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Whale Safari with Catamaran & Marine Biologist

This whale safari in Tromsø comes highly recommended for photo enthusiasts or anyone that wants to enjoy close encounters with the whales! Herring is the whales favorite food, and on the comfortable catamaran we travel to where the herring is, to maximize your chances of seeing these magnificent creatures!

One of the exciting and challenging things when you work with nature and animals in their natural environment is that you must be prepared to adapt to their needs. 

Due to the current change in the whales migration and feeding patterns, the Orca & Humpback Whale Safari and the Whale Safari with the Colin Archer boat has been temporarily closed for booking.

The herring, which is the whales favourite mealtime and the reason that they are here, have changed where they come into the coast in our county. Therefore, instead of coming into the fjords beside Tromsø they are coming into the fjords in the Skjervøy area just north of Tromsø. So now, the whales are found in and around the Skjervøy area.

Skjervøy is a small village north west in the county of Troms, approximately 2.5 hours’ drive time by boat or 4 hours by bus. In the winter months, the driving conditions can be challenging and tiring. So in order to reach the Skjervøy whale area quickly and in a more comfortable fashion - you travel by catamaran!

The large catamaran MS Tidelyn has been brought to Tromsø, which is a catamaran with place to 125 passengers. The boat has a cruising speed of 25 knots which will bring us to the whale area in 2.5 hours.

A Marine Biologist will be with you on board, to give you information on the journey north as well as the journey back to Tromsø. Your safety is our number one priority so you will also receive a safety briefing. We recommend that you dress extra warm so you can be outside to witness the whales for the time we are up in the area!

Once we have reached the whale area we will do our outmost to provide a magical experience for you as well as creating lifelong memories.

Practical information

  • Meeting time and meeting point: 08:30, outside the Scandic Ishavshotel. Please be there 15 min before departure
  • Duration: 4 - 7 hours. We are generally back in Tromsø 15:30 but this is dependent on weather conditions
  • An English speaking Marine Biologist will be with you during the tour
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served on board
  • Dress for according to the weather and wear warm shoes
  • 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! 

Enjoy your tour! 

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    01.NOV - 31.JAN

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