Welcome to Norway, the land of whales. Covered with snow-capped mountains, deep fjords and dotted with colourful houses, this Scandinavian country has some great surprises in store for you. This 8-day exploration cruise will take you from the pretty town of Tromsø, considered by its inhabitants as the "Capital of the Northern Lights", to the impressive cliffs of the North Cape. The various excursions on offer will allow you to discover the way of life of the Nordic peoples. Your 100% francophone guide-lecturer will explain everything there is to know about this exceptional destination.
You will be sailing aboard the polar yacht, Grand Large. Since it was built in 1964, this 40 meter long by 8 meter wide ship has had several lives (Norwegian Navy ship, privately owned...). Today, the Grand Large is a true floating hotel, perfectly suited to polar exploration cruises. You will appreciate its elegant and wooded decoration. On the main deck you will find the restaurant and bar, which is perfect for relaxing with a drink at the end of the day. There is also a small and friendly lounge on this level. The outdoor deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view, ideal for observing cetaceans and other marine mammals.
|Boat Model:||Grand Large|
|Number of Cabins:||12|
The boat has 8 cabins (2 superior double cabins, 2 deluxe double cabins, 4 standard double cabins). They are all equipped with a double bed or two single beds, storage space and a bathroom with private toilet.
These cabins are located on the main and upper decks. They have a double bed and three or four windows.
The deluxe double cabins are located on the main deck, have twin beds and two windows.
Your guide has prepared a complete itinerary in Norwegian Lapland for you. This is the perfect place to sail with the whales in the Lyngen Alps and to scout the sky at night for the Northern Lights.
DAY 1: Tromsø
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to the boat. Your boarding is scheduled from 5pm. After dropping off your luggage you will meet the crew and your travel companions. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 2: Lyngen Alps
The crew cast off and headed east towards the impressive Lyngen Alps. This navigation will be the perfect opportunity to scan the water from the outside deck, in search of cetaceans (whales, killer whales...) and sea birds (seagulls, gulls, petrels...). Particularly fond of herring, the orcas have left the Lofoten Islands to follow the schools of fish and the changes in currents linked to the climate. Dinner and night on board and observation, perhaps, of your first aurora borealis.
DAY 3: Altafjord
Today you're going to discover Alta. This city and its fjord were the talk of the town during the Second World War. Alta served as the home port of the German battleship Tirpitz. During the excursion, your guide will show you the locations of engravings dating back to prehistoric times. The Sami culture (indigenous people, formerly called the "Lapps") is also very present in this county, where salmon fishing is very popular. Dinner and overnight on board. If the sky is clear, the crew will lend you blankets to watch over the outside deck and watch for an appearance of the Northern Lights.
DAY 4: Sailing in the fjords and between the islands (day at sea)
Your journey continues through the ice caps of the Norwegian Sea. These waters populated by many marine mammals are a real playground for dolphins, whales and killer whales in search of food. We advise you to take out your binoculars to observe the beauty of this pristine white landscape and perhaps catch a glimpse of an elk in the distance... Dinner and overnight on board.
DAYS 5 & 6: Honningsvåg
This morning you can see the colossal 307-metre high cliff that forms the North Cape (the northernmost point in Europe). You will stop in the small fishing village of Honningsvåg, also considered by the Sami as the second capital of the Northern Lights. You will continue your journey in Gjesvaer Bay. Here you can see migratory birds (puffins, guillemots, common eiders, fish eagles, etc.) and megapterans. We will offer you an excursion to the village of Skarsvåg. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 7: Hammerfest - Fishing
To allow you to fully immerse yourself in this ice setting, the crew invites you to board a small zodiac. You will stop in the town of Hammersfest. This former whaling capital is now a base for oil and gas extraction platforms. An introduction to fishing will be offered (depending on weather conditions). Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 8 : Vargsundet
You reach Vargsundet Sound in the morning. You disembark and go on an excursion to Seiland National Park. Created in 2006, it occupies more than half of the island and offers you incredible landscapes. You will walk in an unspoilt setting where the fauna and flora thrive in peace and quiet.-
DAY 9 : Tromsø
Here you are back among the colorful houses of Tromsø. You will visit the Polar Museum in Tromsø, which will reveal the secrets of this former seal hunting capital. You will be surprised by the architecture of the Arctic Cathedral made by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965. Finally, you will take the cable car to admire the fabulous panorama of fjords and mountains. This place is ideal for observing the aurora, as it is far away from the city's light pollution. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 10 : Tromsø
Your disembarkation is scheduled for after breakfast, around 9:00. You will be taken to Tromsø airport for your return flight.
Please note: As the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and the presence of cetaceans cannot be determined in advance, we cannot guarantee their observation.
Tromsø > Lyngen Alps > Altafjord > Honningsvåg > Hammerfest > Vargsundet > Tromsø
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