Vacationing on the Arctic Sea

by Holly Riddle

May 8, 2019

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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.


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