Whale Watching Cruise


Whale Watching And Northern Lights Expedition Cruise

Embark on an arctic adventure on board a traditional two-mast Schooner with a century's worth of history beneath her sails. Combine your search for the Northern Lights with a search at sea for whales in the waters around Tromso. This short expedition cruise offers a flavour of life at sea in the Arctic. Far from the light pollution of the city, the expedition will give you a fantastic opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis after dark as you venture through sheltered fjords. By day, your crew will be looking out for whales and providing opportunities to hike on land and to try fishing at sea. With a maximum of 12 passengers on board, this trip will provide life-long memories and a personal experience.  




DAY 1:

Arrival to Tromso Airport and transfer to Tromso harbour. If you wish you can add an extra night in the city at the beginning of the holiday to acclimatize to the Arctic and join an optional Northern Lights excursion.

In the evening, make your way to the harbour where a transfer will take you to the schooner, Donna Wood. The beautiful sailboat is spacious inside and out, and provides a comfortable and stable way of travelling. This evening the chef on board will prepare a delicious home cooked meal and a taste of Norway whilst you await the Northern Lights. The sauna below deck and deckside hot tub will be heated up to enjoy some relaxation time. Donna Wood has a deck saloon seating 24 and ample space below deck comfortably accommodating 12 people in 7 twin/double cabins equipped with washbasins and closets. The hallway features spacious shared shower facilities and toilets.

DAY 2:

After a galley breakfast, the whale watching part of the expedition begins in earnest. The captain will check the waters for signs of the mighty whales which may include humpbacks and orca as well as the opportunity to spot sea eagles. The expedition will be flexible depending on the conditions and there may also be an opportunity to do some hiking on land and fishing in the fjords around Tromso including Kaldfjorden. Your crew will have extensive knowledge of whales and Arctic marine and wildlife and will be happy to share this with you during your cruise. After dark will bring another opportunity to view the Northern Lights at sea.

DAY 3:

Today will bring another opportunity to view whales from on board the sailing boat. Donna Wood operates in an environmentally sensitive manner to ensure that the whales are not disturbed and her impact is minimised. The crew of the expedition have a great respect for nature and wildlife with a long heritage of running tours in Iceland, Greenland and Norway.

You'll return to Tromso in the mid-afternoon and check into the four star hotel the Clarion Hotel The Edge. In the evening, why not join an optional Northern Lights tour.

Staying at: Clarion Hotel the Edge

DAY 4:

Transfer to the airport in time for your departing flight. If you'd like to extend your stay in Tromso, our team will be happy to tailor your itinerary accordingly. You may also wish to visit other destinations in Northern Norway to continue your search for the Northern Lights.


From £895 per person excluding flights

£895.00 GBP roughly converts to: 985 EUR | 1,208 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.


Price Includes

  • All transfers in Tromso
  • Two night expedition cruise on board Donna Wood 
  • All meals on board the expedition cruise (2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches)
  • Professional and qualified crew on board the expedition cruise 
  • Hot tub and sauna on board the expedition cruise
  • Overnight stay at Clarion Hotel the Edge in Tromso at the end of the expedition cruise including breakfast 


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration  

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Tromso
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals and optional excursions in Tromso city


Image credits: Andries de la Lande Cremer, Christian Schmidt

Additional Info

This trip has weekly set arrival and departure days on: Tue, Thu, Sat

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


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