3 nights north of the Arctic Circle in the middle of the Aurora Zone maxing out your chances of seeing the Northern Lights with relaxing days exploring the exquisitely beautiful Lofoten Archipelago and its equally exquisite fauna.
our specially commissioned Norwegianair flight to Northern Norway whisk you to the very middle of the Aurora Zone and max out your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in the fastest possible time.
the lynx foot of Norway, a wall of ivory capped mountains, a coastline warmed by the Gulf Stream Drift, scatterings of kaleidoscope coloured fishing villages, an off shore deep water coral reef, a cornucopia of birdlife, mountain hugging clusters of ash & birch, home of Edgar Alan Poe’s Maelstrom( Moskstraumen), traditional skreimolje suppers to die for and all over flown by sea eagles and cormorants.
a child of the British Empire Joanna spent part of her childhood in British Malaysia and was given an illustrated book of the Aurora Australis at a reception party for the Queen’s Coronation. Thus was borne a lifelong fascination with the Aurora which culminated in her debut as a travel presenter with the BBC programme ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’. Take a look at the legacy videos You Tube to see what you’re in for.
the Rica Svolvær is set on its own island in the middle of the harbour and all rooms have Shower/WC,TV & telephone.
Meticulously built with reclaimed timber in the style of fisherman’s Rorbuer each cabin has from one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchenette adjacent to the living room, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. All are winter insulated and have cable-TV.
fly DIRECT from London Gatwick 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle to Evenes Northern Norway, gateway to the Lofoten Archipelago. Meet your host guide who will transfer you to Karingen and Maret & Peder Buljo’s ‘Boazorvazzi’ (The Reindeer Sheperd Café). You’ll have a Venison from reindeer supper whilst Maret & Peder recount their Sami heritage, their work to preserve it and walk you to their Herd in the Corral. Continue to Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands and either your hotel on its own island or a waterside rorbu. After checking in to your room your host walks you to an island in the harbour for your first Aurora Night Hunt.
leave with your host and set off along the southern shore of the Lofoten Archipelago to discover what for many Norwegians, is considered the ‘soul’ of Norway. Stop at Ballstad dominated by the imperious Skottinden on the Buksnejorden, Reine with its waterside Rorbu and working fishing fleet and the Gulf Stream bathed village of Ramberg for lunch at the eponymous Gjestegard. Continue to Å with its cluster of mustard and rust coloured buildings sheltered from the Atlantic by vertiginous rock faces before stopping at Vitken for a demonstration of a local glass blower’s art. Later in the evening feast on foraged vegetable soup followed by lamb and wolf fish accompanied by the Goddess Idunn’s apples in a Viking style long house at Loftr with Northern Lights spotting from both there and on the return to Svolvaer.
after breakfast leave for Kabelvag for a close up and personal session with two of Lofoten’s semi aquatic mammals: otters and seals. Return to the town for lunch and then to the colony of islands that is Henningsvaer where you’ll have a speculative preview of the night’s Aurora from photographer Vidar Lysvoll before your valedictory Northern Lights spotting evening at Hov. Here at the Northern Lights Base Camp you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the Northern Sky across the ocean where the Aurora begins to form, whilst the warmth of the Gulf Stream’s waters dissolving on the beach to keep you warm.
The coastline and waters of the archipelago are like a marine treasure trove with cormorants, gulls and the majestic white tailed eagle at home here in winter. As a finale to your ScanAdventure take an optional high speed safari by RIB into the dramatically narrow Trollfjord and get up close and personal with them. Lunch at your hotel, before transfering through snow-capped mountain landscapes hidden in the dark on arrival, to Evenes airport for direct return flight to London Gatwick.
Return flights from London Gatwick to Evenes in Arctic Norway; In flight cabin service with light meal & hot beverages; All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges; Private group airport/hotel return transfers;
3 nights accommodation at your choice of Hotel or Rorbu;
Lodging in twin room(s) with private WC/shower
3 Buffet breakfasts, 3 light lunches & 3 dinners;
Safari excursions as per itinerary inclusive of all;
Aurora Night Hunts Every Night of Stay;
Locally qualified guide (s) for duration of stay.
NB certain departures may also be accompanied by Courier from UK
Prices from £1249pp Departure dates: Feb 13, 16, & 20
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.