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Our most recommended Tromsø Sailing Trips & Tours

Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

1. Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

Experience the pristine beauty of the Arctic landscapes and fjords on a catamaran cruise. Observe native wildlife in their natural habitat with insightful commentary from a local guide. Board a comfortable catamaran in the Tromsø city center. Marvel at the Arctic landscape and the beautiful fjords. Learn about Norway’s wildlife, fishing, aquaculture, local villages, and weather from your knowledgeable guide. Take photos from either the indoor or outdoor viewing decks. Enjoy hot coffee or tea, while admiring the unique natural setting. Pick up snacks at the kiosk on board if you feel hungry. During late October to late January, have the best chance of seeing a humpback whale, killer whale (orca), harbor porpoise, or even a fin whale. Arrive at the whale feeding site and enjoy 1-1.5 hours to take an up-close look at the feast.

Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

2. Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

Set sail on a hybrid electric catamaran cruise for the Arctic waters and observe marine animals in their natural habitat. Watch orcas and humpback whales feed in the icy fjords and admire the stunning landscapes around you. Depart from Tromsø in the morning, and head out to where the whales are in time to enjoy the short hours of daylight. Take in the breathtaking views of frozen landscapes in comfortable, panoramic lounges, and multi-level decks. Find a selection of food and drinks for purchase on board. Sail for about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach the whales and spend about 1 to 1.5 hours with them. The boat uses a hybrid engine to reach their feeding grounds. As you near the whales, the captain will switch to a silent electric engine that allows you to get close without disturbing them.

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

3. From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

Watch magnificent humpback whales and orcas feed on shoals of herring when they migrate to Skjervoy between November and January. Enjoy a scenic panoramic drive from Tromso to Skjervoy, then hop into a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet at the Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromso bright and early. From here, drive for 3.5 hours to Skjervoy to meet your guide. Once in Skjervoy, receive a warm flotation suit before getting into the RIB. Then, set off on a 2.5-hour whale watching excursion in the Kvaenangen Fjord. Marvel at the natural scenery and keep your eyes peeled for orcas and humpback whales, as well as other local wildlife. After your excursion, refresh with some sandwiches, tea, and coffee before driving back to Tromso.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Photo Cruise

4. Tromsø: Northern Lights Photo Cruise

Join an evening boat cruise from Tromsø and experience the Aurora Borealis. Watch as the city lights fade and enter the serene darkness of the fjords. Cozy up in the sauna or enjoy the outdoor jacuzzi as you watch. Depart from the harborside of Kystens Hus in Tromsø center. Leaving the harbor, the guide will give you safety instructions and show you around the ship. Stay on the lookout for any signs of the Northern Lights while sailing. The course of the tour will depend on the weather forecast, and the cloud-free sky will define if you are going to see the Northern Lights. When the sky is clear and starry around Tromsø city, you don't need to travel far to watch the Northern Lights. The right settings are a dark location, starry sky, and previous solar storms. Once the conditions are right, the captain will slow down the boat, slowly drifting along with the current. Set up your camera with your guide, watch the Northern Lights dance, and snap photos. Finally, float gently back to the harbor of Tromsø where your tour will finish.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjord & Fishing Tour by Luxury Catamaran

5. Tromsø: Arctic Fjord & Fishing Tour by Luxury Catamaran

Take a unique journey around Tromsø on a private catamaran sailboat and experience the beauty of the fjords up close. Sail alongside sea birds, do some fishing, relax in comfort, and learn about the local culture.  Having set sail, the captain will guide you through local history. You’ll see where the historic ship Tirpitz ended its days, learn about Tromsø’s rich history, and have the chance to snap some impressive photos. The catamaran will continue on to Rystraumen, where you’ll get close to one of Norway's strongest ocean currents. Relax on the catamaran net, enjoy the spacious indoor lounge, or take the opportunity to fish. Along the way, enjoy local specialties like dried reindeer meat, stockfish, brown cheese, lefse, and other tasty delicacies. Finally, you’ll be returned to shore, having had an experience you’ll never forget.

Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

6. Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

Orcas and Humpback whales are in Skjervoy from November to January. The local provider will pick you up at 5:30 AM outside Scandic Ishavshotel, drive you to Skjervoy, give you warm flotation suits, and take you on a once in a lifetime whale watching experience on Rib-boats.  Enjoy sandwiches, tea and coffee and continue to the Green Gold Villa in the Lyngen Alps. Here you’ll get a nice and warm group dinner and short photo workshop. Experience the Northern Lights at night and photograph the incredible phenomenon right outside the Green Gold Villa. Accommodation is at one of six private Crystal Lavvos. Next morning, enjoy breakfast together before returning to Tromso at 11:00 AM.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

7. Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

Depart from Tromsø and set off to explore the bays, straights, and fjords of the Arctic which are rich in wildlife and history. Make a few stops en route including at modern fish farms, small fishing villages, and ancient island communities on the outside of Kvaløya or ‘whale island’. Watch as the crew deploys an underwater drone. See the rich marine life found in the crystal clear shallows. Purchase drinks and a warm lunch on board, to enjoy while taking in the magnificent panoramic views.

Tromsø: Fjord and Islands Luxury Catamaran Cruise

8. Tromsø: Fjord and Islands Luxury Catamaran Cruise

Experience the stunning scenery of Norway from onboard a luxury catamaran. Board the Arctic Princess from Tromsø and embark on a magical journey through the refreshingly crisp waters to explore the fjords and islands that surround the region. Discover the natural beauty of Tromsø and feel immersed in another world far from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Sit back and relax on board the boat, grab a drink at the Panorama Saloon or cozy up on the deck’s day beds in a complimentary thermal suit. Throughout the journey, make yourself feel at home on board the boat and enjoy coffee and tea to stay warm as well as light snacks. On the return journey to Tromsø, taste the unique flavors of the region with a deliciously traditional fish soup.

Tromso: 3-Hour Northern Lights Sailing Excursion

9. Tromso: 3-Hour Northern Lights Sailing Excursion

Your comfortable sailing yacht is located in central Tromsø and your professional skipper will be waiting to greet you at the dock. The tour groups will be small (up to 12 passengers) in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You will sail out of the fjord outside Tromsø and have the best chance to see the northern lights, away from the city center.  The skippers and guides will have the knowledge and first hand experience to keep you safe and comfortable while enjoying the dancing night sky. After hundreds of sailing tours in the area, they know the best spots for you to have the highest chances of seeing the lights. Your skipper will also navigate to different areas depending on the weather forecast. Small snacks and drinks will be served and all of the gear you need will be provided, including warm suits, extra gloves, hats and boots. However, bring proper winter clothing for your maximum comfort.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise by Electric Catamaran

10. Tromsø: Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise by Electric Catamaran

Take in the atmospheric Arctic night in all its majesty, onboard a silent hybrid-electric catamaran with 360-degree uninhibited panoramas. In warmth and comfort, cruise around Tromsø island, past snow-covered mountains, landmarks like the Arctic cathedral, and through icy waters. Watch as the crew launch an underwater drone with lights to discover the mysteries of the depths below. As the darkness of the ocean reflects the stars above, if you're lucky the Northern Lights may appear. Finally, soak up the unique atmosphere as you sit down to an Arctic Tapas dinner. Savor the fresh and local ingredients, based on traditional dishes with a modern twist.

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4.6 / 5

based on 723 reviews

Excellent trip with Captain Per! We were the only two booked for the morning session so we got a very personal experience. I've never been fishing before but I caught about 7 fish, some big some small. We had amazing weather so we could take in a fantastic view whilst on the boat. The fish soup at the end was delicious and we were also able to take home a cod fish we caught for our dinner in the evening. A perfect way to spend the morning. Highly recommend!

Charming captain full of interesting stories about growing up the son of a fisherman and knowledge about the natural world around Tromso. Delicious fish soup and fun catching some fish ourselves. The boat itself was comfortable but perhaps “ luxury “ is an overstatement. Still, highly recommended!

cool trip We fished at different spots until we were really successful. Very personable guide who explains a lot and woke up there. Absolutely to suggest.

Fantastic cruise round fjords. Beautiful views. Great guide. Luxury catamaran. Highly recommend!

Very good experience and the trip was well-organized. Saw many types of whale.