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NWW001 - Norwegian Whale Watching & Northern Lights voyage

This tall ship voyage will be dedicated to meeting the giants of the seas. In the last five years there have been increasing numbers of Orca’s and Humpback Whales in Troms (Northern Norway). They feed on the wintering herring in the fjords from Kvaløya (early winter) to Andfjorden (late winter).

Highlights of this voyage include:

  • Whale spotting
  • Witness the Aurora borealis
  • Western fjords of Kvaløya Island of Senja
  • White-Tailed Eagles.

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • 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.
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,190
Start Location
Tromsø, Norway
End Location
Tromsø, Norway
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure, Nature and Wildlife, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
05 Jan 201912 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
12 Jan 201919 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
19 Jan 201926 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
26 Jan 201902 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
02 Feb 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
09 Feb 201916 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
16 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
23 Feb 201902 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
02 Mar 201909 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
09 Mar 201916 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,362
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - We will embark our vessel s/v Noorderlicht in Tromsø and sail the next morning.

The voyage starts in the town of Tromsø, also called 'the Paris of the North' because of its nice atmosphere. Here the 100 year old two mast schooner Noorderlicht will be waiting in the harbour. In the evening there is time to explore the town.

Day 2 - Hike up a trail to the 306 metres high hill Storheia

Early in the morning we will depart from Tromsø and sail towards the north-east, into Langsundet. In this magnificent fjord we plan to land at the small village of Hansnes from where we will attempt to hike up a trail to the 306 metres high hill Storheia to admire the view across the fjord. We will spend the night in Dyrsfjorden at the northern tip of the island Ringvassøya.

Days 3 - 5 - With luck, we may see the feeding frenzy when gulls, whales, and maybe even a White-tailed Eagle on herring

The next three days we will spend in Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden, the area where many whales have been seen in recent years. Besides Orca's and Humpback Whales there are also good chances to see White-tailed Eagles, as they also want their share in the Herring frenzy. This eagle is one of the largest birds of Europe and a resident in northern Norway. In the afternoon, when the daylight is over, we plan to make small hikes in the area and hope for some clear sky in order to see the ‘Tricky Lady', as the Aurora is sometimes called.

Day 6 - Opportunities to see the Northern Lights

Then we continue our circumnavigation of Kvaløya and sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Also here there are good opportunities to see the Northern Lights and the island offers good hiking possibilities. Therefore we spend the daytime of the last expedition day on this lovely island to explore the coastline with its small bays and white beaches and maybe even climb to the top of the 211 metre high Mount Hillesøya. From here there are excellent panoramic views of the rugged coastline.

Days 7 - 8 - Complete our circumnavigation of Kvaløya and disembark in Tromsø

In the afternoon we sail back to Tromsø and complete our circumnavigation of Kvaløya. We spend the last night on board in Tromsø, where we disembark the vessel in the morning on day 8.