Sailing Norway: Whales and Aurora

Sailing Norway: Whales and Aurora

from £1,909 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Jan, Nov-Dec
01737 214 250
Open today, 9am - 5pm
Our opening hours are:
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday
  • Closed
  • Sunday
  • Closed
Call us: 01737 214 250
Enquire Now nordic team bruno kaufmann bw

One of our specialists

Meet Bruno

8 Out of 10 northern lights success

5 Continents visted

noorderlicht underneath aurora borealis oce

Sailing Norway: Whales and Aurora

from £1,909 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Jan, Nov-Dec

Customers rate Discover the World

Average score 4.8/5

Based on 960 reviews. Powered by

Highlights

In pictures
norway orca spy hopping sunset istk

Look out for orca, humpback and sperm whales

norway lyngen alps view over frozen fjord winter astk

Explore the scenic fjords of northern Norway

northern norway northern lights over fjord tromso doll

Drop anchor in remote locations ideal for viewing the aurora

norway white tailed eagle in flight iskt

Watch out for the magnificent white-tailed eagle

northern norway tromso arctic cathedral night istk

Visit the Arctic city of Tromso

norway schooner nth sailing twilight

Experience the thrill of sailing

Why this trip...

Rail track alongside Turnagain Arm how you travel white

How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska immersive exploration white

Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

canada group hiking by mountain lake istk like minded travellers white

Like-minded travellers

Share your travel experiences with fellow travellers

Overview

Two natural wonders await the intrepid traveller joining this 8-day whale and aurora sailing adventure. Spotting majestic whales combined with seeing the phenomenal northern lights can only be described as awe-inspiring. This once-in-a-lifetime trip sails the coastal waters of Northern Norway during the winter months.

Spend a week sailing northern Norway’s dramatic coastline in search of whales and other marine life. Against a spectacular backdrop of fjords, rugged islands and snow-covered mountains, high above the Arctic Circle, you may spot orcas, humpbacks and sperm whales. Enormous schools of herring from the Barents Sea gather in these fjords during the winter months, and it is this abundance of food that attracts large numbers of whales.

From late November to mid-January the region is shrouded in Polar Night, when the sun remains below the horizon and an ethereal twilight occurs from around 9am to early afternoon. This mystical blue light provides unique photographic opportunities by day, while the long dark nights spent in isolated fjords make the perfect conditions for aurora viewing.

During the cruise you’ll also have time to head ashore, visiting some of the remote fishing settlements that lie scattered along the fjords, or taking the opportunity to hike and snowshoe on different islands.

Is this trip for me?

This sailing expedition will appeal to independent minded travellers looking for adventure and camaraderie onboard. The itinerary is ship-based, and not physically demanding, however, you should be in good health and be able to walk several hours per day on shore landings as well as getting on/off the ship to the zodiacs along a steep gangway.

Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation, Tromsø

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. This afternoon you will board the schooner and set sail.

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. This afternoon you will board the schooner and set sail.

Days 2-6 Sailing the Norwegian Coast

Over the next few days you will explore the fjords and islands of northern Norway. Your route will depend on sea and weather conditions as well as maximising the opportunity to see wildlife – every sailing is unique.

Most departures will head northeast from Tromsø, sailing across Lyngen Fjord and perhaps visiting the ancient trade and fishing settlement of Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Uløya also offers good hiking and snowshoeing opportunities. Continue to beautiful Kvaenangen Fjord, home to small fishing villages, and head ashore on the island of Spildra. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for whales by day and the aurora borealis after dark – whilst neither can be guaranteed, this sailing expedition offers excellent chances of spotting both.

Alternatively you may cruise southwest, particularly if travelling in late January or February. This route may circumnavigate the island of Senja and reach the edge of the continental shelf near Andenes.

Over the next few days you will explore the fjords and islands of northern Norway. Your route will depend on sea and weather conditions as well as maximising the opportunity to see wildlife – every sailing is unique.

Most departures will head northeast from Tromsø, sailing across Lyngen Fjord and perhaps visiting the ancient trade and fishing settlement of Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Uløya also offers good hiking and snowshoeing opportunities. Continue to beautiful Kvaenangen Fjord, home to small fishing villages, and head ashore on the island of Spildra. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for whales by day and the aurora borealis after dark – whilst neither can be guaranteed, this sailing expedition offers excellent chances of spotting both.

Alternatively you may cruise southwest, particularly if travelling in late January or February. This route may circumnavigate the island of Senja and reach the edge of the continental shelf near Andenes.

Humpback Whale - Norway
norway senja aurora sky istk
norway schooner nth sailing empty deck

Day 7 Tromsø

You’ll return to Tromsø around lunchtime with a chance to spend the afternoon exploring the city before returning to the ship for a final night onboard.

You’ll return to Tromsø around lunchtime with a chance to spend the afternoon exploring the city before returning to the ship for a final night onboard.

northern norway tromso winter harbour adstk

Day 8 Disembarkation, Tromsø

Your sailing expedition ends after breakfast as you disembark at the port of Tromsø.

Your sailing expedition ends after breakfast as you disembark at the port of Tromsø.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1,909 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.

What's Included

  • Shipboard Accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All Zodiac transfers & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021-22 departures

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

Departure Duration Vessel Price from (pp)
30 Oct 2021 7 nights Noorderlicht £1,909
13 Nov 2021 7 nights Noorderlicht £1,909
20 Nov 2021 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
27 Nov 2021 7 nights Noorderlicht £1,909
04 Dec 2021 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
11 Dec 2021 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
25 Dec 2021 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
01 Jan 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
08 Jan 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
15 Jan 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
22 Jan 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
29 Jan 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182

2022-23 departures

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

Departure Duration Vessel Price from (pp)
19 Nov 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
26 Nov 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
03 Dec 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
10 Dec 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
17 Dec 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
24 Dec 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182
31 Dec 2022 7 nights Rembrandt Van Rijn £2,182

Meet our expert

nordic team bruno kaufmann bw
One of our specialists
Meet Bruno

8 Out of 10 northern lights success

5 Continents visted

You may also like

Tailor made trips

As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.

Travelling sustainably

We believe travel is about finding the right balance between minimising our impact on the environment and broadening minds through new experiences and cultural interaction.

How to Book
Call us on 01737 214 250 to discuss your plans or
Enquire Now
Browse the website

Find a holiday idea or suggested itinerary that inspires you, then send an enquiry or call us

Personalised Quote

Your dedicated travel specialist will create a quote based on your preferences

Refine & Book

Together we’ll refine your itinerary until you’re happy and ready to book

You’re in safe hands

From the moment you book until you return home we’re here for you no matter what