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Chasing Whales and Northern Lights

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*Departure: Mar 16 – Mar 23, 2019 – Additional departures listed below 
*Prices are based on sharing berth accommodation – additional cabin/price options listed below

8 days of magnificent auroras and whales

Visiting 1 country: Norway

 

The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travelers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

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Description

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Willingness to compromise on comfort is a basic requirement on board a historic sailing vessel.
Important information about the sailing program: The boat is equipped with sails to be used in good conditions (based on open sea, water depth, wind, and time). This is not guaranteed. The captain decides whether to use the sails or the engine. There is no claim to one or the other propulsion method. If sails are used, the crew operates them. Guests must follow the safety instructions of the team. The average cruising speed for s/v Noorderlicht is 6 knots.

 

Day 1: Paris of the North

Your adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age.

Day 2: In search of Norway’s whales

Early in the morning, you depart from Tromsø. The itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage, and the expected location of the whales. You might sail clockwise or counterclockwise around the island of Senja.

Day 3 – 6: Whales of the shelf

You spend the next several days along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years.  Keep a lookout for sperm whales and other whale species here. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. In the afternoon, you find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden, or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, you can make small hikes along the coast – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora.

Day 7 – 8: Under the northern lights

Continuing your circumnavigation of Senja, you sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Here there are good opportunities to see the northern lights as well as embark on pleasant hikes. You spend the last morning of the cruise exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches. You can even climb the 211-meter-high (692 feet) Mount Hillesøya, the summit of which affords panoramic views of the rugged coastline. That afternoon you sail back to Tromsø. After spending the night on board, you disembark the following day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Additional information

Country

Norway

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE

Duration

1 Week +

Highlights

• Northern Lights
• Sommaroy
• Whale safari
• White-tailed Eagle

INCLUSIONS

Included in this voyage

• Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• AECO fees and governmental taxes.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material

Excluded from this voyage

• Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
• Pre- and post- land arrangements.
• Transfers to / from the vessel.
• Passport and visa expenses.
• Government arrival and departure taxes.
• Meals ashore.
• Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
• Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
• The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Additional Info

Duration: 7 nights
Ship: s/v Rembrandt van Rijn
Embarkation: Tromsø
Disembarkation: Tromsø
Language: English speaking voyage

Vessel Information

S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn

S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring luger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in the Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 – 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

price variations

Triple Private Porthole

  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper/lower berth + 1 lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

 

Sharing berth

2500 USD (Share your cabin with others for the best price)

Complete cabin

7500 USD (Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.)

 

Twin Private Inside

  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

 

Sharing berth

2700 USD (Share your cabin with others for the best price)

 

Single cabin

4590 USD (Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).)

 

Complete cabin

5400 USD (Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Private Porthole

  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper / lower berth
  • Private shower and toilet
  • Ample storage space

 

Sharing berth

3100 USD (Share your cabin with others for the best price)

 

Single cabin

5270 USD (Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).)

 

Complete cabin

6200 USD (Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.)

Additional Departure

  • 07 Dec -14 Dec 2019
  • 14 Dec – 21 Dec 2019
  • 21 Dec – 28 Dec 2019
  • 28 Dec 2019 – 04 Jan 2020

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