Voyage aboard the indicated vessel in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; free use of snow shoes; transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges, telecommunication charges, personal gear; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis, Hike & Sail Cruises begin and end in Tromso, Norway (TOS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Tromso anytime on day 1 of the itinerary, in time to board the vessel by 5:00pm. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 8 of the itinerary, no later than 9:00am. Plan flights to depart Tromso no earlier than 12:00pm on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Depending on itinerary, season and weather conditions, adventure activities may include hiking, snowshoeing, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, glacier viewing, whale watching and polar animal observation. Snowshoes are available on board (free of charge) and fit all shoe sizes.
Daily hiking activities depend upon the discretion of the onboard expedition leaders. The goal of this particular Hike & Sail route is to complete 2-3 daily hikes or snowshoes per day, with approximately 300-800 feet of altitude to be climbed per day. Guests (maximum of 33) will be split into two groups under the guidance of experienced guides who take into account the interests and physical fitness of the participants. No technical knowledge is required. Ankle-high and sturdy hiking boots and gaiters are recommended, and hiking poles with deep snow plates are required. For wet shore landings, please bring insulated rubber boots with anti-slip soles. An equipment list will be provided for more details.
A few select departures in 2021 (Mar 13 & 20) offer a special Kayak Skills Progression camp for an exclusive group of 4-8 kayakers. Participants will be split into two groups of four people, and each group will be offered one outing per day (morning or afternoon) of one to two hours, for five total activity days, depending on local conditions. The $450 per person supplemental fee for this activity covers your use of industry-leading TRAK single-seater kayaks and dry suits for the duration of your trip, but if you have your own dry suit, we recommend using that instead. For kayakers who bring their own TRAK kayak and dry suit, no supplemental fee will be charged. Basic kayaking experience is helpful but not a requirement; physical fitness, however, is essential. Contact AdventureSmith for further details on this programming.
In winter, the amount of daylight is limited, with about 10 hours of light at the end of February. Dramatic landscapes under low sun and long sunrises/sunsets offer great opportunities for photography enthusiasts. Northern Norway is known to be one of the best areas in the world to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, which can only be seen with dark and clear skies. In good weather conditions, this voyage offers ample opportunities to admire and photograph the northern lights from the remote fishing villages and bays where the ship anchors.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person Twin or Superior listed rates. Single travelers wishing to book on a “sharing basis” may do so at no additional cost in Twin, Triple or Quadruple categories upon availability.
Families & Children
Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 years old with parents may receive a 40% discount in triple cabins (1 child sharing with 2 parents/adults). Parents are entirely responsible for their children at all times, on land and on board; there is no onboard day care or nursery facility.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. The itinerary depends largely on weather conditions and the amount of daylight during the voyage. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.