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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Noorderlicht
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The Lofoten voyages take place in late autumn, when the days are short in Northern Norway. Expect the first snow showers, and sometimes temperatures just above freezing. The autumn colors will be beautiful during the daytime on this unforgettable Arctic expedition cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lodingen
Day 2 : Tysfjord
Day 3 : Leiknes / Tranoy
Day 4 : Skrova
Day 5 : Svolaer
Day 6 : Trollfjord / Tranoy
Day 7 : Tranoy
Day 8 : Disembark in Lodingen



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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Alaska travel and aurora borealis Sight-seeing in the arctic. Hiking in the arctic. The beauty of the Aurora Borealis. Enjoying the sunrise.

Day 1 Lodingen

Arrive by public bus in Lødingen. Stay overnight on the sailing-ship “Noorderlicht” in the harbor of Lødingen.

Day 2 Tysfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Lødingen and set sail for the Tysfjord. In the afternoon land to climb the hill at Skarvberget, which is an outlook post for sea eagle. Stay for the night in the small harbor of Korsnes, a village at the entrance of the Tysfjord.

Day 3 Leiknes / Tranoy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning walk to the Stone Age petroglyphs at Leiknes. Images of animals such as a killer whale and elk have been carved into the hard rock in the hills. In the afternoon continue your Arctic cruise as you sail to the island of Skrova, where you will arrive late in the afternoon. Stay there for the night. Skrova is a small, rugged island where the 200 inhabitants mainly live from fishery. It is one of the few places in Norway from where whale hunters still hunt for minke whale.

Day 4 Skrova

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The morning walk on Skrova is an easy walk bringing you to a nice bay on the other side of the island. The active passengers can climb the 255 meters peak of Skrova for the 360º view. Good chances of seeing sea eagle during these walks. In the afternoon sail for Kabelvåg. This beautiful historical village was until the beginning of the 20th century the center for the Lofoten Cod fisheries.

Day 5 Svolaer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For the hiking-oriented a morning walk from Kabelvåg to Svolvær is offered, following a hiking path through the hills. The Noorderlicht will sail with the sailing enthusiasts to Svolvær. In the afternoon there is possibly a visit to Svolvær, which is the biggest town of Lofoten. Stay for the night in Svolvær to enjoy the famous Svolvær night-life.

Day 6 Trollfjord / Tranoy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning we sail into the Trollfjord, a famous steep fjord a few hours sailing from Svolvær. Afterwards head for Tranøy, on the Norwegian mainland, where you will stay for the night.

Day 7 Tranoy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning walk to the lighthouse of Tranøy and admire the works of art that are placed in this small artists’ village. Tranøy is known because of the Norwegian writer and Nobel-prize winner, Knut Hamsun. With a good wind you might sail in the afternoon to Hustadgaard in Vestbygd. Here have the opportunity to see the “Øye I Stein”, “EyeEmbark in Stone”, a sculpture of 37 tons made by the Indian artist Anish Kapoor. Then head for Lødingen again. Arrive in Lødingen late in the evening and stay there for the night.

Day 8 Disembark in Lodingen

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark from the Noorderlicht in the morning, and take a public bus to the airport.


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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.

The Lofoten voyages take place in late autumn, when the days are short in Northern Norway. Expect the first snow showers, and sometimes temperatures just above freezing. The autumn colors will be beautiful during the day time. At night, when there is open sky, you may be able to admire the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). The Lofoten voyages are very dependent on the weather, which can be quite rough. Therefore the outline of the voyage given above is just for guidance.

Fares include:
- 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.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
- AECO fees and governmental taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials

Not included:
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; 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; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Please note: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel 90 days prior to 2013 departures, Noorderlicht reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.


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