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Hiking under the Northern Lights

North Norway, Aurora Borealis - Hike & Sail

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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Explore Northern Norway and Aurora Borealis on this 8-day cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn. This cruise takes you to different fjords and valleys where you can hike and sail to witness the raw beauty right before your eyes. Do not miss the opportunity to witness the northern lights in the evening if the sky is clear enough. 
Looking for wildlife in the ArcticScattered houses of TromsoNorthern lights - Aurora borealisHiking in the arctic.Hiking under the Northern Lights
  • Walk along the coast of the fjords and enjoy the northern lights that may appear
  • Explore traditional Mediterranean dishes and the culture in Hamnnes
  • Sail to Kvaenangen Fjord and harbor in the scenic fishing villages
  • Enjoy hiking in the island of Spildra, Uløya and Småvasshaugen
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Tromso | 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.

Day 2: Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning you depart from Tromsø, sailing through the Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden, toward the northeast. You arrive in the Nord-Lenangen Fjord that afternoon, just under the Lyngsfjella, or the Lyngen Alps, and stay there for the night. If conditions permit, you may also make a walk along the coast of the fjord, after which evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear if the sky is clear enough.

Day 3-6: Into the Nordic fjords

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
You then sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and may stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating from the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses to store the dried cod the town still exports for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau. Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes.

From Hamnnes you sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon you find a harbor for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where we might climb the 240-meter-high (788 feet) Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Also in Burfjord, just 50 km (31 miles) from the northerly town of Alta, good hikes can be made.

During the evenings and nights, with a clear sky, there are fine opportunities to see auroras.

Day 7-8: Finnkroken | Tromso | Disembark

  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The next objective is to sail back toward the southwest, staying for the night in Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights. In the morning you embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 315-meter-high (1,033 feet) Småvasshaugen.

That afternoon you sail back to Tromsø, where you spend the last night of the voyage, returning home the next day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.


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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  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
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  • Travel Insurance
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately



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