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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!