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Around Senja-Whale Safari, Aurora Borealis

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Noorderlicht
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Explore the Arctic on this special 8-day whale watching expedition on the Noorderlicht! During the last few years, there have been increasing numbers of orcas and humpback whales in Troms (Northern Norway). They feed on the wintering herring in the fjords from Kvaløya (early winter) to Andfjorden (late winter). This voyage is dedicated to meeting these giants of the seas.
A pair of spyhopping orcas
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Harstad, Norway

Arrive at the airport of Evenes and take a scheduled bus (not included in cruise fare) to the port of Harstad (Vesterålen). Embark Noorderlicht at 5:00pm.

Day 2-6: Around Senja

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In this morning, sail into Andfjord and to the northern end of Andöya where Orcas and Humpback Whales are beginning to appear. This is an area with excellent opportunities to sail under canvas. Further North you may have great chances to see more whales in the western fjords of Kvaløya and of the island of Senja, like Mefjorden, Øyfjorden, Kattfjorden and Ersfjorden. These are also good areas for observing White-Tailed Eagles. The crew will try to make landings on the island of Håja, which looks like a cathedral. Here, visit an old farm there and walk to the top of the mountain. Sommarøy has lovely beaches. At the north side, not hampered by false light, you may have a good view of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Another good location to view the Aurora Borealis could be at the small pier of Esfjordsbotn. During the last days of this exploratory voyage, work your way South through Gisundet, the winding strait that separates Senja from the mainland. It is one of the most beautiful waterways of Norway. There is also the island of Tranøya, now deserted but still with a traditional 18th century wooden church.

This voyage take place in late autumn, when the days are short in Northern Norway. Be prepared for snow showers, and sometimes temperatures just above freezing. The autumn colors will be beautiful during the daytime. At night, when there is open sky you may be able to admire the Aurora Borealis. 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.

Day 7: Disembark in Harstad

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Harstad and continue your journey home or to your next destination.

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Humpback whale dive A pair of spyhopping orcas The beauty of the Aurora Borealis. A humpback whale passes by the expedition ship Alaska travel and aurora borealis




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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.

These October Spitsbergen voyages, at the onset of winter, are ideal for observing the splendid Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

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
-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
-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)

Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Noorderlicht reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.


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