Norway Northern Lights & Whales by Sailing Ship 8 Days aboard SV Noorderlicht
Enjoy an exciting sail aboard a beautiful traditional two-mast schooner in search of Norway’s abundance of marine wildlife. This wonderful journey will take you around the spectacular fjords of northern Norway on a whale safari that is certain not to disappoint. Sailing around and visiting exceptionally scenic areas such as Senja, Andfjorden and Sommarøy, you will be on a constant lookout for the bountiful whales and other marine life that is found here including humpback and sperm whales, and maybe even orcas. And as the sun sets on each day the anticipation will build as we hope for the skies to provide us with the most spectacular light show – the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Please note: This itinerary is available aboard 2 traditional schooner ships, the S/V Noorderlicht and S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn. As this is a whale safari aboard a traditional sailing ship, your exact itinerary will be determined by the expected locations of the whales, as well as weather conditions.
Various dates between November and March are available each year.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Sail aboard a traditional 2 mast schooner sailing ship
- Search for an abundance of marine wildlife including humpback and sperm whales, and orca
- Excellent chances of witnessing the Northern Lights!
- Beautiful scenery at every turn
- Myriad birdlife
- Enjoy pleasant hikes, walks and land visits
- Full board accommodation on board with all meals, snacks and hot drinks
- All Zodiac excursions and shore landings with expert guides
- Programme of expert lectures
ITINERARY7 Nights 8 Days
- Day 1 | Tromsø
- Day 2 | Depart from Tromsø
- Days 3 - 6 | Senja and Andfjorden
- Days 7 - 8 | Sommarøy & Tromsø
Your adventure begins in Tromsø, the “Paris of the north”, where after having arrived independently you can spend some time exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town before embarking your sailing ship. The evening will be spent on board in Tromsø port, settling in to your cabin, familiarising yourself with your new surroundings, getting to know your new shipmates and attending safety briefings for your time on board.
Depart from Tromsø
Early in the morning your ship will set sail out of Tromsø as we begin our exploration of Northern Norway in search of unrivalled marine wildlife encounters. As with all Arctic and expedition sailings, flexibility throughout will be the key. Each day your captain and experienced crew will decide upon the best course to take based on the weather, sea conditions and the expected locations of the whales. Our expected route will be to navigate around the magical island of Senja. Whether we do this in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction will be dictated by the opportunities afforded to us.
After a pleasant day of sailing, in the evening the anticipation will build as we wait for news of our chances of witnessing the breathtaking natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and make our way out on to deck with cameras in hand ready for the night skies to put on their show of light.
Senja and Andfjorden
Over the course of the next 4 days we will be sailing along the coasts of beautiful Senja and Andfjorden on a constant lookout for the large numbers of whales that are very frequently spotted here. Your captain and crew will chart the perfect course for ample sightings of humpback whales, sperm whales and even orca! Another area where we are likely to spot good numbers of whales is near Andenes where we may make a stop to explore. As we sail we are also likely to see numerous seabirds as well as white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe.
Each afternoon we will find a place to anchor for the night and options for this include the scenic fishing villages of Gryllefjorden, Sommarøy, Skrolsvik or Andenes. In the evenings, after a tasty dinner on board we will again make our way out on deck in hope of seeing the Northern Lights.
Sommarøy & Tromsø
As we continue our circumnavigation of Senja, on day 7 we will have reached the beautiful fishing village of Sommarøy. After transferring to shore via Zodiac boat you can enjoy a number of pleasant hikes here to explore the area’s small bays and white beaches. There will also be the option to hike up the 211-meter-high Mount Hillesøya which will reward in stunning panoramic views and great photo opportunities of the rugged surrounding coastline.
After your enjoyable exploration of Sommarøy, your ship will sail back to Tromsø in the late afternoon, where we will anchor in the harbour to enjoy our final night on board. After breakfast the following morning you will disembark and head to the airport filled with wonderful memories of your unforgettable sailing ship experience.
Various land and air packages are available for transport to and from Tromsø, please enquire for details.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
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Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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