Important Information if you want to see whales in Tromsø
In the winter of 2017/18 the whales that use to feed in the fjords outside Tromsø spread out and finally gathered to do their main yearly feeding in “Skjervøy”. This means that there alternatives to go on a guaranteed whale safari around Tromsø has changed from previous years. We do see Humpback Whales, Orcas and Porpoise (a small whale) on some of our Arctic Sail Safari Tours, but we don’t want to guarantee a whale species sighting.
But no need to worry, we have arrange two options to see whales in Skjervøy this year!
Whales, Whales, WhalesA day at sea to experience arctic marine life and spot Orca and Humpback whales
The fjords in the Arctic are alive and we want to take you out for the best chances to see whales in small groups. It’s an exciting adventure in the fjords for a day of exploration, spotting whales and other wild life.
For the last 7 years from November to January, Humpback Whales and Orcas have come into the fjords close to Tromsø to feed on herring. From last year they changed their destination to Skjervøy, north-east of Tromsø. From November we will go out and start to search for the whales.
These marine mammals are of course wild and in their natural habitant, so we cannot guarantee to see them, but if we are as lucky as previous years they will be back in our fjords from about November to January.
See the fjords, get a good chance to spot whales and enjoy a small group setting. Simply a fantastic Arctic day at sea!
The skippers and guides we work with have great knowledge and a lot of experience to keep you safe and comfortable while cruising.
Just like you, we love to travel, explore and wish to seek out the best experiences in each destination we venture to. Our team and community consists of a diverse collection of international adventurers and industry professionals. We believe watching the whales in Arctic during winter time is an experience that you can not miss while in the area.
Orca ExpressTromsø harbour to Skjervøy - Direct route by boat. Daily Departures. 8 Hours, 8:00 -16:00, November - January
- Indoor, warm and spacious cabin
- Warm meal, cookies
- Drinks, tea and fresh brewed coffee included
- Free wifi
- 12 seats
- 360° walk-around deck – perfect for photography
- Professional skipper and educated Arctic Nature Guide with local knowledge and experience from Tromsø and Svalbard.
- All maritime safety equipment: Warm floating suits are included for all, both adults and children (7-12 years)
- Guide takes photos of the day
- Pick-up at Scandic Ishavshotel. Meet early at 07:50
- 8 hours – 2,5 hours boat drive each way and about 3 hours total in Skjervøy
Ultimate Sail to Whale Overnight All-Inclusive PackageDaily. 21:00-18:00/19:00 (Overnight Sailing)
- Season: 10th November – 15th January
- Price adult in shared double cabin: 5900 NOK (shared double cabin)
- Price private double cabin:8500 NOK
- Child (6-12 y/o): 4500 NOK (extra bed in double cabin)
Explore the fjords, spot whales and other wild lifeThe perfect tour for a fantastic day at sea
Difference Between Orca Express & RIB Boat
The Golden Eagle, our comfortable yacht is located in central Tromsø, and your professional skipper will be waiting to greet you at the dock. Our tour groups are small (up to 12 passengers) in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The weather conditions will vary as we are entering the fjords and the ocean during winter time. Our skipper will evaluate the conditions before and during the tours and give feedback. This means that the skipper can make changes in the route or cancel the tour of safety reasons.
Seasickness and other conditions
Both Orca Express and the RIB boat are stable and good boats with good view for all passengers. But people react differently to the ocean, so we recommend to take seasickness pills before departure if you know you might get seasick. The RIB will be the best alternative if you are unsure because it spends less time on the fjords.
We do not recommend our boat tours for people suffering of back pain, problems with pelvic or pregnant women. If you have questions about your condition, please ask.
Dark season and visability
Through the dark season in Tromsø we always have some daylight or twilight during the days so we are able to watch the whales. We will spend time on Skjervøy on the lightest part of the day. But the light will make a challenge of clear photos on the darkest period.
If you are looking to make the most out of your time in the Arctic, this experience is for you. Our guides are dedicated to make this a memorable time for you and your group.
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