PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests follow the safety instructions of the team. Average cruising speed for s/v Noorderlicht is 6 knots.
Day 1: Paris of the North
Your adventure begins in the town of Tromsø, nicknamed “The Paris of the North.” Here the hundred-year-old two-mast schooner, Noorderlicht, is waiting in the harbor. You have time to explore the town that evening.
Day 2: Storheia Ascent
Early in the morning you depart from Tromsø, sailing northeast into the fjord of Langsundet. The aim is to land at the small village of Hansnes, where you can hike to the 306-meter-high (1,004 feet) hill, Storheia, to admire the view across the fjord. You spend the night in Dyrsfjorden, at the northern tip of the island Ringvassøya.
Day 3 - 5: Whales and White-Tailed Eagles
You spend the next several days in Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years. Orca, humpback, and sperm whales are all possibilities here. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. Once the sun has set, you can make small hikes along the coast – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora.
Day 6: Hiking Hillesøya
Continuing your circumnavigation of Kvaløya, you sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Here there are good opportunities to see the northern lights as well as embark on pleasant hikes. You spend the last morning of the cruise exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches. You can even climb the 211-meter-high (692 feet) Mount Hillesøya, the summit of which affords panoramic views of the rugged coastline.
Day 7 - 8: Cinching the Circumnavigation
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. In the afternoon you sail back to Tromsø, and complete your circumnavigation of Kvaløya. Spending the last night on board, you disembark the following day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Highlights you might experience
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
- 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
Share your cabin with others for the best price
Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).
Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.