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  • New for 2023

6 days - Cruise from Tromsø on MV Quest for New Year's Eve

Come celebrate an exciting New Year in the Arctic. Admire the exceptional wildlife and spectacular nights in this all-inclusive 6 days, 5 nights whale and aurora borealis cruise expedition and finish your Arctic adventure with spectacular fireworks display from Storsteinen mountain to celebrate the coming year.

This time of the year is the ideal time to spot orcas and humpback whales as they travel up the Northern Norwegian coastline for the millions of herring that come here to spawn each year. It is also a joyous holiday season that we celebrate with music, food and treats.

You will search for whales in the day while being awed by the beautiful scenic landscape and be amazed at night by the natural phenomena display of the northern lights all while indulging in fine Arctic cuisine, being surrounded by the spirit of Christmas and having the opportunity to join in on the joy in our tree decorating event.

Day 1
Arrive in Tromsø, settle on board the MV Quest and sail towards Lyngen Mountains
Day 2
Wake up with the Whales and visit Havnnes, a 19th century trading post
Day 3
Visit the northernmost distillery, Aurora Spirits and Northern Lights Search
Day 4
Dog husky sledding at a Wilderness Camp
Day 5
New Year's Eve in Tromsø
Day 6
Return to Tromsø and depart
Start Place
Tromsø, Norway
End Place
Lyngen Alps, Norway
Country Visited
6 Days
Group Size
Expedition Cruises

Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.



M/S Quest, formally known as Sea Endurance The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and now has a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Sea Endurance takes 53 passengers and all 26 cabins are outside cabins with private facilities. The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The superior cabins are spacious and have armchairs and TV/ DVD. The Owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV/DVD.

In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining talks on the area’s flora, fauna and history. In the lounge you also find a bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks, where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. There is an international crew on board the Sea Endurance and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly.

  • 5 nights on board MV Quest (52 passengers)
  • All Meals, Coffee, Tea & Snacks
  • Professional Expedition Team
  • All Bus Transfers
  • Ocean Facing Cabin
  • Rib Boat Safari
  • Whale Watching & Arctic Wildlife Watching
  • Arctic Huskies - Dog sledding
  • Visit Aurora Spirits Distillery
  • Whale Watching
  • Fjellheisen Cable Car
  • Historical Bunker from the Cold War
Not Included

Flight tickets, alcohol and soft drinks


Day 1 - Arrive in Tromsø, settle on board the MV Quest and sail towards Lyngen Mountains

At 16:00 transfer to your ship, MV Quest, where you will be introduced to the program and safety briefing. This will be followed by a three-course Arctic cuisine dinner that will prepare you for your first excursion, searching for Northern Lights at the top of Storsteinen Mountain.

After dinner, you will take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of the mountain where you will get a spectacular view over Tromsø City and its fjords.

Head back to the ship where you will set course to the scenic Lyngen Alps and the best whale watching locations.

1 Dinner

Day 2 - Wake up with the Whales and visit Havnnes, a 19th century trading post

This morning you will get to wake up to whales as our team has navigated us to a great whale watching destination, while we slept.

Our expedition team will navigate us to be amongst the enormous sea animals and depending on weather and sea conditions, we may embark and launch our RIBs for a closer look at our mighty sea friends.

We will then head to Havnnes, a 19th century trading post situated amongst some of the most beautiful scenery and visit a historically influential photo gallery.

After dinner, we will end this day with a northern lights hunting excursion.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Visit the northernmost distillery, Aurora Spirits and Northern Lights Search

This morning you will get to wake up to whales once again as your captain has navigated to another great whale watching destination, while you slept.

This afternoon was another day of learning and photographing these majestic Arctic animals as you continue to navigate and be surrounded by the amazing Lyngen Alps.

In the evening, visit the northernmost distillery, Aurora Spirits, where you will learn about their interesting whisky maturation process and how it relates to the disused NATO Cold War base in which it was built. You will have the choice of joining a tasting experience before we head back to the ship for a 3-course Arctic dinner.

After dinner, end this day with a northern lights hunting excursion.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Dog husky sledding at a Wilderness Camp

Today will be fun on land with the adorable huskies who will be anxious for your arrival. Leave for the wilderness camp after breakfast and have a nice warm lunch at the camp after the dog sledding adventure.

But the fun doesn´t end with dog sledding. We will have an opportunity to bond, cuddle and take pictures with our energetic husky partners.

You will get a chance to rest and have dinner back on the ship, though be prepared for another excursion, back out to chase the Northern Lights this evening.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - New Year's Eve in Tromsø

Today we will be back in Tromsø in time for our New Year’s celebrations. We will stroll the streets, enjoying the lights and celebrations of the city.

We will then walk into “Full Steam”, the city´s cod museum. We will learn about the history of cod and traditions in Norway and have a tasty lunch there before going to the ship for our own celebration.

We will end the festivities with a gala dinner onboard the ship. We will then go to the deck or panorama lounge to watch the Fjellheisen fireworks show.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Return to Tromsø and depart

Wake up back in Tromsø today, arriving approximately at 10:00. Depart for the airport or discover more of Norway.

1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Price per person, twin share double bed. Shared room with two separate twin beds and private bathroom facilities. All of MV Quest cabins have ocean-facing windows. Alternate cabin options include triple, twin plus, single, double superior and owners cabin.

*The double bed in cabin 402, 319 & 301 is separable.

Start Date
End Date
From Price
27 Dec 2023
1 Jan 2024
27 Dec 2023
1 Jan 2024
EUR 3,398
Limited availability

Important Information

Please note that the expedition programs for all tours may be adjusted due to factors such as weather forecasts, wildlife location, and safety precautions. Our expert expedition team will also seek all favourable conditions for optimal aurora borealis viewing, but only nature dictates its appearance. The final decision regarding modifications to the program will be made by the expedition team who prioritize safety.

While the expedition team will prioritize all items listed in the program and make expert predictions for favourable conditions, their inclusion cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, no refunds will be issued for any changes. The primary focus of the program is to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Restrictions: Must be in good physical shape and not need additional assistance.


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