Arctic Haute Route Hike & Sail

Arctic Haute Route – world’s most beautiful hike & sail adventure!

Come join us on Arctic Haute Route for spectacular hikes from summit-to-sea above the Arctic Circle. You will sail abord the classic and nostalgic Hurtigruten vessel MS Gamle Salten, accomodating 44 passengers + guides and crew. We are cruising along the North-Atlantic coastline, Northbound from Lofoten to Tromsø 5 days and 4 nights, or Southbound from Tromsø to Lofoten 4 days and 3 nights.


Sailing plan 2020

  • * 29 juli – 2. August, Northbound 4 nights
  • * 2 – 5. August 2020, Soutbound 3 Nights

Your next Arctic Adventure?

  • * Hike & Sail – with summit-to sea hiking
  • * Explore spectacular nature and mountains in Northern-Norway
  • * Classic boutique cruise – 4 or 5 days
  • * Sailing on the classical ship Gamle Salten with only 43 passengers
  • * Three days with hikes tailor-made by certified guides
  • * Arctic Adventure Cuisine – local culinary experince
  • * Double and single cabins – full board
  • * Social outside on deck while you are sailing along the Atlantic Coastline

Arctic Haute Route, it’s the most spectacular adventure, absurdly enjoyable and the coolest Holiday – ever!

Explore summit-to-sea hiking Above the Arctic Circle

Arctic Haute Route is one trip but includes up to five small adventures above the Arctic Circle. Here, you will meet people just like you, wanting to explore and go summit-to-sea hiking, see new places every day and get to know new people. Sunday Times journalist, Duncan Craig came along with us on the winter edition last year, and called Arctic Haute Route “Absurdly enjoyable and the coolest holiday – ever”. We believe this counts for the summer as well. We are sailing from destination to destination in the afternoons and evening, and hiking during daytime. Arctic Haute Route offers a variety of tailor-made hikes on every destination with guides. Level is adjusted to fit all guests, from beginners to intermediate and experienced hikers.

Route and destinations

We are sailing on the classic and nostalgic ship MS Gamle Salten, built in 1953. The size of the ship opens up for a picturesque route along the Atlantic coastline with small and nice harbors. The destinations we are visiting gives a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved old architecture and stunning coastal views. Northern-Norway is fantastic during summer, with the Midnightsun giving us 24 hours of day light to go adventuring the high North.

Northbound Sailing

Wednesday to Sunday, sailing from Lofoten to Tromsø via Vestvågøy in Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja, and Kvaløya. The ship departs Svolvær harbour at 16:00, check in from 15:00. The harbour is only 15 minutes with taxi from Svolvær airport. Day 1. sailing from Svolvær to Stamsund-area. Day 2. hiking on Vestvågøy in Lofoten, before sailing along the Lofoten wall in the afternoon to Vesterålen. Day 3. hiking in Alsvåg area in Vesterålen, before sailing through the beautiful Risøyrenna (Risøy straight) in the afternoon to Senja. Day 4. hiking on Norwy’s seccond largest island Senja, a beautiful haven with tall peeks, deep fjords and white beaches. In the afternoon we are sailing to Kvaløya. Day 5. hiking on Kvaløya before transfer to airport, which you will arrive aorund 15:00. Book inbound flight to Svolvær Helle airport on Wednesday in order for check in from 15:00, and outbound flight from Tromsø on Sunday after 16:00. 

Southbound Sailing

Sunday to Wednesday from Tromsø to Lofoten via Senja, Vesterålen and Vestvågøy in Lofoten. The ship departs Tromsø harbour at 16:00 with check in from 15:00. The harbour is only 15 minutes with bus or taxi from Tromsø airport. Day 1. sailing from Tromsø to Senja. Day 2. hiking on Senja, before we sail in the afternoon from Senja through beautiful Risøyrenna (Risøy straight) to Vesterålen. Day 3. hiking around Alsvåg-area in Vesterålen, before we in the afternoon sail to Lofoten and Stamsund-area. Day 4. hiking on Vestvågøy in Lofoten, before transfer to Leknes airport which you will arrive at 15:00.  Book inbound flight to Tromsø on Sunday in order for check in from 15:00, and outbound flight from Leknes airport in Lofoten on Wednesday after 16:00. 

If you have the opportunity take an earlier flight and explore Svolvær before our departure or extend your stay to explore Tromsø, we will be happy to help out suggesting activities and places to go and things to do. Get in touch  for more information.


Cabins and prices

Classic ship & nostalgic sailing 

Gamle Salten, was built for more than 50 years ago, as a part of the reconstruction of the coastal fleet after World War II. The Coastal Route was meant to unite the population with industry and bring the country forward with optimism and hope. The ship is therefore designed and carefully constructed and a piece of quality hand craft. Gamle Salten is certainly an old lady with soul!


The cabins at are relatively small, although larger than the standard when the ship was built. Cabins are classical, with air conditioning, hot and cold water and a «room with a view». Bathrooms with shower/toilet are to find in the in the main areas aboard. Gamle Salten has 19 double cabins and  6 single cabins. Maximum capacity of 44 guests.

Double cabin w/twin beds (17)

Small and cosy with a “window” towards the ocean. Two bunk beds and a small sofa. Wardrobe and washbasin with cold and warm water. Cabins are not set up with their own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/Hz.

Double cabin superior w/double bed (1)

Larger double cabin that the standard double cabins, with a “window” towards the ocean. Small double bed 120 cm and a cozy sitting group. Wardrobe and washbasin with cold and warm water. Cabins are not set up with their own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/Hz.

Single cabin (6)

Small and cosy with “window” towards the ocean. One bunk bed and a small sofa. Wardrobe and washbasin with cold and hot water. Cabins are not set up with own toilet and shower, which are in the main area. All cabins have 220 volt/50 Hz.

About the ship

The first thing you will notice entering the ship is the design, the nostalgic style and elegance. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic. The ship was back in the days divided into two classes with four saloons.

The dining area is bright with large windows perfect for admiring the spectacular scenery while eating dinner.

One big happy family vibe

To sail with us on the Arctic Haute Route, is much more than spectacular nature and epic summit-to- sea hiking. This is also a social arena, a place to hang out with people who share the same passion for active lifestyle and nature. We guarantee you will make new friends! When returning to the ship in the afternoon after a great day up in the mountains, enjoy chilling out on deck while sailing towards next destination. In the evening we will serve you locally sourced food from the region from our Arctic Adventure Cuisine.

Arctic Adventure Cuisine – worlds class local culinary!

Since we are an adventure company, it is natural for us to explore the local culinary culture, regional commodities and suppliers in the areas we are sailing and hiking. Together with the famous Norwegian Bocuse d’Or Chef Gunnar Hvarnes, we have developed Arctic Adventure Cuisine. This is a culinary program where all food served aboard is based on Arctic commodities from local suppliers, inspired by the new Norwegian and Arctic culinary wave, produced by some of Norway’s most talented young chefs.  Our goal is that our guests shall also experience Arctic Northern-Norway on the plate.

The chef and his team will during every meal present the daily menu, and what local produce from which suppliers have been used for various dishes.

About the destinations


Lofoten i a small group of islands in Nordland county, North of the Arctic Circle and West in the Atlantic sea.  We start the adventure when embarking the ship in Svolvær, sailing to Stamsund on Vestvågøy as the first destination. Stamsund has around 100.000 inhabitants, and is an important hub for Hurtigruten and the local fishing industry. The area and mountains around Stamsund offers a variety of fantastic hikes and trails, with spectacular views over the Vestfjorden on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. We can also offer side activities such as; rib safari, water scooter, kajacking, and fishing.


Vesterålen is another small group of islands further North in Nordland county, right on the border to Lofoten. The islands in Vesterålen includes; Andøya, Langøya, Hadseløya, the Western part of Hinnøya, the Northern part of Austvågøya and some smaller islands. We will ancher the ship outside Alsvåg, a small and pictureque place with only 300 inhabitants and some fantastic mountains rising straight up from the sea. Here we can offer fishing as a side activity.


Senja is Norways seccond largest island, with spectacular mountains, deep fjords and white & sandy beaches. This island offers spectacular hikes and trails during the summer,  and fantastic skiing during the winter. The highestes peek on the island is Breitinden (1001 meters above sea level.


Kvaløya is a beautiful island just outside the Arctic Capital Tromsø, with lots of fantastic mountains. If you are tired after three days of hiking, you may join the ship when she’s sailing to Tromsø. In the Arctic Capital you can explore the city, the beautiful Ishavskatedralen (Arctic Cathedral), the local Mach Brewery or the Polaria adventure venue.

  • Price in double cabin:  From NOK 17.900,- pp 3 nights (Southbound) and NOK 21.900,- 4 nights (Northbound)
  • Price in single cabins: From NOK 19.900,- pp 3 nights (Soutbound) and 23.900,- 4 nights (Northbound)
  • Flight and & transfer: covered by guest
  • Ship: MS Gamle Salten, capacity 43 guests in 19 double – and 5 single cabins
  • Duration: 4 nights Northbound) or 3 nights Soutbound
  • Period: July and August 2020
  • Cabins: Double and single cabins
  • Food: Full Board  from Arctic Adventure Cuisine
  • Guides: Tailor-made hikes with own guide