The sky exploded in colour
As this season’s first Tromsø expedition on board the MS Stockholm started to wind down, we decided to pop in at a quaint little settlement called Finnkroken. By now we have had several days of intense and fantastic whale watching, including sightings of humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales and orcas. As if that wasn't enough, we also got to experience several nights with northern lights. We were all very happy with everything, but our expedition was not over yet...
After a wonderful morning with orcas, it was time to slowly head back towards Tromsø. But we still had a few hours in our pocket to play with. And so it was decided by our intrepid expedition leader Christian Engelke, supported by his trusty assistant Beau, to make a pit stop at Finnkroken for a few hours in the early darkness before heading back to Tromsø.
After a fascinating historical talk by Jo Martin, Oyvind and Helen (the pier owner and local inhabitants in Finnkroken), right on cue, the sky started to light up. One phrase... Northern lights!
The time was only 16:30 in the afternoon when the sky began to lighten. The northern lights continued to strengthen and dance its way across the sky, until reaching its peak activity at around 18:00. The sky literally exploded! Hues of intense green were superseded by reds, pinks, and purples. Colors so intense it at times it became a white hot streak, dancing and shimmering all across the sky.
Mother nature rewards those who are patient and we got one last hurrah of color in the sky!
Beau PruneauGuide and Expedition Leader
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!