When the huge schools of herring reach the north Norwegian coast in winter, many humpback- and killer whales follow them every year into the fjords north of Tromsø.
In some years up to 60 orcas and humpbacks gather in Kvænangen Fjord to feast on the fat fish. Estimated to be one of the largest concentrations of orcas in the world!
With our sailing boat, the SY Ursa Minor, we follow the whales to watch them play and hunt. But not only the large marine mammals can be admired, the wilderness of the north has a lot more to offer: sea eagles, seals and dolphins are often seen and can be photographed great!
And all this in the breathtaking winter landscape of the northern Norwegian coastline. Snow-capped mountain landscapes, deep blue fjords, wonderful pastel-colored lighting conditions… and not to forget the flickering Northern Lights – A magical time of year!
Of course we have to adapt the sailing trip to the weather, the whales and the participants along the way.
We will anchor in sheltered fjords or call at coastal ports. With our dinghy you can be taken ashore to undertake smaller or larger hikes and discover the area on shore.
But if conditions allow, we will choose the outer coastal route on the way back and anchor at the island of Ljøsøy. There we can visit our reindeer and spend the last night. In our cozy family house we can enjoy a last feast and heat up the sauna there!
The Sy Ursa Minor
SY Ursa Minor is a 15 meter aluminum ketch. A two-master. Very stable built for the open sea and suitably equipped for Nordic conditions.
Their solar panels and wind turbines produce enough power into the battery banks to remain in sheltered bays with no access to electricity for long periods of time and be independent from the engine.
With her 8 berths in 4 cabins, she is ideal for a crew of 5 to 6 people plus skipper and cook/guide.
Ursa Minor has 2 comfortable bathroom with WC and two showers. In addition, with our 1000l water tank, we don’t need to save water on the go!
It is equipped with a Webasto diesel heater, which always ensures pleasant temperatures in the boat – and of course for cozy evenings in the saloon below deck!
A very special experience to get very close to the wild coast!
Good to know
No sailing experience is required. We will follow the tracks of the whales either under sail or under motor to visit the fjords where the whales are!
During our tours, we are very careful not to disturb the animals and only to be spectators of what is happening. However, the whales often come very close to the boats on their own. There are many opportunities for spectacular photo shoots! So don’t forget your camera!