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Winter Fjord Cruise:
January 2023

Join our magical Winter Fjord Cruise in Northern Norway on board our boutique ship MS Polarfront with only 16 guests!

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Photography, Northern Lights & Whale Watching - Expedition Cruise Norway

This voyage is a unique opportunity for everybody interested in whales, white-tailed eagles, arctic winter, Northern Lights and breathtaking landscapes. And especially if you love photography, this is a wonderful adventure. Towards the end of January the days will slowly get longer again, and during twilight hours the sky turns into the most amazing colors. The light changes every minute, from yellow to pink and purple, turning the snowy mountains into a magical scenery. On deck of our comfortable expedition ship, the views are ideal for photographing this colorful spectacle.

Northern Light Photography Northern Norway

Spotting the Northern lights, or Aurora Borealis is a bucket list item for many travellers. Especially during the long winter days in December and January you are likely to view these dancing lights in the sky and Northern Norway is the perfect location. During the polar nights there's no sunlight, and with almost no light polution in this region you have great chances of spotting the Northern Lights. The crew on board will keep an eye out and will alert the guests when the Aurora is visible. When in port, you can go ashore and walk up a hill to get away from any artificial lights and have a clear view on the sky. But also from the ship you can have the most spectacular views of the night sky from our spacious aft deck. So make sure to keep your camera close, even at night.

Whale Watching & Photography Northern Norway

Our expedition cruise starts from Tromsø and takes you through the majestic fjords of Northern Norway down to the picturesque Lofoten Islands. The snow-capped mountains rise up straight from the fjords and make for a breathtaking scenery. During this expedition you will have many opportunities for nature and wildlife photography, and of course we hope to see many whales. In winter, several different species of whales come to the Norwegian fjords. On past expeditions we have spotted Humpback whales, Orcas, Sperm whales and Pilot whales. Besides whale watching from the ship we will also go out for zodiac excursions, and with a little bit of luck we might see some whales from up close while we are on the water.
Depending on which route we will take during the expedition we might visit the famous Trollfjord, which has an extremely narrow entrance and steep cliffs rising straight out of the water. Other magnificent locations are the fishing villages Andenes, where you can spot whales all year round, and Hamn on the beautiful island Senja.

On board Luxury Boutique Yacht MS Polarfront

Our cruises in Northern Norway take place on board the elegant expedition yacht MS Polarfront with a maximum of 16 passengers. The small size of the ship gives us the opportunity to be flexible and optimize every opportunity for showing you the best of Norway. The ship has very spacious cabins, each with their own private bathroom. Out on deck you will find a sauna and a hot tub! So you can admire the northern lights in the most comfortable and relaxing way. On board MS Polarfront you will receive the service you would expect in a luxury hotel. The crew makes sure your stay is as pleasant as possible and the chef prepares delicious meals several times a day. We are certain you will feel right at home in the cozy and warm atmosphere on board MS Polarfront.

Highlights of Northern Light Cruise:

    • Luxury boutique ship
    • Whale watching
    • Great photography
    • View & photograph the Northern Lights
    • Explore the Lofoten Islands
    • Sail through the breathtaking fjords
    • Visit small fishing villages
    • Luxury small expedition yacht
    • Expert guides/photographers on board

Northern Lights Norway Expedition Cruise

We are always ready to alter plans accordingly to take advantage of light, weather, wildlife sightings and other one-of-a-kind opportunities which can vary each day. We cannot guarantee that all activities and shore landings will take place or that they will include all the events we’ve outlined in advance. Be prepared for cold but rewarding days out at sea with spectacular sightings of a unique display of mother nature. Bring a good portion of adventurous spirit. We deal with true wildlife encounters and unpredictable weather conditions. The success of this trip is based on realistic expectations and your personal flexibility.

  • Arrival in Tromsø and boarding your 'home away from home'

    We start our expedition cruise from Tromsø, just above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. This town is known to be the 'Gateway to the Arctic' and has been the starting point for many polar expeditions in the past. Tromsø is surrounded by mountains and fjords and is the world's capital for Northern Light observations! It's definitely worth spending a day or two here. Visit the Polar Museum for a fascinating tour through polar history. Or start your arctic adventure with an optional dog sled excursion or snowmobile safari. In the afternoon of the first day you will board the ship and make yourself at home. After dinner we say goodbye to Tromsø and start our Northern Light Cruise!
    For five full days we will sail through the beautiful fjords of Northern Norway. Our floating hotel takes us to a new location each day. Expect to spend a lot of time on deck as the views are often too beautiful to stay inside. High mountains and remote tiny villages pass by on the horizon. We spend most of the daylight hours out looking for whales, going for shore visits and hikes and taking zodiac rides. When it get's dark and the skies are clear, we have a good chance of viewing the Northern Lights. Our expert guide accompanies you on your adventures and shares knowledge about the region, the Northern Lights and wildlife.

  • Whale watching in Andenes

    Located in a beautiful setting, on a small peninsula with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other side, lies the village Andenes. This is the base for many whale safaris. In the fjords around Andenes, whales can be seen almost all year round. So we have good chances to spot them here. You can enjoy the beautiful view on deck or from the bridge while the ship searches for whales.
    We might also go ashore in Andenes. You can take a walk through the town and visit the lighthouse from where you have a wide view over the sea. At night this is the perfect place for viewing and photographing the northern lights.

  • Vesterålen

    Our journey takes us south, towards Vesterålen. This is a very scenic route through the fjords, along uninhabited islands with high snow-capped mountains in the background. Make sure you always have your camera at hand, because we could encounter whales at any time along the way. The large rear deck of the ship is ideal for this. There is plenty of room to take panoramic photos of the landscape. Those who prefer to stay warm can find a spot on the bridge and gaze at the horizon from there.


    Get carried away by Norway's narrowest fjord, the Trollfjord. The fjord owes its name to the many stories and myths associated with this mysterious place. It is about 2 km long and only 100 meters wide. When you sail into the fjord it seems like you can almost touch the steep cliffs. Trollfjord is an ideal place to explore by pedalo or zodiac. Or take a seat in the hot tub, and enjoy the beautiful view of the steep banks while relaxing in the warm water.

  • Lofoten

    We sail south towards the Lofoten archipelago. Many consider the Lofoten Islands to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The archipelago has a fairy-tale feel to it. Along the coast are typical Norwegian fishing villages with colorful houses. The beautiful bays with white sandy beaches and clear blue water almost make you forget that you're above the Arctic Circle.
    We sail past the westernmost islands of the Lofoten with their sharp mountain peaks and dramatic landscape. We'll stop for a visit of the village Nusfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stopover in Reine is also on our list. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible panoramic view which seems to come straight from a postcard. I'ts no surprise that this one of the most photographed villages in Norway. Continueing our voyage, we sail to the village of Å. There, the road literally ends and you feel like you're at the end of the world.

  • Henningsvær

    We head back North. This time we will not sail through the fjords but along the open sea. Here you will discover that Norway's coast also hides some long sandy beaches. In the town of Eggum we learn more about the history of Norway during the Second World War. Then we continue on to Henningsvær, a fishing village at the end of a peninsula. You will undoubtedly know Henningsvær from the many beautiful pictures that can be found on social media. This cozy little village with wooden houses, stores and restaurants is very famous. It's often called "Venice of the Lofoten" because it consists of several islands that are connected by bridges.


    The island of Senja comes close to the Lofoten and Vesterålen in terms of beauty, but is much less frequently visited. Here we find quiet bays, untouched forests and small lakes where you can feel at one with nature. It is an island to explore at a slow pace in order to fully appreciate its' natural beauty. If conditions permit, we offer a beautiful hike in the Anderdalen National Park.

  • End of the trip

    In the morning on day 7 we will arrive back in the harbour of Tromsø. After breakfast you will disembark the ship and say farewell to your fellow passengers and ship crew.
    There are several options to extend your stay in Northern Norway. Contact us for more information.

  • Northern Lights in Norway

    During the long polar nights there is a good chance we will see the Northern Lights. The crew on board will keep an eye out and will alert the guests when the Northern Lights are visible. If we are in port you can go ashore and walk up a hill to get away from any artificial lights and have a clear view on the sky. On land you have the best opportunities to take pictures of the Northern Lights as you can put your camera of phone on a steady surface.
    But also from the ship you can have the most spectacular views of the Northern Lights dancing above the water and the mountains. When we are at anchor in a calm bay you can have a 360-view on the sky and the lights seem to surround the ship. Slip into your bathing suit for a relaxing bath in the hot tub, or warm up in the sauna while watching this spectacle of nature unravel in front of your eyes.

    Want to learn more about the Northern Lights? Read our blog: "Northern Lights - All your questions answered".

  • Activities during your voyage

    During our cruise we regularly go ashore for a hike in the snow or visit small villages along the Norwegian coast. On board we have two zodiacs which we use to bring you ashore when the ship is at anchor. We also use the zodiacs to see whales up close or sail along the coast to spot wildlife. Be sure to take the opportunity for a ride on our unique polar pedalo. It's a unique experience to float in the beautiful fjords in complete silence.
    For our bravest guests we organize a 'polar plunge'. Those who dare get a chance to dive into the ice-cold water! Probably the most refreshing dive you will ever take. After that cold plunge you can warm up in the hot tub or sauna as the real Norwegians would do. Afterwards, you can tell your family and friends that you took a plunge north of the arctic circle!

Dates & Rates

  • MS Polarfront Norway Winter Fjords

    • 19th Jan - 25th Jan 2023
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR

    Photography Special - with photographer Rayann Elzein


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