The Lofoten, an island group in Arctic Norway that is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Cultivated for thousands of years and from the 5th century the refuge of the Vikings. An area with a special history. A landscape with special colors. A source of inspiration for writers and artists through the ages.
Here the sea collides with the mountains, creating special clouds. And when the sun is low, there is a special effect between the light and the landscape.
The Lofoten are steep mountains that give way to beaches of yellow sand and clear water. It looks like ‘Little Switzerland by the sea’.
Norway is one of the best places for whale watching. Sperm whales, orcas, humpback whales, pilot whales and dolphins live along the coast. In the north of Norway you have the best chance of seeing whales.
If it is dark enough from the second half of August there is a chance to see the NorthernLights. The Northern Light is located on a circle around the poles and the Lofoten and the northern coastal area are good areas to see it.
On the Meander we offer 4 double standard cabins with shared showers/toilets and double comfort cabins with private shower/toilet. Our cook on board will make daily varied meals for you. On deck, our crew will show you how to set the sails, navigate and steer the ship. They wil bring you with zodiacs to shore to explore the landscape.
21.10.2024 (18:00) – 29.10.2024 (10:00)
orca's & Northern lights 1
orca's & Northern lights 2
Nature lovers and photographers alike will love this trip. There is a world of magic and wonder to discover, that is Northern Norway.
Spending our days weaving through the fjords the panoramic landscapes of steep mountain peaks cascading into sheltered waters will encompass us. Our exact itinerary is of course determined by the weather but is sure to lead us past picturesque fishing villages with quaint harbours, isolated anchorages and pristine scenery. Along the way unexpected encounters with wildlife will be a joy to behold. There are few other places in the world where it is so likely to see large pods of whales. Of course we cannot predict sightings, we simply take the gifts of nature as they are granted to us. As night falls, in favorable weather conditions we will turn our gaze to the sky in search of the northern lights.
Also known as Aurora Borealis, they are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena and Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see them. Without warning the sky lights up with dancing ribbons of colour varying from the most common green to hues of red and purple. Meander will visit places and harbours with little light pollution, giving the perfect chance to enjoy and photograph the Northern Lights in all their magnificence. While no sighting or particular colour of the northern lights can be guaranteed the odds are very good at this time of year in the places we venture with the Meander. Our experienced crew already have many beautiful places to show you over the course of the journey, yet we are continually on the lookout for new sights and areas to explore and discover with our guests. Exploring this area on a ship such as Meander allows us to venture to places that otherwise remain out of reach. Our main aim is to enchant you with a unique experience of Northern Norway.
The planning of the itinerary depends directly on the weather and light conditions. The crew sets the route based on the weather forecasts in order to provide you with the best possible experience. The vast, un-spoilt fjord and coastal landscapes of northern Norway are guaranteed to ensure an unforgettable experience. The journey starts in Tromsø. This winter wonderland shines through the Polar night and Arctic winters like a beacon during the dark times. The city is home to numerous museums where you can immerse yourself in arctic history and the development of the city. Exploring the city allows you to experience a taste of Norwegian culture and cosiness even during the short days of the polar night.
Upon arrival, you will meet the crew and your fellow travelers and move into your cabin. The crew will assist you and give you a briefing about the ship and safety. With everyone onboard and acquainted we are set for the adventure to begin and the Meander is expected to sail. If the weather is unsuitable, casting off to begin our adventure will be the next morning. On this journey, no day will be the same. We will enjoy wonderful hiking routes, breathtaking views and passing panoramas by day. By night we will be alongside in quaint harbours or anchoring in beautiful bays to admire the Northern Lights. You will be updated on the itinerary at all times. Days, are at this time of year are rapidly getting shorter in Norway. The twilight period paints the landscapes that encompass us in the most beautiful light creating perfect conditions for photography. The dark night skies will, with any luck, come alive with Northern Lights. The tranquility of the Meander at anchor offers you long evenings on deck with a warm drink in awe of the northern lights or sharing a cosy evening in the saloon with your fellow travelers. The small, historic villages we visit along the way are perfect for short hikes to explore the scenery from the land, or evening strolls to explore the local culture after the Meander has docked in a picturesque harbour.
As we are on a sailing ship, sailing is an active part of daily life. Ideally we are making way under sail as often as possible and as soon as the weather permits. The Meander is an easy-to-use sailing ship that is a lot of fun. Our crew will always invite you to take an active role in the sailing if that is your heart’s desire. The serenity of the fjords, framed by majestic mountains come into their own even more when the Meander glides through the water without engine noise.
Possible ports and anchorages: We do not have a fixed itinerary with pre-determined destinations that are integral to the trip and experience. Instead, planning is flexible, from day to day, taking the groups interests as well as wind and weather into account. We know from many years’ experience in Northern Norway and Svalbard that this approach produces the most beautiful travel experiences and makes the weather a guide leading us to new discoveries rather than a potential disruptive factor. This is a selection of places we may visit on this trip. South route possible ports: Andfjord , Senja , Andenes, Gryllefjord , Skrolsvik , Sommarøy , Harstad , Nusfjord , Reine and various anchorages.
On board Meander we will have the rare pleasure to explore the coast of Northern Norway in the glimmer of the polar lights in November.
Our journey begins with the embarkation in Tromsoe, from where we go in search of whales. This is an ideal time to observe Orca’s and Humpback whales, which are attracted here by numerous schools of herring in search of food. We do not follow a fixed or strict itinerary, but take advantage of whale watching time whenever we get the chance and plan spontaneous numerous shore excursions.
During our travel time, the days become much shorter and during the nights, the magical light shows of the Northern Lights can often be seen in the sky. Picturesque, small fishing villages await us – now away from the summer hustle and bustle. And an enchanting mountain landscape surrounded by a fabulous fjord landscape. Not infrequently we can observe the mystical activity of the polar lights.
Conclusion: A wonderfully mystical and relaxed travel experience – away from the summer hustle and bustle. And this together in a small group with whale watching with the Meander- a real pleasure!