Norway wildlife holiday

“A five day tailor made holiday to the Vesterålen Islands, north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. Marine wilderness at its most magnificent with a plethora of marine wildlife. ”


Vesterålen Islands | Hking | Whale watching | Anda Island | Bird watching | Options for deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, golf, horseback riding and climbing | 200 miles north of Arctic Circle

Description of Norway wildlife holiday

This Norway wildlife holiday is a five day, tailor made trip to the Vesterålen archipelago, which is located 200 miles north of Arctic Circle and just north of the Lofoten Islands. This is a contrasting landscape of tranquil, white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, fjords and wild places. And wildlife. In particular, whales, the most famous visitors to the archipelago.

Looking westwards, there is little else that separates the Vesterålen Islands from Greenland other than a vast spread of ocean. This is where Gulf Stream comes closest to inhabited land providing nutrient-rich ocean currents and an ideal feeding ground for whales and bird life. This wildlife documentary inspired holiday captures the secrets, stories and excitement of the sea in this northern tip of Norway.

During you stay, your accommodation will be at a small harbour guesthouse at Bø , on the south west tip of Vesterålen, which is a one hour drive or bus journey from the main town of Sortland.

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Departure information

This holiday is available between June and September.

Responsible tourism

Norway wildlife holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Your hostess at Skagakaia is the initiator of Ecotourism Norway and is the developer of the national ecotourism certification scheme. To sustain the environment in every act they do, and to be a responsible and respectful business within the local community is of vital importance for Skagakaia Guesthouse and their activities. In every day life they follow the more than 100 criteria of Ecotourism Norway and aim to become more sustainable and more aware of the possibilities they have to be a true and honest ecotourism operator in Norway.

Wildlife: There is rich wildlife consisting of seals, elks, minks, foxes, otters, whales, killer whales, dolphins, eagles and a rich bird life in the area. We do not feed animals and we do nothing to attract them, they are a part of the wildlife treasured by us and our guests and something we talk about to share knowledge. We offer whale safaris and while on tours we often spot wildlife. We have developed guidelines for encounters with wildlife, whether at sea or on land.

Energy: The energy used us guaranteed green electricity coming from local waterfalls. All light bulbs are energy efficient. We burn wood at extra cold days. Hardly any need for artificial lights most of the summer as the midnight sun provides us with plenty of light.


Skagakaia is the home of our suppliers. They have grown up in this village and know the people, the history, the places, the hidden paths in the hills and the islands ashore. A knowledge they are happy to share with their guests.

Skagakaia is both a place for the tourists and for the locals. And the aim is to create a place for travellers to meet the locals.

For the local community our aim is to take care of the history of Skagen and the memory of those who have lived and worked there in past generations. This is taken care of by collecting stories, old pictures, taking care of the authenticity of the old buildings and the many historical items within the buildings. Many elderly people in particular come by to tell their stories and to memories from the old days.

The restaurant is also a meeting place for locals and a nice place to dine on special occasions..

Local employees are hard to find, but so far the employees are all local and highly treasured. Family often plays a vital role in order to make it work and sometimes guests work voluntarily to help out a few days and to learn about the culture and to have a special travel experience.

The locals collaborate with the other tourism businesses in the area and recommend each other. The guesthouse purchases their groceries at the local shop and buy directly from local fishermen and farms. They are very aware of the important mission they have to share history of the place, tell the stories of the village, highlight the traditions and local food.

2 Reviews of Norway wildlife holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our drive from Harstad airport to Andenes. The scenery was stunning, the traffic negligible and we spotted a moose, a dolphin and a pair of white-tailed eagles.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take time to enjoy the drive. If going whale-watching follow the tips of reviewers and take warm, waterproof clothes. Norway is expensive and so self-catering options can help to keep costs down

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We brought some tourism at a less busy time of year.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 23 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the Northern Lights - we were lucky to see them as both the night before and after the skies had been too cloudy, it was a very surreal experience - they were so ethereal and beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Try and keep a spare night free in case you fail to see the lights the first time you try, Tromso has numerous places that offer tours but some are cons so check them out carefully before parting with your money (I was lucky).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The dog sledding activity yes, the rest was about the same.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fabulous. Slight issue when the whale watching tour didn't have my name and it was only due to the kindness of strangers opting to go another day that saved the day.

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