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Norway Northern Lights & Hiking by Sailing Ship 8 DaysAboard: SV Rembrandt van Rijn
Enjoy an exciting sail aboard a beautiful traditional three-mast schooner through some of northern Norway’s most spectacular scenery. Contoured with rugged mountains and cavernous fjords, Norway is renowned for its natural beauty that is characterised by an immense coastline and geologically fascinating landscapes. With exciting hikes and snowshoeing options (many of the valleys, hills and mountains will still be snowy at this time of year) each day, this special voyage gives you the chance to experience this natural beauty up-close and from the highest elevations. And as the sun sets on each day the anticipation will build as we hope for the skies to provide us with the most spectacular light show – the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Please note: As this is a dedicated hiking voyage, an average level of fitness is recommended. 2-3 hour hikes are planned for each morning and/or afternoon, with some days offering full-day hikes. With the presence of snow in some areas, snowshoes will allow you to move faster and safer. The loan of snowshoes is free of charge for all guests. Hiking poles with deep snow plates are required, and it is recommended to bring sturdy ankle-high hiking boots and gaiters.
Various departures available and routes may vary. Please enquire for full dates and rates.
Kayaking options are available on select departures.
- Sail aboard a traditional 3 mast schooner sailing ship
- Enjoy exciting hikes and snowshoeing excursions across Northern Norway's dramatic landscapes
- Excellent chances of witnessing the Northern Lights!
- Visit remote fishing villages and beautiful bays
- Wonderful scenery at every turn
- Myriad birdlife
- Kayaking available on select departures
- Full board accommodation on board with all meals, snacks and hot drinks
- All Zodiac excursions and shore landings with expert guides
- Programme of expert lectures
- Free use of snowshoes
No Supplement When Sharing
Solo travellers willing to share a cabin can book a berth with no single supplement.
Offer applicable when booked before 30th April 2023
/ Available on selected dates/vessels.
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Your adventure begins in Tromsø, the “Paris of the north”, where after having arrived independently you can spend some time exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town before embarking your sailing ship. The evening will be spent on board in Tromsø port, settling in to your cabin, familiarising yourself with your new surroundings, getting to know your new shipmates and attending safety briefings for your time on board.
Tromsø to Nord-Lenangen Fjord
Early in the morning your ship will set sail out of Tromsø as we begin our exploration of Northern Norway in search of the very best hiking and walking experiences. As with all Arctic and expedition sailings, flexibility throughout will be the key. Each day your captain and experienced crew will decide upon the best course to take based on the weather, sea conditions and availability of landing sites. Our expected route today will be to sail through the Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden, toward the Nord-Lenangen Fjord. Upon arrival here we will anchor just under the Lyngsfjella, or the Lyngen Alps to spend the night on board. If conditions and sailing times permit you may be able to board the Zodiac boats to reach the coast of the fjord to enjoy a leisurely late afternoon walk.
After a pleasant day of sailing, in the evening the anticipation will build as we wait for news of our chances of witnessing the breathtaking natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and make our way out on to deck with cameras in hand ready for the night skies to put on their fascinating show of light.
Hiking & Sailing in Northern Norway
Over the course of the next 4 days we will be sailing along the coasts of spectacular northern Norway, with your captain and crew charting the perfect course for exceptional landing sites and hiking opportunities. Each day a 2-3 hour hike will be offered either in the morning, afternoon, or both, with some excursions demanding a full day of hiking. For full-day hikes a packed lunch will be provided and for snowier areas snowshoes will be offered free of charge.
Our expected course will be to sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord to reach Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Here you can enjoy some good hikes, with snowshoes being required with high probability, and some exploration through this scenic and ancient trade and fishing settlement that dates back to the 17th century.
Other places we expect to visit include the Kvaenangen Fjord, Burfjord, and the Island of Spildra where you can enjoy a climb up the 240-meter-high Staurhammaren which will reward in spectacular elevated views over the fjord.
Each afternoon/evening after an exciting day of sailing and hiking we will find a place to anchor for the night and options for this include the scenic fishing villages of Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. In the evenings, after a tasty dinner on board we will again make our way out on deck in hope of seeing the Northern Lights.
Finnkroken & Tromsø
On the evening of day 6 we will have sailed back toward the southwest to anchor off the tiny hamlet of Finnkroken, thought of as one of the best places in Northern Norway to see the Northern Lights. On the morning of day 7 you can enjoy the final hike of your tour. With snowshoes here you can hike to the 315-meter-high Småvasshaugen, a truly exhilarating experience.
Your ship will sail back to Tromsø in the late afternoon, where we will anchor in the harbour to enjoy our final night on board. After breakfast the following morning you will disembark and head to the airport filled with wonderful memories of your unforgettable sailing ship experience.
Various land and air packages are available for transport to and from Tromsø, please enquire for details.
A view from Above
The Rembrandt van Rijn was originally launched in 1922 and has been completely rebuilt (completed in 2011) as a three masted schooner with twin auxiliary engines. There is accommodation for 34 passengers in twin cabins, some with private facilities along with a dining and lecture room and separate bar/lounge. There is plenty of deck space and passengers are encouraged to participate in sailing duties.
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