Orca & Aurora Sailing Adventure

Whale Watching, Northern Lights, Dog Sledding and More!

Departing from Tromsø Norway

Northern lights

Outdoor hot tub

Deep sea fishing

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northern lights

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orca and humpback
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Sail through wintery fjords on an exclusive six-day arctic expedition in search of the wild orca, humpback whales and northern lights. Watch the whales work together to feed on the annual herring migration in the high north above the arctic circle. Each day the boat will dock or anchor in an area nearby the whales where you can try fishing and explore the local town. On the last day of this sailing adventure, complete your arctic winter experience with reindeer sledding or dog sledding.


Northern Norway is a picturesque winter wonderland and your guide will tell you all about the area and wildlife. Increase your chances of seeing the whales by more than 100% compared to short-day trips with limited time. Other wildlife that is common in this area is the white-tailed eagles, harbor porpoises, seals, otters, and many other types of birds.


This tour is packed with watching whales and orca, delicious food and drinks, time to soak in the hot tub and watch for northern lights and much much more!  Ideal for small groups of family and friends, couples, or as a private charter for honeymoons, group travel or team retreats, this whale watching tour in Tromso is sure to please.


Experience the spectacular nature, wildlife and culture of Norway with the luxury sailing yacht, Stella Oceana, as your base. We provide a classy, comfortable, spacious and relaxed atmosphere with a friendly and professional crew. Are you ready to spend a week whale watching in Tromso?

You begin your whale watching tour in Tromso at the guest harbor. The Stella Oceana crew will welcome you aboard and help you get settled in. We’ll stay docked in Tromso harbour tonight, so enjoy a drink on the top deck before dinner and perhaps an even sea-side stroll. We will cruise for four days to observe the whales wherever they may be, so the routes, islands and overnight locations are determined by the weather and the whales. Daylight during the winter months is limited, and the whales are typically visible between 09:00-15:00, so the cruising time will generally be during this window. Watching for whales takes patience. As many of the local species are migratory, we are seeing them as they head south, enjoying their last arctic meals. Minke whales, humpback whales and orcas are the most commonly viewed. Some humpbacks are such regulars, we know their names! Other wild animals include bald eagles, and many other sea birds as well as bearded sea lions, harp seals, common seals, hooded seal, and ringed seals. You will cruise between Tromsø, Skjervøy and Sørøya keeping an eye out for whale sightings. Each day, if the opportunity presents itself, you can try fishing, the crew will show you how to use the equipment onboard, and you might catch a cod for dinner! Indulge in local and traditional Norwegian cuisine onboard Stella Oceana. The menu is ever-changing, inspired by Norwegian traditions and local, ethical, fresh and organic ingredients. All food, coffee, tea soft drinks, and crisp, clean arctic water are included. We are able to cater to most dietary restrictions or allergies. Each night we will either drop anchor or dock in a location according to where the whales are. If we are docked, go ashore and explore the island. While at anchor, watch for northern lights in the outdoor hot tub in the evening. As you look for whales on day four, the yacht will start its return cruise back to Tromsø and will dock in Tromsø for the night. Get a good night's rest as we have an exciting day tomorrow! No arctic winter expedition is complete without Long Reindeer Sledding, Feeding and Sami Culture experience or a dog sledding adventure. After your full day shore excursion, you’ll return to Stella Oceana for goodbyes and the official end of your whale safari in Tromso, Norway!



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Tour Highlights

  • See orcas and humpback whales everyday

  • Watch the Northern lights while soaking in the hot tub in the evening

  • Be in awe of the spectacular winter landscapes

  • Meet and be with fellow whale lovers

  • Experience Sami reindeer or husky touring

  • Exploring the arctic in luxury, warmth and style

If your desired tour dates are not available on the booking calendar, let us know and we may be able to arrange special dates for you.

Trip Details



15:00 Friday Tromsø


16:00 Wednesday Tromsø


Tromsø Guest Harbor

Samuel Arnesens gate 5, 9008 Tromsø


6 days


Maximum 10


October - December


Friday - Wednesday


Cetacean guide and former Norwegian Coast Guard Sea Captain with 35 years experience

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  • 4 days of cruising time with 5 nights on board in shared berths

  • Dog sledding adventure or Sami Reindeer experience

  • All meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 Lunch including non-alcoholic drinks

  • Personalized service for your group's arrival

  • Local captain and first mate

  • Stories, interpretation and fishing instructions in English, Norwegian or Japanese

  • Use of outdoor hot tub and fishing gear

  • Berths include all linens, blankets, pillows and towels

  • Wi-Fi onboard


  • Alcoholic and soda beverages

  • Land transportation

  • Gratuities

  • Any additional activities, meals while on shore, or entrance fees not listed in the itinerary

  • Travel Insurance


  • Personal items including layered winter clothing, boat shoes, lounge wear & swim wear (see our packing list here)

  • Binoculars/ camera with telephoto lens

  • Sense of adventure!

Frequently asked questions about this tour

When can you see orcas in Norway?

If you want to spot an orca in Northern Norway, the best time is from October until January. December will be difficult because there isn't much daylight.

Where is the best place to see orcas in Norway?

The best place is between Skjervøy and Andøya. The killer whale is a fascinating and intelligent animal, spending about 40% of its time travelling. When they are in arctic Norway, they move around within the fjord system looking for herring, this is why our trip doesn’t have a set itinerary!

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