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Norway

Explore the fjords of Norway in search of Whales and Auroras

Northern Lights in Norway © Ton van Moll

Discover Northern Norway during an expedition cruise in winter and combine seeing the Aurora Borealis with whale watching! Our Cruises in Northern Norway depart from Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic situated 350km above the Arctic circle. We venture of for the trip of a lifetime on board one of our comfortable small expedition ships. During our expedition cruises in Northern Norway you’ll have a chance to snorkel with orcas and whales and to see the northern lights while sailing through the beautiful fjords.

Our expedition cruises in Northern Norway take you off the beaten path to places where only small expedition vessels can come. Our ships take a maximum of 16 passengers on board, creating a cosy and personal atmosphere. Choose the vessel that suits your preferences, going from comfortable expedition style to spacious and luxurious, and embark on the most adventurous winter cruise in Northern Norway!

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We offer three different types of expeditions in Northern Norway. From November to January we have our Winter Whales of Norway Expeditions with small ships, where our goal is to go snorkelng with orcas. By the end of January, we start our Northern Lights Cruises and sail the Norwegian fjords in search of the Aurora Borealis. Throughout the year, there’s also the opportunity for Norwegian coastal cruises on board larger expedition ships, visiting the highlights of Norway’s beautiful coast.

Weather Norway

Winter in Northern Norway

Our voyages take place above the Arctic Circle during winter time. You might expect lots of snow and ice, but the mild waters of the Gulf Stream give Northern Norway a rather mild climate for a place at this latitude. The average temperature will likely be around freezing and snow usually doesn’t fall until late November. You can experience anything from storms, grey skies and choppy seas to sunny days with calm water.

Daylight hours & Polar night

At the start of our season, end of October, we will enjoy several hours of daylight each day. Moving towards the end of the year, days shorten quickly. From the end of November, you will experience the Polar Night, the time of year when the sun does not rise above the horizon. Something you can only experience above the Arctic circle! The iconic Arctic light attracts many people to Northern Norway each winter. On clear days, the twilight hours offer a very particular luminosity and magnificent colors for photography. The faint sunlight is reflected off the water and the snow-capped mountains, transforming the fjords into a magical winter scenery. This twilight can last for several hours, plenty of time to capture the most breathtaking photos while the colors slowly change from pink and purple to deep blue.

 

Wildlife Norway

Orcas & Whales in Norway

During the winter months, far North of the Arctic Circle, one of Earth’s most colossal natural spectacles occurs. Over a billion spring spawning herring congregate along the coast of northern Norway, an enormous fish feast for any predator that can get to them. Orcas, humpback whales and fin whales come to gorge on the herring in this ice-free expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. Orcas have always followed the fish to its wintering grounds, however, the appearance of large numbers of humpback whales is a new phenomenon which we’ve only been seeing since recent years. These 18m (60ft) giants have migrated 8.000km (5,000 miles) across the Atlantic to feed for a few weeks before making their long journey back to the Caribbean.

Activities Norway

Chasing Northern Lights

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world for viewing the Northern Lights. It is situated right below the ‘northern lights oval’ and in winter there is very little daylight, ideal circumstances for experiencing this unique natural light show. On our Signature Expeditions we will sail through the fjords to find the most beautiful parts of Northern Norway during the day, while at night we gaze at the skies to witness the dancing Northern Lights. Depending on the location of the ship at that moment, you will either watch them from deck, or go on land to have a good view. Don’t worry you’ll miss them, the guides or crew will alert you when they spot the green lights. You also don’t have to be an expert to photograph the Northern Lights in Norway, you can even capture them with your phone!

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Ships

Our trips to Norway

Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 22 Oct - 28 Oct 2024
Ship: Explorer
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 28 Oct - 03 Nov 2024
Ship: Explorer
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 29 Oct - 04 Nov 2024
Ship: Virgo
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 4800 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 03 Nov - 09 Nov 2024
Ship: Explorer
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 07 Nov - 13 Nov 2024
Ship: Vikingfjord
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 5700 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 04 Dec - 10 Dec 2024
Ship: Virgo
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 4800 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 10 Jan - 16 Jan 2025
Ship: Polarfront
Passengers: 16 passengers

From € 4900 per person

Muskox Photography Expedition Norway

With Waterproof guides Johnny & Debbie

Travel duration: 5 days
Date: 07 Apr - 11 Apr 2025
Ship: n/a
Passengers: 13 passengers

From € 2619 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 26 Oct - 01 Nov 2025
Ship: Polarfront
Passengers: 16 passengers

From € 4900 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 28 Oct - 03 Nov 2025
Ship: Explorer
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 5900 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 29 Oct - 04 Nov 2025
Ship: Virgo
Passengers: 12 passengers

From € 4800 per person
Winter Whales of Norway
Signature Expedition

Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales

Travel duration: 7 days
Date: 01 Nov - 07 Nov 2025
Ship: Polarfront
Passengers: 16 passengers

From € 4900 per person

FAQ

Our experience has learned us the weeks from end of October until early December offer the best chances for seeing whales and orcas. But keep in mind, it all comes down to mother nature!

The best places to see the northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, are high northern latitudes during the winter (approximately from October to March). The northern lights usually appear in a ring around the North Pole which is called the Auroral Oval. Northern Norway is right in this circle! In order to see aurora, the sky must be dark and clear. Sunlight and clouds are often the biggest obstacle to observations. Second thing you need is solar activity. The more active our sun is, the higher your chances are to see bright and powerfull Northern Lights