Vacationing on the Arctic Sea

by Holly Riddle

May 8, 2019

Seals and Penguins of Antarctica © Zhukovsky | Dreamstime

Trends / Adventure

A new experience from Off the Map Travel gives guests the opportunity to vacation in luxury on the Arctic Sea, whether you visit during the summer for 24 hours of daylight, or the winter for the stunning northern lights. Whichever you prefer, you’ll enjoy it all from your floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Steigen Archipelago from your own luxury cabin.


These luxury cabins are set on a 55-acre island where you’ll find Europe’s largest colony of sea eagles and plenty of marine life. Inside, the cabins each offer two bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen, though you can also enjoy catered meals in a nearby public guest house. The guest house also offers a library, two hot tubs, a sauna, salt water pool and private beach.


Depending on when you take this Off the Map excursion, you’ll enjoy either snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking and sailing, or sea kayaking, snowshoe hikes and caving.


The remote destination in Norway only welcomes travelers in small doses, as there are only seven cabins.


“Whatever season, the cabins give you a direct connection with the wilderness of this spectacular Arctic region,” said Jonny Cooper, founder, Off the Map Travel. “Manshausen Island is still pretty much undiscovered and a real gem for looking at the spectacular views and area wildlife from your front row seat.”


A sample four-day summer itinerary, available April to September, starts at $1,987 per person, and includes boat transfers, accommodation, snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, sailing and fishing.


Insta Feed
Tips / Travel
May 21, 2019

How To Make the Most of the Middle Seat

Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.

Enjoy the Open Road on Your Terms

For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.

Reviews / Hotel
May 21, 2019

Guyana’s Karanambu Lodge

Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.

Products / Clothing
May 21, 2019


Sunglasses have more or less looked and felt the same for years, but one Seattle startup is shaking up the basic look and feel of sunglasses for a completely new experience.

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.

Products / Beauty
May 21, 2019

Natural Skincare from Primally Pure

Primally Pure provides natural, toxin-free skincare products. The California-based company utilizes certified organic ingredients in its face, body and hair products.