Autumn whale-bonanza sail, from Tromsø to Skjervøy

20,300 NOK

november 20 - 26. november 2023

7 days

Every autumn, large schools of herring migrate into our north Norwegian coast. They come to spend the winter in our fjords, and after them follow the whales; orcas and humpbacks. Together the whales and herring will wreak havoc in the fjords all winter long, and we want to bring you along to experience this ecstatic chaos! In addition to this feast in the sea, the magical light is perhaps the most special thing about these trips in the winter season. The special arctic winter light will offer us the craziest #nofilter experiences all day long, and it’ll be hard to put your camera down! So bring your double woolen long johns (a little Norwegian secret to staying warm in the winter!) and get ready for this raw and honest trip during the arctic winter! We will sail a full week from Tromsø to Skjervøy and Northern Troms, to hopefully find the winter feeding grounds of the whales!

This is a trip for those of you who want to sail along the rawest and most alpine coastline of Norway during the harshest time of year, looking for whales and northern lights. Winter sailing offers beautiful light and colors, where we often get hour-long sunraise/-set light all day long. On the boat we are far from street lights and other forms of light pollution, so we have the best potential to get the best view of the dancing northern lights that will hopefully join us as well!

We sail from Tromsø, and spend a week along the coast of North-Troms, around Skjervøy and Kvænangen. Where we will search for whales and northern lights, and hope to sail under the blazing auroras by night and together with the orcas and humpbacks by day! We also fill our adventure with bonfire on the beach, fishing in the fjords, and smal trips and landings on the remote coast we sail along. You will also learn a lot about sailing, the sea, and the areas we sail through. 

On this trip we try to spend some days playing with the orcas and humpback whales which gather every year along the coast of Troms, where they feed on the herring that comes into the fjords. For many years we’ve found the whales around the fjords outside of Kvaløya, but in recent years they have gathered further north, around Skjærvøy. The weather forecast for the week, and location of the herring, will determine where we search for the whales.


As on all our trips you don’t need to know how to sail to participate, and you will learn alot about sailing along the way. If you are a skilled sailor you will be challenged and trusted, and if you are a beginner you will learn a lot. This is a perfect chance for those of you who want to test out winter sailing, learn more about nighttime navigation, and sail under the different wind- and weather conditions the winter season offers. If you only want to join an unforgettable trip and sail during the arctic winter, you are very welcome aboard as well!

Our experienced skipper will make sure you get a safe and memorable experience, and our co-skipper will contribute with knowledge about the areas we sail through and the sea. As part of our crew you get the chance to try out all aspects of sailing: at the helm, hoisting the sails, making food under sail, navigating, taking a morning swim, gutting fish, serving “anchor drinks”, tying knots etc.; the complete sailing experience!


On this trip we will use our sailing boats Humla and Bien. Pictures and more information about these boats can be found here.

The whole trip was a truly great experience! It was awesome to go without knowing anybody, and meet a group of so lovely people. The skippers were incredibly skilfull, and they always smiled. For me, who's never been north of Trondheim it was really big to experience this raw landscape, the northern light and come so close on to the whales. SailNorway delivered a great and raw experience, which I will take with me for the rest of my life!

Tiril Berg

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