Northern Lights Every Night & Arctic Wildlife by Day - 4 nights

Jornfjord's  Aurora Ribbons

Jornfjord's Aurora Ribbons

Mountainscape silhouetted against Aurora spreading from the Jornfjord.

Vesteralen's Moose

Vesteralen's Moose

Cow's and their calves grazing in the foothills

Bjorn Utsol's Huskies

Bjorn Utsol's Huskies

Mush your own team of dogs on a larch wood sled

Arild Inga's Reindeer Herd

Arild Inga's Reindeer Herd

Meet Arild and Laila who tell of their Sami life

Norwegian Sea's Whales

Norwegian Sea's Whales

An Orca's flukes in Sortlandssundet

Northern Lights Every Night & Arctic Wildlife by Day - 4 nights

Fly on our exclusive direct flight * high over the Arctic Circle to Northern Norway’s Lofoten/Vesterålen archipelago for a unique and exclusive chance to discover ‘Frozen Planet’ Arctic wildlife, meet the Sami people of the islands, learn of their trades and take guided searches for the Northern Lights every night of your stay.

DAY 1 UK – VESTERALEN ARCHIPELAGO – AURORA BY NIGHT

Direct flight* from London Gatwick to Evenes in Northern Norway. Private group transfer to Sortland for 4 nights at the Sortland Hotel with salmon wraps and hot chocolate served on your coach. Welcome drink, programme briefing & 2 course supper. Evening Aurora hunt to local Northern Lights hot spots.

DAY 2 ACTIVITY CHOICE BY DAY AURORA BY NIGHT

Today is free for optional activities of your choice including down hill & cross country skiing, fishing by boat, a day time hike and an early morning moose safari. Supper in Expedision, a local restaurant by the harbour. After which hunt for the Northern Lights.

DAY 3 WHALES BY DAY AURORA BY NIGHT

After breakfast in your hotel, transfer to Andenes and take a guided tour of the Whale Museum. Afterwards, board M.S. Reine, ready to sail into the Norwegian Sea. The skipper will be looking out for Humpbacks ‘flipping’ their fan tails on the surface; sky hopping Orcas with their characteristic white markings and harbour porpoises all of which feed off the herring migrating towards the land. Concurrently white tailed eagles, Arctic Skua, Herring Gulls, Terns and Cormorants will overfly the ship. Cod, haddock, coalfish, redfish, ling, flounder and halibut are all to be found here. Supper at the hotel, after which an evening Aurora hunt to local Northern Lights hot spots.

DAY 4 HUSKIES BY DAY AURORA BY NIGHT

After breakfast short bus trip to Bjorn and Hilde Utsol’s mustard ochre, wooden clapboard home where in their yard they keep a small pack of cross bred Alaskan and Siberian huskies. In the Lavvu by the yard Hilde talks through mushing techniques (Bjorn is a little more reticent as befits a regular entrant to the 500km Finnmarkslopet endurance race). Fortified with some hot coffee and after mastering your traditional larchwood sled, mush in the surrounding countryside.  Return to Sortland.

Evening private group transfer along the serpentine Blokken Valley strewn with boulders topped with conifers to Gladbrygga, an historic wharf by the water's edge overlooking Sortlandslusset. Gladbrygga's lap board red ochre buildings have been carefully renovated echoing the era when trawlers set off for weeks at sea returning with their catches which were filleted and packed on the quay. Here you will feast on locally reared moose, salmon, reindeer and home style cooked cloudberries while watch is kept over the sound for Northern Lights.

DAY 5 REINDEER & A JOIK – RETURN TO UK

After breakfast drive to Laila and Arild Inga’s home and their guest larch wood Lavvu set back up on a hillside, beneath which in a fenced area  they keep young calves, ill and animals that are [in their words]  a bit ‘gormy’ to feed and tend  in the winter months. Lunch round an open fire whilst Laila tells of her family history, Sami culture and reindeer husbandry before rounding of with several Joiks, Sami song poems. Private transfer by bus to Evenes airport in the late afternoon for direct return flight to London Gatwick.

 

* The 16th February departure includes Direct flights from London Gatwick in both directions, on 23rd February the outbound flight is Direct with indirect flights via Oslo on the return.

Sortland Hotel Vesteralen
Sortland Hotel

Sitting in the embrace of Langoya’s mountains, the Sortland has a simple, functional exterior and a somewhat retro 60’s public area interior: all mottled white slate tiles, white painted interior brick work with slatted vertical blinds and tube down lighters. There is a large breakfast room with glazing on two sides and seating on two levels broken up into comfort zones. All 46 twin bedrooms which have private WC/Shower were all renovated in 2010 and, whilst on the small side, are magnified by being painted a muted white set off by the wooden flooring and brown rugs.

There is a ‘library room’, lined with books and manuscripts by local boy made good Lars Saaby Christensen, which also serves as a bar and a la carte dining room and a small lounge area in reception with a small stock of soft drinks, beer, sweets and snacks for sale and coffee on tap for free.

Aurora Photoguide

Taking good photos of the Aurora is a bit tricky. In order to improve your skills you can join a group which will be given instructions by our very experienced Photographer. He will share his knowledge and give you tips on how to get the best pictures.

Group size 12. If group falls below 12 passengers there will be a supplement of NOK 260pp (approximately £30) payable locally.

£40 pp
Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing is available just ten minutes from the Sortland Hotel. Spend time skiing in the beautiful surroundings. You will be provided with equipment, lift pass and transfers to and from the hotel.

£65 pp
Blue City Walk

Take a tour of Sortland. Accompanied by an informative guide you will learn more about the 'blue city'. The tour starts and finishes at the Sortland Hotel.

£35 pp
Aurora Hike

Take a hike up Mt Steiraheia located just behind the Sortland Hotel with the chance of catching sight of the Aurora along the way.

Minimum group size 6

£35 pp
Cross Country Skiing & Snow shoeing

Try your hand at cross country skiing and snow shoeing at at Andoy Friluftssenter.

Equipment, warm clothing and hot and cold drinks provided.

Group size minimum 6, maximum 8.

£115 pp