Northern Lights Family February Half Term Holiday

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This trip is designed to coincide with the UK’s school’s February half term and is the perfect family trip for all ages. Our base will be in Vesterålen, which is a fantastic location allowing us to spend the daytime visiting some of the most picturesque locations in the region, as well as travelling out to dark and scenic locations to experience the Northern Lights.

This trip also includes an eagle safari, a visit to the local Sami reindeer farm, and a specially customised visitor experience at Andøy Space and rocket range where you can learn more about the northern lights and the research that happens at the Space Centre.

The average temperature at this time of year is -2.1ºC or 28ºF. It is most likely we will have snow and ice on the ground and many photo opportunities during the day and night.

Location Norway
Duration 4 Nights
Available dates Feb
Price per person (excl. flights)
from £1,500

Overview

Highlights

  • Maximum of 8 guests
  • Award-winning trip leaders
  • Scenic day-time sightseeing
  • Aurora Chasing
  • Space Centre & Spaceship Aurora
  • Eagle safari boat trip
  • Sami Reindeer Farm cultural experience
  • Hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners

What’s included

  • Maximum of 8 guests
  • Award-winning trip leaders
  • Scenic day-time sightseeing
  • Aurora Chasing
  • Space Centre & Spaceship Aurora
  • Eagle safari boat trip
  • Sami Reindeer Farm cultural experience
  • Hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners

A note on flights

While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for the evening. The journey time is approximately 2 hours. Dinner is not provided on this first evening but there will be opportunities to buy food en route from the airport to your hotel.

If weather and aurora conditions are good then we will plan to chase the lights tonight. There may even be an opportunity to view them whilst travelling from airport to hotel.

Day 2

Journey to Andøya & Andøya Space Centre

Today we will drive the stunning scenic route to the top of Andøya, Vesterålen’s northernmost island. Journey distance is 100km (65 miles) and there will be the opportunity to stop for photos at lots of locations on the way and on the way back. Andøy is most famous for its weathered mountains and long sandy beaches. The island is also home to Norway’s Space Centre which is one of the most active aurora research facilities on the planet.

Andøy Space & Spaceship Aurora
We will visit Spaceship Aurora at the Andøya Rocket Range. There will be short movie presentations followed by the Spaceship Aurora experience where you will be a part of the crew on a simulated aurora borealis research mission.

If you make it back safely from space you will then meet a real-life rocket scientist for a guided tour and to ask questions about anything relating to the Northern Lights and the research carried out at the Space Centre.

After dinner at the hotel we will again plan an aurora chase.

Day 3

Sami Reindeer Farm

Today is a more relaxing day for you with only a small amount of travelling. After a leisurely morning we will drive 10km out of Sortland and visit the local Sami Reindeer Farm where you will learn about Sami history and culture, enjoy a home made hot lunch and of course meet and feed the resident reindeer.

We will return to your hotel after lunch at the reindeer farm and then the rest of the afternoon is yours to choose to relax at the hotel or explore the town.

After dinner you can relax in the hotel and then enjoy the huge New Year’s celebration fireworks from your hotel room or the waterside!

Day 4

Sea Eagle & Wildlife Safari

After breakfast we will head out to the far west of Vesterålen, travelling again through some of the most beautiful Arctic scenery. Today is all about the wildlife, notably the majestic White-Tailed Sea Eagle. After a presentation about the sea eagles you will board a boat and sail out amongst the smaller islands along the coast in search of sea eagles. This excursion has never failed to deliver incredible photo opportunities and is the best way to get close to the sea eagles in their natural habitat.

Upon returning to the harbour you will enjoy a tasty hot soup lunch before we make our way back to the hotel for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

This is our last opportunity of seeing the Northern Lights again so we will plan to go out once more.

Day 5

After an early breakfast we will travel back to Harstad-Narvik airport, arriving in time for you to meet your flight home. Journey time is approximately 2 hours.

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