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Natural History Sailing Expeditions
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) Holidays
|Our main area of interest in Norway is the north west encompassing the Lofoten Islands and the dramatic fjords which carve their way in and out of the nearby mainland.
The Lofoten Islands form a sweeping arc protruding out from the mainland of north western Norway. The sea here is deep, clear and warmed by the Gulf Stream. The Lofoten Islands emerge high and steep out from sea providing some of the most dramatic coastal scenery to be found anywhere.
The Norwegian mainland close to these islands can be as dramatic as the islands themselves. The whole coast from just south of the Lofotens right up to Europe's northernmost point at Nordkapp, have been identified by the WWF as some of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world and among the most biologically diverse in the Arctic.
For many years’ huge schools of herring migrated to the region between October and December seeking winter refuge close to shore and in one or two fjords close to the mainland. Following close behind were around 500 Killer Whales or Orcas which fed almost exclusively on these herring. Over recent years the numbers of sightings of Orca have reduced dramatically. No one can say where the herring have moved to, or if they will return, but when they do, the Orca will be following.
One of the best ways of exploring the stunning scenery of this area is with our Arctic Sailing Expedition aboard a classic two-masted schooner. The tranquillity of sailing within spectacular scenic fjords and observing wildlife without intrusion enhances your contact with this Arctic coastline. Those keen to participate in the sailing of the vessel are welcome to assist and be part of an international team of polar travellers in the tradition of the 19th Century explorers. Another great reason for sailing in the Arctic at this time of the year is the opportunity to observe the incredible Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Photographs kindly provided by: Sonia van Berlkel, Jan Belgers, Tiu Simila
Tall Ship Sailing - Expedition Cruise Holiday - Orca Safaris - Responsible Travel - Climate Neutral - Rainforest4Climate - Killer Whales - Orcas - Tysfjord - Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights