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 late autumn and 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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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.
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.
Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden
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.
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.
Kvaløya and Tromsø (Disembark)
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.
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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