8 DAYS - Level of difficulty : Tough ++
GROUP OF 5 to 15 people - Arrival/Departure: AltaTravel code: SEI-08 RL
We thank André Larsen for some of the photos
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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