A flavour of life at sea
Be certain that each cruise will be different - governed by wind, weather and even sea pack ice. Your expert crew will ensure safety is a top priority at all times which will sometimes mean that the route will change at short notice. Joining an expedition cruise requires the ability to be flexible and adventurous. Food and lodging will be included. On the smaller sailboats, you may be sharing a cabin with others offer the option for a private cabin. The cruises will include shore landings, which are an ideal opportunity to stretch your legs and spot local wildlife. Some hikes are more challenging than others, so it’s important to chat to our team about the adventure level you’re looking for. The cruises are socially oriented, so expect to get to know your fellow travellers during the holiday. There’ll also be plenty of chances to hone your photography skills and some cruises have wildlife and botanists on board to interpret the view from deck.
If you gaze out to sea anywhere between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north of Norway, it won’t be long before you spot the familiar black and white outline of the Norwegian Coastal Express, the Hurtigruten. This X strong fleet of ships has been sailing the length of Norway’s coast since 1893 delivering post, supplies and locals in earlier years and more latterly travellers looking for a coastal experience of Norway. The ships are comfortable with private cabins and can be boarded for the full coastal journey taking up to 12 days in length in both directions, or port-to-port, which we can combinen with land arrangements for a fully tailored holiday. There are also expedition cruises to Svalbard, Greenland and Canada on set departure dates which offer wildlife encounters, active hikes and Northern Lights experiences.
It is no surprise that the world's largest island sees sailing is a way of life. Greenlanders turn to the water to connect with nature and travel to remote settlements dotting the rugged shore. In fact, sailing might be the best way to explore the mighty Greenlandic wilderness, taking you along calving glaciers, icebergs the size of skycrappers and fjords cutting deep into the craggy mountains. Waking up to a fresh view on the majestic landscape each day is great news to photographers, who can capture the many shapes and ice formations from the comfort of their boat.
Elegance and gracefulness are typically not associated with animals adding several tons to the scale. Whales however quickly dispell the myth that fooling around in the water of the Arctic Ocean cannot be of a certain magnificence. Most of the whales enjoy socialising in groups and naturally like to impress their fellow whales or anyone keen to watch with elaborate choreographies. Watching humpbacks, belugas, porpoises or orcas bask in the water is a trip highlight to many. Those who are particularly keen to observe the gentle giants can join an expedition tailored to the movement patterns of the whales.
Spitsbergen otherwise known as Svalbard is Norway's largest island archipelago located just 190 miles (300km) south of the north pole is a stunning setting for cruise expeditions. Witness Arctic wildlife including the elusive polar bear in its natural territory as you immerse in the surreal beauty of the landscape.
As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick