Join a 3 night trip over the Spring Equinox. Historically, the Northern Lights are often brighter and more colourful around the Spring and Autumn equinoxes. Our base will be in Vesterålen, which is a fantastic location allowing us to spend the daytime visiting some of the most picturesque locations in the region.
This trip also includes an eagle safari and a specially customised visitor experience at Andøy Space where you can learn more about the northern lights and the research that happens at Norway’s Andøya Space Centre.
The average temperature at this time of year is -1ºC or 30ºF. At this time of year we generally have a lot of snow on the ground as well as frozen fjords and lakes.
Upon arrival at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for the evening. The journey time is approximately 2 hours. Dinner is not provided on this first evening but there will be opportunities to buy food en route from the airport to your hotel.
If weather and aurora conditions are good then we will plan to chase the lights tonight. There may even be an opportunity to view them whilst travelling from airport to hotel.
Please see the ‘How to Get Here’ tab above for information on the flights you can choose to arrive on.
Today we will drive the stunning scenic route to the top of Andøya, Vesterålen’s northernmost island. Journey distance is 100km (65 miles) and there will be the opportunity to stop for photos at lots of locations on the way and on the way back. Andøya is most famous for its weathered mountains and long sandy beaches. The island is also home to Norway’s Space Centre which is one of the most active aurora research facilities on the planet.
We will visit Spaceship Aurora at the Andøya Rocket Range. There will be short movie presentations followed by the Spaceship Aurora experience where you will be a part of the crew on a simulated aurora borealis research mission.
After dinner at the hotel we will again plan an aurora chase.
After breakfast we will head out to the far west of Vesterålen, travelling again through some of the most beautiful Arctic scenery. Today is all about the wildlife, notably the majestic White-Tailed Sea Eagle. After a presentation about the sea eagles you will board a boat and sail out amongst the smaller islands along the coast in search of sea eagles. This excursion has never failed to deliver incredible photo opportunities and is the best way to get close to the sea eagles in their natural habitat.
Upon returning to the harbour you will enjoy a tasty hot soup lunch before we make our way back to the hotel for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
This is our last opportunity of seeing the Northern Lights again so we will plan to go out once more.
After an early breakfast we will travel back to Harstad-Narvik airport, arriving in time for you to meet your flight home. Journey time is approximately 2 hours.
Please see the ‘How to Get Here’ tab above for information on the flights you can choose to depart on.
Sortland’s newest hotel with 128 modern rooms, opened in 2021 has a unique harbourside location right in the heart of the town. It offers panoramic views of the sea and scenic mountains of Vesterålen.
The ground floor restaurant serves continental buffet breakfasts and dinners with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is surrounded with a monumental glass facade giving stunning views across the water.
We collect and drop off guests at our local airport, Harstad-Narvik. The airport code is EVE.
To arrive at Harstad-Narvik you will need to take a flight from Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) which is Norway’s international airport. There are several daily flights between Oslo Gardemoen (OSL) and Harstad-Narvik (EVE). These flights are operated by Norwegian and SAS. The flight time is approximately 1h 40m.
We recommend you arrive and depart on one of the flights listed below.
|Arriving at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) from Oslo (OSL) on 18 March 2024
|Depart OSL: 17:55
|Arrive EVE: 19:35
|Depart OSL: 16:00
|Arrive EVE: 17:45
|Harstad-Narvik (EVE) to Oslo (OSL) on 21 March 2024
|Depart EVE: 10:50
|Arrive OSL: 12:35
|Depart EVE: 11:05
|Arrive OSL: 12:50
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There are many international airlines that fly to Oslo (OSL). Please contact us or chat to us now for advice about flying to Norway from your country.
If you are flying from outside of Europe then generally we recommend you arrive in Oslo at least one night before your internal flight to Harstad-Narvik.
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