Orcas and Northern Lights in Northern Norway (Stockholm)

Orcas and Northern Lights in Northern Norway (Stockholm)

From USD $4,190

Description

Join the 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm on an exciting trip in true expedition style! In early November we head into the fjords outside Tromsø to enjoy a grand natural wonderland and hopefully experience the magical Northern Lights. In recent years, family groups of orca and humpback whales have gathered in search of the great herring shoals that have chosen to overwinter in the region. If we are lucky this expedition will also offer exclusive encounters with these fascinating animals!

Trip Name
Orcas and Northern Lights in Northern Norway (Stockholm)
Days
6
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 195 m Passenger Capacity: 12 Built / refurbished: 1953 / 1999 The M/S Stockholm is a classic ship built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1999 she was totally refitted and started her career as a comfortable polar passenger ship. The M/S Stockholm carries a maximum of 12 passengers in twin cabins with bunk beds. All cabins have private facilities and small windows (portholes). M/S Stockholm is a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and wooden decks. It is no wonder she is loved by so many! On board the ship you will enjoy delicious meals in the company of likeminded travellers, who are all fascinated by the Arctic nature, wildlife and history. The food on board is of high standard and all beverages are included in the price. With such a small party on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht. The crew on board M/S Stockholm are also great enthusiasts of the unique wildlife and unspoiled nature. Their genuine curiosity is a prerequisite for expedition cruises of this kind. A trip on board M/S Stockholm in these northern waters, with its unique wildlife and pristine nature, is an experience of a lifetime!

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Tromsø, Norway
We arrive in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, and beautifully framed by fjords and mountains peaks. The city has been the starting point for many polar expeditions and was referred to as “the Gateway to the Arctic” in the 1800s. We explore the renowned Polar Museum to learn more about the first explorers who travelled north to seek fame and fortune, before we board our small expedition ship M/S Stockholm. After our first tasty dinner on board, we take the cable car up to Fjellheisen, where we enjoy the magnificent view of Tromsø sparkling in the night. Back on board, it is time to head out in the fjord system – the expedition cruise has started!
Day 2 - Day 2 - 5: Expedition
We are now on an expedition cruise and our itinerary the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. We travel in early November, before the polar darkness settles over Tromsø. The sun is still up for several hours each day and for those who are interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating. Even when the sun is below the horizon, we can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. In clear weather we have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights dance in the sky. Tromsø is known as one of the best destinations if you dream about watching this fascinating phenomenon.Since 2010, huge shoals of herring have overwintered in the fjords around Tromsø, which has attracted many orcas and humpbacks. As with any wild animals, it is hard to predict if they will return this year, but with some luck we will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible mammals. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. They can be seen soaring above us with their impressive wingspans.During the trip, we hope to be fortunate to see both Northern Lights and whales, but when the opportunity arises, we will head out on exciting Zodiac cruises and refreshing hikes to explore Tromsø’s dramatic islands up close. Rebbenesøya, Gjossøya, Ringvassøya and Seiland are examples on places we hope to explore. Perhaps the first snow has fallen and settled over the high mountain peaks, offering marvellous sceneries together with the small picturesque houses and the beautiful fjords. On board, we will listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious food and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck. For those who are interested in fishing, there will be opportunities to try your luck from the ship.
Day 3 - Day 6: Tromsø
In the morning we disembark our ship and begin the journey home.
Day 4 - Please note:
The exact route will depend on weather and possible wildlife encounters. The captain and the expedition leader will do everything to maximise our experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
31-10-201905-11-2019USD $4,190Twin Cabin
31-10-201905-11-2019USD $7,790Twin Cabin Solo
10-11-201915-11-2019USD $4,190Twin Cabin
10-11-201915-11-2019USD $7,790Twin Cabin Solo

Inclusions

    • In Tromso explore the renowned Polar Museum to learn more about the first explorers who travelled north to seek fame and fortune
    • Have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights dance in the sky. Tromsø is known as one of the best destinations if you dream about watching this fascinating phenomenon

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