaks and granite walls that plunge into the sea. This will be another full doay of sailing and on the way, there will be more photography and sailing training. For the night you anchor in a calm bay in Raftsundet or Trollfjorden, if the ice is not too thick.

Day 5: To the whaling-island of Skrova

You will hopefully wake up in Trollfjorden to a calm morning. The question is, who will jump in for a morning swim first?! From here you sail out to Skrova, the whaler island in the middle of Vestfjorden. Here there’s usually no snow all year round, so you could have the opportunity to do an evening hike with your head torches to Høgskrova in the afternoon. If the restaurant and pub of Heimskrova is open, this is the perfect place to try out whale for dinner! :)

Day 6: The Lofoten Fishery in Henningsvær

When the yearly Lofoten-fishing takes place, there is plenty of activity in Lofoten all around. You will sail to the middle of the action with an armada of fishing boats in Henningsværstraumen to try out “Haill” (North Norwegian fishing luck). With the boat hopefully filled with the Skrei-cod, you will find a harbour spot in Henningsvær and prepare a feast meal with the freshest cod you’ll ever taste onboard!

Dag 7: Seil to Svolvær and goodbye for now!

On the last day, you will sail from Henningsvær to Svolvær. You leave with enough time to possibly stop in Kabelvåg on the way, and reach Svolvær with enough time to tidy, pack, and clean the boat before the trip ends at 16:00 at the latest. This is the end of a great winter trip in the north!

The program

The program should be seen as a rough itinerary that can be adapted according to the weather and conditions. The skipper reserves the right to change and improve the itineraries. You will have a dinghy for beach trips and small expeditions, fishing gear for cod, and gear to hike or make bonfires on the beach on all trips – are you ready for an adventure?

  • 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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