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Sailing & Whale Watching in Norway

  • Vessel: Noorderlicht
  • Where: Norway
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Tromso - 21 October 2023, 16:00
  • Disembark: Tromso - 28 October 2023, 09:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin £1,920 £960.00
Twin cabin (single occupancy)£2,880 £1,440.00

Sail the Norwegian coast with Noorderlicht from Tromsø. Think whale watching, fairytale landscapes & breath-taking Northern Lights!

Your sailing holiday will begin in the bustling port town of Tromsø and will sail you through the beautiful Norwegian fjords and islands to the more northerly harbour town of Skjervøy.

Sailing with tall ship Noorderlicht is perfect for solo travellers, couples and families alike with sailing in this fascinating part of the world certainly leaving life-long memories. Noorderlicht is fully crewed but guests are welcomed to get actively involved with sailing her across the beautiful Norwegian Fjords.

Below is a rough day-to-day guide of what to expect based on previous voyages but please bear in mind that all itineraries are subject to the weather. As you board, the Captain will have a better idea with updated forecasts of what you can expect from your adventure sailing holiday in Norway.

Day 1: Welcome aboard in Tromsø, a.k.a. ‘Paris of the North’

You will arrive at the international airport of Tromsø where you can take the flybus directly to the friendly harbour town Tromsø. This town is officially located in the sub-arctic region, as it is located far above the Arctic Circle. It provides a fantastic starting point for viewing the magical natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights and for spotting whales in the nearby fjords.

Day 2: Fjord cruise towards whale watching area

Set the sails and head north towards the fjords where the whales have been seen this year. As soon as we leave the harbour of Tromsø, we pass under the impressive Tromsø bridge by where the top of our masts nearly scrapes the bridge. The fjords we sail through today are known for their beauty with rugged snow-capped peaks and rich animal life. We may spot our first orca along the way or see the imposing sea eagle flying by. The sea eagle is the largest bird of prey in Europe and can have a wingspan of up to 2.4 meters. In the afternoon we will look for a place to anchor for the night in one of the attractive fishing towns near Skjervøy.

Day 3-4: Looking for whales

The mineral-rich waters around the coast of Skjervøy are home to large populations of herring and plankton, which in turn attract humpback whales and orcas. This makes this area one of the best places in the world for spotting whales in large numbers. During these days, the guide will give talks about the whales, their behaviour and the unique ecosystem under the waves.

At dusk, we will find a berth for the night, either in the fishing port of Skjervøy or at one of the wonderful remote islands –  Spildra or Skorpa. Skjervøy is a typical fishing community where the catch and production of seafood is the main source of income.

Day 5: Stockfish & walking with snowshoes

Sail South towards the port of Hamnes. Hamnes is an old trading and fishing town from the 17th century, where we will moor at a dock alongside authentic wooden warehouses. The view of this town is dominated by wooden shelves on the coast side where cod is dried into stockfish.

Once the sun has set, you can take beautiful walks here in the mountains or along the scenic coast. During this walk, it may be necessary to put on the snowshoe and if we are lucky we may encounter moose or reindeer on our walk. Another option to land is Sandneset, a small quiet town where we have the option to moor behind a sawmill. Many eiders live in this area and beautiful walks can be made here too.

Day 6: Aurora Borealis in Finnkroken

If the weather conditions are favourable to us today, we will hoist the sails towards the idyllically situated Finnkroken. In this small village, you can enjoy the peace, quietness and beautiful nature and you will get an idea of how people live in the high North. Due to the isolated location of this village, there is not much light pollution from city lights here so it’s the perfect opportunity to keep watch for the Northern Lights.

Day 7: Sailing back to Tromsø, a.k.a. Paris of the North

We will then spend the day sailing back to Tromsø. Upon arrival in the Arctic town, enjoy some free time and if you have the opportunity, it is an absolute must to visit the Arctic Cathedral or ride the iconic Fjellheisen cable car to the mountain Floya. Here you have a fantastic panoramic view of the Arctic town and the surrounding area.

Day 8: Goodbye Noorderlicht!

After a hearty breakfast, you can disembark by 09:00

As with all Noorderlicht’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Tea/Coffee. All cabins are private twin cabins with shared bathrooms. 

Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book! Upon booking, Noorderlicht requires a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 90days before departure. Noorderlicht is giving full refunds in the event of Coronavirus restrictions that mean they are unable to sail.


Guest berths: 20 Rig: Schooner

Originally built in 1910, Noorderlicht has a colourful history and has spent much of her life sailing the Baltic Sea and exploring Svalbard. With various refits, hull extensions and rigging reconfigurations, she now sails as a graceful two-masted schooner taking guests on bucket-list sailing holidays in the Arctic.

With comfortable accommodation for up to 20 guests in private twin cabins, Noorderlicht offers guests whale watching and wildlife expeditions exploring the Arctic waters of Northern Norway & Svalbard. Her size and draft mean she can reach some of the most remote areas of Svalbard so she is a great way to discover the hidden gems that this breathtaking part of the world has to offer.

Low impact and environmental travel go hand-in-hand with Noorderlicht’s ethos. Her ability to set sail and explore this part of the world is the best way enjoy the beautiful unspoiled nature.

In the early 90’s she was refitted to become a charter vessel and so her accommodation below decks was given careful consideration. She has ten comfortable twin cabins that all share four bathrooms. The galley and downstairs seating area sits in the middle of the ship with another seating area and bar in the deck-house.

Noorderlicht is sailed by her loving owners along with a friendly crew who are all well trained to sail the wilderness of Svalbard. They invite guests to get involved with sailing Noorderlicht but it is certainly not mandatory!

Deck plan

Noorderlicht deck plan More about Noorderlicht


  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    We can cater for Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten free but sorry no vegans.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    10 x Twin Cabins with shared bathrooms

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    4 Shower rooms and an extra single toilet

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, please bring european adaptors

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.


From: Tromso

To: Tromso

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