Far North, far East, off the beaten track 

not to be missed, however, when combined with anchoring in hidden coves, the King Crab catch, fishing, easy hikes and an unsurpassed horizon, holidays in Varanger totally come into their own

The midnight sun has lit these areas from the beginning of time between May 20th and July 22nd. And the North-Varanger area in Finnmark is maybe one of Norway’s best kept secrets as far as tourism is concerned. The unpolished pearl.

The scenery is unlike anything else that you'll experience in Norway with wide open and barren landscapes balanced by undulating oceans and rolling hillsides. From the vast Varangerfjord to Varangerhalvøya National Park, this region provides an incredible array of natural highlights, against a never ending horizon, to place lovers of the natural world in their absolute element. 

Artists have long appreciated Finnmark's wide open and wild spaces where wildlife, waves and traditional Sami culture collide in an infinite series of uniquely inspirational and thought-provoking scenes. 

The Varangerfjord is also one of the richest in Norway - rich on different species of fish, shrimps, King Crabs and more.

Probably for this reason, during the last years, more and more whales have entered the fjord during the summer - minky whales, fin whales, some even claim to have seen blue whales, killer whales and dolphins. The views are not as spectacular as those we have had with the whales following the herring at winter. But if the conditions ar right we are almost sure to see whales during the week.

Sustainable King Crab fishing, which we invite you to take part in, is not only spectacular, it is also a precursor to an amazing and tasty meal. The King Crab from the Varangerfjord is being exported world wide - and it is not cheap. The amount of King Crab you will enjoy would normally cost nearly as much as your flights, especially if you ordered in a restaurant in Japan....... 

If you add the historical sites, up to 10000 years old, huge, sandy beaches, sea eagles and seaside villages, Hornøya bird sanctuary as well as the possibility of Atlantic salmon playing and spawning in deep pools and the white nights - well, then you're in for a real treat, one that you'll never forget.

So - if you are looking for an exotic arctic adventure off the beaten track, do not hesitate!  

And for your information: From May 20th till July 22nd Midnight Sun is always in the sky. To see it we need it to be as few clouds as possible. And it is the same sun as you see at home. Not a second and different sun! As some actually think....

DATES 2019

  • 6 July. 8 places available
  • 13 July. 8 places available
  • 20 July. 8 places available

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

  • Day 1:   Embarkation in Kirkenes. Weather permitting sailing to Grense Jakobselv/Russian border. Anchorage and Midnight Sun watch.
  • Day 2:   Sailing to the next anchorage. Afternoon hike. Anchorage and Midnight Sun watch.
  • Day 3:   Sailing to Varangerbotn. Visit to the Varanger Sami museum (the Sami are the indigenous people of Norway) in Varangerbotn. Sailing to Vadsø. Docking by our pontoon. 
  • Day 4:   King Crab safari and fishing with the museum vessel M/K Kjartan of Vadsø. Eat as much as you want on board. The rest we prepare for dinner on the Goxsheim.
  • Day 5:   Day trip by bus to Hamningberg, Vardø (visit to the Vardøhus fortress, Steilneset Memorial raised in memory of those persecuted in the seventeenth-century Finnmark Witchcraft Trials), coastal villages and more. Arctic gourmet lunch in Vardø. Excursion by boat to Hornøya Bird Sanctuary.
  • Day 6:   We spend the day at our cottage in Skallelv with steaming hot reindeer stew served in our cottage or lavvu (sami tent). Midnight sun watch and bonfire by a pool where the salmon spawns. See them jump - and kill mosquitoes! Return to Vadsø and Goxsheim.
  • Day 7:   Disembarkation 

PRICE NOK 14.900,-. Price includes overnight stay on board Goxsheim in double cabins with bunk beds, all meals, all activities and excursions, tickets for museums, fuel etc. Price does not include flights, transfers (airport to boat/boat to airport), alcohol, snacks.

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Aurora Borealis
Rabben 2
9800 Vadsø
NORWAY

Mobile phone: +47 90 54 45 61
Email: gox@gox.no

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