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Orca & Humpback Whale Safari

This is a trip that is highly recommended for photo enthusiasts or anyone that wants to enjoy close encounters with the whales! Each boat has a small group onboard to make it a more personal experience. An English speaking guide and driver is also onboard.

This product is currently not for sale, due to the lack of whales in the area.
Please check out the excellent "Whale Safari with Catamaran & Marine Biologist" in Tromsø instead!

On this whale safari we pick you up in Tromsø by bus and drive to our base camp located north on Whale Island. During the drive you can sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while your guide and marine biologist will tell you all about the whales, the adventure that awaits, what to look for and how to spot it while in the boat.

North on Kvaløya we will stop at a local 100 year old fish factory where we have our changing room with toilet facilities. You will be provided with an extra layer of clothing and survival suits.

Your guide will also give you a short safety briefing before going onboard the rib boat, explaining everything about safety onboard and how your survival suit works. Midway into our tour we will take a short coffee break to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The most common whale species are humpback whales and orcas, but there are also chances of seeing fin whales and possibly harbor porpoises and other species. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for other wildlife such as white-tailed eagles and different seabirds, e.g. shags, guillemots, little auks, and the seals that sometimes can be seen resting on the cliffs.

Once back in the harbor we offer you a taste of traditional fish soup served in cups. This is to heat up your fingers and make the perfect ending to a nice day.

Practical information

  • Meeting point/pick-up: Scandic Ishavshotel, 10 min before departure
  • Duration: 5h, 30min, approx. 4 hours on the boat
  • Included: Transport, warm suit, survival suit, coffee, tea, biscuits and a taste of local fish soup
  • An English speaking Marine Biologist will be with you during the tour
  • Wear warm shoes and clothes
  • 12 years and older are counted as adults

Did you know?

We conduct responsible and safe whale watching, aiming never to disturb the whales while they are feeding. Our goal is to be more than a safari, therefore we want to invite you to be a part of a research project!

The subject of the research project is the whales migration paths. Whales that are in the area are identified by their flukes, and pictures of the whales flukes helps a lot! So send your fluke pictures to This helps us to learn more about these magnificent creatures! 

Travel tip

Go on the Orca and Humpback Whale Safari during the Northern Lights & Norway in a nutshell® tour!


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    01.NOV - 26.JAN

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