Orcas, Humpbacks & Northern Lights Sailing Voyage

The opportunities of this unique sailing voyage in the Arctic are threefold: to explore onboard a beautiful three-masted sailing ship amid dramatic fjord and Nordic island landscapes;  to witness Orcas and Humpback Whales feeding at close quarters; and the possibility to witness the glorious Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from a remote and wild location.



Northern Norway is incredibly beautiful, boasting isolated islands, steep and rugged mountains and tucked away fishing villages, all waiting to be explored under sail. However, the prime objective will be to try and locate and experience the pods of Orcas which seasonally congregate within the deep fjords in search of their herring prey. Alongside these, Humpback Whales are often seen, who are known to assist the Orcas in rounding up these bountiful shoals, before mutually  gorging on their bounty.

Although during these months the northern days are short, in the evening one can hope to be joined by the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis above - a special sight witnessed amid spectacular surroundings - from the deck of a splendid traditional ship, far from the pollution of an urban environment.



Onboard just 33 passengers will travel with an expert crew and guide who are keen to inform and  inspire. The ship herself is cosy and welcoming and for more than a decade our clients have enjoyed her wood panelled interior, hot showers, great food and camaraderie.  She has a warm and comfortable interior whilst outside large open decks offer an inviting viewing platform  Opportunities are taken whenever possible to go for landings and enjoy hikes and cruising in zodiacs.

Voyages depart weekly from Tromso during the season November 2021-February 2022 

Itinerary

8 Day Sample Itinerary

Please note that our polar itineraries are written to provide a flavour of each voyage. Travelling under sail power alone will be undertaken where and when conditions allow. The actual route will be decided by the captain and expedition team in accordance with prevailing ice, weather and sea conditions and opportunities to see wildlife and wilderness scenery. We aim to provide the most rewarding experience possible and as a result, our itinerary may need to change at short notice.

Day 1: Embark in Tromsø

You will embark you vessel in Tromsø, also called 'the Paris of the North'. Here your ship will be waiting in the harbour. In the evening there is time to explore the town. You will not sail out of the port until the following morning.

 

Day 2: Senja Island

The itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage, and the expected location of the whales. You might sail clockwise or counter-clockwise around the island of Senja.

Day 3 - 6: Whales of the shelf

You spend the next several days along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years.  Keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species here. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. In the afternoon, you find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden, Hamn and/ or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, you can make short hikes along the coast or in small villages  – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora. On the small island of Sommarøy there are good opportunities for hiking and exploring small bays.

Day 7: Under the Northern Lights

Arrival in Tromsø around midday. In the afternoon you enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum, or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air. After spending the last night on board, you disembark on day eight (Saturday) with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Day 8: Disembarkation

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. Disembarkation in the port of Tromsø at 9:00 a.m. at the latest. 

Dates

Enquire / Book 20 - 27 Nov 2021 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
 

Enquire / Book 27 Nov - 04 Dec 2021 - € 2,050

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
20 passenger sailing schooner
Price per person in a twin shared non-private cabin

Enquire / Book 27 Nov - 04 Dec 2021 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
Price per person for triple ensuite cabin - upgrades available

Enquire / Book 04 - 11 Dec 2021 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
Price per person for triple ensuite cabin - upgrades available

Enquire / Book 11 Dec - 18 Nov 2021 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
Price per person in a triple share cabin with private bathroom
Cabin upgrades are available

Enquire / Book 18 - 25 Dec 2021 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
Price per person for triple ensuite cabin - upgrades available

Enquire / Book 25 Dec 2021 - 01 Jan 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine
Price per person for triple ensuite cabin - upgrades available

Enquire / Book 01 - 08 Jan 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine

Enquire / Book 08 - 15 Jan 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine

Enquire / Book 15 - 22 Jan 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine

Enquire / Book 22 - 29 Jan 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine

Enquire / Book 29 Jan - 05 Feb 2022 - from € 2,150

Tromsø -  Tromsø (8 Days)
33 passenger sailing brigantine

Single supplement
A supplement can be avoided if you are willing to share with someone of the same gender. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the per person sharing cabin price.

Our prices include
Voyage as indicated in draft itinerary.
All meals, snacks, coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and zodiac activities.
Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
All miscellaneous services taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not included
Airfares.
Passports and visas.
Pre and post land arrangements.
Transfers to and from the vessel
Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry etc).
Cancellation and personal insurance.
Arrival and departure tax.
Meals ashore.
Baggage.
Tips.

Flights: We can arrange flights or we are happy for you to do this yourself. Please contact us for advice.

 

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