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Northern Lights & Arctic Adventure Photography Expedition

17 November 2022
KRAKEN TRAVEL,
Sailing Yacht
North Europe
Join Kraken Travel for some winter sailing from Tromsø to Svolvær in Norway, enjoying and photographing the Northern Lights and the teaming sealife ...

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.

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?