Lofoten and Aurora Borealis Cruise

The Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights)

I’ve made several trips to the arctic during the summer months. I’m familiar with the long days in the land of the midnight sun, but I’ve often wondered what it would be like to visit this part of the world during the winter when the sun barely breaks the horizon and most of the hours of the day are spent in darkness. One of my big “bucket list” items is to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in all their glory, which requires a visit to these northern climes during the dark autumn/winter months.

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Recently, my wife showed me a website for a sailing trip to the spectacular Lofoten Islands of northern Norway. The trip is on a refurbished vintage sailing schooner and travels around the islands in the months of October and November. I was immediately intrigued and saw this as our first opportunity to experience the Arctic during the colder, darker time of the year. Seemed like kind of crazy idea at first, but the more I thought about it, the more excited I was about this trip. So, we booked a cabin for an eight-day cruise starting November 20, 2014.

noordelicht

The Sailing Ship Noordelicht

The Lofoten is an archipelago in northern Norway. The islands, around 80 in total, are located above the Arctic Circle. The journey among the islands will be on the sailing vessel Noorderlicht, a beautiful 46 meters long, two-masted schooner that was built in 1910. The ship only holds 20 people and passengers are invited to help with hoisting the sails and even working the steering wheel. During the short daylight period, there will be opportunities for guided shore excursions, walks, wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises. During the long night, we’ll have a chance to see the Northern Lights. The Lofoten Islands are situated at the exactly the right latitude to see the Aurora Borealis, so our chances of seeing this magnificent wonder of nature are pretty good.

So….would you like to join us?

The ship still has cabins available for the November 20, 2014 sailing date. There is also another sailing on October 30 that still has space available. The cost is US$2,100/person double-occupancy. Single travelers can request to share a cabin with another single or pay 1.7x the double-occupancy rate to have a private cabin. I can make all the arrangements for you with the shipping company. We’ll provide detailed instructions on how to get there, as well as the kind of clothing/gear you should plan to bring along for the activities.

Join us for this amazing journey in the Norwegian Arctic. To make a booking, or to get additional information, email me at offtrailtravel@comcast.net. To find out more about my adventure travel agency, go to www.offtrailtravel.com.

Don’t wait….space on the trip is filling up fast!

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About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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