Northern Lights, whale watching cruise & husky safari
Description of Northern Lights, whale watching cruise & husky safari
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PlanetThis thrilling Arctic Expedition begins in Tromsø, Northern Norway, and takes place on board the MS Quest, a small, comfortably equipped ship, which can accommodate a maximum of 53 passengers in 26 private cabins. As it is smaller than the larger passenger cruise liners, this ship has much lower fuel consumption, minimalising the impact on the Arctic waters that are explored.
This trip is run in accordance with The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and Visit Tromsø guidelines. Founded in 2003, the association represents the concerns and views of Arctic expedition cruise operators. AECO ensures that cruises and tourism in the Arctic are carried out with the utmost consideration for the natural environment, supporting local cultures and their cultural remains. The crew on board always follow these guidelines and keep a safe distance from animals and respect the surrounding flora and fauna. Guests stay onboard each evening, and the crew try to ensure that guests can wake up near the pods of whales and orca, first thing in the morning.
The use of sonar is not permitted on the MS Quest, as per regulations, as each ship in the area communicates with the crews to inform them of any sightings, to guide the ship in the right direction of travel, to get the best views of the whales and orca in their natural habitat.
Guests disembark daily on smaller zodiac boats; these rigid inflatable boats (RIB) allow guests to get as close as possible to the animals in a non-invasive way. The drivers of these boats are fully trained and experienced in whale watching, knowing where they need to be at the right time and always maintaining full awareness of the whales.
Rules are displayed prominently on-board the ship, in public areas so that guests are reminded how to behave in an environmentally conscious way, in accordance with AECO and Visit Tromsø guidelines.
Waste is reduced wherever possible on board, all bedding is collected and stored without the use of plastics, and there are no single-use plastic bottles onboard. Water is free of charge and can be refilled in reusable bottles onboard. A new water desalination treatment system has been installed to take away the salt from the crystal-clear sea water and provide plenty of drinking water on board, using very little energy
We continue to follow a ‘Leave No Trace’ policy, as we have always done, ensuring that no rubbish is left behind in any location, only using established paths and respecting private property.
PeopleWe offer smaller-scale expedition-style holidays due to the important economic role they play in the local regions, employing local staff and keeping our guest groups small to not inundate suppliers with large groups that could impact the area.
As the MS Quest is a smaller ship, it can explore the waterways in more detail, stopping off at smaller stop-off points along the way, which can support local communities with sustainable revenue.
This trip encourages all guests to immerse themselves in the Sámi culture, where guests will learn about their unique history in the region. You’ll speak to a local reindeer herder to gain an insight into these iconic animals and their lifestyle. You will also visit the small fishing village of Henningsvær, where you’ll find out more about the history of Arctic fishing. Other excursions include a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum, and other small islands and villages such as Skrova, Nusfjord, and the Barøy Lighthouse. Our staff recently went on the maiden voyage of the MS Quest and at a couple of spots on the way, were the first tourists that had visited in the last two years, further emphasising the integral role that small-ship expeditions play in the tourism industry here.
We use local guides in the region, who have expert knowledge about the area that call home. Tourism is the largest sector of employment in this region, and we ensure that we support the local community wherever possible.
Expert crew accompany guests on board and are able to educate guests about the environmental challenges facing the region, ensuring that passengers leave the trip more with the knowledge to improve their own habits once home.
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