If you are looking for a new experience, then a spring charter aboard RAGNAR in the Lofoten Islands could be the answer. Just when the Norwegian days are getting longer these islands in the far north hold on to snow for March, April and much of May, to create a blissful combination of snow and sunshine for extra months of play time.

RAGNAR - a powerful portal into a world of adventure

Heliski on virgin snow

Take the Airbus EC 145 to explore Norway
Take the Airbus EC 145 to explore Norway

Heliskiing from Narvik’s nearby helipad base is a sure way to find virgin snow and be the first on to the slopes. With the yacht anchored nearby, you will be back on board for a massage, sauna and hot toddy at the end of a legendary snow day. If you’re lucky, you may see the last performances of the Northern Lights, visible until mid-April.

You will deserve a sauna after a day on the slopes, or treatments from the yachts masseuse and beauty therapist
You will deserve a sauna after a day on the slopes, or treatments from the yachts masseuse and beauty therapist

Roam the trails

Traverse the hiking trails - the view is your reward
Traverse the hiking trails - the view is your reward

In May the hiking trails open up to take you past magnificent waterfalls, swollen by the melting snow to create amazing displays. The Reinebringen trail is famous, and takes about three hours in all. The vast, stark scenery of these fjords will make the effort of reaching the summit worth the effort.

The waterfalls are magnificent at this time of year
The waterfalls are magnificent at this time of year

See the midnight sun

Golfers may want to tick off a bucket-list game – 18-holes under the midnight sun at Lofoten Links. The midnight sun lasts until mid-July and you will find that the golden light it casts is unique. Horse riding on the white-sand beaches is another magical experience.

The sun never really sets but hangs on the horizon
The sun never really sets but hangs on the horizon

Explore the coast

Even RAGNAR is dwarfed by the towering fjords
Even RAGNAR is dwarfed by the towering fjords

When you sail along the rugged coast, fishing villages dot the shoreline and remind you that people have lived and fished here for centuries. The pretty red houses make Instagrammable pictures, and in Kabelvaag it is worth stepping ashore to see traditional Norwegian art at Gallery Espolin.

Delay your charter until summer and after 28 May the midnight sun shines through the famous ‘white nights’ so you can be out exploring at any hour. This is also the time to see endless wildlife, go bird watching or fishing and take kayak trips. There is nothing like taking a small boat, kayak or jet ski out into the steep-sided fjord to feel the majesty of it all. RAGNAR will take you to the renowned Trollfjord, where you can launch one of the yacht’s tenders or jet skis to explore the coastline.

RAGNAR has all the equipment you need
RAGNAR has all the equipment you need

By June to August the islands have shrugged off the snow and ice seen in spring. The clear waters of the fjords rival those of the Med, and the weather hots up to 15-25 degrees with big blue skies. Snow is only left on the mountain tops and instead you see hillsides of wildflowers.

Eat out - or in

Wide open spaces and a table for two
Wide open spaces and a table for two

Although this is the high season, you can still find wide open emptiness – or quite a lively scene in the towns if you want it. Svolvaer is the capital and the main town in the Lofotens. RAGNAR’s itinerary will take you there to sample the bars and high-end restaurants – for a true Lofoten welcome, book a table at traditional restaurant Kjoekkenet.

You will always dine in style aboard RAGNAR
You will always dine in style aboard RAGNAR

Whale watch

Keep a look out for whales - plus seals and puffins!
Keep a look out for whales - plus seals and puffins!

It would be a pity to come this far north and not see the whales. Sperm whales are best spotted between June and August, while orcas and humpbacks come to feed here in the winter months. So keep your binoculars focussed - and while you are looking for these big stars, you may also see porpoises, dolphins, seals and walruses.

Whales come to feed in the fjords
Whales come to feed in the fjords

By late August the tourist crowds fade away and you have the best of both worlds - summer weather and the place to yourself. As the nights are beginning to darken again, it is the ideal time to take advantage of Norway’s ‘right to roam’ and camp out under the vast sky. The ‘right to roam’ lets you camp anywhere as long as you are more than 150m away from an inhabited house or cabin.

Wild camping meets absolute luxury!
Wild camping meets absolute luxury!

Adventure and wonder, all packed into a charter aboard this Arctic explorer that is designed to provide you comfort and relaxed luxury as well. Welcome aboard RAGNAR.

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