North Cape Island, Seabird colonies

Visit some of Scandinavia's most exotic bird populations on a scenic North Norway voyage

Cruise route
Title: North Cape Island, Seabird colonies
Dates:
Tripcode: RVR15-23
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Embarkation: Alta
Disembarkation: Honningsvåg
Language: English speaking voyage
More about: Arctic cruises
North Norway cruises
 
Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises, and willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the use of sails: The vessel is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time allowance), but the use of sails is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. If sails are used, the crew will operate them. Guests must follow the safety instructions of the team. The average cruising speed for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn is 6.5 knots.

Join us as we sail among the remote shorelines of Northern Norway, viewing not only mesmerizing glaciers and sprawling tundra but also some of the prime birdwatching sites in all of Scandinavia.

Day 1: The heart of Finnmarken

Your adventure begins in the picturesque town of Alta, located at the head of Alta Fjord. All passengers are kindly asked to board the vessel by 17:00. 

Day 2: Seiland National Park's glaciers and wildlife

We plan to spend the whole day in Seiland National Park, enjoying views of the northernmost glaciers in Scandinavia. Then at Bårdfjord, in the northwest, you'll land in an area of small islands populated by courting common eiders. Here we'll find a picturesque valley of thawing lakes and reindeer that often appear on the slopes. We may even spot sea eagles soaring overhead.

Days 3-5: The lively seabird colonies of Finnmarken

In Northern Norway, cliff-nesting seabirds begin returning to their breeding places in April (early spring) to meet their mates.

It is our aim to observe as many of these species as we can. These may include gannets, great cormorants, European shags, herring gulls, black-legged kittiwakes, common guillemots, razorbills, black guillemots, and Atlantic puffins.

To accomplish this, we'll sail by (and sometimes land at) numerous bird-watching locations, such as Lille Håen, Andotten, Lille Karmøya (all at Sørøya), along with Hjelmsøystauran and Gjesvaerstappan, where we may see one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway.

We are not allowed to land near some of these colonies, but from our Zodiacs we can get great views of the birds. Also, these colonies tend to be exposed to bad weather, so if we must reroute, our alternative landings will be in secluded nature areas in inner fjords and inland straits.

Day 6: Europe's northernmost cape

Knivskjeldodden, on Magerøya, is the northernmost point of Europe, about one km (.6 miles) north of North Cape. From our landing place in Knivsjelvika, we can walk to this point and later to a few lakes on the thawing tundra not far to the south. Migratory tundra birds have not arrived here yet, but we might see ptarmigans and snow buntings.

Day 7: Arrival at Honningsvåg

After a visit to the seabird colonies at Svaertholdklubben, you will arrive at the end of the day in Honningsvåg, the northernmost harbor town in Norway.

Day 8: Across the Finnmarken tundra to Alta

We disembark in Honningsvåg, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus (T) (a three-hour drive that you must book in advance) through the partly snowy tundra to the Alta airport.

Note for the ski mountaineers: -

All activities on or off the vessel, such as (but not limited to) ski outings and Zodiac trips, are done at the passenger’s own risk. Oceanwide Expeditions is not liable for any damage, such as (but not limited to) bodily injury, illness, and death, unless as a result of gross negligence. Furthermore, with the consent to participate in the ski mountaineering program, the passenger agrees to make no claims for reimbursement for shortened travel days due to reasons beyond the organization’s control, such as (but not limited to) conditions of weather and ice, avalanche threads, and expedition staff injuries. On all our transactions, the general terms and conditions of Oceanwide Expeditions b.v. apply, registered at the Chamber of Commerce, Middelburg, the Netherlands. File nr.: 50590715. Upon request, a free copy will be provided.

s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

Our three-mast schooner, Rembrandt van Rijn, is well suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland and Spitsbergen. Full ship info »

Cabins & Prices

Triple Private Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space
Complete cabin
7650 USD

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Sharing berth
2550 USD

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Twin Private Inside

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  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space
Complete cabin
5600 USD

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Single cabin
4760 USD

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Sharing berth
2800 USD

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Twin Private Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space
Complete cabin
6400 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
5440 USD

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

Sharing berth
3200 USD

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