Experience the majesty of Norway
Save $600 per couple. Plus special low fare for solos.
Swimming with wild whales during winter in Norway may sound intrepid but with the help of dry suits, expert guides and a central-heated expedition vessel, travellers can spot and swim with humpbacks and orcas on a unique adventure holiday offered by Australian-based Majestic Whale Encounters.
The nine-night Norway cruise tour also includes opportunities to meet the Arctic’s indigenous people and witness the stunning Northern Lights. The tour is available for two dates in 2019 – November 16 and 22 – and Australians can save up to $600 per couple by booking by October 1, 2018.
Led by renowned Scottish photographer and conservationist, Grant Thomas, the expedition includes a six-night cruise along Norway’s wild coastline and three nights in boutique cabins. Guests will sail aboard the 16-passenger MS Stronstad, an expedition vessel with hot tubs and central heating.
The round-trip cruise from Tromso along Norway’s spectacular fjords, lined by snow-capped mountains, offers guests a unique opportunity to see humpbacks, finn and minke whales, puffins, bearded seals, deer, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with the resident, herring-eating orcas – with the protection of a dry suit.
After the cruise, the adventure continues ashore with three nights spent in mountain cabins near Tromso – one of the best vantage points in the world to see the spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Guests will also visit a reindeer camp where they can enjoy a sled ride through the forest. Afterwards, guests are invited into a traditional lavvo (Sami tent) to enjoy the rare offering of a traditional meal cooked on a fire while listening to traditional Sami stories.
The tour culminates in a day at the Tromso Husky Farm, where guests will be greeted by 120 Alaskan huskies and depending on conditions, lead a team of dogs through the scenic landscape.
“Swimming with orcas is an unforgettable experience” Majestic Whale Encounters Managing Director, Carmen Ellis, said. “Nothing is more humbling than sharing the underwater world with these highly intelligent, highly social mammals who grow up to 10m in length. We aim to run out trip with maximum interaction and minimal impact and we feel very honoured to share in this experience.”
The 10-day cruise tour starts in Tromso, Norway, on November 16 and also November 22, 2019, and, if booked by October 1, 2018, is available from $8100 per person, twin-share, or from $7600 for solo travellers, quad-share, including the $300 per person earlybird discount. The tour includes a six-day cruise, use of dry suits, all main meals, transfers, three nights’ accommodation in Tromso, husky safari, reindeer experience and Northern Lights tour. Flights from Australia are extra.