The Cairn Foundation

Hvitserk established The Cairn Foundation in 2013, giving back to the communities developing travel industries locally.

Explorers and adventurers have the itch to travel. Some call it “wanderlust”, defined as “a strong desire to travel”. Here, at Hvitserk, we understand exactly what drives you, and strive to meet this longing for new experiences with a sustainably focused trip itinerary.

Hvitserk has always emphasized giving back to the local communities we visit. Through "The Cairn Foundation" or "Stiftelsen Varde", Hvitserk and our guests support various aid projects in the destinations we visit.

Thirty years ago, Hvitserk was established on the steppes of Africa, after one of our founders had been central in the development of tourism on Kilimanjaro. Ever since we have worked to have a positive impact on the places we arrange expeditions and adventure holidays. We are proud to say that this is something we started doing long before responsible tourism became a phenomenon.  You can read more about this program here

It is fantastic to be a privileged outdoor-loving person with the opportunity to spend your holidays in Norwegian or foreign mountains. The Cairn Foundation believes that this feeling will be enhanced if your dream mountain holiday contributes to something positive for others as well.

In 2013 we started to facilitate so our guests have the opportunity to donate one extra dollar for each day they were traveling with us. Together with our guests, Hvitserk and the Cairn Foundation have gathered several hundred thousand Norwegian kroner to various aid projects. Especially in Nepal and Kenya, but also Uganda, Tanzania, and Greenland. The contribution goes unabridged to The Cairn Foundation. Currently, the foundation is supporting educational programs in Nepal, and environmental work in the Masai-Maira area in Kenya. Whether donating a dollar per day of your trip, or giving a donation directly, you can help contribute to creating a sustainable travel industry.

When booking a trip with us online, you will be offered the option to donate to The Cairn Foundation. Help us, help others.


Winter Adventure in Lofoten

Sea eagle safari to Trollfjorden, fishing trip from Svolvær, kayak trip, snowshoeing, idyllic villages such as Henningsvær and Nusfjord, and not least, opportunities to see the northern lights every night - our six-day winter trip to Lofoten brings together the best this region has to offer. Join us for an unforgettable experience in Northern Norway!

Northern Norway Level 2

6 days

Next departure: 02/12/2023 From NOK 27 900