NORTH NORWAY
Whales & Wonders

Harstad - Harstad 
8-day Sailing cruise through the Norwegian fjords in search of whales and the wonder of the Northern Lights

Itinerary

exploring the magnificent coastline of the island Senja

8 days
full board
starting from: € 1.630,-
embark: Harstad    16:00
disembark: Harstad    09:00
airport: Harstad

During this sailing voyage through the Norwegian fjords and islands. we will let the wind guide us towards our destination. Our main goal is to sail to the waters where we have the biggest change to spot a diversity of whales. If the weather conditions are better suited to explore the Lofoten, this will be our plan B. Either way you will enjoy the magnificent scenic landscape of Northern Norway with majestic mountain peaks, the bird and animal life, the picturesque villages and the fairytale Arctic light. Moreover, this is the best place on earth to see the Northern lights! 



Day 1: Harstad: the gateway for spotting whales around Andenes

You will arrive on the airport of Evenes where you can take a direct flybus to the lovely little town of Harstad. This city is officially situated in the subarctic, because it is far above the Arctic circle. Harstad offers a great starting point for exploring the island of Senja and spotting whales which are often situated around Andenes all year round. If weather conditions are not suited to sail North, Harstad gives the possibility to sail South towards the Lofoten. 

In the harbor of Harstad our sailingship Noorderlicht is waiting for you where you can board from 1600. The crew will welcome you & you will enjoy your first dinner aboard. In the evening you will have the time to have a stroll through the cozy town and you might have the first chance to see the wonder of the Northern lights. 

Day 2: Cast off the lines & hoist the sails towards Skrolsvik 

After breakfast we will leave Harstad and we will set sail towards Skrolsvik, which is situated at the southernmost tip of the island of Senja and offers a beautiful scenery. Skrolsvik was once a thriving fishing village because of the rich halibut fishing in the Andfjord. You might would like to pay a visit to the ‘kweitmuseet’ (the Halibut museum) or have a look at the ‘Gammelbutikken’ (the Old store). 

Since there is not much light pollution here, it gives a perfect location for observing the Northern lights in the evening.  

Day 3: in search for whales around Andenes, 

the ‘whalecapital’ of Norway 

If the sea is calm today, we will leave Skrolsvik in the morning to set course towards the ‘’Bleik-canyon’’ situated on the edge of the continental shelf approximately at 69*25 N ; 15*45 E. This extraordinary deep sea area offers the possibility to observe a variety of whales in their natural habitat. 

In the afternoon we will moor in the harbor of the fishing village Andenes. The scenery of this little town is dominated by the Andenes lighthouse, a 40 meters high lighthouse which dates back to 1859 and is still in use today. 

Interesting to know is that they are currently building a new whale museum in Andenes which will have a unprecedently spectacular architecture: it will be shaped in the form of a whale. The museum will open its doors in 2022.  

Day 4 -6: Exploring the spectacular scenery of Senja 

We spend the next couple of days sailing along the coast of the island Senja. Senja is also been referred to as “Norway in miniature’’ or “fairytale island’’. The area is loved for its dramatic mountains that plunge straight into the sea, it’s rich wildlife and low light pollution which can offer the best aurora experience. While sailing here, keep a good look out for white-tailed eagles, and other bird species! 

In the afternoon we will moor in one of the tiny fishing villages nearby, such as Gryllefjorden or Hamn. Once the sun is set, you can make short hikes along the scenic coast or in the small villages. Snowshoes are available on board in case the landscape is covered by snow. 

Day 7: Return towards Harstad 

If weather permits, we will spend this day sailing back towards Harstad. At arrival in Harstad, you can enjoy some free time to shop for souvenirs, visit a museum or take a walk in the winter air. The crew will have a last surprise for you awaiting aboard and you can enjoy your last evening with the crew and your fellow travelers.  

The "Noorderlicht" offers cozy, authentic nautical accommodation for 20 travelers, with small but comfortable double cabins. All cabins have 2 beds above each other, a built-in wardrobe and a sink with hot and cold water. There are shared showers (4) and toilets (5). The cabins have frosted glass in the ceiling, allowing daylight to enter the cabins.

Included


- All meals aboard throughout the voyage, consisting of a continental breakfast, lunch & dinner.

-Snacks, coffee & tea.

- Bed linen & towels.

- Crew, consisting of a captain, 1st mate, 2nd mate & a ships cook



Excluded


- Flight tickets (see www.flysas.com or www.norwegian.com)

- Drinks aboard

- Meals and excursions ashore

- Cancellation and personal (travel) insurance

- Tip at the end of the trip for the staff on board

- Transfers airport - vessel


Practical Information


- days: 8

- service: full board

- price 2022: starting from € 1.780,- 

- price 2023: starting from € 1.960,-

- embark: Harstad    16:00

- disembark: Harstad    09:00

- airport: Harstad

PRICING - 2022

CABIN SHARED

1.780/pp

shared cabine in a 2 person cabin

  • FULL BOARD

CABIN PRIVATE

2.670/pp

a bed in your own private cabin

  • FULL BOARD

DATES - 2022

10 different dates to choose from

NOO 01  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 01 Jan  =>  Sat, 08 Jan 2022 
FULLY BOOKED 8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 02  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders  Sat, 08 Jan  =>  Sat, 15 Jan 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  - starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 03  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 15 Jan  =>  Sat, 22 Jan 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 04  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 22 Jan  =>  Sat, 29 Jan 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 05  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 29 Jan  =>  Sat, 05 Feb 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 06  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 05 Feb  =>  Sat, 12 Feb 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 07  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 12 Feb  =>  Sat, 19 Feb 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 08  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 19 Feb  =>  Sat, 26 Feb 2022 
FULLY BOOKED 8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 09  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders  Sat, 26 Feb  =>  Sat, 05 Mar 2022 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

NOO 10  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders -  Sat, 05 Mar  =>  Sat, 12 Mar 2022 
FULLY BOOKED 8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.630,- p.p.

When requesting a booking, please add trip number (p.e.x. NOO 09) and cabin type.

PRICING - 2023

CABIN SHARED

1.960/pp

shared cabine in a 2 person cabin

  • FULL BOARD

CABIN PRIVATE

2.750/pp

a bed in your own private cabin

  • FULL BOARD

DATES - 2023

9 different dates to choose from

NOO 01  - North Norway - Whales and Wonders 1 - Sat, 31 Dec => Sat, 07 Jan 2023 
FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 02  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1  Sat, 07 Jan  =>  Sat, 14 Jan 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  - starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 03  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1 -  Sat, 14 Jan  =>  Sat, 21 Jan 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 04  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1 -  Sat, 21 Jan  =>  Sat, 28 Jan 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 05  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1 -  Sat, 28 Jan  =>  Sat, 04 Feb 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 06 - North Norway - Whales and Wonders 1 - Sat, 04 Feb  => Sat, 11 Feb 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 07  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1 -  Sat, 11 Feb  =>  Sat, 18 Feb 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 08  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1 -  Sat, 18 Feb  =>  Sat, 25 Feb 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

NOO 09  -  North Norway  - Whales and Wonders 1  Sat, 25 Feb  =>  Sat, 04 Mar 2023 
 FULLY BOOKED  8 days  -  Harstad => Harstad  -  starting at € 1.960,- p.p.

When requesting a booking, please add trip number (p.e.x. NOO 09) and cabin type.

Note: The itinerary is purely indicative and can change due to weather conditions in order to take advantage of the possibility to set sail, the amount of daylight and the opportunity to see wildlife. The idea for this voyage is to use the winds as good as possible to make it possible to hoist the sails and discover the Arctic region by sailing. According to the weather conditions the captain can make the decision to sail North towards the island of Senja, or to go South towards the Lofoten. The captain will determine the final route. Flexibility is essential for a cruise on a traditional sailing vessel as is the willingness to compromise on comfort. 
The Noorderlicht is a 2-masted schooner and equipped with sails. In good conditions the sails will be used. The captain will decide whether to use the sails or the engine. 

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