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Tromsø Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended Tromsø Sailing trips & boat 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.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjord Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

3. 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: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

4. Tromsø: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

Embark on a guided whale-watching tour aboard the MS Rygerdronningen and see a variety of wild animals, including orcas and humpback whales. Take in the dramatic views of Tromsø's serene fjords and enjoy the comfort of a modern catamaran. Board the catamaran, the MS Rygerdronningen, and depart from Tromsø. Watch from the large panoramic windows of the warm cabin or step into the brisk Arctic air to observe from the spacious decks. Sail out to the feeding grounds and look for the whales that come in search of herring. Spot native wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, harbour porpoises, and a variety of wild arctic birds. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide. Experience the blue twilight of the Polar Night and witness breathtaking views of the fjord landscapes as you look out for local wildlife. Feel free to purchase food and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks from the kiosk.

Tromsø: Aurora Dinner Cruise by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

5. Tromsø: Aurora Dinner Cruise by Hybrid-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.

Tromsø: Luxury Catamaran Fishing Trip

6. Tromsø: Luxury Catamaran Fishing Trip

Enjoy a fantastic fishing tour from Tromsø—this is not an ordinary fishing trip. When you arrive onboard, feel the warm and cozy atmosphere. The saloon is comfortable but offers a high standard. The friendly staff will have warm coffee and tea waiting for you. The panoramic saloon is the best place to be while sailing slowly or cruising to the fishing area, a fishing spot where you can watch the Tromsø Island from a sea view. After a short trip, you will be able to start trying to catch fish. Of course, there is no 100% fishing guarantee, but the chance you’ll catch something to eat on the way back is high. Sit back and relax as the staff cooks the very fresh fish for you on our way back to the city.

Tromsø: Northern Lights Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

7. Tromsø: Northern Lights Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

Experience the beauty of the Nordic wilderness as you hunt for the mysterious Northern Lights which dance across the night sky on this cruise from Tromsø. Board a spacious catamaran with a panoramic windows and a heated cabin and venture out onto the water 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Hop aboard a the ship in Tromsø where in winter the sun sets on November 27th and doesn’t rise again until January 15th, creating the perfect conditions for seeing the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Set off on the water and look for the aurora lights through the panoramic windows of a warm, cozy cabin or head out into the crisp arctic air for a look from a spacious deck for an even clearer view. Buy snacks and both hot and cold drinks onboard the boat to enjoy while taking in mountain views. Have a crew that will do everything possible to show you the lights on this tour, but this is a natural phenomenon that can’t be guaranteed. If you don’t experience on the first trip, have a second chance with a free ticket for the next available northern lights tour with this activity provider. Return to your departure point at the end of your cruise.

Tromsø: Arctic Fjordcruise by Luxury Catamaran

8. Tromsø: Arctic Fjordcruise 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: 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.

Whale watching on the fastest and most comfortable boat

10. Whale watching on the fastest and most comfortable boat

How about starting this year with an experience for the memory book? Enjoy a fjordcruise in spectacular surroundings with polar daylight, frozen landscape, and snow-covered mountain peaks from our warm lounge or from our outdoor deck. The sailing time from Tromsø to Skjervøy (the area where the whales are located) takes approx. 2 hours and Fjordjarl is probably the fastest, most comfortable and sea-worthy boat to experience whale safari and wildlife cruise as it withstands the sea- and weather conditions very well. On board, our guide/host will give you information about the surroundings and information about the humpback whales and orcas. Hopefully you will be able to introduce you to our friends in the ocean, The orcas, and the humpback whales, while chasing food in the fjords. We will do our best but cannot guarantee that we will find the whales. Our boat has a universal design with easy access for wheelchair users, cafeteria, toilets, wifi (access may be limited in some areas) We follow the national guidelines for whale watching and are doing our best to make sure to take care and respect the animals in their surroundings.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 723 reviews

Absolutely fantastic tour; the crew couldn’t do anything to make it a more enjoyable experience from start to finish. We got to see two pods of humpback whales once in location. The weather was COLD! Ensure you wear plenty of layers and anticipate wind chill being a factor, the wind was extremely strong, picture Michael Jackson’s Earth Song video being recreated and you get to the picture. I personally wouldn’t hesitate in booking the trip again, 5 stars.

Nice trip, unfortunately the weather was quite bad and therefore the sea was rough, but despite this we managed to see many whales, some closer and others in the distance, and even some orcas. The staff was super nice and knowledgeable, they gave us so much information about the life of these animals! I recommend this experience

Such a fun experience! 3 hour boat ride to get to the whale area, saw only humpback whales during our trip but still a great experience. Coffee and tea were served for free which helped keep us warm, make sure to dress warm! And bring your own motion sickness medicine if needed.

Amazing Experience, will recommend to all of my friends who want to visit Tromsø. The view in the morning was amazing !!! We enjoyed finishing a lot and it is easy to learn. Love the fresh soup and grilled cod !!

Beautiful scenery,super friendly staff,comfortable boat