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Arctic Fjords and Northern Lights Expedition Cruise

from £3040 excluding flights

  • 5 nights
  • Feb-Apr
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Highlights

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Search for the aurora borealis over Lofoten

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Keep watch for marine wildlife

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Learn about the indigenous Sami culture

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Watch for white-tailed eagles soaring above

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Meet the huskies and try a variety of winter activities

Why this trip...

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Overview

This comprehensive small ship expedition cruise is packed with a wealth of activities and highlights – from Viking history to Arctic wildlife, indigenous culture to breathtaking landscapes, and the chance to witness the dancing lights of the aurora borealis.

From Tromso you’ll cruise to the magical Lofoten archipelago, known for its jagged peaks and iconic red rorbuer, or fishermen’s cabins. Along the way to your disembarkation point in Narvik, you’ll explore the best of Northern Norway, with visits included to local museums providing an insight into the history of the region, from the indigenous Sami, via the Vikings, to a look at the more recent impacts of war and cod fishing.

Set against a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, you’ll also have plenty of time to brush up on your photography skills with the assistance of an onboard expert, and keep watch for the region’s abundant wildlife such as sperm whales and white-tailed eagles. You can try husky-sledding or snowmobiling through a winter wonderland, enjoy exquisite Arctic cuisine and even take a ride on the Northern Lights express train.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the ‘Paris of the North’. This sub-Arctic Norwegian town is thought to have been inhabited since the last Ice Age and is rich with Norse and Sámi history. You will board the MS Quest late afternoon for initial briefings and a welcome dinner, before heading ashore this evening for your first excursion in search of the northern lights. You’ll take the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of Storsteinen Mountain for spectacular views over Tromsø City as you keep watch for the aurora. Later, return to the ship and set sail for the beautiful Lofoten Islands.

Northern Lights in Tromso

During the night the ship will head past Senja Island towards Andenes, one of Norway’s premier whale watching destinations. After a memorable morning in search of cetaceans, continue through the impressive Risøyrenna to Sortland, where you’ll visit a nearby Sami Camp. You’ll learn about the Sami culture, reindeer herding and Sami lifestyle, as well as keeping an eye out for the northern lights.

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Reindeer
Sami Camp

Today your cruise will continue towards Raftesund and into the spectacular Trollfjord. Here you can enjoy some fantastic photo opportunities with the chance to spot the impressive white-tailed eagle, before sailing on to Henningsvær. Henningsvær is a picturesque village featuring the iconic, traditional fisherman’s cabins for which the Lofotens are known. Here you’ll head ashore to visit ‘Full Steam’, a 200-year-old cod liver oil factory, now operating as a restaurant and museum. Journey through the history of cod fishing, the fishermen’s lifestyle and the importance of cod liver oil in Norwegian history.

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full steam historical cod liver oil factory

This morning a visit to Nusfjord Village is included, one of the oldest fishermen’s villages of the beautiful Lofoten Islands. The whole village is an open museum, and local guides here will share stories of traditional life in the Arctic. You’ll also visit the famous Lofotr Viking Museum. Travel back in time over 1000 years to meet the Vikings at the world’s largest Longhouse, and enjoy a hearty Viking feast for lunch. Your day will end at Svolvaer, where you will head ashore after dinner to explore on foot and search for the northern lights.

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You may spot the Barøy Lighthouse as you cruise towards historic Narvik, the site of the largest WWII battle on Norwegian soil. Here you will have free time to explore the mining port with its selection of fascinating museums. Enjoy dinner onboard before heading ashore to join the Northern Lights Express – this scenic journey on the Arctic Train meanders through raw landscapes and untouched wilderness to Katterat, where you’ll spend time at the Northern Lights Basecamp and hopefully witness the aurora borealis before returning to the ship.

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Your cruise ends this morning as disembark the ship for a final day’s adventure on land. You’ll be transferred to a Wilderness Camp, where you can visit the huskies and may have the chance to try some winter activities such as dog sledding or snowmobiling. You may also meet the local Sami people and their reindeer (all activity options subject to weather and availability). Lunch will be served around the campfire. Your day will end with a transfer back into Tromso late this afternoon, where you will say farewell to your fellow travellers.

  • The itinerary shown is the Southbound route. This itinerary also operates in reverse – the Northbound route embarks in Narvik and disembarks in Tromso. All inclusions are the same.
  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only – embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather and sea conditions, and wildlife sightings. A degree of flexibility is essential!

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Prices and Departures

Price from £3040 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £280 per person (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All transfers & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team
  • Professional Photography Guide
  • Fjellheisen Cable Car
  • Wilderness Camp activity day & meet the huskies
  • Northern Lights Express on the Arctic Train
  • Lofotr Viking Museum
  • Visit to Nusfjord - a historical fisherman's village
  • ‘Full Steam’ Cod Fishery Museum
  • Sami Cultural Experience
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2024 departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. Triple and Single prices available on request.

Departure Duration Vessel Price from
07, 17, 27 February 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040
02*, 12, 22 February 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040
08, 18, 28 Mar 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040
13*, 23 March 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040
07 April 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040
02*, 12 April 2024 5 nights Quest £3,040

* these departures operate in reverse, boarding in Narvik and disembarking in Tromso

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