Destination: Lofoten Archipelago, northern Norway
Essence of the Trip: This Epic Weekend will take you on a breath-taking journey to some of the most hidden and remote fjords of Norway – reaching as far north as the Arctic Circle – for an incredible and unique trekking and skiing experience. For three nights you’ll stay on a yacht sailing around the snow-covered fjords and peaks, including the mighty Geitgaljen and majestic Middagstindan mountains. You’ll be taken to the hidden fjords of Lofoten, where you’ll find yourself in the prime spot for witnessing the northern lights and the Aurora storms. Lofoten is a truly epic location, sitting in an archipelago of islands stretching 200km southeast into the Atlantic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle; here you can expect to find yourself trekking and skiing the most dramatic mountain scenery amidst awe-inspiring views of the mountains disappearing into the icy ocean. The peaks might not stand as tall as the other Alps of Norway, but with untouched powder covering the steep slopes sliding all the way to the sea, you can literally hike to the top of a mountain before you ski right to the water’s edge.
You’ll fly into Svolvær airport before being whisked off to your home for the next three nights – a beautifully kitted out sail boat. Your classic yacht is made for handling the icy arctic conditions and is equipped to the highest standard, making this the perfect boat for the intrepid explorer. You’ll meet the Captain and crew before having a delicious dinner cooked for you by the on-board professional chef, ready for your adrenaline-inducing trip into the fjords.
Day two of this snowy adventure sees you travel towards Geitgaljen – an amazing mountain approximately two hours’ sailing time from Svolvær. Start the trek from the boat to Geitgaljen (1085m above sea level) before hitting the untouched powder and steep slopes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for some of the most incredible views imaginable.
On the third day of this epic weekend you’ll sail towards Trollfjorden – a spectacular small fjord with steep walls and a narrow entrance, where you will have breakfast on board before you set off towards Middagstindan (929m above sea level) for more thrills skiing down the steep fjord slopes.
On your final day, enjoy breakfast on board as you travel back to Svolvær, stopping by Vaterfjordpollen to climb Rundfiellet (803m above sea level). This mountain north of Svolvær provides a spectacular panoramic view in every direction; the perfect ending to your epic weekend.
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