Norway - Orcas & Northern Lights
Norway - Orcas & Northern Lights 5 Days aboard M/S Quest
Join us aboard a small Polar expedition ship as we go in search of sightings of orcas and other marine wildlife among the spectacular fjords outside Tromsø, where in recent years large groups have been regularly spotted gathered in search of the great herring shoals that have chosen to overwinter here. As we sail along these dramatic fjords each day will bring a new adventure, as we enjoy Zodiac cruises and refreshing hikes that will bring us up close to Nature at its finest. Sailing in January, we will also have great chances of witnessing the natural phenomenon of the magical Northern Lights!
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 >
- Excellent chances of witnessing the amazing Northern Lights
- Sail through spectacular scenery
- Search for encounters with large pods of Orcas and other whales
- Observe other wildlife including marine life and myriad birdlife
- Learn about Sami culture and visit picturesque towns and villages
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of lectures by expert guides
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Illustrated post-expedition log
ITINERARY4 Nights 5 Days
- Day 1 | Tromsø, Norway
- Days 2 - 3 | Tromsø Fjords
- Day 4 | Alta - Sami Culture
- Day 5 | Tromsø
Your expedition begins in the beautiful Norwegian city of Tromsø, 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to the port to embark your vessel. Known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”, Tromsø is framed by spectacular fjords and mountain peaks, and after our first dinner on board we will step off the ship again to visit the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up to Fjellheisen where you will have the chance to see this magnificent landscape from a fantastic aerial vantage point. In the evening we will get back on board and set sail out in to the fjord system to begin our adventure in earnest.
Over the course of the next two days we will be cruising through the spectacular fjord system which surrounds Tromsø in search of exciting wildlife sightings and scenic photo opportunities. As with all expedition cruising, itinerary flexibility will be key, and each day your experienced captain and crew will assess the weather, sea conditions and wildlife opportunities to determine the best course for unforgettable experiences. As we travel in the middle of January, the sun will have only just returned, giving us direct sunlight for a short period each day, and the light at this time of year is captivating and simply perfect for photography.
At this time of year we also have great chances of witnessing the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights dancing in the clear night skies, and Tromsø is regarded as one of the very best destinations to witness this. Of course, seeing the Northern Lights can not be guaranteed and will be dependent on a number of factors including weather and cloud coverage, but each night the excitement on board will build as we make our way to deck in hopes that the Aurora Borealis will put on a show for us. Watching the greenish lights dancing above the ship in the smooth, protected waters of the fjords is an extraordinary experience that will live long in the memory!
Each day we will hope to enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises and shore visits to beautiful destinations such as Rebbenesøya, Gjossøya, Ringvassøya and Seiland where we will be on the lookout for the large pods of orcas and humpback whales that have been spotted here over the last 8 winters. Our shore walks and hikes will bring us up close to the marvellous landscapes here which really have to be seen to be believed.
Alta - Sami Culture
Today we will spend a full day exploring the beautiful small coastal town of Alta and its surroundings. Framed by towering mountains and picturesque fjords, Alta is known as the city of the Northern Lights, and one of the highlights here will be a guided tour of the spectacular Northern Lights Cathedral. In Alta we will have our best chances of the voyage of witnessing this natural phenomenon, but before night falls we will have time for another expedition highlight as we disembark the ship to take a two hour bus drive to a traditional Sami camp. In the heart of Sápmi - the region traditionally inhabited by the Sami people – we will meet the locals and learn all about Sami culture and enjoy a typical Sami lunch in a Lavvu. In the early evening we will return to Alta for our Northern Lights experience and get back on board for our last night at sea.
Arrival back in to the port at Tromsø sadly signals the end of our voyage. After breakfast you will disembark, bid a fond farewell to your expedition crew and begin your journey home filled with enchanting memories of your Norwegian adventure.
Please note: Various land and flight packages are available for getting to and from Tromsø, and also for extensions to your tour. Please enquire for further 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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Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
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!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
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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