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8 Days Orca Whales Northern Safari in Norway

Andenes, Andøy Municipality, Vesterålen District, Nordland County, Norway

Orca Whale Safari in Norway

This journey offers to take snorkel divers (free divers) and nature photographers on an adventure trip to wintry Northern Norway. Large amounts of herring gather here, attracting hundreds of whales intent on hunting them. They provide an extraordinary spectacle of nature, but due to the cold temperatures in the air and in the water, the snow, ice, limited daylight, and rough sea, it can be challenging for the spectators.

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Sørkjosen
  • English speaking guide

Highlights

  • Magnificent Arctic winter landscapes
  • Daily boat excursions to see orca whales
  • Snorkeling subject to favorable weather conditions
  • Northern lights tours subject to weather and sun activity
  • Breakfasts at the hotel and snacks and hot beverages on board
  • English-speaking support included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: Sørkjosen Airport
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Accommodation

You will spend the night on land, in Andenes, at a small hotel with a good three-star standard, in twin rooms. The hotel is located just a couple of minutes away from the harbor. After the daily boat trips, one looks forward to a cup of coffee in the lounge and a little peace in their own room.

Program

Excursions take place on a traditional Norwegian wooden fishing boat and a fast zodiac available to take divers to where the action is. Between dives, you can warm up again on the boat. On board, amenities include a toilet, a small kitchen, heated lounge areas, and the possibility to store your diving equipment over night.

This tour offers snorkeling instead of scuba diving because the orca whales will not tolerate open-circuit scuba equipment in their proximity.

Diving

The tour on offer here does not comprise a regular diving expedition. Diving with whales is only possible with a snorkel or a closed-circuit breathing system (re-breather). Northern Explorer recommend using a dry suit for snorkeling. Please bring your own dive suit, gloves, hat, and weight belt. Mask, fins, and snorkel are available on request without extra costs.

Snorkeling tours generally last about 30 minutes. They use dinghies to take snorkelers to where the action is (ideally “feeding action and bait ball formation”). No more than four or five snorkelers should be in the water at the same time. Diving equipment can be stored on board for the duration of the trip. There is no limit to the number of dives. The water temperature is around 5°C (41°F).

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

You will be picked up at the airport. Depending on arrival time, you will prepare personal diving and photo equipment. Dinner will be at a restaurant.

Day 2: Activities taking into account up-to-date weather conditions

Weather permitting, this will include daily boats excursions. To reach distant regions with the largest number and activity of whales, excursions may start very early in the morning. When whales swim close to the harbors, as they often do, excursions can also be shorter and you will start later when the light conditions are best.

Northern light tours (partly on foot, partly by car to remote destinations with good photo opportunities) will be included if the sky is clear and the aurora prognosis is promising.

Northern Explorers generally offer to have dinner at a restaurant together. For self-catering there are supermarkets nearby, which can be easily reached on foot.

Days 3-7: Whale safari

On these days you will be having whales safaris or an alternative program if the safari must be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to airport to catch your return flight.

Location

You will start your trips from the harbor in Andenes, on the North-Western end of Vesterålen Island which extends North of the Lofoten into the Atlantic Ocean. Nowhere else in Norway the continental shelf and the deep sea are so close to the coast as here.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast at the hotel, as well as snacks and hot beverages on board.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Possible alternative programs if excursions are cancelled due to inclement weather

  • City sightseeing tour (transfer to Tromsø not included)
  • Dogsledding tour (price not included)
  • Moose safari with snow shoes (price not included)
  • Photo tours on land
  • Reindeer sledding and Sami culture (price not included)
  • Visiting a reindeer farm
  • Visiting Kronebutikken

What's included

  • Daily boat excursions
  • Snorkeling (subject to favorable weather conditions)
  • Northern lights tours (subject to weather and sun activity)
  • English-speaking support
  • Various alternative programs to replace excursions that had to be cancelled
  • All local transfers (for example, from hotel to boat dock)
  • Airport transfers from and to Sørkjosen Airport (SOJ)
  • Travel planning assistance
  • Daily breakfast
  • Snacks and hot beverages on board
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers from and to Tromsø Airport (TOS)
  • Any additional activities
  • Dry suit
  • Getting there / flights (including possible overnight stopovers)
  • Insurance
  • Lunch, dinner, and beverages
  • Single room (available at additional costs)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sørkjosen Airport (SOJ). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Northern Explorers will pick you up from the airport.

Overnight stopovers are very rarely necessary. During winter, however, flight delays and cancellations are possible. Northern Explorers will gladly provide you with additional information on current flight schedules and fares.

Airport: Sørkjosen Airport Airport transfer included: Sørkjosen Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Friday November 13, 2020
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