Arctic Fjords & Northern Lights (Southbound)


Onboard this expedition, you will get to experience key selected locations such as Tromsø, Andenes, Henningsvær, Nusfjord, Svolvær, Sortland and Narvik. These destinations will provide you with 6 days full of adventure and unique activities. Marvel at the mystical Northern Lights, experience the arctic wildlife up and close, get a taste of the exquisite arctic cuisine, take part in the Sami culture, go dog sledding in a winter wonderland and get the most scenic arctic train ride of your life. This expedition takes you on a journey through 1000 years, and you will learn about the Viking and the Sami people - the indigenous people of Lapland.

: To ensure we provide you with the greatest experience possible, the program below can be adjusted due to forecasted weather, local knowledge as well as current location of wildlife. We will provide you with the daily program every morning at breakfast.

Planned Daily Itinerary

Day 1

17:00 We embark MV Quest in Tromsø

Our crew and expedition team welcome you aboard the ship, and you will be given an introduction to the full program, the ship and safety while on the expedition. This will be followed by our welcome dinner where you will be served the finest of Arctic Cuisine.
After dinner, we will be picked up for our very first Northern Lights excursion. We will take the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of Storsteinen Mountain where we will get a spectacular view over Tromsø City. Our first search for Northern Lights begins at the top, and you will be introduced to Night Vision Photography.
Back on the ship, we will set course towards the famous Lofoten and Andenes.

Day 2

08:00 Breakfast & Presentation of Today's Program

During the night, MV Quest will have brought us somewhere between Andenes and Senja. Our expedition team will then decide whether we will search for sperm whales outside the beach Bleik or go to land for another excursion.
We continue sailing through the impressive Risøyrenna and will port in Sortland where we will visit a Sami Camp. You will learn about the Sami culture, reindeer herding and Sami lifestyle. We will also keep searching for the Northern Lights, where the location will be based on the weather and Aurora Borealis forecasts.

Day 3

08:00 Breakfast & Presentation of Today's Program

Today we will sail towards Raftesund and into the famously beautiful Trollfjord. Here, there will be a chance of spotting the White-Tailed Eagle which can provide an amazing photo opportunity.
The day continues in the authentic fisherman's village Henningsvær, a village referred to as “the Venice of the North”. We will visit “Full Steam” which is a 200-year-old cod liver oil factory, now operating as a restaurant and museum. Your taste buds will bring you on a journey through the history of cod fishing, the fishermen's lifestyle as well as the importance of cod liver oil for Norwegian history.
We spend the night in Henningsvær with the view of iconic, traditional fishermen's cabins, which will provide another great opportunity for photos.

Day 4

08:00 Breakfast & Presentation of Today's Program

This day, our expedition takes us onwards to Nusfjord Village. Nusfjord is one of the oldest fisherman's villages which are preserved in Lofoten. The whole village is an open museum, and our guides will show us around and teach us about the arctic lifestyle of these fishermen.
We will then be transported to the famous Lofotr Viking Museum, an experience that will take us back more than 1000 years. You will get to meet the Vikings at the world's largest Viking Longhouse where we will enjoy a proper Viking feast for lunch.
After lunch, we will get a transfer to Svolvær where MV Quest is waiting for us. We will have dinner onboard followed by a city walk and photo excursion through Svolvær.

Day 5

08:00 Breakfast & Presentation of Today's Program

We wake up close to Barøy Lighthouse and, depending on the weather, we will go ashore to learn valuable local history and enjoy scenic views.
Our day will then continue towards the city of Narvik- an important key location during the WW2. The battle of Narvik was the biggest war battle on Norwegian ground, and we will get local knowledge about the historic events.
After dinner, we will join the Northern Lights Express with the Arctic Train. This scenic railway journey takes us through raw landscapes and untouched wilderness. The end station will be Katterat where we have a Northern Lights Basecamp. We will have our first search for the Aurora Borealis here, and this will also be a great introduction to Night Vision Photography.

Day 6

08:00 Breakfast & Presentation of Today's Program

This morning, we will wake up in Narvik and it will be our last morning at MV Quest. We will get a transfer to our Wilderness Camp, Camp Tamok, and all baggage must be brought from the ship.
This day will be spent at our Wilderness Camp where you will meet our adorable huskies and their mushers. We will plan the winter activities for the day depending on weather and availability. Activities could include dog sledding, snowmobiling, a visit to the Ice Domes, and the Sami people and their reindeers. Lunch will be served around a bonfire in the Wilderness Camp.
After a day out in the Arctic nature, we will get a bus transfer back to Tromsø City where we arrive at approximately 1700. The time has come to say farewell to your newfound friends and expedition family. We hope you had an amazing adventure with us!


Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Coffee, Tea & Snacks

Professional Expedition Team

All Bus Transfers

Professional Photography Guide

Wildlife & Nature Photo Excursions

Fjellheisen Cable Car

5 Nights of Northern Lights Hunting

Whale Watching

Visit the Arctic Huskies

Sami Cultural Experience

Sightseeing through the Scenic Raftsund and Trollfjord

“Full Steam”- Experience the Cod Fishery Museum

Northern Lights Express with Arctic Train

Lofotr Viking Museum

Visit to Nusfjord- a historical fisherman’s village

Wilderness Camp

Visit to historical sites from WW2 along with lectures

Meeting Place: Strandvegen 106, 9006 Tromsø

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