Exploring the Norwegian fjords
Maria Malmborg, travel consultant at PolarQuest, got the chance to travel to a wintry northern Norway with M/S Quest to explore the fantastic wildlife and magnificent nature of the fjords. Read a blog post written by her below!
I went up a while before breakfast to enjoy the morning and an amazingly beautiful sunrise with a sky that burst into various shades of pink. The view and the fresh air on the deck made me wake up properly. Soon our expedition leader Elke's sweet voice sounded out of the ship's speaker system - breakfast was served!
A couple of cups of coffee later, it was time to get ready for a Zodiac cruise in the fjords. Once out on water we were met by completely magical surroundings, and it was difficult to tear my gaze from the white capped mountains.
We started today's adventure with a landing at Jaegervatnet, and a hike with snowshoes in a calm and quiet pace. The sun shone over the landscape and the snow absorbed all the sounds - all the stress from back home was now gone! Satisfied with our walk, we jumped into the Zodiacs and made our way back to the ship. Just as we had coffee in the lounge, our first wild friends showed up to join us. It was about fifty porpoises! They went around the ship and followed us for a good while before the water got calm again. At least for a little while ... After the show they gave, one of our guides, Magnus, had a talk about just porpoises. However, he could not finish, because soon there was movement both on the ship and in the water as a humpback whale was sighted from the bridge! From deck we could see how three humpback whales blew water and showed us their white tail fins for us. What a fantastic afternoon!
Travelling through the stunning Norwegian coastal landscape on a small expedition cruise ship is simply hard to beat. Lofoten islands welcome with picturesque fishing villages, squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. In wintertime Tromsø offers magnificent sceneries over dramatic landscapes and great chances to spot both orcas and humpback whales. If we’re lucky we will also see the magical Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Join us on an unforgettable cruise!