FATHER AND SON ARCTIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURE NORWAY
LOFOTEN, Christmas 2019 (8 days)
Taking your son with you in nature is great for the connection between father and son. Most fathers often do not spend time for a more extended period one-on-one with their son. And we think that is a missed chance. You can learn a lot from yourself and the other. And it is also very cool to give your son skills for being safe and comfortable in the outdoors. So that's why we organise these father-son outdoor weeks now for several years. We take you and your son to wild places in the north of Norway. These trips are loaded with activities in the outdoors, but there is also a lot of time to relax or to do your own thing. We stay overnight in tents, tipi-tents with woodstove, cabins and other cosy accommodation. In this Christmas edition, we take you and your son to the Lofoten Islands. Costs are 1175 Euro per person (7 days). Age of your son is more or less between 12 and 18 years old.
FACTS, DATES, COSTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Here are the facts of this trip. 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
1175 Euro per person (Steigen version, 7 days)
Flights and transfers are not included. Daily expenses like food and diesel are shared among the participants and the staff (around 15-20 Euro per day per person). We stay overnight in a mix of tents, tipi tents, (mountain) cabins and other accommodation. The costs of cabins and cottages are shares amongst participants and staff (around 35/40 Euro per night per person). Our decision to sleep in tents or cabins is based on weather conditions and your preferences.
LOCATION and how to get there
TRAVELLING TO NORWAY
You fly to Bodø (usually with a stop and a change of flight at Oslo). The Lofoten version of this father and son adventure starts in Bodo, where you take the ferry to Moskenes on the Lofoten Islands. We pick you up at the ferry quay in Moskenes. It ends in Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands and you take the ferry back to Bodo Bodø has a small and convenient airport and you can walk to the city centre or take a bus or taxi. We can help you with the logistics and transfers.
TAKE YOUR TIME
We recommend you arrive in Bodo one day before the start and plan your flight back to your home country one day after the end of the trip. We can give you suggestions for (budget) hostels or hotels in Bodø if you like.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
Everybody who is a good basic shape can join this trip. All outdoor activities are not very demanding, but you will be a bit tired at the end of the day. Note that we are in the Arctic and weather changes quickly. So, in case we are surprised by non-forecasted weather all outdoor activities can become a bit more tough or could be a bit out of your comfort zone. We understand that a child of 12 and a child of 18 have different capabilities. So don't worry about that. In case of bad weather we will choose for staying overnight in cabins instead of tents if possible.
BEGINNER LEVEL OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
You can join this trip even if you have a beginner level of outdoor experience. We like to teach you new skills or help you expand your comfort zone.
We will stay overnight in expedition tents, tipi tents with a wood stove and (mountain) cabins. In case of bad weather or bad weather forecasts (storm or heavy rain) we always choose for cottages or cabins. We cook our own meals (inside or outside on a bonfire) and like to work with local products like dried fish and other ingredients.
AVAILABILITY and group size
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
If (mountain) hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities are new for you, then we will teach you everything you need to know.
The northern light season is from early September to late April. So, if we are lucky (no clouds and enough solar activity) you have chance to observe the aurora borealis.
gear and preparations
This outdoor adventure is organized north of the Arctic Circle. So, you need warm clothing, good shoes and outdoor gear like sleeping bags and more. You receive a detailed packing list after you made your booking. This packing list tells you about the things you need to have and also gives you a lot of practical information. In case you do not have all the gear or if you do not want to invest, you can rent gear from us, like backpacks, sleeping mattresses, snowshoes and more.
THE ROUGH SKETCH OF THE father-son adventure
After your arrival on the Lofoten islands we will travel to the place where we do our first overnight stay. Together we mke a plan for the coming days. Based on the weather forecasts we plan outdoor activities and decide how and where we stay overnight. You and your son will be involved in building up camps and cooking for instance. We will put a lot of elements of our outdoor and survival courses in this week, So you and your son can learn a lot of essential outdoor skills like fire making, working with wood, fishing and more. We will visit totally different areas and you will be amazed about what the Norwegian nature has to offer. We will go out snowshoeing with sleds and hiking through remote valleys, forests and crossing frozen lakes. We will try to reach higher areas in the mountains to get great views of the fjords. At the end of the week the fast ferry will take you back to Bodø.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FATHER-SON ADVENTURE
Here are answers on questions you might have. Please contact us if you cannot find the answer that you are looking for. Answers on other topics you can find in our FAQ.
can i take more than one child with me?
Yes, you can, but for the best experience we recommend one child.
MY SON IS YOUNGER OR OLDER?
DO I NEED OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE?
IS THIS TRIP NOT TOO TOUGH FOR MY SON?
During this outdoor adventure we will check frequently that you and your son have a great experience. Our daily plans will be based on weather forecasts, physical abilities of our participants and your preferences. The actual weather and the forecasts are the most important ingredients of our decision making process.
CAN I TAKE MY DAUGHTER WITH ME?
Yes that is possible, but we check if this matches with the other participants.
IS THERE ALSO A MOTHER-DAUGHTER version?
Yes, we organise that on request. The approach is a bit different and we can tell you more about it. contact us for more details.
do you organise YOUTH CAMPS?
Yes, we organize youth camps in the summer holidays.