Just north of the Arctic Circle, Northern Norway’s westerly island of Senja is characterised by craggy mountains, colourful fishing villages and dramatic fjords. On board the sailing vessel, S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn circumnavigate this fascinating island, discover the northern coast of Andoya, spot hungry whales feeding in the freezing waters and look out for the elusive Northern Lights on clear winter nights.
Please note that itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
Fly to Tromso and transfer to the S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this lively Norwegian town. Perhaps visit the Art Museum of Northern Norway, the famous Arctic Cathedral, or the Polar Museum and learn more about Norse and Sámi history. Overnight aboard the S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn. (D)
After breakfast, depart from Tromso aboard the S/V Rembrandt Van Rijn and start circumnavigating the island of Senja, Norway’s second largest island. (B,L,D)
Sail along the northern coasts of Senja and Andoya islands and keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe. In the afternoon, reach one of the scenic fishing villages nearby such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden or Sommaroy. In the evening, embark on a small hike along the coast and search for the elusive Northern Lights. (B,L,D)
Continue circumnavigating the island of Senja. (B,L,D)
Spend another day exploring the coast of Senja. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a third day of spectacular coastal views on your trip around Senja Island. (B,L,D)
Today reach the small island of Sommaroy which is connected to the neighbouring island of Kvaloya by the Sommaroy Bridge. Spend the morning exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches and set off on short hikes. In the afternoon, start sailing back to Tromso and once darkness falls search for the flickering Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. (B,L ,D)
After spending the night on board, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
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The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 49,50 meters in length, 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2,8 meters. The average cruising speed on engines is 6,5 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 cabins: 1 Triple Private cabin (with shower and toilet and porthole), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole).