North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail

North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail
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Title: North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail
Dates:
Tripcode: RVR10-19
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Embarkation: Tromsø
Disembarkation: Tromsø
Language: German speaking voyage, English speaking voyage
Important: This is an English and German speaking voyage
More about: Arctic cruises
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests must follow the safety instructions of the team. The average cruising speed for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6.5 knots.

Day 1: Paris of the North

Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age.

Day 2: Lighting out toward Lyngen

In the morning you depart from Tromsø, sailing through the Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden, toward the northeast. You arrive in the Nord-Lenangen Fjord that afternoon, just under the Lyngsfjella, or the Lyngen Alps, and stay there for the night. If conditions permit, you may also make a walk along the coast of the fjord, after which evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear if the sky is clear enough.

Day 3 – 6: Into the Nordic fjords

You then sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and may stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating from the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses to store the dried cod the town still exports for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau. Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes.

From Hamnnes you sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon you find a harbor for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where we might climb the 240-meter-high (788 feet) Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Also in Burfjord, just 50 km (31 miles) from the northerly town of Alta, good hikes can be made.

During the evenings and nights, with a clear sky, there are fine opportunities to see auroras.

Day 7 – 8: Below the northern lights

The next objective is to sail back toward the southwest, staying for the night in Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights. In the morning you embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 315-meter-high (1,033 feet) Småvasshaugen.

That afternoon you sail back to Tromsø, where you spend the last night of the voyage, returning home the next day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Extra note: Hiking / Snowshoeing (2 hiking options to choose from)

At the beginning of the season there is still snow along the coastline, in the valleys, on the hills and mountains in the interior. During this trip, hikes are offered (with snowshoes if needed). Snowshoeing is easy and for anyone with good health and good physical condition. It requires no technical knowledge. With the use of snowshoes you can move faster and safer on the snow surface. Snowshoes are available on board (free of charge), they fit on all shoe sizes.

As a rule, daily hikes of 2-3 hours are planned, in the morning and / or in the afternoon. Approximately  100-200 meters of altitude need to be climbed per day (more or less, depending on the hike). At lunchtime, hikers will return back to the ship for lunch on board. However, in case a full day hike will be scheduled, participants will receive a packed lunch. The guests (max 33) can be split into two groups under the guidance of experienced guides. The allocation of hiking groups takes place on site and takes into account the interest and condition of the guests. The hikes can not be determined in advance, because prevailing conditions influence the final program interpretation. The map outlines a possible (but not final) itinerary.

Route

The daily programs and the route as described here serve as a rough guide. The overall program, i.e. the hiking program (on land) and the itinerary of the ship (at sea) will adapt to the prevailing local weather, sea and snow conditions, and the daily program may vary considerably from the route shown. Availability of landing sites also plays a role in the selection of the program. The program is adapted in the case of interesting wildlife observations (e.g. whales). The final decision on where and in which way the hikes will be implemented will be made by the expedition leader on board. For the hiking program, it is recommended to bring ankle-high and sturdy hiking boots and gaiters. Hiking poles with deep snow plates are required (see detailed equipment list).

Contoured with rugged mountains and cavernous fjords, Norway is renowned for its natural beauty. Its immense coastline has twice been voted by National Geographic as the best travel destination in the world. And it’s not just during the summer months that Norway shows off its splendors, but also the winter: The mountains are capped with snow, the sun hangs heavy on the skyline, and everything is embraced in a lustrous coat of frost. In the far north, about 500 km (310 miles) northeast of the Arctic Circle, the Lyngen and Kvaenangen fjords can be found. Between these two magnificent fjords, we find steep mountain ridges, remote islands, and a wealth of hiking opportunities. These areas define the rugged wilderness, ideal for exploration by foot or by sail.

The itinerary depends largely on weather conditions and the amount of daylight during the voyage. These conditions dictate the route, sailing hours, and the harbors for the night. We intend to explore the fjords and islands by sail and also on foot. In case of heavier snow, we will use our onboard snowshoes.

In winter the amount of daylight is limited, with about 10 hours of light at the end of February. The dramatic landscape under the low sun and long sunrise/sunset offers great opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but the dark hours will also not be wasted. Northern Norway is known to be one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. This amazing phenomenon can only be seen when it is dark and the sky is clear, with not much light pollution. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where we stay the night. During the voyage you may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, and the more-skittish fish otters, both year-round residents of the Norwegian fjords.

s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

Our 3 mast-schooner 'Rembrandt van Rijn' is well suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland and Spitsbergen. Full ship info >>

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