TROMSØ FJORD CRUISE
-SCENIC DAY CRUISE
-WILDLIFE & HISTORICAL SITES
-SMALL GROUP TOUR
-REINDEER SOUP LUNCH
-OPTIONAL HOT TUB & POLAR PLUNGE
Build a snowman
ABOUT THE TOUR
This 5-hour polar fjord cruise provides the opportunity to see arctic landscapes, historical sites, and wildlife such as seals, dolphins and eagles in a comfortable, relaxed and luxurious atmosphere.
Enjoy personalized service, guiding and a traditional local meal of reindeer soup. Snuggle up with wool blankets amongst the beautiful arctic scenery and upgrade your tour to stay nice and warm in the hot tub on the exterior deck. If you're up for it, you can take the polar plunge and jump in the ocean and go back in the hot tub.
Cruising through ice, seeing the Tirpitz shipwreck or decommissioned submarine base is dependent on the weather, but one thing is for sure, the phenomenal landscape scenery will not disappoint. What is unique about going on a fjord cruise aboard Stella Oceana is that you can enjoy the warmth and luxury of the spacious interior saloon, relax with your feet up like you're lounging in your own living room with blankets and pillows, read a coffee table book, take a nap, play cards, sip hot drinks, eat lunch, chat with your crew or fellow worldly travelers, look out the windows right above the waterline and go outside when you feel like being part of the outdoor scenery.
This is a great option for small groups, families or couples who want to see cruise the arctic fjords in a small group tour, on a safe, unique and luxurious sailing yacht.
10:00 - 15:00 (10am-3pm)
-5 hour cruise in the Tromsø fjords
-Binoculars to spot wildlife
-Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fresh arctic water & cookies
-Local Norwegian lunch of reindeer soup
-Blankets & pillows for comfort and relaxation
-Onboard host and guide
-Former Norwegian Navy Sea Captain
-Optional upgrade: Hot tub, shower & towel (400kr/person)
-Extra optional: take the polar plunge!
DETAILED TOUR DESCRIPTION
We depart Tromsø harbor, the main town of Northern Norway. As we sail out to Ballsfjorden, watch for porpoises, common eiders and sea eagles as you sit snuggled under cozy blankets with a mug of hot chocolate. If there is fresh snow on the deck and you’re feeling inspired, build a snowman on the deck and pose for photos! Depending on the weather and tides, you may sail past the Tirpitz shipwreck, cruise through ice floes, or see Olavsvern, a former Royal Norwegian Navy base. This Cold War-era base is an immense feat of engineering; 900 meters into the mountain exists an entire military base including; housing space, offices, storage and even a submarine dry dock! Your local guides will share the history and culture of the local sites as you cruise by. On most cruises, we sail deeper into the fjords where there's a chance to see a frozen fjord that is fed by many freshwater rivers and it is this freshwater that floats on top of the salty seawater, and freezes. It is unusual for fjords to freeze, since they are usually entirely salt water but here, the locals have adapted to this frozen fjord. We’ll sail in as far as we can, but we don’t want to break up too much ice. Although our hull is ice-class, it is important to respect the locals who call this palace home. They use the ice for ice fishing and if we break it apart, it becomes very unsafe for them to go fishing. Sit back in the top deck lounge, take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery and silence. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste a traditional slow-cooked reindeer soup. Join us in the warm saloon for a hearty lunch of soup, fresh bread, cookies, coffee and tea. The return cruise is casual with time for sipping hot drinks, taking in the sights and incredible photo opportunities. If you’ve upgraded your cruise to include the hot tub, now is the time to soak! Watch the beautiful fjord slip by in the winter light as you sit soaking in the deck top hot tub. As your polar fjord cruise comes to a close, admire the skyline of Tromsø in the lingering sunset light as we approach. We’ll slide back into the harbor in time for you to enjoy your evening in town.
Frequently asked questions to be ready to
Sail the fjords of Tromsø Norway
What food and drinks are available?
Coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate and cookies are included. A reindeer soup with local root vegetables and fresh bread will be served for lunch. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks if desired.
Is there a minimum number of participants for the tour?
Yes, we have a minimum of 8 guests for our tours. We always strive to do a Tromsø Fjord Cruise each day within the season, but if there are too few people booked, we will reschedule your tour to another day or provide you with a full refund. We cancel because it is both financially and ecologically unsustainable to do a cruise with groups any smaller. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.
Will I get seasick?
We can't guarantee that you won't get seasick, but most people don't experience this discomfort because the boat is so stable and the wind usually dies down in the evenings. However, in the small chance that you do get seasick, the crew has a lot of experience and can help you so you can enjoy your trip.
What should I wear on my Norwegian Frozen Fjord Cruise?
Being winter and out on the water, you will want to dress warmly. This means wearing leggings or fleece pants underneath windproof pants or snow pants. On top, wear merino wool or another warm base layer, then add a warm sweater AND a jacket. Add some thick socks, warm boots, a warm hat, mittens/gloves and a scarf. You can always take off layers and leave them inside the boat if you get too hot. Better to have it and not need it!
What wildlife/animals will I see?
You never know what you might encounter in the sea, but we have seen dolphins, orcas, eagles, common eiders and seals on this cruise.
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