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A word from our partners in Andenes - Part 3 - Top Tips

Northern Lights in VesteralenWe spoke to Marten about what he thought would be the best tips for photographing wildlife in Vesteralen. He was pretty busy, so it is brief but he did emphasize that he would be more than happy to expand on these if you wanted to visit Vesterålen on either our Ultimate Whale Watching or Orca Whale Watching holidays.

Tips for visiting Vesterålen
“Climate and clothing: Vesterålen has a maritime climate with mild winters (-5 to +8 degrees Celsius) and summer (+5 to +25 degrees Celsius), so Norwegians wear mostly woollen clothing, in multiple layers. This means you can easily adjust to changes in temperature by putting on or removing clothing. Other man-made wicking materials found in outdoor clothing are also excellent. When you are out on the RIB you need to wrap up warm. While in summer you can, sometimes, get away with summer clothes you will also need to make sure you have autumn clothing as well. “

Tips for your cameras and equipment: 
1. Set your white balance between 5000 and 8000 Kelvin (see the instruction booklet of your camera).
humpback whale2. Although the guide will make sure the boat is as stable as possible having good balance yourself is an advantage. The combined movement of the boat and the animals can make photographing wildlife a real challenge. 
3. Take more than one trip, that way you can get used to the behaviour of the animals and the motion of the boat.
4. Allow time yourself time to watch the animals without the camera. Some people can get quite emotional when they see them and you will give yourself time to study them. Regularly looking at the landscape without the camera can also help prevent motion sickness.
5. For the whales in the summer you can manage well with a lens between 200 and 400 mm and a “bright” (wide aperture) lens is a nice to have, but not necessary.
6. For bird photography, a teleconverter can be very useful, particularly if you are not in possession of an expensive 600 or 800mm lens.
7. In the winter, a lens between 100 and 200 mm to get pictures of the humpback and killer whales is recommended.
8. In the winter controlling your brightness is a must, from F2.8 and below is highly recommended at any time that the sun is not high in the sky.
9. During the winter nights, a wide angle lens for the Northern Lights will be useful.


20. May 2015 by Emma Smith

Know Before You Go

Research shows that some 70% of people believe that looking into the local laws and customs of their travel destination, before they leave home, would make their holiday more enjoyable. So it comes as no surprise that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is encouraging UK travellers to ‘Know Before You Go!’

Each year British citizens are caught breaking laws overseas and, in the majority of cases, this is merely down to a lack of local knowledge. It is vital that anyone travelling overseas understands the laws of the country they are visiting and appreciates their customs and what is considered appropriate behaviour.

For all of the information you need on country specific laws and customs, take a look at this handy travel advice directory.

28. November 2014 by Joanne Wilson

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A Great Way to Fly

Helsinki terminal

With some of the shortest transfer times of any European airport, Helsinki is a dream for travellers. Recognised for its great customer care and efficient approach, it has often been selected by passengers as one of the best in Europe.

All arrivals and departures are situated in the same building, distances between gates are short and there is just one main walkway linking all gates. As you’ll see from our map, it’s pretty much impossible to get lost here!

The airport has a friendly, stress free atmosphere and there’s a host of shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. More...

24. September 2013 by Emma Smith

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The Norwegian Mountain Code

Kjerag RockOn our Big Five Hiking holiday in Norway you’ll be lucky enough to witness some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Great views, however, mean exhilarating hikes and so we always recommend that our travellers follow the Norwegian Mountain Code. Developed in the late 1960s by the Norwegian Red Cross and Norwegian Mountain Touring, the code is a simple, no nonsense guide to tackling life in the peaks.

1. Be prepared

This covers physical and mental fitness for your journey as well as the importance of having the right equipment to hand. More...

6. September 2013 by Joanne Wilson

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Get Covered

New research by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has found that 50% of all British travellers don’t check they have the correct insurance cover before taking an adventurous holiday. Although most standard insurance policies don’t include activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling The Mighty Fine Company offers policies which cover all of these. In other words, you get the holiday you choose without having to worry about the small print.

29. August 2013 by Joanne Wilson

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