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.
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 (which is mandatory); 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. 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.
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.
North Norway, Aurora Borealis: Hike & Sail
Daily hiking activities depend upon the discretion of the on-board expedition leaders. The goal is to complete 2-3 daily hikes or snowshoes per day, with approximately 300-800 feet of altitude to be climbed per day. No technical knowledge is required. Ankle-high and sturdy hiking boots and gaiters are recommended and hiking poles with deep snow plates are required.
Alpine Peaks of North Norway, Ski & Sail
The goal is to accomplish 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 $470 per person (2019) or $500 per person (2020) 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.
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 Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents/adults) and Quadruple (sharing with at least 2 parents/adults) cabins. 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.