The mountains and fjords of the Vesterålen archipelago in Northern Norway are a nature lovers’ paradise; by day white-tailed eagles and seals compete for herring in the frozen waters and by night the northern lights swirl over towering snow-capped peaks and islets. On this tour designed with photography in mind, join guesthouse host and nature photographer Ian on a wildlife discovery on the edge of the Arctic.
Fly to Harstad/Narvik Airport in Evenes via Oslo. From here, please collect your luggage and then board the airport shuttle bus to Sortland where you will be met and transferred to Ringstad Sjøhus – a warm and welcoming traditional wooden guesthouse on the edge of the fjord, surrounded by islets and mountains. After dinner, meet the photographer for tips and hints on capturing the aurora borealis before heading out on a northern lights hunt. (D)
Enjoy a nature photography workshop, learning skills to capture wildlife and landscapes in the arctic light, before joining the photographer in search of white-tailed eagles. Travel by boat through the fjords to an area where the giant birds swoop for herring in the icy waters. Whales, seals and sea otters are also regularly sighted. Venture out after dinner for another attempt to capture the flickering ribbons of the northern lights. (B,L,D)
Before sunrise is the best time to search for Norway’s elusive moose. Join the photographer and guide on an early morning safari to search for the giant beasts before donning snowshoes for a trek to Vetten. Here, snow-covered panoramas from the top of the mountain are picture-perfect. After dinner, await the northern lights around an open fire. (B,L,D)
Join a local guide on a half-day minibus tour of the archipelago, learning about life in this isolated part of Northern Norway. The sightseeing tour is specially designed to visit top viewpoints and photogenic locations. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Sortland Bus Station where the airport shuttle bus will take you to the Harstad/Narvik Airport in Evenes for your onward flight. (B)