Welcome to our first edition of Nordlight lights, whales and sails. The end of october is one of the best periods to see the northern lights from our windows looking northwest, and the beginning of november is when killer whales reach our shores for their herring dinner. So we decided to offer an amazing week to our guests, with nights spent in our base and days sailing among the whales.
When: october 29 to november 6/7, 7 days and 8 nights
Where: Nordlight, Island of Vanna (Troms)
Number of guests: 4 in 3 private suits
Rates: 900 euros plus food and diesel per share
Closest airport: Tromso
What is Nordlight?
Nordlight is a haven for travellers and readers at the edge of the world, between the snowy peaks of Vanna Island and the Barents Sea. Geography calls it a peninsula, with a windswept cape, a small bay prized by killer whales, and a tundra of rocks and grasses, sometimes white, sometimes green, fought over by gulls, woodcocks, terns, sheep and reindeer. Men have built a microscopic village of ten houses that used to be fishermen’s, and the two Nordlight houses defend the eastern front. Before the two houses there was a small earthen shelter where the first Hansen grandparents defended themselves from the world that is rarely benign here.
The white house, the house of books, is now 101 years old and is all wood, nails and glass. The ground floor will become a library that will tell the story of the Arctic and its people, a refuge for islanders, the curious and readers who want to come and discover it. It will be a house that tells its own story, and that of those who come to discover it. The door will always be open, like churches used to be. In churches a candle was lit, here a book is left behind. The first floor with its beams will house the travellers and creative people who want to go up here, and it will never be connected to the network.
The red house, the refuge for sea and mountain travellers, is half a century younger, but its four rooms and lounge are still made of wood, nails and glass. Its large windows open onto the Auroras, the ocean and the present of fibre optics.