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Activities
  • 7 days expedition cruising
Accommodation
  • 7 nights aboard Noorderlicht
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$2400USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: LOF

Trip highlights


  • Keep an eye out for numerous whale species
  • Spend the longer evening hours looking for Aurora Borealis
  • Spectacular fjords and historical villages
  • Participate as a crewing member on board a traditional schooner

These voyages take place in the late northern autumn, when the days are getting shorter. The autumn colours will be beautiful during the day time and at night, we will hope to admire the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). This is a wonderful introduction to coastal Norway and the beautiful fjords, islands and wildlife in this region. In the second half of October and in November we have good chances to see various whale species, that scour these fjords to hunt for Herring. Our small group of 20 passengers will sail aboard the basic but comfortable schooner, the Noorderlicht. Manned by a skilled crew and expert naturalist/expedition leader, this voyage involves some participation with the handling of sails, taking the helm or being on watch during the night. The voyages are dependent on the weather, sea conditions, location of whales and number of daylight hours, therefore the itinerary is only an outline.


Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. Passengers are welcome to board the vessel around 5pm.

Meals:  D

The itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage, and the expected location of the whales. You might sail clockwise or counter-clockwise around the island of Senja. You spend the next several days along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years. Keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species here. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. In the afternoon, you find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden, Hamn and/ or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, you can make short hikes along the coast or in small villages – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora. Continuing your circumnavigation of Senja, 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. On day seven, you sail back to Tromsø and arrive around midday. You’ll have enough time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum, or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air before spending your final night aboard the ship.

Meals:  B,L,D

Disembarkation from the Noorderlicht in the morning, where trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Specialist expedition staff
  • Cabin accommodation on cruise
  • All activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions, lectures and guide services
  • Use of all ship facilities and public areas
  • Medical kit
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities

  • Air transport and airport transfers before and after the cruises
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes
  • Accommodation and meals or other services not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, wine and phone calls
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Customary end of voyage tips

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Total Priceper person from

$2400USD

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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