Arctic Lights & Whales Photographic Special
Visit north Norway for a fantastic opportunity for photography with our expert, Paul Goldstein.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
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.
* All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Tour leader throughout
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Great location for Northern Lights
- Dramatic Arctic Scenery
- Whale watching and other fantastic wildlife – moose, seals, sea eagles
- 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
We meet at the Friluftssenter on Buksnesfjord for a warm welcome before settling in to our accommodation and heading to the restaurant for dinner.
3 days exploration of the area, making the most of conditions for the best photographic opportunities
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.
Transfer to Evenes.
Our trip ends at Evenes Airport.**
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.
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.
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.