Sail the Norwegian coast with Noorderlicht from Harstad to Tromsø. Think whale watching, fairytale landscapes & breath-taking Northern Lights!
Your sailing holiday will begin in the bustling port town of Harstad and will lead you through the beautiful Norwegian fjords to the whales at Andenes and the unspoilt towns of Senja. The island of Senja is loved for its distinctive dramatic mountain peaks, picturesque towns and pristine beaches that can best be seen in all their glory from a ship on the water.
Tucked just below the Northern Light Oval, this area of Norway is one of the best places in the world to witness this spectacular natural wonder.
Day 1: Harstad: gateway to whale watching at Andenes
Arrive above the Arctic circle into the Norwegian town of Harstad. A great starting point for a sailing holiday exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands. Noorderlicht awaits you in the harbour of Harstad, where you can embark from 16:00. After a welcome from the crew and a delicious 3-course dinner, there is time in the evening to explore the pleasant town of Harstad – you might even see the northern lights for the first time.
Day 2: The Northern Lights and sailing towards 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. Nowadays you can find the German World War 2 gun battery which now forms part of a museum, visit the ‘kweitmuseet ‘ (the halibut museum) or take a look at the ‘Gammelbutikken ‘ (the old shop).
Day 3: Looking for whales around Andenes, the ‘whale capital’ of Norway
If the sea is calm today we will leave Skrolsvik in the morning and head for the ‘Bleik canyon’. Located on the edge of the continental shelf, the canyon offers the opportunity to see a variety of whales in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we will moor in the harbour of the fishing town of Andenes. The landscape of this town is dominated by the Andenes lighthouse, a 40-meter high lighthouse dating back to 1859 and still in use today. Interestingly, the Norwegians are currently building a spectacular new whale museum in the shape of a whale! This museum will open its doors in 2022.
Day 4-6: Exploring the spectacular landscape of Senja
The next few days will see Noorderlicht sail the coastline of the island of Senja. The area is known for its rugged mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, rich wildlife and low light pollution which makes for the best Northern Lights experience. There will be the opportunity for exploring some walking trails where it may be necessary to put on the snowshoes and if lucky, you might even encounter moose or reindeer. While sailing, keep an eye out for sea eagles and other special bird species that occur here all year round!
One afternoon we may 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.
Day 6: Undiscovered gem of Norway: Sommarøy
If the weather reports are favourable to us, we will sail to the island Sommarøy, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. With its pearly white beaches and azure blue sea surrounded by high mountains, Sommarøy is a popular tourist attraction in Northern Norway. Here, we can 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 7: Sailing back to Tromsø
Upon arrival in the Arctic town, enjoy some free time to buy the final souvenirs or simply take a walk to soak up all the impressions of the week. 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. You are expected back on board around dinner time, where the crew has a last surprise in store for you. The rest of the evening you can enjoy your last night with the crew and your fellow travellers.
Day 8: Goodbye Noorderlicht!
After a hearty breakfast, you can disembark by 09:00. In Tromsø you can take the flybus directly to the international airport.
As with all Nooredrlicht’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 planMore 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.
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.