NORTHERN LIGHTS FAMILY ADVENTURE (AUTUMN)
If you like to explore Norwegian nature with your family in superb surroundings like impressive mountains, waterfalls, forests, fjords and beaches, then this adventurous trip is something to consider. You can choose out a variety of outdoor activities, suitable for children of different ages. So you can design your own trip. During your stay with us you and your children can learn a lot and there is also enough time to relax. We go to a variety of wild places and nature reserves to do all kinds of outdoor activities. This region, named Steigen in northern Norway, covers 1000 square kilometers and most of it is pure nature. Also a good spot to observe the northern lights. This family trip is perfect if you want to get to know the beauty of Norway. Discover the fjords, mountains, islands and sea just north of the Arctic Circle. The Autumn version of this trip is organized in September, October and November. Costs: from 4500 - 5500 EUR (9 days). Longer stays are possible.
Facts, dates, costs and general information
Here are the facts of this outdoor adventure. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you want to discuss your plans. Check also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers on general questions.
Dates and booking information
September, October, November 2020
The duration is 9 days. But that can be extended. Check this page for options or contact us for specific wishes.
Starting and ending dates are flexible.
ARCTIC CIRCLE OUTDOOR FAMILY ADVENTURE
COSTS AND ACCOMMODATION
The costs of joining this family outdoor adventure (9 days) are:
2 parents and 1 child are 4500 Euro.
2 parents and 2 children are 5000 Euro.
2 parents and 3 children are 5500 Euro.
A longer trip is possible. See the options on this web page.
This includes a selection of the outdoor activities mentioned on this page, accommodation, guiding, equipment, breakfast & dinner and local transfers during the trip.
Included are 3 overnight stays in cozy cabins, cottages and other accommodation. The other days you stay in tipi-tents. If you like to stay more than 3 nights in cabins or other accommodation the costs are around 30-35 Euro per night per person (depending on availability) and we pay this to the locals or owner of the accommodation. We recommend a mix of tents, cabins and other accommodation. Usually we can arrange extra nights in case you change plans during the trip. It is possible to have the children in a separate tent.
Flights and transfers to our base are not included.
LOCATION and how to get there
This trip starts and ends on our base in a small fishing village named Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen (Nordland) in the north of Norway. Our base is located 50 km north of Bodø and has a good ferry connection.
The nearest airport is Bodø. To fly to Bodø you usually change flights in Oslo. There are multiple flights daily between Oslo and Bodø.
TRAVELING BY TRAIN IN NORWAY (OPTION)
An option is to enjoy a 17 hours train ride from Oslo to Bodø. Check vy.no for more information about traveling by train. The so-called minipris ticket can be an economical way to travel (only online available and you have to buy it well in advance).
There is a good ferry connection from Bodø to our base. This fast ferry (hurtigbat in Norwegian) takes you in approximately 1 hour from Bodø to Helnessund. Daily departures are in the afternoon, on most of the days at 6 PM. It is a 20-minute walk from the airport to the harbor in the city center where the ferry departs. At the end of the course, this ferry will also take you back to Bodo (daily departures, most of them in the early morning, around 8 AM).
TAKE YOUR TIME
We recommend that you arrive 1 day before the start of this trip in Bodø and take some time to acclimatize and get rid of travel and work stress. We can give you suggestions for hostels or hotels in Bodø. You can also add a stay overnight in Bodo at the end of the trip.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
This outdoor adventure is suitable for people on beginner, intermediate and advanced level of outdoor experience. We adapt the activities to the age of your children. Some of the activities on this page are not suited for young children, but teenagers can do these. If you like to learn more about the level of our trips and what skills you need, take a look here....
EQUIPMENT AND PACKING LIST
The equipment for the activities are included in the price like wetsuits for kayaking and snorkeling and fishing rods for fishing. For tenting we provide sleeping mattresses. You need to bring a sleeping bag or rent one from us.
Here is the link to the packing list. You can always ask us when you have any questions. Some of the equipment can be rented, like small backpacks, head lights and more. You do not need a big backpack for family travels.
THE ROUGH PLAN OF THE FAMILY ADVENTURE
The municipality of Steigen is located in the north of Norway just above the Arctic Circle. Here is our base situated and we are surrounded by superb scenery. This part of Norway is still undiscovered and is not overwhelmed by tourists. We find here excellent beaches, jagged mountains, dense forests, wild valleys, waterfalls and coastline full of fjords and islands. Nature is breathtaking. It is the perfect playground for all kind of outdoor activities and an impressive area to explore. You fly to Bodo to get here or choose for an impressive but long train ride from Oslo. A once-a-day ferry takes you from Bodo to our base to our base in Helnessund in Steigen. During your stay with us, you stay overnight in a mix of tipi-tents with wood-stove, cabins, cottages and other accommodation. We recommend that you stay some days in a tent, but If you do not want that you can easily upgrade. You can choose out of many guided outdoor activities suitable for children of different ages (read further and learn more about these adventures). The duration is usually 9 days, but we can adapt that. The activities are in day-time and you have the evenings to share time with your family. June and July is the period of the midnight sun (so no darkness at night)..
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM
How to design your trip...
1. When you want to book this trip we discuss by email (or phone) the activities that you like to do during your stay with us. We also need to know what accommodation you like. Standard is a mix of (tipi-)tents, cabins and cottages. You can choose out of 16 activities. We only need to know roughly what you like at this stage.
2. After you have decided about activities and accommodation, we make a proposal by email with the rough plan, accommodation, options and costs. Now you are ready to book the trip on the website and when this is processed by us we sent you the booking confirmation and invoice.
3. After your arrival at our base in Steigen we will discuss and plan activities for your family for the coming days. The actual weather and forecasts have an important role in that. It is no problem to change the planned activities a bit.
When you choose activities keep in mind that one activity is most of the time enough for one day.
4. WILDLIFE OBSERVING
Encounters with wildlife is an essential part of experiencing the Arctic. Of course we need to be lucky, but there are good chances to spot moose, sea-eagles, all kind of birds, otters, dolphins, foxes and hare on hikes. We take you to places where the chances are good.
WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY
5. MOUNTAIN HIKING
Mountains are tempting and we like to take you up to get this awesome views of the fjords and the ocean. Some of the trails leads to mountain cabins where we can stay overnight.There are easy (suitable for younger ones) and more tough trips to choose from.
AGE 6+ more or less
WHOLE DAY OR MULTI-DAY ACTIVITY
6. ARCTIC FLOATING
One of our favorite outdoor activities is Arctic floating in between the islands . We use survival suits in which you stay warm and dry, It is a very relaxing experience to float in crystal clear water with great views over the fjords. Lets have fun at sea!
WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY
7. DEEP SEA FISHING
We love to catch our own food instead of going to the supermarket. You can learn how to catch fish at sea (like cod and pollock) and how to do the filleting. If you do not like to go at sea we find a nice spot to fish from the shore.
AGE 6+ more or less
WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY
9. OVERNIGHT STAY ON AN ISLAND
The coastline around our base is full of islands and most of them are uninhabited. Some have great beaches and nice spots to pitch a tent. We can take you there with tents and other equipment for an adventurous stay overnight.
WHOLE DAY OR MULTI-DAY ACTIVITY
14. HISTORIC SELF DRIVE
Go on a scenic road trip and explore a part of the 1000 km2 around our base. You get a description of us and you visit by car historical places from the recent past, WWII, the viking age and the stone age and that combined with great scenery.
WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY
16. BEACH CLEAN-UP
A very popular activity is a beach clean up and most children love it. It is not only about big pieces of rubbish, but also smaller parts of plastic. There are also other projects available in which we can help nature or support the locals.
PART OF DAY OR WHOLE DAY ACTIVITY
Here are some things you can add to your stay with us.
Map of the area
Here is a map of the area in which this trip takes place. Take a close look and you get an idea of the natural environment, distances and possibilities.
frequently asked questions (family trips)
Is there a day-to- day itinerary?
No, but there is a rough plan that we make when you book the trip (the activities you have chosen). 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. It is no problem to add new activities and skip others.
MY FAMILY IS BIGGER than 5?
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.
SOME OF US WANT TOUGH THINGS OTHER NOT?
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 it happen.
HOW IT WORKS WITH FOOD AND COOKING?
Ingredients for breakfast and dinner are provided by us and we supply you with outdoor cooking gear, detailed recipes and how-to-prepare tips. We like to teach you Norwegian dishes, but also introduce our own expedition-style dishes. You have to take care for lunch (it is nice to take snacks, sandwiches or other food with you during activities). There is a local shop nearby our base.
If you want that we do the cooking you can upgrade. You can also to take care of shopping and you get a discount on the costs of traveling.
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 seniorS ADDED TO 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.
when is the period of the midnight sun?
The midnight sun with 24/24 hours of daylight is from mid April until the end of July. In August we have some hours dankness. Northern lights can be visible in September, but you can be lucky in the last week(s) of August.
are other trips LISTED suitable for families?
Some of the trips on our website can be adjusted for families. Just ask us and we make it happen.
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