- All meals are included. Breakfast is a buffet with hot and cold options, coffee and tea. The lunches will vary according to the activity on the day. Dinners will mainly be local cuisine, including of course fish, for years the mainstay of local industry.
- Guided Group
- Culture & Discovery
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- New trip
- Short breaks
- Winter Adventures
We meet at the Friluftssenter on Buksnesfjord for a warm welcome before settling in to our accommodation and heading to the restaurant for dinner.
Morning exploration of local area on foot; trip to the nearby valley for outdoor lunch and ice fishing on Lake Kringelvann.
Weather in the Vesteralen is unpredictable, and we may well re order some of the activities to better suit the conditions, however we often start our trips by exploring our immediate surroundings. The Friluftssenter enjoys a fanstastic location, just 50m from the shores of Buksnesfjord with views over the surrounding mountains. Our main focus today will be nearby Lake Kringelvann which sits a few kilometres from our accommodation in an impressive valley. This area is home to moose, arctic foxes and many species of bird. The lake itself can be reached on foot or in an adapted trailer pulled along by Nigel on his quad bike. The track is easy to follow for those that wish and winds through the forest and down to the shores of the lake itself, at the head of the valley. We can head out onto the lake, try some ice fishing or explore the valley a little further, trying to spot wild moose amongst the trees. Lunch is taken outdoors by a fire and consists of a simple but satisfying soup with local bread. Should the ice fishing go well there may be an arctic char or two to add to the grill!
Tour of Andoya's arctic coast, Space Centre Visit
Though our base on Buksnesfjord is spectacular, it is well worth exploring these islands further further. Today we take to the bus and drive across the main bridge to the next island, Andoya. This island is home to some of Norway's most beautiful beaches including northern Europe's longest, by the village of Bleik. We will also see the fishing village of Nordmela, one of those at the heart of the island's fishing industry. If conditions are with us we may see seals and eagles from the road. Our journey includes a stop at the dramatically named Andoya Space Center which launches rockets regularly to study the Aurora. On arrival we are shown round the visitor centre and watch a short film on the science behind the Aurora and the work done on Andoya to study it. We then begin our interactive experience with a mission simulation. There is a ground control centre and a simple flight shuttle simulation, allowing each of us to play a role. Getting into the spirit of this is great fun and an innovative way of bringing the science to life. The space centre visit can be done in the morning or afternoon, depending on weather conditions.
Reindeer farm visit, afternoon hot tub session and free time; evening meal in the lavvo.
Reindeer farming has been a huge part of life in the Arctic Circle for centuries and the Vesteralen Islands are no different. Today we meet Arild and Laila, local Sami reindeer farmers and see their herd. We then head into their lavvo to learn about the fascinating culture, history and lifestyle of the Sami people. Once over we transfer back to the Friluftssenter for lunch, after which we have free time to explore and enjoy further photographic opportunities, as Nigel fires up the outdoor hot tub for those that wish. For our final night we head up to the Friluftssenter's Lavvo for a traditional meal around a roaring fire.
Transfer to Evenes
Our trip ends on Buknesfjord, though you are equally welcome to join our transfer to Evenes airport.