8 DAYS - Level of difficulty : Tough
GROUP OF 5 to 15 people - Departure/Arrival: AltaTravel code: SEI-08 Rq
This is an exclusive circuit in the far north of Norway in the heart of an Arctic region. The national park that covers most of Seiland Island, still unknown to the general public (see box next page), boasts two glaciers, deep fjords, and wilderness covered with a thick white coat for over 5 months a year. During the long winter nights, we can see fantastic Northern Lights illuminating the landscapes with their strange, dancing gleams. Despite its vast size, the island only has a handful of inhabitants, mostly Sami (Lapps), fishermen and reindeer herders. For one whole week, we’ll use a comfortable accommodation in the tiny hamlet of Hønseby as a base for our hikes. This program of base-camp excursions is extremely flexible and lets you adapt to weather conditions. What’s more, it allows any participant who gets tired stay warm and have a rest indoors.
DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrive at Alta airport, meet your guide and the rest of the group, then take a minibus to Seiland Island. Settle down in Seiland for the next 6 nights.
Day 2: A beautiful hike, starting from our accommodation to the summit of Hønsebyfjellet, which overlooks the north of the island and the big bay of Survika. In clear weather, the view from the top is grandiose. You can see the continent and the glaciers in the center of Seiland Island.
Day 3: Today we go up a small, wooded valley to reach a pass where you sometimes come across wild reindeer. Then back down to Vassbuktvannet Lake and its little refuge. The return goes through a pass and then crosses Lake Eidvågvannet, which is frozen, to the hamlet of Hønsebyfjellet.
Day 4: An outing by boat to discover the great fjord of Jøfjorden. This magnificent fjord goes into the heart of Seiland national park. On the way back, we’ll stop on the little island of Vinna, where we’ll hike to the top of Kokkeberget (390 m / 1,280 ft).
Day 5: We leave our accommodation for the big lake of Storvannet and then go to Tverrfjorden Fjord. We go through very diverse landscapes—small wooded valleys, frozen lakes, fjord—and regain our accommodation via a mountain pass.
Day 6: After a short transfer, we begin the ascent of the Skarfjellet summit. Beneath it, there is a large colony of seabirds. The climb up the crest overlooking the narrow sound of Eidvågen is magnificent. We go back down to Tyvvannet Lake and return to our accommodation.
Day 7: A little outing in the morning to watch reindeer (if we’re lucky). In the afternoon, we’ll go back to Alta, where we’ll spend a night in a downtown hotel. Free evening in Alta.
Day 8: Transfer to airport and return to France or country of departure.
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