The one activity she would recommend is summer in Lofoten. The fjords. The mountains. "Everybody coming north in the summer should see Lofoten from the seaside. Take a summer cruise from Svolvær with BRIM Explorer. Electrically engined you travel in silence. Listen to the ocean hitting the ship. That is the most beautiful sound ever. And this day-cruise is happening in the amazing beauty of Lofoten. That is my single recommendation."
"The amazing luxury of silence."
These are the words Marika use to describe the qualities she appreciate the most about the beautiful nature of Northern Norway. Her words are simple, but complex and like most of the people in the Arctic Travel Company team, Marika is truly passionate about the arctic nature. She is genuinely engaged in the experiences they can give people who come here. The clients, the guests, the travelers that want to experience the beauty of nature.
What to experience in Northern Norway?
Marika truly wants our guests to feel the curiosity, to be filled with wonder and enjoy the rare moments of being a part of the nature, not just looking at it. "And I don´ t talk about anything extreme or difficult. When I started guiding it was a journey through my own favorites. Winter or summer. It does not matter. Simple and calm hiking along tracks into the mountains or slow skiing to a place where we see nothing but white mountains and the starry night." It sound as if this takes more, as if this is a bit challenging or even dangerous? "No, not dangerous at all", she says. "But nature is big and unpredictable. Not being educated or experienced to do this or to get lost can create danger. With a guide it will be safe and beautiful."
Nature is the boss
Her job in BRIM explorer is making sure everything promised is delivered. "Yes, my job is to make sure our team is happy", she says, "to make sure they can deliver great customer experiences. But regarding the phenomenons of nature, like the aurora borealis or the whales, nature is the boss."