This is as far away from home as you can get.
The far north of Norway is one of the most remote and spectacular regions of the world. The mountainous landscape is studded with lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and fjords. Elk and reindeer roam the land, kittiwakes and storm petrels fly overhead. Villages in this region are few and far between.
This is the area that we’re exploring on foot in our brand new Arctic Norway walking tour. To get a feel for how remote this area is, open up Google Maps and search for the Lyngen Alps. It’s north of the Arctic Circle. It’s out there.
From the northern city of Tromsø, we’ll transfer to our lovely accommodation – Xlyngen, where we’ll be staying for the duration of this trip. Our first walk of the tour takes us to the northern point of the peninsula we’re staying on. We’ll hike past ancient Sami sites, where we’ll see remains of old stone-and-earth huts, before we reach the end of the peninsula where a tiny red cabin and small lighthouse look out across the channels to the Norwegian Sea – a classic and beautiful Arctic scene.
Over the week that follows, we’ll wander along valleys to intense blue lakes and we’ll hike up to stand right next to the Steindalsbreen Glacier. We’ll take a scenic boat trip to the start of our walk to the Vaggas Lakes and we’ll hike to the summit of Rundfjellet, a small peak with expansive views across the surrounding peaks and lakes.
These walks are beautiful but not too difficult. You’ll need to be keen and fit enough to tackle a solid walk each day but they are well within the reach of most walkers.
We stay in comfortable nordic-style cabin accommodation and the property features a sauna and jacuzzi for a warm and restful soak after each day’s walk. Our hosts are charming locals who are keen to share their special part of the world with us. One evening, they’ll take us on a hunt for the northern lights and we’ll do a photography workshop to learn how to capture this incredible phenomenon.
This tour includes all meals, all transport departing from the city of Tromsø, a Park Trek host and a local hiking guide who knows the trails and areas that we’ll be hiking through. Tromsø is accessible by direct flight from London as well as from many other points around Europe. This trip is running in September 2020, so there plenty of time to organise your European holiday around it.
A trip like this is sure to be popular so consider locking it in soon. It promises to be the hiking adventure of a lifetime, taking you far into a part of the world that not many travellers venture to. It’s an arctic wonderland and a very special place to explore on foot.
Park Trek’s 8-day Arctic Norway walking tour
Date: departing 2 September 2020
Inclusions: all transport ex Tromsø, accommodation, all meals, experienced local walking guide, Park Trek tour host
Group size: a maximum of 15
Price: from $4650 per person twin share.