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North Norway, Aurora Borealis, Hike, and Sail

An Arctic Expedition aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn

Trip Level

This trip is rated 1, Easy. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. No experience is necessary for snowshoeing and it's easy for anyone in good physical condition. You will need to be able to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and daily hikes that will range from two hours to full-day hikes.

Additional note: Hiking/snowshoeing (two hiking options to choose from)

At the beginning of the season, there is still snow on the coastline, valleys, and in the mountains. For this reason, there is an option to use snowshoes during hikes on this voyage. Snowshoeing is easy for anyone in good physical condition and requires no technical knowledge. With the use of snowshoes, you can move faster and safer on the snow. Snowshoes are available on board (free of charge) and fit all shoe sizes.

As a rule, daily hikes of two to three hours are planned in the morning and/or afternoon. Approximately 330 to 660 feet of altitude may be climbed per day, depending on the hike. At midday, hikers return for lunch aboard the vessel, but in the event of a full-day hike, participants will receive a packed lunch. For all hikes, guests (maximum of 33) are split into two groups under the guidance of experienced guides who take into account the interests and physical fitness of the participants. Hiking routes cannot be determined in advance, because local conditions (ice, weather, etc.) influence the final program. The map outlines a possible but not final itinerary, as all itineraries are subject to change.

Kayak Skills Progression Camp in cooperation with TRAK

Ever wanted to join a course that teaches useful and effective kayaking skills? Now you can learn from the experts, and all in a fantastic Arctic environment. Join the ship's Kayak Skills Progression Camp, in cooperation with TRAK, available to an exclusive group of four to eight kayakers. Participants will be split into two groups of four people, and each group will be offered one outing per day (morning or afternoon) of one to two hours. Ideally, you'd get five activity days from Sunday to Thursday, depending on local conditions.

The supplemental fee for this activity covers your use of industry-leading TRAK single-seater kayaks and dry suits for the duration of your trip, but if you have your own dry suit, it is recommended to use that instead. For kayakers who bring their own TRAK kayak and dry suit, no supplemental fee will be charged. Basic kayaking experience is helpful but not a requirement.

Physical fitness, however, is essential. Since it can be breezy and cool in the early season (Arctic springtime), please bring your own thermal layers for additional warmth. This course is aimed at beginners and intermediate kayakers who want to kayak in sheltered fjords, bays, and small secluded harbors. It’s a fun activity in a leisurely format, focusing on education and skills progression. Morning kayakers will return for lunch aboard the vessel at midday, after which they’ll swap activities with morning hikers.

All kayak outings will operate under the guidance of seasoned kayak guides who will take into account the experience and physical fitness levels of the participants. Kayak groups will also be escorted by one Zodiac boat for added safety. Kayaking routes cannot be determined in advance, because local conditions will have an influence on the final program. The map therefore outlines a possible but not final itinerary, as all itineraries are subject to change.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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