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North Norway - Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Tromsø -Tromsø - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Noorderlicht
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Board the Noorderlicht for an incredible 8-day cruise in search of whales and the northern lights. Norway has a spectacular coastline, its fjords and mountains are renowned for their beauty. In the far north, 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle sits the island of Kvaløya, the whale island. In early winter, schools of herring from the Barents Sea come together here in the fjords to winter, attracting large numbers of whales. In winter the amount of daylight is limited but during the dark hours there are great opportunities to see the northern lights. This amazing phenomena can only be seen when it is dark and the sky is clear, with not much light pollution around. The voyage offers ample opportunities to admire the Aurora Borealis from the remote bays where the ship overnights. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Tromsø
Day 2 : Langsundet
Days 3-5 : Vengsøyfjorden | Kaldfjorden
Day 6 : Sommarøy
Days 7-8 : Tromsø | Disembark


  • Hike to the top of small hills for panoramic views of fjords
  • Observe orca and humpback whales as they feed on herring in the fjords
  • Admire colorful Aurora Borealis from quiet bays where the ship overnights
  • Sail under canvas near rugged coastlines and through the narrow fjords



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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A humpback Zodiac divers getting ready A lone reindeer searches for its heard Hiking in the arctic. Humpback whale dive

Day 1 Embark in Tromsø

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 waits in the harbor. In the evening there is time to explore the town.

Day 2 Langsundet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning depart from Tromsø and sail towards the northeast, into Langsundet. In this magnificent fjord land at the small village of Hansnes from where you can hike up a trail to the 306 meters high hill, Storheia, to admire the view across the fjord. Spend the night in Dyrsfjorden at the northern tip of the island Ringvassøya.

Day 3-5 Vengsøyfjorden | Kaldfjorden

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the next three days in Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden, the area where many whales have been seen in recent years. Besides orcas 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, take short hikes in the area and hope for some clear sky in order to see the ‘Tricky Lady, as the Aurora Borealis is sometimes called.

Day 6 Sommarøy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue the circumnavigation of Kvaløya and sail to the small island of Sommarøy. The island offers good hiking possibilities and great opportunities to see the Northern Lights. Spend the daytime of the last expedition day on this lovely island exploring the coastline with its small bays and white beaches and maybe even climb to the top of the 211-meter-high Mount Hillesøya. From here there are excellent panoramic views of the rugged coastline.

Day 7-8 Tromsø | Disembark

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon, sail back to Tromsø and complete the circumnavigation of Kvaløya. Spend the last night on board in Tromsø, then disembark the vessel in the morning after breakfast. 


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The ‘Noorderlicht’ provides accommodation for 20 travellers in comfortable twin cabins. All cabins have upper and lower berths, a cupboard and wash basin with hot and cold water. Shared shower (4) and toilet (5) facilities are conveniently located.


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Noorderlicht - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

-Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
-All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
-Free use of snowshoes on Noorderlicht
-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
-AECO fees and governmental taxes
-Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not Included:
-Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
-Pre- and post land arrangements
-Transfers to / from the vessel
-Passport and visa expenses
-Government arrival and departure taxes
-Meals ashore
-Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
-Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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