Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Wander List; THIS WEEK'S HOTTEST DEALS Will Have You Wanting toEXERCISE THOSE ITCHY FEET

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Wander List; THIS WEEK'S HOTTEST DEALS Will Have You Wanting toEXERCISE THOSE ITCHY FEET

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Byline: WORDS: CHANTAY LOGAN

IMMERSED IN NORWAY

Swim with wild orcas in the fjords of Norway, embark on a husky safari and experience the northern lights on a new eco holiday from Majestic Whale Encounters.

The Orca Swim and Northern Lights Expedition in Norway in November, 2019, is the Australian company's first whale swim tour outside the South Pacific. Led by Scottish photographer and conservationist Grant Thomas, the 10-day expedition includes a six-night cruise along Norway's wild coastline and three nights in boutique cabins. Sail aboard the 16-passenger MS Stronstad, an expedition vessel with hot tubs, sauna and central heating. The round-trip cruise along Norway's fjords offers the chance to see humpbacks, finn and minke whales, puffins, bearded seals and deer, and swim with orcas.

The tour continues onshore with three nights in cabins at the bottom of snow-capped mountains near Tromso - one of the best vantages to see the aurora borealis - with local hosts, warm shelters and a constant supply of hot chocolate. Visit a Sami reindeer camp where a 200-strong herd stay in the winter months, revel in a sled ride and be invited into a lavvo (Sami tent) to enjoy a traditional meal cooked on a fire and hear their stories. At Tromso Husky Farm, guests will be greeted by 120 Alaskan huskies and can help drive a sled team through the scenic landscape. The 10-day tour starts in Tromso on November 22, 2019, and is available from $8400 per person, twin-share. Flights from Australia are extra.

For details, call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405594253 or go to majesticwhaleencounters.com.au

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