It might surprise you to find out you needn’t freeze your toes off in the Arctic to get a view of the infamous Northern Lights, and you needn’t settle for only a glimpse off the North Scottish coast either. You can gaze upon one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomenon from the luxury of a floating hotel spa.

The Vulkana is a 12 berth (not including crew) fishing vessel. Now, a fishing vessel may not sound like your idea of a luxury getaway, but while she may not be your typical 5 star hotel, she has so much to offer in terms of that quirky, niche and adventurous quality that turns a holiday into a once in a lifetime experience. The Vulkana has been modified to include a wood fired sauna with panoramic windows, a saltwater on-deck hot tub, a Turkish steam bath, a glass roofed Zen lounge with fireplace as well as double bed cabins.

She cruises through the Nordic waters of the Lyngen Alps, the Lyngen Fjord and along the Yttensia coastline, notorious for the surrounding mountain ranges blanketed in snow – perfect for skiing ventures and the most breath taking backdrop to accompany a relaxing spa getaway. The Captain is known to adjust the route according to weather data to ensure the optimal outcome of every cruise and to guarantee a view of the Aurora Borealis on the Aurora Cruise.

Lyngen Views - gego2605

Lyngen Views – gego2605

The crew offer a variety of different cruises. You can dock up at the bottom of a mountain and take the day to go skiing, or mountaineering. You can relax and unwind in the spa, followed by gourmet dining. If you’re feeling brave enough you can take a refreshing dip in the Arctic Ocean, safe in the notion that the hot tub is waiting. Depending on the size of you group you can hire out the entire ship or take the opportunity to meet other like-minded people staying on board.

The Vulkana really is your oyster and no matter what you choose you are guaranteed a well-rounded, unique adventure experience.

Vulkana Cruises

Ski by boat in the Lyngen Alps: An adventurous 3 night cruise which involves docking up at the base of the Lyngen Alps and following the skiing itinerary planned out by the boat crew. Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, three course dinner and use of the spa facilities. Skiing and fishing equipment available on request. Available to groups of up to 10.

Arctic Cruise: Overnight cruise through the Lyngen Alps, includes use of the spa facilities, breakfast, lunch, three course dinner, snacks, use of skiing and fishing equipment. Available for groups of up to 12.

Aurora Cruise: A two and a half hour cruise to seek out areas of total darkness where the Northern Lights appear most vibrant due to the lack of light pollution. Includes use of all the spa facilities and a traditional dish of homemade fish soup and bread. Available for groups of up to 12.

Frigg: An exclusive four hour Nordic dining cruise around Tromso. Includes a traditional three course dinner cooked according to season and made with local ingredients, exclusive occupancy of the entire Vulkana and use of the spa facilities for the evening. An optional dip in the Arctic Ocean. Available for groups of 8-12.

Frøya: 3 hour arctic spa adventure. Includes ‘catch of the day’ fish soup, use of all the spa facilities, opportunity to swim in the Arctic Ocean and the optional extra of a spa therapist/masseuse.

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About The Author

I am a graduate creative writer with a love of travelling. Last summer I travelled over four thousand miles of Western USA with my two sisters and can undoubtedly say it was the time of my life. The mixture of feelings and the unforgettable experiences that come with travelling are difficult to put into words, which is why, through writing for niche escapes, I want to encourage people to get out into the world, discover what it has to offer and try something a little different.