North Norway Sailing Ship Whale Safari with Northern Lights 8 daysAboard: SV Noorderlicht
Orca and humpback whales feed off the herring shoals in northern Norwegian waters in the winter. This exciting voyage in a 20 passenger sailing ship seeks out these whales in the short winter days, whilst at night, the spectacular aurora borealis will often light up the Arctic sky.
- Voyage under sail on a classic schooner
- Humpback whales and orca
- Northern Lights
- Spectacular winter landscapes and scenery
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Services of expert guide
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Arrival in Harstad. We have time to have a look at this small town and possibly the first chance to see the Aurora borealis.
We sail north towards Senja. Depending on the weather conditions west of Senja and information about whales, we might either go clockwise or counter clockwise around the island. Most of the short day is spent sailing. Just before sunset we will arrive at Gryllefjord, where we might see the first Humpback and Killer Whales. We spent the night at Gryllefjord, a small village in a beautiful fjord. In the twilight we will make a short walk deeper into the fjord.
Vengsøyfjorden, Ersfjorden or Kattfjorden
The next days we spent searching for whales along the west coast of Senja and the fjords just to the north like Vengsøyfjorden, Ersfjorden or Kattfjorden. We hope to observe feeding behaviour of Killer and Humpback Whales, who often work together to get to the schools of Herring which are so plentiful in this area at this time of year. If we’re lucky we may see the feeding frenzy when gulls, whales, and maybe even a White-tailed Eagle feed on herring next to the ship. In the evening we will find a place for the night in one of the scenic villages on Sommarøy so we can go ashore for a walk.
In the morning we still have time to look for whales, but around lunchtime we have to sail south. This time we sail along the eastern side of Senja through Gisundet, the narrow sound between Senja and mainland Norway. We spent the night in Finnsnes, a nice town on mainland Norway.
This morning we start with a walk through the snow covered forests above Finnsnes before we continue our journey back to Harstad. Noorderlicht carries snowshoes for all so walking is relatively easy. We arrive in Harstad in the evening and prepare for disembarkation the following morning.
Disembarkation in Harstad
Departure by scheduled flights from Evenes to Oslo and beyond.
A view from Above
Built in 1910, Noorderlicht is rigged as a two masted schooner with alternative diesel engine. It has a strengthened, steel hull and sails Arctic waters throughout the summer and autumn. There are 10 cabins, each with wash basin and twin bunks and shared showers and toilets. Cabins are all below deck and have daylight from roof lights. There is a bar/dining room/lounge and library/dining room/lounge. Noorderlicht offers a true sailing experience and passengers are encouraged to assist with raising and lowering sails and steering.
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