The magical Northern Lights

Northern Lights Norway: M/S Stockholm

Northern Norway

Join the 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm on an exciting trip in true expedition style! In late October and November we head into the fjords outside Tromsø to enjoy a grand natural wonderland and hopefully experience the magical Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In recent years, family groups of orca and humpback whales have gathered in search of the great herring shoals that have chosen to overwinter in the region. If we are lucky this expedition will also offer exclusive encounters with these fascinating animals!

  • Chance to see orcas and humpback whales
  • Chance to see the Northern Lights
  • True expedition cruising
  • 12 passengers only
  • 5-star nature experiences
  • Climate compensated trip

Stewart's Take

A brilliant new expedition to the whale-rich wonderland of Norway... Don’t miss out on this unique adventure!

Overview

Join the 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm on an exciting trip in true expedition style! In late October and November we head into the fjords outside Tromsø to enjoy a grand natural wonderland and hopefully experience the magical Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In recent years, family groups of orca and humpback whales have gathered in search of the great herring shoals that have chosen to overwinter in the region. If we are lucky this expedition will also offer exclusive encounters with these fascinating animals!
Day 1: Tromsø, Norway We arrive in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, and beautifully framed by fjords and mountains peaks. The city has been the starting point for many polar expeditions and was referred to as “the Gateway to the Arctic” in the 1800s. In the afternoon, we board our small expedition ship M/S Stockholm and settle into our comfortable cabins. After our first tasty dinner on board, we take the cable car up to Fjellheisen, where we enjoy the magnificent view of Tromsø sparkling in the night. Back on board, it is time to head out in the fjord system – the expedition cruise has started! Day 2 - 5: On Expedition! We are now on an expedition cruise and our itinerary the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. We travel in late October and November, before the polar darkness settles over Tromsø. The sun is still up for several hours each day and for those who are interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating. Even when the sun is below the horizon, we can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. In clear weather we have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dance in the sky. Tromsø is known as one of the best destinations if you dream about watching this fascinating phenomenon. Since 2010, huge shoals of herring have overwintered in the fjords around Tromsø, which has attracted many orcas and humpbacks. As with any wild animals, it is hard to predict if they will return this year, but with some luck we will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible mammals. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. They can be seen soaring above us with their impressive wingspans. During the trip, we hope to be fortunate to see both Northern Lights and whales, but when the opportunity arises, we will head out on exciting Zodiac cruises and refreshing hikes to explore Tromsø’s dramatic islands up close. Kvænangen, Loppa and Vannøya are examples of places we hope to explore. Perhaps the first snow has fallen and settled over the high mountain peaks, offering marvellous sceneries together with the small picturesque houses and the beautiful fjords. On board, we will listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious food and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck. For those who are interested in fishing, there will be opportunities to try your luck from the ship. Day 6: Tromsø In the morning we disembark our ship and begin the journey home. Please note: The exact route will depend on weather and possible wildlife encounters. The captain and the expedition leader will do everything to maximise our experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

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Expedition Vessel: M/S Stockholm

The M/S Stockholm is a classic vessel built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration and is a sister to the M/S Origo and M/S Malmö.

In 1999 she was refitted as a comfortable ice strengthened expedition vessel for 12 passengers. All the cabins are outside twins with upper and lower berths, and en-suite facilities. On board the ship you will enjoy the company of likeminded travelers who appreciate the natural world, and are fascinated by the remote regions. With such a small party on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht, and offers an entirely different experience to that of a larger cruise vessel.

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Included
  • 5 nights on board the M/S Stockholm
  • All meals on board
  • All beverages
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • The trip is climate compensated
Excluded
  • Flight to/from Tromsø
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 25% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A secure payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card alternatively bank transfer. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 60 days prior to departure. Final payment can be made by bank transfer. Balance payments by credit card are subject to a 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. For cancellation received more than 60 days prior to departure there will be a full refund of the program cost less 10%. For cancellation received between 60 days prior to departure and departure date there will be no refund whatsoever. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Polar Quest Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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