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Sailing & Whale Watching in Norway

  • Vessel: Noorderlicht
  • Where: Norway
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Tromso - 26 November 2022, 16:00
  • Disembark: Harstad - 3 December 2022, 09:00

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

Your adventure sailing holiday on tall ship Noorderlicht will begin in the bustling port town of Tromsø and will lead 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 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: Undiscovered gem of Norway: Sommarøy

Sail to the island of Sommarøy, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. With its pearly white beaches, azure blue sea surrounded by high mountains, Sommarøy is a popular tourist attraction in Northern Norway where we hope to moor in the afternoon. Take a beautiful walk up to the 211-metre high summit of Hillesøya, from where you have a panoramic view of the island and the rugged Norwegian coastline.

Day 3-4: Exploring the spectacular landscape of Senja

For the next few days we will sail along the coast of Senja. The island is also called ‘miniature Norway’ or ‘fairytale island’, it is loved for its rugged mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, rich wildlife and low light pollution which makes for the best Northern Light experience.

In the afternoon we aim to moor at Husøy (the house island), a uniquely situated island that is connected to the surrounding land by a 300-meter long pier. Everything is close by on this small island: the local supermarket, the fishing industry, the school, the cafe.

The next day we will continue our journey along the coast of Senja to the popular holiday resort Hamn i Senja. Once the sun has set, we can enjoy beautiful walks along the scenic coast and if we are lucky, we may encounter moose or reindeer. Due to the remoteness of this town, we have a high chance to see the Northern Lights in the evening.

Day 5: Looking for whales around Andenes, the ‘whale capital’ of Norway

Leave Skrolsvik in the morning, we will head for the ‘Bleik canyon’ located on the edge of the continental shelf offering the opportunity of seeing a variety of whales in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we will moor in the harbour of the fishing town of Andenes.

Day 6: Northern lights in Skrolsvik

After breakfast, we will set sail towards Skrolsvik, located at the southernmost tip of the island of Senja. Skrolsvik was once thriving on the abundant halibut in the surrounding seas.

Day 7: Sailing back to Harstad

Weather permitting, Nooderlicht will spend this day sailing back to Harstad taking in the final day of sailing in this beautiful part of the world.

Day 8: Goodbye Noorderlicht!

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

As with all Noorderlichts 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.


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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: Harstad


Fly from most UK airports to OSLO, Norway where you can continue to Harstad-Navik, Evenes Airport. SAS airlines offer affordable flights.

You can then catch the airport bus to Harstad which is about a 50-minute journey.

Noorderlicht will be moored on the quay near Havnegata, 9404 Harstad, Norway.

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