Few places are still as undiscovered as the hidden fjords of northern Norway during wintertime. The rough, high-peaked mountains are powdered with snow and the winter light can be incredible. The mysterious landscape is often illuminated by the legendary northern lights. Cruising through this spectacular wilderness scenery has a humbling impact on those travellers entering a great northern land, filled with wildlife and people with fascinating history.
We invite you on board the comfortable little expedition ship M/S Strønstad. We will cruise through the sheltered coastline, inside and along a beautiful archipelago of islands, following the herring and the whales. It will be the experience of a lifetime!
Detailed itinerary (3 or 4 nights): Day 1: Tromsø – Northern Norway Arrive Tromsø located 350 km north of the Polar Circle. Transfer from airport to our ship M/S Strønstad, on the waterfront pier in Tromsø harbour, dramatically overlooked by the mountains. Tromsø is known as the gateway to the Arctic and it is an island town, surrounded by perpetually snow-clad, mile-high peaks. After lunch, we will spend the afternoon visiting the Polar Museum, where we will learn about early days of polar explorers who often started their journeys from here. During the evening, we will invite you for a cocktail, followed by dinner, and a chance to meet your new shipmates. The ship will set sail during evening towards the fjord areas. Days 2-3 or 2-4: Expedition cruising in search of whales These days are in an expedition mode, cruising along the spectacular fjords and snow covered mountains. The itinerary for the following days will depend on where we locate concentrations of whales. For the 5-6 last years, huge shoals of herring have started to winter in the fjord around Kvaløya outside the town Tromsø. The herring have attracted big numbers of Orcas and Humpback whales. Especially the numbers of Humpback Whales have been increasing the last few years. The whales arrive already at the beginning of November and stay in the area so long as the herring is around until late February or the beginning of March. The whole phenomenon is set in a spectacular, snow-covered landscape and with birdlife such as White-tailed Sea Eagles soaring in the sky. Being north of the Arctic Circle this is the time when the polar darkness is lit up by a low and beautifully coloured sun. After the sun sets, in clear weather we will have good chances to experience the spectacular Northern Lights dancing across the sky. Both during the daytime when the sun is up and at night time with the Aurora borealis – the Northern Lights – the photography opportunities are amazing. We will be cruising around the wilderness waterways between Ringvassøya, Kvaløya, and perhaps further north, focusing on whale encounters. If time and opportunity permits, we will also make landings and explore the surrounding areas and visit one of the charming small fishing villages. Day 4 or 5: Tromsø Arrive back to Tromsø harbour in the morning, where we disembark M/S Strønstad for your group transfer to airport and further journey back home. Please note The expedition’s exact route will depend on the weather and the whales. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will do everything in their power to maximise our experience. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
We invite you on board the comfortable little expedition ship M/S
Strønstad. We will cruise through the sheltered coastline, inside and
along a beautiful archipelago of islands, following the herring and
the whales. It will be the experience of a lifetime!
M/S Strønstad was built in 1955 as a local ferry and passenger ship
sailing the harsh and sometimes icy waters around Lofoten and northern
Norway. She was built in Norway at P. Høyvolds shipyard and refitted
in 1993. The interior features nice wooden details giving her a warm
feeling. Today she is equipped as a comfortable and functional
expedition vessel. Creature comforts include central heating, washing
machine, showers and flushing toilets. All passenger accommodation is
in the forward half of the vessel.
The M/S Strønstad is today a beautiful and exclusive little ship carrying a maximum of just 18 passengers in outside cabins, with upper and lower berths. She provides comfortable accommodation for 16 passengers, two guides and up to six crew. The owner and crew of the ship have long experience and are dedicated for the preservation of the unique nature and wildlife of the Far North.
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