8 Days from$2,641 p/p in USD
DeparturesJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Sail the seas in northern Norway and with luck see two amazing natural wonders; majestic whales and the mesmerising northern lights. On this voyage, a great camaraderie spirit develops on board and is ideal for independent minded travellers looking for a memorable expedition experience. Explore Norway’s spectacular coastline with its beautiful fjords. The islands of Kvaloya, Senja and Ringvassoya are 300 km above the Arctic Circle where during the winter schools of herring gathers which attracts large numbers of whales feeding on it. The voyage is dedicated to finding these giants of the seas during the short days while the long dark nights and very little light pollution are ideal for seeing the northern lights.
Safari types:Cruise Safari, Whale Safari
You will visit:Tromso, Senja, Sammaroy, Andfjorden, Kvaloya, Ringvassoya
Wildlife:Birds, White-Tailed Eagle, Orca, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale
Activities:Hiking, Zodiac, Sailing, Whale Watching
Getting around:Sailing Boat
Start/end:Start/end in Tromso
- Look out for orca, humpback and sperm whales
- Explore scenic fjords near Tromso
- Drop anchor in remote locations ideal for viewing the northern lights
- Visit the Arctic city of Tromso
The itinerary is ship-based, and not physically demanding, however, you should be in good health and be able to walk several hours per day as much time is spent ashore on excursions and getting on/off the ship is along a steep gangway to the zodiacs. The ship will be moored at night in remote fishing villages and bays.
In January and February the herring, and so the whales, migrate southwards, often to the northwest coast of Senja and Andfjord. The sailing plan will therefore be adapted by the expedition leader according to the best chances to see the whales. In November and December the voyage takes you to the fjords and islands around Kvaloya and Ringvassoya – three days will be spent searching for whales near Kvaloya, the other days sailing under canvas and exploring some of the remote islands on foot.
S/V Rembrandt van Rijn
- 33 passengers
- There are 16 cabins, all with private toilet and shower. There is 1 triple with porthole, 6 inside twin berth cabins and 9 twin berth cabins with porthole.
- 20 passengers
- There are 10 cabins, all with shared facilities using 4 showers and 5 toilets. Each cabin has a wash basin.
Embarkation on day 1 varies slightly between vessels as follows: Noorderlicht is between 17.00-18.00 | Rembrandt is by 17.00 We recommended spending a night or two in Tromso before the voyage to explore this fascinating Arctic city.
Price Per Person- GBP
From £2,158 per person, including flights
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Tromso via Oslo
- Shipboard Accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
- Shore excursions
- English speaking guide
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection
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Day by Day Overview
On arrival at Tromso airport make you way to the city centre either by the regular Flybus coach service, stopping at Scandic Ishavshotel or directly by taxi to the harbour (payable locally). Those travelling on the Rembrandt van Rijn board in the late afternoon as the vessel departs in the evening on day 1.
Passengers travelling on the Noorderlicht also board early evening for dinner. Afterwards, take an evening walk in the town and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this Arctic city before returning to ship which remains in the harbour overnight.
Early in the morning the Noorderlicht will leave Tromso, while the Rembrandt van Rijn will already be at sea. The exact itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage and the location of the whales. The route may take you clockwise or counter clockwise around the mountainous island of Senja.
The next few days will be spent around the north coast of Senja and in Andfjorden, where whales have been gathering in recent years. Besides orca and humpback whales, there are also chances to see sperm whale. Near Andenes, along the edge of the Continental Shelf, these large whales dive into the depths of the ocean where they feed on giant squid. Furthermore, there are good chances to spot white-tailed eagle, as they also want a share of the herring frenzy. This magnificent bird of prey is one of the largest birds of Europe and a resident in Northern Norway.
In the afternoon, before it gets too dark, the captain will find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages such as Skrolsvik, Andenes and Gryllefjorden. When the sun sets, you can take small hikes along the coast and hope for some clear sky so you can see the aurora. The journey continues with the circumnavigation of Senja, heading north to the small island of Sammaroy.
The morning is spent exploring the lovely island of Sammaroy with its small bays and white beaches and try to climb to the top of the 211 metre high Mount Hillesoya. From here there are excellent panoramic views of the rugged coastline. Sail back to Tromso, arriving about midday where the last night is spent on board the vessel.
After breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers, perhaps venturing into the city if you decide to extend your stay. Or make your way to the airport by taxi or Flybus coach service for your flight home (payable locally).