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Rembrandt van Rijn

North Norway, Aurora Borealis and Whales

The Rembrandt van Rijn was originally built as a herring lugger early in the last century. Measuring 49.50 metres in length, the vessel underwent a complete refurbishment in 2011 and can now comfortably accommodate up to 33 passengers. The vessel has a spacious buffet style restaurant, bar and simply furnished cabins. The vessel is well suited for expedition cruising offering good open deck viewing areas and the two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. Cruises on the Rembrandt van Rijn combine the breathtaking scenery of the Artic and North Atlantic Islands with unforgettable experiences including whale watching, observing the Northern Lights and meeting fascinating local communities.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Tromso.

Day 1: Tromso

Board the ship in Tromso, nicknamed the “Paris of the North,” located in an area rich with Norse and Sámi history. Enjoy exploring this sub-Arctic Norwegian town, said to have been inhabited since the last ice age.

Day 2: Senja

Early in the morning the ship departs from Tromsø. The itinerary depends largely on the weather conditions, the amount of daylight during the voyage, and the expected location of the whales. You might sail clockwise or counterclockwise around the island of Senja.

Days 3-6: Whales of the shelf

You will spend the next few days sailing along the north coasts of Senja and Andfjorden, areas where many whales have been spotted in recent years. Keep a look out for sperm whales and other whale species here. Near Andenes, along the edge of the continental shelf, whales dive particularly deep to feed on giant squid. You may also see white-tailed eagles, one of the largest birds of prey in Europe, vying for their share of the herring. In the afternoon, you find a place for the night in one of the scenic fishing villages nearby, such as Skrolsvik, Andenes, Gryllefjorden, or Sommarøy. Once the sun has set, you can make small hikes along the coast – and maybe even catch sight of the aurora.

Days 7-8: Under the Northern Lights

Continuing your circumnavigation of Senja, the ship will sail to the small island of Sommarøy. Here there are good opportunities to see the northern lights as well as embark on pleasant hikes. Spend your last morning of the cruise exploring the island’s small bays and white beaches. You can even climb the 211-meter-high (692 feet) Mount Hillesøya, the summit of which affords panoramic views of the rugged coastline. That afternoon sail back to Tromsø. After spending the night on board, you disembark the following day with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Tromso.

Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation on board the Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Full Board including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard the vessel
  • All shore excursions and activities through the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen - please request details when you make your reservation
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Fuel Surcharges, where applicable, are shown separately on the website and must be paid at time of booking

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Visas where required
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Cancellation and personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
 

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