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A wildlife phenomenon


Our Cruises in Northern Norway depart from Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, situated 350km above the Arctic circle. Tromsø is easily accessible by plane from most European countries. From here we venture into the fjords on board one of our comfortable expedition vessels to find the most beautiful spots Northern Norway has to offer. We pass snow-capped mountains, remote fishing villages and beautiful islands, while at night we gaze at the skies, hoping to see the dancing Northern Lights.

Humpback whales and Orcas have been sighted in large numbers feeding on herring. Scott Portelli and Waterproof Expeditions offers great opportunities for Whale Watching, photography and snorkeling in the crystal clear Arctic waters, which is an experience in itself!

This trip is for anyone interested in Orcas, Humpback whales, white tailed Eagles, Arctic winter, Northern lights, Moose and spectacular landscape. The best time of the year for this phenomena is November through the end of February when the balance between light and access to herring and whales is at its best. The winter days in Norway provide excellent light for photography. We will spend the daylight hours looking for whales and other wildlife and, if the opportunity occurs, snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

We aim to provide you the best possible snorkeling experience in a sustainable way. Our ships are equipped with large zodiacs (inflatable boats) and full polar snorkeling gear. Please note that we are always depending on the weather and wildlife for our snorkeling activities.

If you choose not to snorkel, you can enjoy the phenomena from the spacious deck on board the ship or join the zodiac excursions for up-close whale watching and excellent photography opportunities. We might also go ashore to visit some historical fishing villages that are situated in the fjords.
During the darker hours you will enjoy the warm and cosy comfort of the expedition yacht while our expert guides entertain you with presentations and educational information on wildlife and cinematography and films. Excellent food is served three times a day, with a warm meal during lunch and dinner.

In the winter months Northern Norway is the perfect place for aurora borealis sightings. With a bit of luck you might also witness these amazing northern lights.


The success of our trips is very much depending on the whales and weather conditions. Two things which are beyond our control. However, many years of experience has showed us that the period we operate these trips give the best chances for a great experience. We will alter our plans to take advantage of light, weather, wildlife sightings and other one-of-a-kind opportunities which can vary from day to day. Be prepared for cold but rewarding days out at sea with spectacular sightings and bring a good portion of adventurous spirit. We deal with true wildlife encounters and unpredictable weather conditions. The success of this trip is based on realistic expectations and your personal flexibility.

Day 1 Arrival and boarding

Our guides will be waiting for you at the meeting point in Tromsø and will take you to the ship. Embarkation starts around 4 pm in the afternoon. You will go on board and have plenty of time to get settled in your cabin, explore the ship and meet the crew.
Please note: transfers from the airport or your hotel to the meeting point are not included.

Day 2-6 In search for Whales and Orcas

For five full days we follow the schools of herring and pods of Orcas and Humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Two expert guides will accompany you on your whale watching adventures. The bridge of the ship is a great place to look for whales and enjoy the beautiful light and scenery of the Norwegian fjords. Our guides and crew are constantly on the look-out for Whales and Orcas. Whenever the conditions are right, we will take the zodiacs and go out on the water. We go snorkelling when the weather conditions and animals let us.

The combination of wildlife encounters, the beautiful scenery of the Norwegian fjords and the amazing Northern Lights, make this trip an exclusive experience of nature.

Day 7 Disembarkation

Our voyage ends in the same place where it started, in Tromsø. After breakfast aboard the ship, you will saw farewell to the crew and your fellow expeditioners.
Please note: Transfers are not included, you will need to arrange your own transfer or book your transfer through us.


All cabins have lower beds
All cabins have private shower and toilet
The vessel is rebuilt especially for Expedition Photo Tourism. A spacious lounge with great views and plenty of space for photo editing, charging batteries and presentation of lectures.
There are 6 single cabins
There are 2 superior suites
And 1 twin cabin for couples and guests travelling together

With a capacity of 12 guests, two Waterproof Expedition Leaders and two large zodiacs, we are confident to deliver an even better experience for your Winter Norway Expedition.

The ship is outfitted with Waterproof’s full range of high-quality drysuits and snorkel equipment.

All cabins are serviced daily  and a laundry service is available.

International cuisine is served in the cozy lounge with bar and direct access to the ‘al- fresco’ dining area outside.
The bar is stocked with alcoholic beverages and sodas and of course we take care of your special wine request.
A separate Saloon with lots of books and tv screen is a great room for relaxing moments after an exciting day full of adventures.

Dates & Rates

Deposit €1000 per person (Non refundable)

Start and finish in Tromso: 10th – 16th November 2024 – MS Virgo from € 7,980 per person

Cabin Types

Twin cabin €7,980 per person

Superior cabin €8,280 per person

Single cabin €8,780 per person


Price includes

  • Comfortable accommodation in your cabin of choice
  • Full board, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling activity in our specially designed Waterproof Snorkel Drysuit
  • Experienced Guides
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges on flight
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, meals ashore, bar, beverages and telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities
  • Pre- and post-voyage packages with air and hotel, available upon request
  • Travel insurance

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