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Whale watching in the European arctic.

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales

Tromsø - Tromsø - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. Keep a lookout for sperm whales and other whale species along your journey. The long Norway nights offer travelers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.  And for those adventurous souls, climb the 211-meter-high (692 feet) Mount Hillesøya, the summit of which affords panoramic views of the rugged coastline.  This cruise will allow you to create memories for many years to come.
Northern lights - Aurora borealisScattered houses of TromsoView beluga and other whales on your Arctic cruiseA whale makes its way through the arctic waters.Brilliant lights of Aurora Borealis.Whale watching in the European arctic.
Highlights
  • Spot whales along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden
  • See white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe
  • Hike on the small island of Sommarøy
  • Explore fishing villages such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden and Hamn
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Tromsø | Embark

Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. Embark on your ship in the late afternoon for an evening departure.

Day 2: Island of Senja

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage, and the expected location of the whales.
You might sail clockwise or counter-clockwise around the island of Senja.

Day 3-6: Senja and Andfjorden

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
You spend the next several days along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years.  Keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species here. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. In the afternoon, you find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden, or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, you can make small hikes along the coast – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora.

Day 7: Sommarøy & Mount Hillesøya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continuing your circumnavigation of Senja, you sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Here there are good opportunities to see the northern lights as well as embark on pleasant hikes. You spend the last morning of the cruise exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches. You can even climb the 211-meter-high (692 feet) Mount Hillesøya, the summit of which affords panoramic views of the rugged coastline. This afternoon you sail back to Tromsø. You’ll have enough time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum, or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air before spending your last night onboard.

Day 8: Disembark in Tromsø

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Ship/Hotel

Rembrandt van Rijn

Exterior image of the Rembrandt van Rijn.
Relax at the bar aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn.
Lounge area aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn.

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Notes

Included in this voyage
  • 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 material.
Excluded from this voyage
  • 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: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The onboard expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel. Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests must follow the safety instructions of the team. The average cruising speed for s/v Rembrandt van Rijn 6.5 knots.

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