Late March in Tromsø, at 69°N, the temperatures are cold but not insurmountable either, the gulf and the jet stream that runs along the Norwegian coast to Spitzbergen give temperatures that feel like -5 to -8°C (23-18°F). While a hundred kilometers (60 miles) further inland in Finland and Sweden, temperatures are flirting with -30°C (-22°F). The port of Tromsø is known to be the starting point for major Arctic expeditions exploring the far north. Situated beyond the Arctic Circle, this small town is a strategic point before taking on the harshness of the far north. To reach Senja Island, we had to weave through a maze of islands and peninsulas. The landscapes are magnificent. On either side, snow-covered peaks line the inlets. At the head of these inlets, small fishing villages seem to cling to the mountains.
On board, the team were sometimes shaken by a big sea kicked up by the katabatic winds found at these latitudes, but nobody got seasick! Sometimes the weather, the shallows and the sharp islets forced our skipper to make big detours to reach our destinations, because here the fjords are pretty big. During these detours, sailing conditions were sometimes difficult because of the vagaries of the sea in areas beyond cellphone range.
The waves, the Arctic breeze and the snow falling horizontally all present a spectacle as majestic as it is disconcerting at times.
This part of Norway is subject to sudden changes in the weather. I personally believe that each trip in this region of character is unique because visitors are so subject to the changeable conditions. This didn’t prevent us from discovering magnificent landscapes, of an incredible poetry. For example, on the way back, we landed in a beautiful bay lined with cliffs and a magical beach. The water was transparent and emerald green. At the water’s edge, the multicolored houses faced us. The place was simply beautiful.
This adventure left us enthusiastic and fully satisfied, and all that remains is to welcome you along to our next polar cruise by catamarans. Do you fancy coming along? Discover our forthcoming trips by clicking here
As you can see, living the Arctic with passion aboard a catamaran is possible, exciting and exotic and is therefore an adventure to add to your sailing bucket list!