Night sailing, northern lights, whales and orcas

Night sailing, northern lights, whales and orcas

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During this trip we will attempt to observe humpback whales and killer whales that are expected to migrate to the wild coast of Troms. This activity takes place at a time when the nights are long which also allows to admire the northern lights far away from others artificial lights. While on the field, we can observe otters, seals, eagles and many sea birds wintering in Northern Norway.


© Christophe Driget - SV Southern Star 69Nord nov 2016
© Christophe Driget – SV Southern Star 69Nord nov 2016

An itinerant base camp under the northern lights

Every night the yacht, comfortable polar base camp stops at anchor or at berth in well protected bays where it is sometimes possible to go ashore for a walk or just to stretch your legs before dinner . The evening is an opportunity to revisit the highlights of the day in pictures photos or videos.

The children, accompanied by an adult, are accepted from 12 years old.


The price includes :

All inclusive with guiding, sailing course, marine insurance

The price does not include:

Flights, airport transfers, extra activities like museum or cable car, personal insurance, repatriation, cancellation.




Program of stay

Arrival at Tromsø airport on Friday afternoon. Boarding immediately after transfer from airport. “Southern Star” will be moored in the center of Tromsø. Installation on board for 6 nights. After dinner, you can immerse yourself in the quaint atmosphere of Norwegian Friday evening by going for a drink in the numerous bars of Tromsø downtown the “little Paris of the north”.

Saturday morning, we set sail towards the area where orcas and whales are expected to be.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, “Southern Star” will sail in the area following as close as possible the migration of marine mammals.

Wednesday afternoon, return to Tromsø.

Disembarking Thursday at 9am

This program is given for information only and may be influenced by the weather conditions and herring’s migration which does not give any guarantee for observation of mammals. From one year to the other, orcas and whales are not at the same place. If they are in the vicinity of Tromsø, we can take half day more in Tromsø to visit museums or take the cable car to watch the view from the upper part. In 2021, orcas and humpback whales was at one day of navigation from Tromsø. It gave us no opportunity to spent much time in Tromsø. We made very good observations every week of our program, running from mid November to beginning of January.

Practical informations

Practical information

The crew consists of three members, a skipper, a first mate and a cook.

Includes: Life jackets, safety harnesses, sleeping bags, sheets and pillow case.

Personal Equipment required : Warm clothes, windproof and rainproof. Gloves, hoods, polar fleece and clothing in order to stay several hours outside with negative temperatures. towel. Do not forget your binocular.

You will learn

An initiation or more, depending of your level, in night navigation, lights, radar, weather forecast, choice of anchorage and life on board a sailing boat in cold and isolated areas.


Accommodation aboard our sailboat Southern Star

  • Capacity: 10 teammates
  • 5 cabins
  • 3 WC
  • 1 shower

Energy: 220 volts (French standard sockets) and 12 volts

Food: Prepared by our cook.


November, December 2022 / Christmas 2022 & New Year Eve 2022/2023

  • From Friday 19h00, November 11th to Thursday 9h00, November 17th
  • From Friday 19h00, November 18th to Thursday 9h00, November 24th
  • From Friday 19h00, November 25th to Thursday 9h00, December 01st
  • From Friday 19h00, December 02nd to Thursday 9h00, December 08th
  • From Friday 19h00, December 09th to Thursday 9h00, December 15th
  • From Friday 19h00, December 16th to Thursday 9h00, December 22nd
  • From Friday 19h00, December 23rd to Thursday 9h00, December 29th
  • From Friday 19h00, December 30th to Thursday 9h00, January 5th


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