Northern Norway, Whale Safari and Aurora Borealis

Northern Norway, Whale Safari and Aurora Borealis– Norway –8 days / 7 nights, Tromsø - Langsundet - Dyrsfjorden - Vengsøyfjorden - Kaldfjorden - Kvaløya - Sommarøy -TromsøNorway' spectacular coastline with fjords and mountains renowned for their beauty. Far north, about 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, we find the island of Kvaløya, the whale island. Early winter enormous schools of Herring from the Barents Sea come into the fjords, attracting large numbers of Orcas and Humpback Whales. We will spend three days in the fjords to explore this spectacle. We also have ample opportunities to admire the Aurora Borealis.

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Operation October 30 - December 4, 2016
Departure NOO29, October 30 - November 6, 2016
NOO32, November 20 - November 27, 2016
NOO33, November 27 - December 4, 2016
Price from $2,220 per person, Twin Shared Inside
Included 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
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
AECO fees and governmental taxes
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
Cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges
All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
$25 Service fee
Please Note All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% Discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages. Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius, 24 participants on Rembrandt, and 14 participants on Noorderlicht.
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Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSØ 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.

Day 2 TROMSØ - LANGSUNDET - DYRSFJORDEN 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.

Day 3 - 5 VENGSØYFJORDEN - 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.

Day 6 KVALØYA - SOMMARØY 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.

Day 7 - 8 SOMMARØY - TROMSØ 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.

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