Searching for Whales: Bodø - Tromsø
Arctic Norway Whale Expedition
Bodø - Tromsø
Mon. 05 - 08 - '19
Thu. 15 - 08 - '19
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This voyage above the polar circle will be a real explorer voyage. A voyage which is suitable for sailors and hikers, for photographers, biologists, fishers and people who seek tranquillity. We will sail relatively short distances, so we have plenty of time to enjoy the area on shore as well. Depending on the weather forecast and weather conditions the captain will decide each morning where to go that day. In between the numerous islands there is always a good spot to anchor in a sheltered bay almost every evening. If people on board want to, we can fish for salmon or codfish and catch our own dinner. Meanwhile others can enjoy a nice hike in the rugged nature on shore.
As soon as possible we will leave the mainland and set sail to the Lofoten. This archipelago is famous for its dramatic coastline with steep mountain ridges, remote beaches, sheltered bays and unspoiled nature. Our first destination is Nusfjord. This village is one of the best-preserved fishing villages of Norway and is appointed by UNESCO as a try out project to preserve the traditional Norwegian architecture. Starting from the south coast of the Lofoten, we will slowly make our way up north. One of the many highlights of the area is the Trollfjord, a small fjord with a narrow entrance and steep cliffs that rise up hundreds of meters. If we are lucky, we encounter one of the groups of orcas that live in this area permanently.
During this voyage, we will be in sheltered waters most of the time, ‘hopping’ from island to island and bay to bay, making our way up north. The area between Andenes and Senja, where the continental plate collides with the deep sea, is famous for its many whales. If the conditions allow us we will of course sail here. Chances are high that we will spot whales. During the following days it is very likely that we spot whales as we will spending a few days here to explore Senja.
Senja is the second-largest island of Norway. The west coast is mountainous, with colourful fishing villages in sheltered inlets. The east coast has lakes, forests and unexpected green plains. We will make multiple stops on this gorgeous island and go on hikes to explore the rugged nature and spot birds. The waters are very fish rich. Millions of birds depend on this richness. Colourful puffins, cormorants, and sea eagles live here.
Tromsø is our final destination. It is a lively student town, which has a few notorious museums, such as the Polar museum. In this museum, the history of the polar expeditions is exhibited. Also well known is the sea-aquarium.
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible.