The Lapp Expedition

8 DAYS - Level of difficulty : Tough ++

GROUP OF 5 to 15 people - Arrival/Departure: Alta

Travel code: SEI-08 RL
We thank André Larsen for some of the photos

 detailed hiking guide of the tour

PRESENTATION

Who hasn’t dreamed of setting out on an adventure some day—a real adventure, like Jack London’s or Roald Amundsen’s, shrouded in the white immensity of the Arctic winter? Enduring cold and fatigue in the tormenting conditions of a northern winter and then coming back to camp, exhausted but happy. Spending the evenings huddled in reindeer skins, admiring the spectacle of the Northern Lights. Learning how to fish through a hole in the ice of a great frozen lake in the small hours of the morning. Coming upon a group of reindeer gliding silently through a birch wood. Listening to the wind and the storm roaring outside while everyone is huddling close together around a little smoking stove in a makeshift cabin…

It’s in this spirit, with the best trained and bravest of you in mind, that we’ve created the Lapp Expedition on Seiland Island off the coast of Hammerfest (70° north latitude).

Although this expedition is firmly supervised by professional mountain guides who are perfectly familiar with the terrain and, unlike the adventurers of yesteryear, we make use of modern technological techniques (satellite communication, GPS, DVA), it still requires complete physical and mental commitment from every participant.

Finally, beyond the physical ordeal, this expedition is above all a human adventure in which mutual help and team spirit are essential values to overcome the physical and natural difficulties that we’re bound to encounter on our way.


DAY BY DAY

Day 1: Arrive at Alta airport. Transfer via minibus to Seiland Island. Settle into a small house/chalet on the island for the next two nights.

Day 2: In the morning, your guide will train you in using the DVA material (avalanche transceiver to alert searchers) and in survival reflexes in a winter environment. Then we leave on a beautiful snowshoe trip to Tverrfjorden Bay. In the evening, back to the chalet, debriefing the day around a hot meal.

Day 3: First stage of the expedition. We leave in the morning for Seiland National Park (see box on the right). We climb the mountains that overlook the great lake of Stuorajávri and then go back down toward the lake to reach our first bivouac, at the edge of the national park.

Day 4: This stage of the expedition, one of the longest of the trip, takes us into the heart of Seiland National Park. We go around the great plateau of Suolorássa by traversing the bottom of two magnificent valleys. If we’re in luck, we may come across the tracks of a few wild reindeer. Arrival at our campsite near Lake Buogojávri in the evening.

Day 5: Third stage of the expedition. In the morning, we leave for the northern tip of the island. After going by the few isolated houses of Kristinhamn and crossing the only road of the island, we’ll climb to the top of Skarfovárri, which overlooks a reserve of seabirds. Then we’ll go back down to Survika Bay to reach our last campsite.

Day 6: Last stage of the expedition. We take a little boat that brings us to the island of Vinna. It was inhabited until the 20th century by a few families of fishermen, but today it only has a few colonies of seabirds. We’ll climb to the top of the island, from which we have a fantastic 360° panorama. Then back to the hamlet of Hønseby.

Day 7: Ascent of Hønsebyfjellet summit (optional: if weather permits). Return to Alta. Free evening.

Day 8: Morning transfer to Alta airport.


NOTE: If you’re interested in joining the Lapp Expedition, we ask you to contact us to begin with so we can go over what it involves together. Our guides can give you the best advice possible about the training and physical condition you’ll need so that the trip may remain a pleasure for you as well as for the rest of the group. For safety reasons, our agency reserves the right to refuse candidates whom we judge unfit for this kind of trip.
 
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Dates and price

   

From to price from (all tax included)* Number of participants Register/ inquiry
26/02/18 05/03/18 special offer - register before 15/12
 
1500€  1650€
from 5 pers.
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09/04/18 16/04/18 special offer - register before 15/12
 
1500€  1650€
from 5 pers.
Register/info. request

 
The price includes

  • English-speaking French mountain guide
  • Snowshoes and poles, Avalanche Victim Detectors
  • Transportation from and to Alta from Day 1 to Day 7 included
  • Lodging from Day 1 to Day 7 included
  • All meals (except those mentioned as not included in the "detailed hiking guide of the trip" (pdf)

The price does not include

  • Travel insurance**
  • All air transportation (to and from Alta)
  • Morning and noon meals on Day 1, dinner Day 7, lunch and dinner Day 8
  • Possible drinks and tips


* A quotation will be made for every demand. Registration fees are included in the prices. Prices does not include flights from Paris or other city to Oslo - Oslo to Alta and back - circa 450€) and may be subject to changes depending on exchange rate (Euro/NOK).

**Travel insurance is required to participate to our trips. If you already have your own insurance coverage, we will ask you to provide us a copy during registration. We can also provide you with a travel insurance (Europ Assistance). The amount of the insurance we provide correspond to 3.65% of total tour price.

 

 

How to register

You are interested in one of our trips and you want to register ?
Here is how you can do it:

1. Read the complete pdf file of the tour (the "detailed hiking guide of the tour").

2. If you have any questions about the trip you have chosen, and you can not find the answers in the "detailed hiking guide of the tour", please contact us:

-  through the inquiry form (accessible by clicking on the button "Register" for each circuit ) or

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   1. You will get a swift answer to your inquiry or registration demand, with a quote for the trip you have asked for.
   2. Once the quote is accepted, we ask you to download the registration form and the general and special conditions of sale.
   3. Finally, after having read our terms and conditions of sale, you can complete your registration form and send it back to us by email.

 

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Highlights

destination off the beaten track

2 hikes and a 4-day trek on snowshoes

exceptional snow conditions

an outing on the fjord

nights in lavvu (Sami tent)
and comfortable accommodation at the beginning and end of your stay

European mountain guide (speaking French and English)
knowing the island perfectly

northernlight region

Seiland National Park

logo seiland parc nationalThe island of Seiland is in Finnmark county off the city of Hammerfest at 70° of latitude. Although people have lived on Seiland for 7,000 years, this large island (583 km2 / 362 mi.2) has less than 150 inhabitants during the year, spread over six little coastal hamlets. Today, over half the island is a national park with many fjords of different sizes surrounded by mountains that plunge into the sea. Its cliffs shelter an extremely rich population of birds of prey. Seiland also has two glaciers and its subsoil, composed of ultrabasic rocks (rich in iron and magnesium minerals and silica), is the basis of rich, abundant plant life. Some areas of the island outside the national park are used as sheep pastures—a very primitive race (the villsau), well adapted to rude climatic conditions. Reindeer are also present on the island, which provides them with summer pastures from April to October. Reindeer give birth on the island and fatten up all summer before swimming back to the continent for the winter season. During some harsh winters, when the weather makes crossing the fjord too difficult, the reindeer remain on the island, fed by their Sami (Lapp) herders, in order to get through the winter.
The island of Seiland is still rarely visited. It offers infinite possibilities for hiking (and snowshoeing) and skiing, but also for hunting and fishing.

Video

Video of the expedition

Seiland Island- Finnmark - April 2017

An 8-day winter circuit, organized by Exploranor for the St Cyr Military School.

Review of the participants

"The trip was in every way up to our expectations (and even more) and Bruno was an excellent guide just like André a good host.The whole team would have liked to stay longer !!!"

Thibaut - Coordinator of the group

How to get to the starting point (Alta)

Scandinavian airlines (SAS and its subsidiary Wideroe) offers flights from Paris to Alta with a stopover in Oslo or Copenhagen *

If you start your journey from an other city than Paris, you can contact us, and we will check what are the best flights available for you. From other European cities there are flights arriving early and in one day to Alta.

Day -1 (Sunday) flight Paris - Oslo
direct flight in 2h20 - you will need to book a hotel close to the airport

Day 1 (Monday) flight Oslo - Alta (arriving before 4 pm to meet the guide)
direct flight in 1:50 or stopover flights via Tromso

 * From Paris the flight is over 2 days, you'll have to book a hotel near Oslo Airport or Copenhagen on Sunday.

Day 8 (Monday) Flight Alta - Paris
fligh back in the same day with stopover
there are flights from Alta leaving early and permitting
to arrive in the middle of the day in Paris (around noon).