Fabulous Northern Lights over Buknesfjord, seen from the Andoy Friluftssenter

Arctic Lights & Whales Photographic Special

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$2,865 USD
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Trip code: 
CNCS
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Short Breaks
Activity:
Winter
Group size:
5–15
Min age:
16

Northern Norway photographic special with Paul Goldstein

No list of superlatives is enough to do justice to the Vesteralen Islands. Located in the north of Norway, the five islands that make up this archipelago sit within the Arctic Circle but, thanks to the Gulf Stream, enjoy relatively mild winters. Here there is an intoxicating mix of fjords and mountains all teeming with wildlife, from the free-roaming moose to the reindeer herds of the local Sami people. There are some fantastic opportunities for photography here, during daylight and twilight hours alike and as night falls the stage sets for the mythical aurora borealis, a relatively regular companion to the people this far north. In the company of our expert guide Paul Goldstein we will seek out the best this unique area has to offer. Trips with Paul are not for the faint-hearted - he will push everybody to maximise the relatively short space of time here.

Highlights

  • Great location for Northern Lights
  • Dramatic Arctic Scenery
  • Whale watching and other fantastic wildlife - moose, seals, sea eagles

Key information

  • 4 nights in wilderness cabins or Aurora guesthouse with shared facilities 
  • 3 days exploration of the island
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Flights from London (if booking inc. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - available on request
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Buksnesfjord
to
Buksnesfjord
  • Day 1

    Start Buksnesfjord

    We meet at the Friluftssenter on Buksnesfjord for a warm welcome before settling in to our accommodation and heading to the restaurant for dinner.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Exploration of the islands

    Flexibility is key here to capitalise on conditions and the expertise of our local guide. Based on the island of Andoya, the northernmost island in the Vesteralen archipelago. Here jagged peaks and crystal clear waters combine with vast areas of fens, all sparsely populated and home to elk, arctic foxes and many species of bird, as well as the reindeer herds of the Sami people. The location is perfect for observing the Northern Lights, as the area sits on the aurora borealis oval. Days are spent exploring this beautifully harsh landscape, strapping on snowshoes or just trekking in the wilderness if we are feeling adventurous, and our evenings are dedicated to searching out the best spots to experience the mythical dancing lights. Our local partners know every inch of this area and we may well be following the lights for some time. In some cases we may not need to go far, as our base is remote, with little light pollution and often an ideal location to see the night sky light up.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Evenes.

    Our trip ends at Evenes Airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included, and the food here is excellent, particularly the freshly caught salmon and char, to say nothing of the legendary moose pie.
Nigel, Ingvild and the team will always do their best to cater for dietary needs, please ensure you inform us prior to travel.

Weather

Winters in the Vesteralen Islands are much milder than those of inland northern Norway on the same latitude, thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. As such winter temperatures are usually between -2 to -10 in winter. Daylight hours are scarce in January, rising steadily through February and into March where there is around 5 hours of daylight. Even in January, however, it is not pitch black, instead there are hours of what the locals call 'blue light' meaning it is perfectly possible to be outdoors for a number of hours per day.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is not active, though on occasion we will be venturing off the main paths and tracks in order to gain the best vantage point. The focus is photography but a sense of adventure and reasonable fitness is key to adapt to the conditions and make the most of our stay.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Andoy Friluftssenter

Built and run by Ingvild and Nigel Turrell, the Friluftssenter enjoys a wonderful location just 25 metres from the shore of Buksnesfjord, surrounded by rugged mountains and forests. It consists of one main building with the lounge and restaurant, the Aurora Guesthouse and a number of smaller wilderness cabins. The Aurora Guesthouse has 5 rooms and a lounge and shares 2 bathrooms. The wilderness cabins are a similar set up on a smaller scale, with one twin room and bunkbed room (used for single occupancy), sharing one bathroom and a small lounge. Exodus groups are split across the Aurora Guesthouse and the cabins. All are a few minutes’ walk from the main building.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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