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North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail

During this trip, hikes are offered (with snowshoes if needed). Snowshoeing is easy and for anyone with good health and good physical condition. It requires no technical knowledge. With the use of snowshoes you can move faster and safer on the snow surface.• It’s said that there’s really no better way to get to know a new place than to explore it on foot. That’s why we offer a variety of hikes of various difficulties allowing you to choose anything between a hard day’s hike and an easy stroll that lets you take in the sights.

• Enjoy Northern Lights. One of the great attractions in the Arctic are the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis.

• Go shore based walking. Explore the last the true wildernesses of our planet on foot and absorb the beauty of the Polar Regions at your own pace.
09 March, 2019 to 16 March, 2019 Make a booking request for North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail, departing on 09 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Private £ 1875 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole, ample storage space and 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
view cabin photo
Twin Private Inside £ 2025 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet and ample storage space
view cabin photo
Twin Private Porthole £ 2325 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole and ample storage space
view cabin photo
16 March, 2019 to 23 March, 2019 Make a booking request for North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail, departing on 16 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Private £ 1875 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole, ample storage space and 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
view cabin photo
Twin Private Inside £ 2025 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet and ample storage space
view cabin photo
Twin Private Porthole £ 2325 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole and ample storage space
view cabin photo
23 March, 2019 to 30 March, 2019 Make a booking request for North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail, departing on 23 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Private £ 1875 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole, ample storage space and 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
view cabin photo
Twin Private Inside £ 2025 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet and ample storage space
view cabin photo
Twin Private Porthole £ 2325 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole and ample storage space
view cabin photo
30 March, 2019 to 06 April, 2019 Make a booking request for North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail, departing on 30 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Private £ 1875 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole, ample storage space and 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
view cabin photo
Twin Private Inside £ 2025 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet and ample storage space
view cabin photo
Twin Private Porthole £ 2325 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole and ample storage space
view cabin photo
06 April, 2019 to 13 April, 2019 Make a booking request for North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail, departing on 06 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Private £ 1875 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole, ample storage space and 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
view cabin photo
Twin Private Inside £ 2025 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet and ample storage space
view cabin photo
Twin Private Porthole £ 2325 GBP pp
The cabin has private shower and toilet, 1 porthole and ample storage space
view cabin photo

North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail itinerary:

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Day 1: Paris of the North
Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age.
Day 2: Lighting out toward Lyngen
In the morning you depart from Tromsø, sailing through the Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden, toward the northeast. You arrive in the Nord-Lenangen Fjord that afternoon, just under the Lyngsfjella, or the Lyngen Alps, and stay there for the night. If conditions permit, you may also make a walk along the coast of the fjord, after which evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear if the sky is clear enough.
Day 3 – 6: Into the Nordic fjords
You then sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and may stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating from the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses to store the dried cod the town still exports for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau. Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes. From Hamnnes you sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon you find a harbor for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where we might climb the 240-meter-high (788 feet) Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Also in Burfjord, just 50 km (31 miles) from the northerly town of Alta, good hikes can be made. During the evenings and nights, with a clear sky, there are fine opportunities to see auroras.
Day 7 – 8: Below the northern lights
The next objective is to sail back toward the southwest, staying for the night in Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights. In the morning you embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 315-meter-high (1,033 feet) Småvasshaugen. That afternoon you sail back to Tromsø, where you spend the last night of the voyage, returning home the next day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Please Note:
Hiking / Snowshoeing (2 hiking options to choose from) At the beginning of the season there is still snow along the coastline, in the valleys, on the hills and mountains in the interior. During this trip, hikes are offered (with snowshoes if needed). Snowshoeing is easy and for anyone with good health and good physical condition. It requires no technical knowledge. With the use of snowshoes you can move faster and safer on the snow surface. Snowshoes are available on board (free of charge), they fit on all shoe sizes. As a rule, daily hikes of 2-3 hours are planned, in the morning and / or in the afternoon. Approximately 100-200 meters of altitude need to be climbed per day (more or less, depending on the hike). At lunchtime, hikers will return back to the ship for lunch on board. However, in case a full day hike will be scheduled, participants will receive a packed lunch. The guests (max 33) can be split into two groups under the guidance of experienced guides. The allocation of hiking groups takes place on site and takes into account the interest and condition of the guests. The hikes can not be determined in advance, because prevailing conditions influence the final program interpretation. The map outlines a possible (but not final) itinerary. Route The daily programs and the route as described here serve as a rough guide. The overall program, i.e. the hiking program (on land) and the itinerary of the ship (at sea) will adapt to the prevailing local weather, sea and snow conditions, and the daily program may vary considerably from the route shown. Availability of landing sites also plays a role in the selection of the program. The program is adapted in the case of interesting wildlife observations (e.g. whales). The final decision on where and in which way the hikes will be implemented will be made by the expedition leader on board. For the hiking program, it is recommended to bring ankle-high and sturdy hiking boots and gaiters. Hiking poles with deep snow plates are required (see detailed equipment list). Contoured with rugged mountains and cavernous fjords, Norway is renowned for its natural beauty. Its immense coastline has twice been voted by National Geographic as the best travel destination in the world. And it’s not just during the summer months that Norway shows off its splendors, but also the winter: The mountains are capped with snow, the sun hangs heavy on the skyline, and everything is embraced in a lustrous coat of frost. In the far north, about 500 km (310 miles) northeast of the Arctic Circle, the Lyngen and Kvaenangen fjords can be found. Between these two magnificent fjords, we find steep mountain ridges, remote islands, and a wealth of hiking opportunities. These areas define the rugged wilderness, ideal for exploration by foot or by sail. The itinerary depends largely on weather conditions and the amount of daylight during the voyage. These conditions dictate the route, sailing hours, and the harbors for the night. We intend to explore the fjords and islands by sail and also on foot. In case of heavier snow, we will use our onboard snowshoes. In winter the amount of daylight is limited, with about 10 hours of light at the end of February. The dramatic landscape under the low sun and long sunrise/sunset offers great opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but the dark hours will also not be wasted. Northern Norway is known to be one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. This amazing phenomenon can only be seen when it is dark and the sky is clear, with not much light pollution. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where we stay the night. During the voyage you may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, and the more-skittish fish otters, both year-round residents of the Norwegian fjords.

North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Hiking / Snowshoeing (2 hiking options to choose from) At the beginning of the season there is still snow along the coastline, in the valleys, on the hills and mountains in the interior. During this trip, hikes are offered (with snowshoes if needed). Snowshoeing is easy and for anyone with good health and good physical condition. It requires no technical knowledge. With the use of snowshoes you can move faster and safer on the snow surface. Snowshoes are available on board (free of charge), they fit on all shoe sizes. As a rule, daily hikes of 2-3 hours are planned, in the morning and / or in the afternoon. Approximately 100-200 meters of altitude need to be climbed per day (more or less, depending on the hike). At lunchtime, hikers will return back to the ship for lunch on board. However, in case a full day hike will be scheduled, participants will receive a packed lunch. The guests (max 33) can be split into two groups under the guidance of experienced guides. The allocation of hiking groups takes place on site and takes into account the interest and condition of the guests. The hikes can not be determined in advance, because prevailing conditions influence the final program interpretation. The map outlines a possible (but not final) itinerary. Route The daily programs and the route as described here serve as a rough guide. The overall program, i.e. the hiking program (on land) and the itinerary of the ship (at sea) will adapt to the prevailing local weather, sea and snow conditions, and the daily program may vary considerably from the route shown. Availability of landing sites also plays a role in the selection of the program. The program is adapted in the case of interesting wildlife observations (e.g. whales). The final decision on where and in which way the hikes will be implemented will be made by the expedition leader on board. For the hiking program, it is recommended to bring ankle-high and sturdy hiking boots and gaiters. Hiking poles with deep snow plates are required (see detailed equipment list). Contoured with rugged mountains and cavernous fjords, Norway is renowned for its natural beauty. Its immense coastline has twice been voted by National Geographic as the best travel destination in the world. And it’s not just during the summer months that Norway shows off its splendors, but also the winter: The mountains are capped with snow, the sun hangs heavy on the skyline, and everything is embraced in a lustrous coat of frost. In the far north, about 500 km (310 miles) northeast of the Arctic Circle, the Lyngen and Kvaenangen fjords can be found. Between these two magnificent fjords, we find steep mountain ridges, remote islands, and a wealth of hiking opportunities. These areas define the rugged wilderness, ideal for exploration by foot or by sail. The itinerary depends largely on weather conditions and the amount of daylight during the voyage. These conditions dictate the route, sailing hours, and the harbors for the night. We intend to explore the fjords and islands by sail and also on foot. In case of heavier snow, we will use our onboard snowshoes. In winter the amount of daylight is limited, with about 10 hours of light at the end of February. The dramatic landscape under the low sun and long sunrise/sunset offers great opportunities for photography enthusiasts, but the dark hours will also not be wasted. Northern Norway is known to be one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. This amazing phenomenon can only be seen when it is dark and the sky is clear, with not much light pollution. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where we stay the night. During the voyage you may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, and the more-skittish fish otters, both year-round residents of the Norwegian fjords.
Day 7 – 8: Below the northern lights *
The next objective is to sail back toward the southwest, staying for the night in Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights. In the morning you embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 315-meter-high (1,033 feet) Småvasshaugen. That afternoon you sail back to Tromsø, where you spend the last night of the voyage, returning home the next day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Day 3 – 6: Into the Nordic fjords *
You then sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and may stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating from the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses to store the dried cod the town still exports for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau. Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes. From Hamnnes you sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon you find a harbor for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where we might climb the 240-meter-high (788 feet) Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Also in Burfjord, just 50 km (31 miles) from the northerly town of Alta, good hikes can be made. During the evenings and nights, with a clear sky, there are fine opportunities to see auroras.
Day 2: Lighting out toward Lyngen *
In the morning you depart from Tromsø, sailing through the Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden, toward the northeast. You arrive in the Nord-Lenangen Fjord that afternoon, just under the Lyngsfjella, or the Lyngen Alps, and stay there for the night. If conditions permit, you may also make a walk along the coast of the fjord, after which evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear if the sky is clear enough.
Day 1: Paris of the North *
Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age.
* = Indicative
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Rembrandt van Rijn, the ship servicing North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail

Rembrandt van Rijn

Vessel Type:  Expedition Yacht

Length: 56 metres

Passenger Capacity: 32

Built / refurbished: 1900's / 1994

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was originally built as a herring lugger. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-masted passenger sailing schooner in The Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2, 5 meters.

•The maximum engine speed is 9 knots

•She has an experienced crew of 12 on board including two tour guides •The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 cabins

•1 Triple Private cabin with porthole (with shower and toilet)

•6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole)

•9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole)

•The general interior public areas include a spacious restaurant area so that all meals can be taken together as well as separate bar area and reading table area

•There is room to relax, read and socialize

•The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers excellent open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas.

Rembrandt van Rijn deck © Amos Nachoum-Oceanwide ExpeditionsReading area © Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions

History

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

Perfect for expedition cruising among small islands

The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

Comfort and Character

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

- See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/s-v-rembrandt-van-rijn/#sthash.IBRETHkk.dpuf

History

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

Perfect for expedition cruising among small islands

The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

Comfort and Character

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

- See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/s-v-rembrandt-van-rijn/#sthash.IBRETHkk.dpuf
S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations. - See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/s-v-rembrandt-van-rijn/#sthash.IBRETHkk.dpuf

History

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

Perfect for expedition cruising among small islands

The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offer good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

Comfort and Character

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,5 meters. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).

- See more at: http://www.oceanwide-expeditions.com/our-fleet/ship/s-v-rembrandt-van-rijn/#sthash.IBRETHkk.dpuf
Cabin layout for Rembrandt van Rijn
• It’s said that there’s really no better way to get to know a new place than to explore it on foot. That’s why we offer a variety of hikes of various difficulties allowing you to choose anything between a hard day’s hike and an easy stroll that lets you take in the sights.

• Enjoy Northern Lights. One of the great attractions in the Arctic are the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis.

• Go shore based walking. Explore the last the true wildernesses of our planet on foot and absorb the beauty of the Polar Regions at your own pace.
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