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Whales and Northern Lights in Northern Norway

Alta Roundtrip - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard M/S Stockholm
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Embark on a 7-day Arctic expedition cruise from Alta, Norway, aboard the historic M/S Stockholm. Experience the Northern Lights, encounter whales, and explore dramatic landscapes. Set sail into the fjords outside Alta to witness the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis dance in the sky. Encounter orca and humpback whales drawn by vast herring shoals overwintering in the area. Explore Oksfjorden, StjernOya, and Loppa for picturesque views of snow-capped peaks and fjords. On board, enjoy inspiring lectures, delicious meals, and thrilling Zodiac cruises. Whether you're a photography enthusiast or wildlife observer, this expedition promises an unforgettable Arctic experience.
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Highlights
  • Encounter orca and humpback whales in the rich biodiversity
  • Explore Oksfjorden, StjernOya, and Loppa's picturesque landscapes
  • Witness Northern Lights Display in Alta's Fjords
  • Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises in search of Arctic wildlife
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Alta, Norway

Arrive in the Norwegian city of Alta, located 380 km north of the Arctic Circle. Check-in at a centrally located hotel, close to famous sights like the Northern Light Cathedral.

Day 2: Alta | Embark

Individually explore Alta. In the afternoon, board the M/S Stockholm and meet up with your guides to begin your expedition cruise.

Day 3-6: Expedition

You are now on an expedition cruise, and the itinerary for the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. You'll be traveling in late October and November, just before the polar darkness settles over Alta, and there are still some hours of daylight. Even when the sun is below the horizon, you can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. For those interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating. In clear weather, you have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dance in the sky. Alta is known to be one of the best destinations to visit if you dream of watching this fascinating phenomenon.

Since 2010, huge herring shoals have overwintered Northern Norway's fjords, attracting many orcas and humpbacks. As with wild animals, it is hard to predict if and where they will return, but with some luck, you will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible mammals. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. You may see them soaring above you with their impressive wingspans.


During your trip, you hope to be fortunate to see both the Northern Lights and whales. When the opportunity arises, you head out on exciting Zodiac cruises and refreshing hikes to explore the dramatic landscapes. Oksfjorden, StjernOya, and Loppa are examples of places you hope to explore. Perhaps the first snow has fallen and settled over the high mountain peaks, offering marvelous scenery with the small, picturesque houses and the beautiful fjords.

On board, you listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious meals, and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck. Those interested in fishing will have opportunities to try luck from the ship.

Day 7: Alta

  • 1 Breakfast
You disembark from our ship in the morning and begin your journey home.

Please note: The exact route will depend on weather and possible wildlife encounters. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will do everything to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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M/S Stockholm

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Twin Cabin
All six cabins are outside facing and feature twin beds with upper and lower berths. Cabins offer en-suite facilities.

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Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 100% Climate Compensated
  • All Beverages 
  • All excursions and activities
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.

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