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Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway

Join the expedition ship M/S Quest on a brand new adventure in true expedition style! In the middle of January, we will head into the fjords outside Tromsø to enjoy a grand natural wonderland and hopefully experience the magical Northern Lights. We will also visit the little coastal town of Alta to see the spectacular Northern Lights cathedral and learn more about the Sami culture. If we are lucky this expedition will also offer exclusive encounters with orcas and humpbacks!
14 January, 2019 to 18 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway, departing on 14 January, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple cabin £ 1869 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The triple cabins on deck three have upper and lower berths.
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Twin cabin £ 2169 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Twin cabin Plus £ 2245 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Double cabin £ 2245 GBP pp
Has a double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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Double cabin Superior £ 2545 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck three and four are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD.
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Owner’s cabin £ 2995 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck four has a double bed, two large picture windows, a small sitting area and TV/DVD.
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Twin cabin for single use £ 3145 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
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18 January, 2019 to 22 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway, departing on 18 January, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple cabin £ 1869 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The triple cabins on deck three have upper and lower berths.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin £ 2169 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
view cabin photo
Double cabin £ 2245 GBP pp
Has a double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin Plus £ 2245 GBP pp
Has 2 twin beds. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
view cabin photo
Double cabin Superior £ 2545 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck three and four are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD.
view cabin photo
Owner’s cabin £ 2995 GBP pp
Has a large double bed. All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck four has a double bed, two large picture windows, a small sitting area and TV/DVD.
view cabin photo
Twin cabin for single use £ 3145 GBP pp
All cabins have a sea-view and private facilities. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and storage space for clothes and equipment.
view cabin photo

Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway itinerary:

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Day 1: Tromsø, Norway
We arrive in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, and beautifully framed by fjords and mountains peaks. The city has been the starting point for many polar expeditions and was referred to as “the Gateway to the Arctic” in the 1800s. During the afternoon we board the ship and settle into our comfortable cabins. After our first tasty dinner on board, we visit the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up to Fjellheisen, where we enjoy the magnificent view of Tromsø sparkling in the night. Back on board, it is time to head out in the fjord system – the expedition cruise has started!
Day 2 - 3: Expedition
We are now on an expedition cruise and our itinerary the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. We will travel in the middle of January, when the sun has only just returned, giving us direct sunlight for a short period each day. For those who are interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating. Even when the sun is below the horizon, we can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. In clear weather we have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) dance in the sky. Tromsø is known as one of the best destinations if you dream about watching this fascinating phenomenon. Watching the greenish light dancing above from our ship in the smooth, protected waters of the fjords is an extraordinary experience! Since 2010, huge shoals of herring have overwintered in the fjords around Tromsø, which has attracted many orcas, but also humpbacks. As with any wild animals, it is hard to predict if they will return the 2018-2019 season, but with some luck we will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible marine mammals. During the trip, we hope to be fortunate to see both Northern Lights and whales, but when the opportunity arises, we will head out on exciting Zodiac cruises and go ashore to explore Tromsø’s dramatic islands up close. Perhaps the first snow has fallen and settled over the high mountain peaks, offering marvellous sceneries together with the small picturesque houses and the beautiful fjords. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. Rebbenesøya, Gjossøya, Ringvassøya and Seiland are examples on places we hope to explore. On board, we will listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious food and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck.
Day 4: Alta – Sami culture and the Northern Lights Cathedral
Today we head out on a full day outing to explore Alta and its surroundings. This little costal town, framed by high mountains and beautiful fjords, can be reached with an overnight journey on board our ship from Tromsø. Alta is also known as the city of the Northern Lights. Here you have great chances of seeing the Northern Lights, but it was also in Alta that Kristian Birkeland in 1899 built the world's first Northern Lights observatory. After breakfast, we leave the ship and after a couple of hours bus drive we reach a Sami camp, located in the heart of Sápmi - the region traditionally inhabited by the Sami people. Here we learn more about the Sami culture and enjoy a typical Sami lunch in a Lavvu. We then return to Alta, where we get guided tour in the spectacular Northern Lights Cathedral. In connection to the cathedral we also find an interesting exhibition that tells us more about this colourful natural phenomenon.
Day 5: Tromsø
In the morning we disembark our ship and start the journey home or you may be continuing on to further adventures.
Please note:
The exact route will depend on weather and possible wildlife encounters. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will do everything to maximise our experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway reverse itinerary:

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Please note: *
The exact route will depend on weather and possible wildlife encounters. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will do everything to maximise our experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
Day 5: Tromsø *
In the morning we disembark our ship and start the journey home or you may be continuing on to further adventures.
Day 4: Alta – Sami culture and the Northern Lights Cathedral *
Today we head out on a full day outing to explore Alta and its surroundings. This little costal town, framed by high mountains and beautiful fjords, can be reached with an overnight journey on board our ship from Tromsø. Alta is also known as the city of the Northern Lights. Here you have great chances of seeing the Northern Lights, but it was also in Alta that Kristian Birkeland in 1899 built the world's first Northern Lights observatory. After breakfast, we leave the ship and after a couple of hours bus drive we reach a Sami camp, located in the heart of Sápmi - the region traditionally inhabited by the Sami people. Here we learn more about the Sami culture and enjoy a typical Sami lunch in a Lavvu. We then return to Alta, where we get guided tour in the spectacular Northern Lights Cathedral. In connection to the cathedral we also find an interesting exhibition that tells us more about this colourful natural phenomenon.
Day 2 - 3: Expedition *
We are now on an expedition cruise and our itinerary the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. We will travel in the middle of January, when the sun has only just returned, giving us direct sunlight for a short period each day. For those who are interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating. Even when the sun is below the horizon, we can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. In clear weather we have good chances to see the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) dance in the sky. Tromsø is known as one of the best destinations if you dream about watching this fascinating phenomenon. Watching the greenish light dancing above from our ship in the smooth, protected waters of the fjords is an extraordinary experience! Since 2010, huge shoals of herring have overwintered in the fjords around Tromsø, which has attracted many orcas, but also humpbacks. As with any wild animals, it is hard to predict if they will return the 2018-2019 season, but with some luck we will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible marine mammals. During the trip, we hope to be fortunate to see both Northern Lights and whales, but when the opportunity arises, we will head out on exciting Zodiac cruises and go ashore to explore Tromsø’s dramatic islands up close. Perhaps the first snow has fallen and settled over the high mountain peaks, offering marvellous sceneries together with the small picturesque houses and the beautiful fjords. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. Rebbenesøya, Gjossøya, Ringvassøya and Seiland are examples on places we hope to explore. On board, we will listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious food and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck.
Day 1: Tromsø, Norway *
We arrive in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, located 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, and beautifully framed by fjords and mountains peaks. The city has been the starting point for many polar expeditions and was referred to as “the Gateway to the Arctic” in the 1800s. During the afternoon we board the ship and settle into our comfortable cabins. After our first tasty dinner on board, we visit the Arctic Cathedral and take the cable car up to Fjellheisen, where we enjoy the magnificent view of Tromsø sparkling in the night. Back on board, it is time to head out in the fjord system – the expedition cruise has started!
* = Indicative
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Quest, the ship servicing Northern Lights Tour in Northern Norway

Quest

Vessel Type:  Expedition

Length: 66 metres

Passenger Capacity: 53

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2005 / 2018

M/S Quest was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland`s west-coast. In 2004/2005 she was redesigned as an expedition ship and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition vessel. She was extensively renovated in 2018. Quest takes 53 passengers in 26 cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The triple cabins on deck 3 have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck 3 and 4 are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck 4 has a double bed, two large picture windows, a sitting area and TV/DVD.

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining lectures on the area`s flora, fauna, history and glaciology. In the lounge you also find a well-stocked bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas and search for seabirds, whales and polar bears. The ship has a European Captain and there is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

Cabin layout for Quest
• Visit Tromso, beautifully framed by fjords and mountains peaks

• See the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) dance in the sky

• Discover Rebbenesøya, Gjossøya, Ringvassøya and Seiland
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