Every detail was thought of, and all trips were seamless meaning all I had to do was show up!
I was even given the right clothes to wear.
Safety on board was paramount and the zodiac boat guys clearly knew what they were doing - transfers on and off were so easy even when a little choppy. The zodiacs were only launched when the conditions were safe to do so and when it was too choppy the captain made every effort to ensure we saw the orcas.
Trips out were excellent - seeing Tromsø from the snowy cable car and being treated to a showing of the Aurora on our first night was incredible.
Then our guide telling us about the whales the following day in time for their arrival enhanced the experience, including how the zodiacs would be conducted to ensure the whales would not be stressed by our presence.
To witness the majesty, strength and grace of so many humpback whales so close was an emotional and unforgettable moment.
The following day we saw orcas, again extraordinary to be so close to a pod "dancing" in the water by us.
The trip to the Aurora Distillery and the associated NATO bunker was another highlight - what a location! Transferring by zodiac in still waters under the stars in a snow-covered fjord was another "pinch me" moment.
The distillery was fascinating to me - a stunning building, beautifully presented with great hosts. And the whisky and gin were great too!
The visit to the small village of Hamnnes gave an interesting insight into the past lives (and current) of its inhabitants - the little museum gave an interesting view of its history - we particularly liked the 2 thumbed mittens! The dried fish was an eye-opener and showed how small villages still play a part in its production.
Dog sledding - another great experience - we were given top quality warm suits to wear and were taken out by very experienced handlers in a beautiful environment - the animals were well cared for as we were on return when we were treated to cake, and coffee heated on an open fire - fabulous!
Food on board - absolutely first class - from the delicious breakfasts to excellent lunches and dinners, I wasn't expecting dishes such as chateaubriand to be on the menu! The staff could not have been more helpful.
It all sounds too good to be true - but it was THAT amazing! Find out more information here.