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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales

Whale watching, photographing wildlife, seeing the northern lights, hiking and sailing are what make this 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales small ship cruise special. Contoured with rugged mountains and cavernous fjords, Northern Norway is renowned for its natural beauty. Its immense coastline has twice been voted by National Geographic as the best travel destination in the world. In winter, when the mountains are capped with snow and the sun hangs heavy on the skyline, everything is embraced in frost. And there you are, sailing through magnificent fjords, snowshoeing steep mountain ridges and hiking along remote Arctic islands.

The main 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales itinerary sails round-trip from Tromso either on a north or south route depending on the season. This provides enough flexibility in schedule to capitalize on Arctic whale watching by day and hunting the aurora borealis by night. Opportunities to hike along small coastal bays, white beaches and up Mount Hillesøya make this an active and satisfying itinerary. If Arctic whale watching is your primary reason for sailing Norway, then the main North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales itinerary (North or South variations) is right for you.

If hiking in Norway, exploring High Arctic fjords and summiting breathtaking mountains is more your speed, the active 8-day alternative North Norway, Aurora Borealis: Hike & Sail itinerary is ideal. This alternative itinerary sails northeast from Tromso to the Nordic fjords for a chance to hike and snowshoe two to three times daily, stopping at the ancient trade and fishing settlement Hamnnes and seeing incredible arctic wildlife along the way.

If ski mountaineering in Norway is on your list, try the 8-day Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail itinerary beginning in Tromso and ending in Alta, Norway. It offers four days of skiing on mountains that can hardly be reached other than by small ship. This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques for ascent and descent in challenging, snow-covered alpine terrain. Typical days involve climbs to mountaintops averaging 2,600 to 3,600 feet and downhill skiing from these points. Ski mountaineers must bring their own equipment.

Each of these itineraries are aboard two Arctic-ready schooners: the 2-masted, 20-guest Noorderlicht and the 3-masted, 33-guest Rembrandt van Rijn. Both vessels are an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to their adventurous nature and intimate size. And both ships are well suited for Arctic adventures, hoisting traditional sails while exploring remote areas in search of Arctic wildlife, geology and history. To help decide which North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales itinerary is right for you, contact the polar experts at AdventureSmith Explorations and book your trip of a lifetime!

Read on for details about this trip, or discover more of AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.



Itinerary

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales Main North Itinerary

The main “North Route” of the 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales cruise (bold line on the map) operates approximately November through mid-January. This itinerary sails round-trip from Tromso, Norway, heading north to the Kvaenangen Fjord. The map outlines a possible but not final itinerary, as the expedition leader will determine the final route for each voyage.

Route map in shades of blue showing the itinerary for North Norway Aurora Borealis cruise from Tromso.
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Day 1
Embark Tromso, Norway

Your adventure begins in Tromso, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. All voyages with s/v Rembrandt van Rijn aim at departing from Tromso in the evening of day one, while s/v Noorderlicht will set sail in the early morning of day two. All passengers of Rembrandt are kindly asked to board the vessel by 5:00pm, while passengers of Noorderlicht are welcome to board the vessel between 5:00pm and 11:00pm.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 6
Into the Nordic Fjords

Sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and possibly stay for the night in Hamnnes, on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating in the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses where residents store dried cod. (In fact, the town still exports this cod for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau.) Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes. From Hamnnes, sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day you will sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon your captain will look for a harbor to spend the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord or Burfjord.

There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra. Great hikes can also be made in Burfjord, just 31 miles from the northerly town of Alta. During the evenings and nights, there are fine opportunities to see auroras if the sky is clear enough. Spend the night near the small village of Finnkroken, where there are good opportunities to see the Northern Lights.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Under the Northern Lights

Arrive in Tromsø around midday. In the afternoon enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air. After spending the last night on board, disembark on day eight (Saturday) with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Tromso, Norway

Disembark in the port of Tromsø at 9:00 a.m. at the latest, and transfer to the airport on your own (transfers not included) for any flights home, or to other adventures.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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 rubber boots and 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.

Exclusions

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 North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales 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 to be able to board Rembrandt van Rijn by 5:00pm, or Noorderlicht any time between 5:00pm and 11:00pm. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 8 of the itinerary. 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.

Activities

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.

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.

Room Configuration

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales Alternative South Itinerary

The alternative “South Route” of the 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales cruise (dotted line on the map) operates mainly in the period from mid-January through February. This itinerary circumnavigates the island of Senja in search of whales and northern lights, round-trip from Tromso, Norway. The map outlines a possible but not final itinerary, as the expedition leader will determine the final route for each voyage.

Route map in shades of blue showing the itinerary for North Norway Aurora Borealis cruise from Tromso.
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Day 1
Embark Tromso, Norway

Your adventure begins in Tromso, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. All voyages with s/v Rembrandt van Rijn aim at departing from Tromso in the evening of day one, while s/v Noorderlicht will set sail in the early morning of day two. All passengers of Rembrandt are kindly asked to board the vessel by 5:00pm, while passengers of Noorderlicht are welcome to board the vessel between 5:00pm and 11:00pm.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
In Search of Norway's Whales

Early this morning, depart from Tromso in search of Norway’s whales. Today’s itinerary depends largely upon the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage and the expected location of the whales. The ship may sail clockwise or counter-clockwise around the island of Senja.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Whales of the Shelf: Senja & Andfjorden

Spend the next several days along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years. Keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. Look for white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. Anchor for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, take a short hike along the coast and maybe catch sight of the aurora borealis.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Under the Northern Lights

Continue to circumnavigate Senja then sail to the small island of Sommarøy, where opportunities to see the northern lights and take pleasant hikes await. Spend the last morning of the cruise exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches. Arrive to Tromso around midday with enough time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air.

Accommodations

Noorderlicht, Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Tromso, Norway

After spending your last night on board, disembark in the port of Tromsø at 9:00 a.m. at the latest, and transfer to the airport on your own (transfers not included) for any flights home, or to other adventures.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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 rubber boots and 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.

Exclusions

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 North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales 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 to be able to board Rembrandt van Rijn by 5:00pm, or Noorderlicht any time between 5:00pm and 11:00pm. Disembarkation is after breakfast on day 8 of the itinerary. 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.

Activities

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.

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.

Room Configuration

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

North Norway, Aurora Borealis, Hike & Sail Itinerary

The 8-day North Norway, Aurora Borealis, Hike & Sail Cruise begins and ends in Tromso, Norway. On this active itinerary, two to three daily hikes or snowshoes are planned, and approximately 300 to 700 feet climbed per day. A few themed departures also feature kayaking via an added-cost Kayak Skills Progression Camp. The map outlines a possible but not final itinerary.

Route map of North Norway Aurora Borealis Hike & Sail Cruise, operating round-trip from Tromso, through the country's northern fjords.
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Day 1
Embark Tromso, Norway

The adventure begins in Tromsø, Norway, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age. Aim to depart from Tromsø in the evening, sailing through Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden toward the northeast. All passengers are kindly asked to board the vessel by 5:00pm.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Lyngsfjella

Arrive in the Nord-Lenangen fjord, just under Lyngsfjella (Lyngen Alps), and the ship may stay there for the night. If conditions permit, walk along the coast of the fjord. This evening glimpses of the northern lights may appear, if the sky is clear enough.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Lyngen Fjord, Uløya & Kvaenangen Fjord

Sail along the base of the Lyngen Alps, across the Lyngen fjord, and perhaps stay for the night in Hamnnes on the island of Uløya. Hamnnes is an ancient trade and fishing settlement originating in the 17th century, with typical wooden warehouses where residents store dried cod. In fact, the town still exports this cod for the traditional Mediterranean dish, Bacalhau. Uløya offers good hiking, often on snowshoes.

From Hamnnes, sail farther northeast into the Kvaenangen Fjord. Part of the day sail through the fjords, and in the afternoon find a harbor to spend the night in one of the scenic fishing villages, such as Skjervøy, Seglvik, Reinfjord, or Burfjord. There are good hiking possibilities in the area, for example on the Island of Spildra, where it’s possible to climb the 788-foot Staurhammaren, with expansive views over the fjord. Great hikes can also occur in Burfjord, just 31 miles from the northerly town of Alta. During the evenings and nights, there are fine opportunities to see auroras if the sky is clear enough.

By night, the ship’s course is heading south-west again. Spend the night near the small village of Finnkroken, a tiny hamlet that gives you a solid chance of seeing the northern lights.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Under the Northern Lights

In the morning embark on a final hike, hopefully with snowshoes, to the 1,033-foot-high Småvasshaugen. Arrive in Tromsø around midday. In the afternoon enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs in town, visit a museum or simply take a walk in the fresh winter air. Then spend your last night on board relishing in the trip’s many memories.

 

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Tromso, Norway

Disembark in the port of Tromsø at 9:00 a.m. at the latest, and transfer to the airport on your own (transfers not included) for any flights home, or to other adventures.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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.

Exclusions

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.

Activities

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.

Room Configuration

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail Itinerary

The 8-day Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail cruise begins in Tromsø, Norway, and ends in Alta, Norway, offering chances to ski some of the best and biggest off-the-beaten track slopes in Northern Norway. Summits like Trolltinden, Arnoyhogda, and Øksfordjøkelen are all possibilities on this exhilarating expedition-style cruise. The map outlines a possible but not final itinerary.

Route map of North Norway Aurora Borealis Ski & Sail Cruise, operating from Tromso to Alta, through the country's northern fjords.
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Day 1
Embark Tromso, Norway

The adventure begins in Tromsø, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Aim to depart from Tromsø in the evening, sailing through Grøtsundet and Ullsfjorden toward the island of Arnøya. All passengers are kindly asked to board the vessel by 5:00pm.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 3
Skiing Trolltinden & Arnoyhogda

In the morning, prepare for the first outing in Akkarfjord. If conditions permit, start skiing up to the summit of Trolltinden (2,790 feet). From here, enjoy an expansive view of the beautiful Northern Norway coastline. The vessel stays in this area for another day in order to find more ski possibilities, such as the summit of Arnoyhogda (3,840 feet).

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 7
Skiing the Moutains of Norway

The ship becomes home base for daily ski trips in areas that can hardly be reached any other way. This small ship cruise program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques both for ascent and descent in challenging, snow-covered alpine terrain. A typical day involves climbs on mountaintops averaging heights 2,600 – 3,600 feet and downhill skiing from those points. The accumulated altitude guest might climb over a given day can exceed 3,280 feet.

An accurate route cannot be determined in advance due to variable weather, sea, wildlife, and avalanche considerations. The map outlines a possible but not final route with stops at Frakkfjorden (Stoltind, 3,160 feet), Langfjorden, Øksfjord (Øksfordjøkelen, 3,860 feet) Simavik on Stjernøya (Nordmannsfjellet, 2,770 feet), and Seiland.

This route serves as a rough guide only. The expedition leader ultimately makes the final decision as to daily adjustments. Flexibility is paramount in this type of cruise, and ski mountaineers must bring their own equipment.

Accommodations

Rembrandt van Rijn

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Alta, Norway

This ski voyage ends in the picturesque town of Alta, located at the head of Alta Fjord. Disembark at 9:00am to begin your homeward journey (or other post-cruise program) with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; AECO fees and governmental taxes; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Exclusions

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post-cruise land arrangements; transfers to/from the vessel; 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 Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail cruise begins in Tromso, Norway (TOS) and ends in Alta, Norway (ALF), or reverse. 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 or Alta 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. Plan flights to depart Alta no earlier than 12:00pm on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

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.

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.

This ski-focused cruise has the unique goal of accomplishing four skiing days. The exact route and mountains are decided at the discretion of the captain and guides. This program is designed for experienced ski mountaineers who have mastered techniques for ascent and descent in challenging, snow-covered alpine terrain. Typical days involve climbs to mountaintops averaging 2,600 to 3,600 feet and downhill skiing from these points. Ski mountaineers must bring their own equipment. There is an additional cost of $500 per person (2020 & 2021) for those who wish to participate in ski excursions. Contact your Adventure Specialist for more details about these exciting and active Arctic small ship cruises.

Room Configuration

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

These ships are AdventureSmith favorites for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Oct 31 - Nov 07, 2020
Noorderlicht • 8 days
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Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2020
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Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2020
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Nov 28 - Dec 05, 2020
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Dec 05 - Dec 12, 2020
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Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2020
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Dec 19 - Dec 26, 2020
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Dec 26 - Jan 02, 2021
Noorderlicht • 8 days
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Dec 26 - Jan 02, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Jan 02 - Jan 09, 2021
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Jan 02 - Jan 09, 2021
Noorderlicht • 8 days
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Jan 09 - Jan 16, 2021
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Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2021
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Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Jan 23 - Jan 30, 2021
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Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2021
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Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2021
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Feb 06 - Feb 13, 2021
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Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2021
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Feb 27 - Mar 06, 2021
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Mar 06 - Mar 13, 2021
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Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2021
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Mar 20 - Mar 27, 2021
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Mar 27 - Apr 03, 2021
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Apr 03 - Apr 10, 2021
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Apr 10 - Apr 17, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Oct 30 - Nov 06, 2021
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Nov 06 - Nov 13, 2021
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Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2021
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Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Nov 27 - Dec 04, 2021
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Nov 27 - Dec 04, 2021
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Dec 04 - Dec 11, 2021
Rembrandt van Rijn • 8 days
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Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2021
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Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2021
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Dec 25 - Jan 01, 2022
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Rembrandt van Rijn

The intimate 33-guest three-mast schooner S/V Rembrandt van Rijn is well suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland, and for a Northern Lights itinerary in the Arctic.

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Well suited for expedition cruising among small islands, the 20-guest Noorderlicht two-masted schooner is ideal for her Northern Norway itineraries as her small size allows for the flexibility to explore the remote areas around Spitsbergen depth.

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