Winter Sail with Valiente - Northern lights and whales around Lyngen and Skjervøy

21,800 NOK

november 22 - 26. november 2023

5 days

The feeling of sailing underneath the dancing northern lights accompanied only by the sound of wind and waves, is hard to describe in words. On this trip, we hope to give you the experience of this feeling. Onboard our comfortable expedition vessel Valiente, between the majestic peaks of Lyngen and northern Troms.

Northern Norway, and especially the area around Tromsø, is the epicentre for the famous Aurora Borealis, and we will sail straight into the middle of the Aurora’s stage. From Tromsø to Lyngen, Skjervøy, Ringvassøy and Reinfjord, we will visit historical fishing settlements, anchorages and small harbours free from light pollution, and sail underneath the alpine snow-covered peaks that plunge into the sea.

We will aim for the parts of these northern fjords which the herring call their winter home. These schools of small fish attract huge predators; orcas and humpback whales. As the whales come to our coast to feed, they will most easily be found where the herring are. Over the past few years, the main wintering area of the herring has moved from Tromsø to Skjervøy, but nobody knows exactly where the feeding frenzy will take place this year. Luckily we are ready to spend the necessary time at sea to get to wherever the whales and herring are! 

The winter months up here in the North are characterized by the polar night, where the sun rises above the horizon only briefly each day, if at all. This is not only a good thing for catching the Aurora, but it also makes all the light we actually get during the day super beautiful. Imagine a day with three hours of continuous sunrise/sunset among some of the most stunning landscapes our beautiful coastline has to offer!

Along the way we will also have bonfires on the beach, catch our own fish for dinner, and do some hiking on land.

To be well-prepared for the Arctic winter we will use the proudness of our fleet; our sturdy and comfortable 70 feet expedition yacht Valiente. More info and pictures of the boat can be found here. The boat has enough space and privacy to make you feel at home, and sufficient power to charge all cameras and gadgets. On board Valiente everybody will find ideal spots to rest and tune into the pure and honest nature surrounding us.

Our skipper onboard knows all the secret anchorages for night-skygazing, fun facts about the whales, and the folktales about the Aurora.

As with all our trips, you will get to learn how to sail along the way, and join in on all tasks onboard. Our professional skipper is no stranger to sailing in the Arctic winter and is keen to show you the ropes. Whether this is your first trip on a sailboat or you’re already an experienced seafarer, you are bound to be challenged by sailing the rough Norwegian Sea in the polar darkness! Don’t feel like spending every day out in the cold wind and snow? That’s no problem. Keeping the rest of the crew warm and happy with a hot chocolate can also be an essential task on an expedition like this.

The whole trip was a truly great experience! It was awesome to go without knowing anybody, and meet a group of so lovely people. The skippers were incredibly skilfull, and they always smiled. For me, who's never been north of Trondheim it was really big to experience this raw landscape, the northern light and come so close on to the whales. SailNorway delivered a great and raw experience, which I will take with me for the rest of my life!

Tiril Berg

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