North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Follow the herring and the whales North of the Polar Circle

North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis
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Title: North Norway-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis
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Tripcode: NOO33-17
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: s/v Noorderlicht
Embarkation: Tromsø
Disembarkation: Tromsø
Language: English speaking voyage
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to North Norway is illustrated below. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed for s/v Noorderlicht is 6 knots.

Day 1: We will embark our vessel s/v Noorderlicht in Tromsø and sail the next morning.

The voyage starts in the town of Tromsø, also called 'the Paris of the North' because of its nice atmosphere. Here the 100 year old two mast schooner Noorderlicht will be waiting in the harbour. In the evening there is time to explore the town.

Day 2: Hike up a trail to the 306 metres high hill Storheia

Early in the morning we will depart from Tromsø and sail towards the north-east, into Langsundet. In this magnificent fjord we plan to land at the small village of Hansnes from where we will attempt to hike up a trail to the 306 metres high hill Storheia to admire the view across the fjord. We will spend the night in Dyrsfjorden at the northern tip of the island Ringvassøya.

Day 3 - 5: Orca's and Humpback Whales and also good chances to see White-tailed Eagles

The next three days we will spend in Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden, the area where many whales have been seen in recent years. Besides Orca's and Humpback Whales there are also good chances to see White-tailed Eagles, as they also want their share in the Herring frenzy. This eagle is one of the largest birds of Europe and a resident in northern Norway. In the afternoon, when the daylight is over, we plan to make small hikes in the area and hope for some clear sky in order to see the ‘Tricky Lady, as the Aurora is sometimes called.

Day 6: Opportunities to see the Northern Lights

Then we continue our circumnavigation of Kvaløya and sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Also here there are good opportunities to see the Northern Lights and the island offers good hiking possibilities. Therefore we spend the daytime of the last expedition day on this lovely island to explore the coastline with its small bays and white beaches and maybe even climb to the top of the 211 metre high Mount Hillesøya. From here there are excellent panoramic views of the rugged coastline.

Day 7 - 8: Complete our circumnavigation of Kvaløya and disembark in Tromsø

In the afternoon we sail back to Tromsø and complete our circumnavigation of Kvaløya. We spend the last night on board in Tromsø, where we disembark the vessel in the morning on day 8.

s/v Noorderlicht

s/v Noorderlicht is well suited for sailing among small islands and offers good open-deck viewing areas, also when under sail. Full ship info >>

Cabins & Prices

Twin Shared Inside

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  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Shared shower & toilet
  • Wash basin
  • Storage space
  • Frosted glass in the cabin ceilings which provides some daylight into the cabins.
  • All cabins have shared shower & toilet facilities
  • s/v Noorderlicht has 4 showers and 5 toilets onboard which are conveniently located
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Sharing berth
2220 USD

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Single cabin
3774 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

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Complete cabin
4440 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.