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Whales & Auroras Cruises, Norway



Whale & Wildlife Cruise
whales, birds, auroras and scenery.


Harstad or Tromso  (Norway) – Senja or Vengsoyfjorden/Kaldfjorden  – Harstad or Tromso



20 passenger sailing vessel, all cabins with shared facilities.


Orca and Humpback Whales, White-tailed Eagle


These short voyages perfectly encompass our spirit of exploration, sailing around the beautiful scenery of North Norway in winter, looking Orcas and Humpbacks, which come to feast on the vast Herring shoals. The majestic White-tailed Eagle also seeks this piscine bonzana. Set in the short days of winter, the longer nights give us a great chance to enjoy the magical ‘Northern Lights’ (subject to clear skies and the auroras themselves!). Join us on a two-masted schooner for this pelagic adventure. In addition to whale and wildlife watching there will be opportunities for walks ashore (the vessel carries snow shoes) and visits to villages or small towns. Depending on when you decide to travel, your voyage will from either Harstad or Tromso (see itinerary). 


Our vessel for these short expedition cruises will be the S/V Noorderlicht, a two-masted sailing ship with lots of open deck space, even under full sail. She can also cruise using her engine, up to 7 knots. She can carry 20 passengers in small twin cabins with shared facilities (upper and lower berths with washbasin). The vessel has four combo shower/wc and another wc. A single-sitting saloon supplies the meals whilst there is also a separate bar/reading area too. The vessel is equipped with two Zodiac inflatable boats. The Expedition leader and their three experienced staff plus cook are dedicated to ensuring that you have a successful, comfortable, safe and enjoyable trip. (You may be asked to help with the sails or keeping watch at the helm on occasion.) 

January – March

Day 1: Arrive Harstad, board vessel, our first chance of an Aurora.

Day 2: Sailing north towards Senja, overnight at Gryllefjord, our first potential whale hotspot, twilight walk.

Days 3-5: We sail around the west coast of Senja, perhaps Vengsoyfjorden, Ersfjorden or Kattfjorden looking for whales and birds during the day, Auroras after dark. We will overnight at one of the villages on Sommaroy which allows walks ashore in the evening. 

Day 6: We sail back south today, via Gisundet and anchor at the town of Finnsnes. 

Day 7: A forest walk is planned this morning before we sail back to Harstad.

Day 8: Disembark vessel after breakfast.


October to December

Day 1: Arrive Tromso, board vessel, time to explore this small city.

Day 2: Sailing north towards Langsundet, with a walk planned and we will overnight at Dyrsfjorden.

Days 3-5: We sail around exploring Vengsoyfjorden and Kaldfjorden looking for whales and birds during the day, Auroras after dark including walks ashore.

Day 6: We explore the small island of Sommaroy. 

Day 7: Sail back to Tromso, completing our circumnavigation of Kvaloya.

Day 8: Disembark vessel after breakfast.


NB: The exact voyage itineraries are subject to ice, weather and local conditions at the time.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.

Whales and Auroras 


30th October – 6th November & 27th November – 4th December 2016

14th – 21st January, 18th – 25th February & 25th February – 4th March 2017

29th October – 5th November, 5th – 12th November, 19th – 26th November & 26th November – 3rd December 2017

Leader: Ship’s expedition team.

Prices per person sharing:

£1399      Inside twin with washbasin  (2016 sailings)

£1469      Inside twin with washbasin (2017 sailings)            


Single cabins 1.7 twin share price.

Price includes:  Accommodation and all meals aboard ship (with free tea and coffee), port taxes, Zodiac landings, services of ship’s expedition staff.

Price excludes: Flights via Oslo to Harstad or Tromso (Harstad will require an overnight in Oslo on the way out), pre and or post cruise hotel nights if required, other drinks and items of a personal nature onboard, crew gratuities (we suggest E10 per passenger per day aboard ship), passport fees, travel insurance. 

Deposit: 20% 

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