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Overnight Northern Lights & Whale Watching Safari
Hotels & guesthouses | Join us on a 24-hour expedition for a unique chance to see the whales, bright and early, and witness the magical Northern Lights dance above you.
This journey takes you to one of the best places in the world to observe this unforgettable spectacle. Sail right through the Aurora Oval Zone and watch the sky come alive with dancing flickers of green, pink, and violet.
Find warmth and comfort in your heated cabin, the cozy panoramic lounge, or brave the crisp Arctic air on our spacious deck for a clearer view of the auroras.
Indulge in a culinary experience featuring delectable Norwegian delicacies crafted with locally sourced ingredients.
Let the gentle lull of the waves rock you to sleep as we drift closer and closer to the whale location.
Wake up to a new and exciting adventure, with the possibility of spotting whales right outside of your cabin. Spending the night out at sea gives us the opportunity to reach the whale area early in the morning.
Get a unique chance to spend several hours at sea with these magnificent creatures. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring experience of observing magnificent whales. Our expert guides will provide fascinating insights into the whales’ behaviour and biology, making this an educational and exhilarating experience.
Our vessel, MV Quest
MV Quest welcomes up to 53 passengers, ensuring an intimate atmosphere. All 26 cabins have ocean views and private facilities. Our triple cabins offer both upper and lower berths, while other cabins feature either two lower berths or a comfortable double bed.
Quest's clever, compact design unlocks extraordinary possibilities, allowing us to access destinations that remain off-limits to larger vessels. Here, we believe in more than just observing from a distance – we invite you to immerse yourself, up close and personal, in the wonders of the Arctic.
Gaze in wonder as the Auroras dance across the Polar night.
We will meet you at the Norwegian Travel Sales shop in the city center of Tromsø, from where you will travel by bus to our ship, MV Quest.
After familiarizing yourself with the ship, the safety on board and settling into your cabin, we invite you to join us for an exquisite 3-course dinner at our Arctic restaurant. Enjoy dinner while sailing into the night, away from light pollution and thus optimizing our chances of catching the northern lights. Watch from the warm and comfortable panorama lounge inside, or witness the lights outside on the deck.
Wake up to a new and exciting adventure, with the possibility of spotting whales right outside of your cabin.
Waking up at sea, a sumptuous breakfast buffet awaits you, especially curated to energize and prepare you for the day's excitement.
After breakfast, we continue the day with a thrilling whale-watching experience, offering a unique opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Enjoy the comfort of a larger vessel and engage in whale watching directly from the boat.
At midday, we will serve a nourishing lunch at our restaurant on board, and kindly ask you to check-out from your cabin after.
In the afternoon, join our expert guides in the panorama lounge for an interesting lecture on whales and make the most of your remaining time on board our ship while we sail back towards Tromsø.
Upon arrival at the harbour, we will travel back to the city center of Tromsø by bus.
- Duration of the tour: 19:00 (7:00PM) - ±19:00 (±7:00PM) the next day (overnight - 24 hours)
- Departure Time & Place: 18:45 (6:45PM) at the Norwegian Travel Sales Shop, Sjøgata 16 (entrance from Storgata) in Tromsø.
One Trip – Two Arctic Highlights
This expedition cruise combines some of your Arctic bucket-list adventures: Northern lights chasing and whale watching safari.
Exclusive Whale-Watching Experience
During winter the Northern Norwegian seas give you the opportunity to spot graceful humpback whales, playful orcas and other species. Spending the night out at sea gives you the unique opportunity to reach the whale locations bright and early. This means uninterrupted, up-close encounters with these beautiful creatures, ensuring a whale-watching experience like no other.
A Comfortable and Safe Journey
Our all-inclusive package ensures that you have everything you need from the moment you step on board. A comfortable ocean facing cabin, delicious food, needed winter gear, whale watching and Northern Lights chase. The large ship ensures more stability on the sometimes rough waters, reducing the chances of getting seasick.
Coffee, Tea & Snacks
English speaking guides
Professional Expedition Team
Exceptional Service and Crew
Wildlife & Nature Photography tips
Ocean facing cabins with private bathroom
Thermal flotation suit
Northern Lights Chase
- What to bring or wear:
Camera (and tripod)
Children (age 7 - 11) are welcome on board our expeditions. However, we do recommend a minimum age of 12 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.