Northern Lights photography vacation in Norway

“Get snap happy in the Auroral Oval on this Northern Lights photography vacation in Norway’s wild, far-flung Vesterålen Islands. Opportunities for seeing the aurora borealis don’t get better than this.”

Highlights

Buksnesfjorden | Andoya island | Snow hares, moose, elk, arctic foxes and reindeer herds | snowshoeing and walking

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Lights photography vacation in Norway

Accommodation & meals:
We spend the 4 nights at Andoy Friluftssenter which was built by its owners, Nigel and Ingvild, on land that has been in Ingvild’s family for generations. The aim was to create something inspired from nature and making use of the resources available. The buildings all have a layer of turf on the roof, to increase insulation, and the construction was done in compliance with Norway’s stringent regulations on insulation. Half of the property is heated by geothermal heating which is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly and water is supplied from a well that is specifically drilled for this purpose. In recent years, the Andoy Friluftssenter was certified as an Eco-Lighthouse – a national certification within Norway for businesses who wish to document their environmental performance and social responsibility. This thereby demonstrates their efforts in meeting the stringent requirements in matters of waste, energy, transport and the work environment.

Additionally, the Andoy Friluftssenter provides employment opportunities for this remote part of Northern Norway and helps to promote other activities in the area, improving the economy of the local community. For all the meals, most of the ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible.

Activity:
On this short trip, we will stop by the Andoya Space Center which is a research center responsible for launching rockets into the atmosphere to study the northern lights and other atmospheric activity. Clients get a guided tour to see how northern light studies are done. We also take a whale watching excursion up in the northern tip of the island. There will be local guides who will give a briefing on the history of whales in the area and explain how whale watching has replaced whaling, allowing populations to recover. This thereby helps to raise awareness of the conservation issues on whales.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.

Water:
Water is a really important issue and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle especially in destinations like Norway where tap water is drinkable. Occasionally, the leader takes flasks full of hot juice and hot water (for tea or hot chocolate) to provide clients during the activity.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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