The icy, monochrome landscape of Arctic Norway may not seem a likely place for wildlife-spotting but in winter the waters are rich with marine mammals. Orcas migrate here to feed, while harbour porpoises – like dolphins but smaller – will often play around the ship. Ashore, there are chances to drive teams of husky dogs and spot wild reindeer. In Narvik the wonderful Polar Wildlife Park is home to lynx, bear, Arctic fox and wolves.

Saga cruises to northern Norway in winter, with volunteers from the marine conservancy organisation ORCA aboard.  As well as giving talks, they invite passengers on deck to help them record sightings of whales and dolphins.

  • From £2,899 for a 15-night cruise, round-trip from Southampton on Saga Pearl II, departing February 28, 2017. Price includes tips, taxi to the port,  wine with dinner and a Northern  Lights excursion (0800 300 400,