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Orcas and Northern Lights in Northern Norway 2023

Join us on an exciting trip in true expedition style with the 12-passenger ship M/S Stockholm, a vessel with both history and character! We head into the fjords outside of Tromsø to enjoy a grand natural wonderland and hopefully experience the majestic Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In recent years, family groups of orca and humpback whales have gathered in search of the great herring shoals that have overwintered in the region. If we are lucky this expedition will offer truly immersive and unforgettable encounters with these remarkable animals!

  • Good chances of seeing orcas and humpback whales
  • Good chances of seeing the Northern Lights
  • Experience magnificent sceneries and fjord landscapes
  • True expedition cruising
  • 12 passengers only
  • 5-star nature experiences
  • Climate compensated trip
Accommodation: Cabin on board M/S Stockholm. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/S Stockholm. Guides: 2 guides. Passengers: 12 passengers. Languages: English & Swedish. Length: 6 days, 5 nights on ship. Price: From USD 4 490. Departures: 29 October 2023, 8 November 2023, 13 November 2023, 18 November 2023, 23 November 2023


Day 1: Tromsø, Norway

We arrive independently to 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. In the afternoon, we board our small expedition ship M/S Stockholm and settle into our comfortable cabins. The expedition cruise has started!

Day 2 - 5: Expedition

We are now on an expedition cruise and our itinerary the following days is flexible due to weather and wildlife. We travel in late October and in November, just before the polar darkness settles over Tromsø and when there are still a some hours of daylight. Even when the sun is below the horizon, we can enjoy enchanting dusks and dawns. For those who are interested in photography, the light at this time of year is captivating.  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.

Since 2010, huge shoals of herring have overwintered in the fjords around Tromsø, which has attracted many orcas and humpbacks. As with any wild animals, it is hard to predict if they will return this year, but with some luck we will experience unforgettable encounters with these incredible mammals. The area is also a popular haunt for white-tailed eagles. They can be seen soaring above us with their impressive wingspans.

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 refreshing hikes to explore Tromsø’s dramatic islands up close. Kvænangen, Loppa and Vannøya are examples of places we hope to explore. 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. 

On board, we will listen to inspiring lectures, enjoy delicious food and keep a lookout for wildlife and Northern Lights out on deck. For those who are interested in fishing, there will be opportunities to try your luck from the ship.

Day 6: Tromsø

In the morning we disembark our ship and begin the journey home.

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!


The ship M/S Stockholm

  • Emma Nilsson
  • Christian Engelke
  • The service on board is outstanding
    Ulrich Kühn
  • Katharina Miller
  • Ulrich Kühn
  • Cosy cabins with bunkbeds
    Niklas Nilsson
  • Niklas Nilsson
  • Emma Nilsson
  • Emma Nilsson
  • Emma Nilsson
  • Erik Edvardsson
  • Beau Pruneau

The M/S Stockholm

The M/S Stockholm is a classic vessel built in 1953 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration. In 1999 she was totally refitted and started her career as a comfortable polar passenger ship. The M/S Stockholm exclusively carries a maximum of 12 passengers in outside twin cabins, all with upper and lower berth and private facilities. She is a marvellous piece of maritime history with beautiful brass details and pine decks. No wonder the M/S Stockholm is loved by so many!

On board the ship you will enjoy delicious meals in the company of likeminded travellers who enjoy the natural world, and who are as fascinated by the remote areas. The food on board is of a high standard. All wine and beer are included in the trip fare. With such a small party on board, this is like travelling on a private yacht. An entirely different experience and perspective to that of a larger and more conventional vessel! The M/S Stockholm is also ideal for private parties who wish to experience a true expedition adventure.

The owner, Captain and crew of the ship have long experience, and are actively involved in making expeditions in tune with nature conservation. The crew onboard M/S Stockholm are great enthusiasts of the unique wildlife and unspoilt nature too, so do not be surprised if you suddenly see the chef ashore taking photographs or studying birds, whenever his time permits. The genuine curiosity of the crew is a prerequisite for expedition cruises of this kind. A trip on board M/S Stockholm with unique wildlife and pristine nature is an experience of a lifetime, simply hard to beat.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Twin cabin (Bunk bed, Shower/WC) USD 4 490
Twin cabin for single use (Bunk bed, Shower/WC) USD 8 190

Price includes

  • 5 nights on board the M/S Stockholm
  • All meals on board
  • All beverages
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • The trip is climate compensated

Not included

  • Flight to and from Tromsø
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

Departures & booking

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Departure Return
29 October 2023 3 November 2023
8 November 2023 13 November 2023
13 November 2023 18 November 2023
18 November 2023 23 November 2023
23 November 2023 28 November 2023

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