ARCTIC summer outdoor adventureS IN NORWAY for families
Dutchexplorers organises family summer adventures in the period June - September, and we welcome you to experience summer in Arctic Norway. These outdoor travels are loaded with a wide variety of outdoor adventures and is the perfect choice if you like to explore Norwegian nature with your kids, In June and July the days are endless with the midnight sun. In August the nights and sunsets return, and there are enormous amounts of berries waiting to be picked. In September the northern lights are visible again (and if you are lucky in mid-August too). This outdoor adventure is organised in an area called Steigen, superb nature, no tourist traps and off-the-beaten-track. You can look forward to steep mountains, impressive fjords, a coastline full of islands and wild rivers running through dense forests. Welcome to our Arctic wilderness.
DURATION: 7 or 9 days (stay longer: no problem!). DATES: flexible starting dates (June - September). COSTS: prices from 1224 EURO per person (not including flights). Costs includes cozy accommodation, breakfast & lunch, a private guide and more than 10 micro adventures to choose from. Compose your own family adventure!
Facts, dates, costs and general information
Here are the facts of this family adventure. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you want to discuss your plans.
Dates and booking information
This family trip (7 days or 9 days) is organised in the period 1 June - 31 September 2019.
FLEX DATES AND DURATION
Starting dates and the duration (longer/shorter) are flexible. Contact us and tell us in which period you like to travel and we try to arrange that.
Name: Steigen Arctic Outdoor Summer Adventure Norway (Families)
The costs of joining this outdoor adventure is printed below, Included are overnight stays in coszy(seaside) accommodation, a private guide, more than 10 micro adventures to choose from, lunch and breakfast, camp occasionally in tents (if you like) and all transports during the trip.
SEVEN DAYS FAMILY ADVENTURE:
3 persons: 1496 Euro per person (4488 Euro total)
4 persons: 1360Euro per person (5440 Euro total)
5 persons: 1224 Euro per person (6120 Euro total)
NINE DAYS FAMILY ADVENTURE:
3 persons: 1720 Euro per person (5161 Euro total)
4 persons: 1564 Euro per person (6256 Euro total)
5 persons: 1408 Euro per person (7038 Euro total)
Flights to Norway and (ferry) transfers (to Steigen) are not included.
ROAD TRIP (OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO THE TRIP)
We can arrange a fantastic road trip from Bodo to Steigen (250 km of breathtaking scenery through the Norwegian mountains). You will be picked up in Bodo and you skip the ferry trip. The road trip takes (with stops on scenic places) 6-8 hours. The cost are 450 EURO (based on 4 passengers). Many people choose for a road trip on the way to us and return with the ferry, to get two impressive experiences of the area.
DINNER (OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO THE TRIP)
Some families like to make dinner themselves and have some time together with the family. But you can choose to upgrade and we serve you dinner. We can cook dinner for you Inside or outside, even with our latest catch from the sea or cook some traditional Norwegian dishes. Costs are 350 EURO for 2 adults and 2 children, based on a 7 days stay.
IS YOUR FAMILY BIGGER
Ask us for prices and possibilities if you want to add family members.
RENT OF (MOUNTAINS) CABINS
If you like to stay overnight in (mountain) cabins on some days during the trip, then we have to pay a maintenance fee or do a donation to the local community. We share these costs among staff and guests. Costs are approximately 30 Euro per person or less.
STAY ALSO IN TENTS (OPTION)?
If you like to camp in tents on some days during your trip, we can arrange that. We have cozy tipi-tents and other roomy tents suitable for families. This option is free! You only have to bring sleeping bags or rent those from us.
LOCATION and how to get there
WHERE DOES IT TAKES PLACE
This trip starts and ends in a small fishing village named Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen (Nordland) in the north of Norway. There is a good ferry connection from Bodø. This fast ferry (hurtigbat in Norwegian) takes you in approximately 1 hour from Bodø to Helnessund. Daily departures in the afternoon. It is a 20 minute walk from the airport to the harbor in the city center where the ferry departs.
The nearest airport is Bodø. You can take a domestic flight from Oslo for instance or enjoy a 17 hours train ride from Oslo. Check vy.no for more information about travelling by train.
We can give you suggestions for hostels or hotels in Bodo if you like.
We can arrange a fantastic road trip from Bodo to Steigen (250 kms of breathtaking scenery. You will be picked up in Bodo and you skip the ferry trip. The road trip takes (with stops on scenic places) 6-8 hours. The cost are 450 EURO (based on 4 passengers).
LEVEL AND SKILLS
This family outdoor adventure is suitable for everyone who is basic fit and we can adjust the level easily and we are flexible. Travelling with young children is different from travelling with 18 year old kids. Our goal is to give you a good time in the Norwegian nature with an adventure that fits you.
You will stay overnight in a cozy seaside apartment or similar accommodation with shower, cooking facilities and bedrooms close to our base in Steigen. We arrange breakfast and lunch. You can spent the evenings with your family and cook your own dinner or upgrade, and we serve you great meals (including Norwegian dishes).
If you like to stay overnight in (mountain) cabins on some days during the trip, we have to pay a maintenance fee or do a donation to the local community. We share these costs amongst staff and guests.
If you like to stay overnight in expedition tents or a tipi tent in great surroundings or on a remote island, then we can arrange that. No extra costs.
HOW does it work
Contact us and tell us when you like to travel to Norway. This is a 7 days or 9 days trip, but we can make it longer or shorter. Give us an idea what kind of adventures you want to do during your stay and we arrange that. Depending on the age of the children we make a program that fits. After we have discussed the trip, you will receive a proposal by email. If you're satisfied with that you can book the trip on our website. We will sent you a confirmation and invoice.
LIKE TO KNOW MORE...?
Contact us to compose your trip and see which dates are available and we like to discuss your plans. We will give you an offer.
MORE THAN 10 MICRO OUTDOOR ADVENTURES TO CHOOSE FROM...
You can choose out of more than 10 micro adventures during your trip. Take a look at the possibilities like sea-kayaking, hiking wilderness camping and much more. We like to teach, so it is not a problem if you are not so experienced. The level of activities will be tailored to your wishes and the age of your children. Check the details!
Observe ARCTIC WildlifeWe love to go out wildlife spotting, but nature is not a ZOO. So, we need to put some effort in it and we have to be bit lucky. On our trips we might see moose, giant sea-eagles, puffins, hare, foxes, seals and otter. It is great fun to go out in the early morning and stroll through wild areas and observe wildlife.
the fun of outdoor cookingWe love to cook outside on a bonfire and we are quite good in it. So, we like to teach you what we now and bake for instance bread on a hot plate or prepare some fish on a grill. We also like to work with traditional Norwegian ingredients like dried fish or meat. In July and August there are fresh berries to be found. In September we go hunting edible mushrooms.
A great variety of outdoor micro adventures...
You can choose out of 10+ outdoor adventures during your stay with us. Remember that we also depend on weather and wind conditions for some activities. Some outdoor activities consume quite some time, so we probably cannot do all of them on one trip. So your selection of micro adventures helps us to make a rough plan, and we can adjust it during your stay.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Here are some answers on frequently asked questions about these family adventures. Feel free to contact us if you have other questions.
Is there a day to day itinerary?
No, but there is a rough plan that we make when you book the trip. The actual weather and wind conditions are important factors for our daily plans. So when you arrive we make a kind of schedule based on the forecasts, but this might change. It is the Arctic and even in the warm summer time, weather can change quickly. So, you have to have a flexible and open mindset. Weather is the boss and we make short-term plans to get the most out of it and have a great time.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS IF I LIKE TO ADD MORE FAMILY MEMBERS?
The costs of this trip is based on 2 adults and 1, 2 or 3 children (of any age). If you like to add more family members like children, friends, grandparents or even another family, contact us and we can give you a quote.
HOW TOUGH ARE THE ACTIVITIES?
Depending on the age of the children and the fitness level of the parents we can easily scale the activities to a level that suits you. We like to show you the Norwegian scenery and connect you to nature, that is more important than hiking up the highest mountain.
MY HUSBAND WANT TO DO TOUGH THINGS AND I LIKE TO RELAX
We are used to situations where one of the parents wants to take it easy and the other wants to do more tough and adventurous things. And it is not always the father that wants to do the tough things... So, just discuss these kind of things with us and we make a plan.
WE want to stay in tents and cabins and no apartment
That is possible. We have tipi-tents that are great for families.
HOW LONG BEFORE THE START I HAVE TO BOOK
If you book early (more than a few months ahead) we have more choices in accommodation and starting dates. And flights will be cheaper... But we are used to improvise and we are good in that. So we can arrange your trip a few weeks in advance.
CAn senior TRAVELLERS also join these trips
Yes, we have those requests and we like it that different generations travel together. We like to organise in a way that everybody has a good time.
CAN THE DURATION OF THE TRIP BE LONGER OR SHORTER
Yes! Longer is seldom a problem. Do not make your stay stay too short. It takes some time to get acclimatized and get rid of all kinds of stress.
are other trips on your website suitable for families
Some of the trips can be adjusted to fit families. Just ask us and we make a plan.
DISCOVER THE AMAZING NATURE OF STEIGEN
The municipality of Steigen (1000 km2) is located 150 km north of the polar circle and just 50 km north of the airport of Bodø. Nature is amazing here and from a distance the coastline of the Lofoten islands is visible. Steigen offers unspoilt wild nature and you won't meet many tourists. The coastline is full of islands and jagged mountains with great views over the sea. More inland we find lakes, valleys and waterfalls. In the north there are two national parks: Rago and Sjunkhatten. Check all the details below.
nature of steigen
So, here is some information about the area that we explore during this expedition. Steigen is 1000 km2 big and has a variety of landscapes and terrain.
The coastline is characterized by dramatic jagged mountains that reach sea level. The coastline has many sandy beaches and very typical are the birch and pine forests that almost meet the sea. There are many islands and islets close to the shore, but also further away. The water is crystal clear and is full of life. It is a great playground for kayaking or (if you dare) some Arctic snorkeling with a drysuit. Some of the archipelagos are nature reserves or bird sanctuaries. There is also a lot of history and remains of older times. There are interesting fjords to explore and just a hike up a hill and get a view over the wide Vestfjord with the Lofoten islands in the background is a treat for your eyes and camera.
The mountains of Steigen
The mountains are steep, but there are trails that also can be done in wintertime (we take crampons or snowshoes with us). The views are magnificent and there are cozy cabins in the mountains and also in the lower areas that we can use for staying overnight. Most of the mountain lakes freeze in the winter time and offer possibilities for ice fishing.
The valleys and forests
The valleys in Steigen offer great opportunities for hikes on sea level, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If the temperatures are above zero the valleys can be quite wet and swampy with many small streams to cross. So hiking is quite adventurous out here. There are a lot of waterfalls and some of them will be frozen in the winter. Encounters with foxes, moose and reindeer are quite common. Pine and birch forests are inviting for a hike and we like to stay overnight in tents or (heated) tipi in wild surroundings.
Glaciers, nature reserves, and national parks
In the south of Steigen, we find the Helldalsisen glacier and this area is part of the Sjunkhatten national park. There are no roads here and the area can only be visited by boat.
Steigen has quite some interesting things to see of the iron age, the times of the Vikings and more recently fortifications from WWII.
midnight sun and northern lights
From the end of May the period of the midnight sun will start, and that means the sun is always above the horizon north of the Arctic Circle until the beginning of August.
The northern lights maybe visible on some days from mid August to the end of August. Chances are better in September, because the evnings and nights are longer.
facts about the WEATHER AND CLIMATE here
The temperature in this period varies between 1o and 20 degrees Celsius (and sometimes more). The warm Gulfstream provides a mild climate during the Arctic summer.
Weather changes quickly in the Arctic, so we have to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Because our plans are depending on weather conditions, we make daily plans for our activities.
Water temperatures are rising from around 9 to 12 degrees Celsius during the Arctic summer. In shallow areas (near beaches) temperatures can be higher.
wildlife in the area
There are not many people living in this area (2500 in 1000 km2) and there is a lot of wild nature. So, this makes it a perfect place for encounters with wildlife. Remember it is not a ZOO and we have to be lucky, silent and determined.
There is a huge amount of the giant sea-eagles living in Steigen and they can be spotted in the mountains and also near the coastline. We will certainly spot these amazing birds.
Moose and (wild) reindeer can be spotted in the forest, valleys and sometimes close to the beaches. While driving we have to be careful, because they can cross the roads.
Well, there is more to see for example foxes, hare, lynx, grouse, and seabirds.
Near the coast and on the islands we might see seals, otter and sometimes small whales or dolphins. When we are out on the sea with our small expedition vessel we even might see killer whales, but we have to be very lucky for that. that.
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