Amazing Whale Watching Day Cruise
Located next to a sea "boiling" with whales, Tromso City offers you in winter the opportunity to see these enormous animals. Norway is chosen by Humpback Whales and Killer Whales for the vast supply of fish and clean water. Do you remember Keiko from Free Willy? He chose Norwegian fjords the last years he lived.
Whale watching should be experienced in The Capital of the Arctic in The Kingdom of Norway – in breathtaking fjord landscapes second to none. Scientists have never seen such high whale activity in the fjords as the recent years. Arctic Explorers offers you an exclusive experience in a small group and with the highest quality equipment. We want to give you only the best!
HALL OF FAME
97 % happy guests and more than 1300 excellent reviews! We are also included in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame - having been awarded Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row.
WARM AND SAFE BOAT
We have a 34 feet motorboat, with a warm cabin, toilet, comfortable seatings, and beds. The motorboat has offshore certificate class B, and is built for Arctic conditions. See more pictures below the trip text.
We include most of what you need on a Whale Watching Trip. You can save a lot of money since you do not need to buy expensive winter clothes and more you maybe don't even need back home.
Øystein, owner: "After spending decades exploring this amazing county by sea kayak, skis, bicycle and on foot, I know where the best spots are, where the whales normally are, and how to maximize our chances of seing them."
We offer ecologically sustainable and responsible tours. Travelling in small groups is an essential part of the ecotourism concept, as small groups have lesser impact on nature and will not disturb the wildlife unnecessarily.
Our Whale Watching Trips are approved by the official Tromso tourist company, Visit Tromso, as well as the official travel company to Norway, Visit Norway.
DESTINATION: Troms county, Norway
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Easy
Between appr. Oct 25th to Feb 10th. We recommend coming between mid Nov and mid Jan. That has been the best time the last five years.
It changes from year to year when the whales come and leave. So if you come late Oct, early Nov, last half of Jan, or in February, you risk that they are not here then. If so happens, we offer full refund, or change to another tour.
PRICE: NOK 2,500 (around EUR 263) per person
All group bookings with 5 persons or more, will get a 10 % discount on this trip. The discount will be added after the booking.
LIFE LASTING DEPOSIT
If you decide to cancel your trip, you will not lose your deposit. Whenever you want to reschedule an adventure with us, your deposit stays the same. We call it Life Lasting Deposit. Read more about it here.
Usually 5-6 hours, but it will vary depending on the weather. Can be shorter in the dark season, appr. 4 hours.
(So far in season 2017-2018, this is appr. an 11 hour trip, since whales are now 4 h away from Tromsø. Most likely the same in season 2018-2019)
In the city centre around 08:30 AM. We will let you know where, when we see where all guests stay. We will contact you if pick-up time is changed.
(So far in season 2017-2018, pick-up will be 7 AM. We have to start early since it is a long drive. Most likely the same in season 2018-2019))
Usually between 2 and 4 PM at your hotel, depending on weather conditions and daylight.
(So far in season 2017-2018 drop off is around 6 PM. Most likely the same in season 2018-2019)
SIZE OF GROUP
Small group up to 12 guests, which allows more freedom, and gives a more personal experience.
- Pick up at your hotel
- Transport to the boat
- Warm drinks
- Flotation suit
- Warm boots
- Flotation suit (Adults only)
- Tripod for camera
- Pictures from the trip (We found out it was hard for the guide to get good pictures so we skipped it, since the best spots on the boat will be taken by the guests, partly blocking for the guide)
- Warm mittens (Do not wear gloves, since the fingers are separated and get cold.)
- Wool socks (Do not wear cotton socks!)
We cannot guarantee the weather. The coastal weather in the northern parts of Norway is fascinating, as we can sometimes experience the different weather conditions of a whole year during one day.
All our guides have years of experience, expensive certificates, and extensive safety training. These are professional skippers/guides that have the proper boat licenses, knowledge, education, passion, and personality.
ON TEAM WITH THE WHALES – AND THE SCIENCE
We follow all whale watching guidelines set by scientists. Our skippers have participated in a whale watching course, to learn how to guide this trip on team with the whales.
There is mostly plenty of daylight in the dark season, although you might be rewarded with northern lights at daytime. Apart from northern lights the unique dark season colors in the sky is also a memorable experience, seen from the water.
AN EXCITING TRIP
You will experience a comfortable and exciting Whale Watching Cruise. We can of course not guarantee you a whale sighting, but you don't need much luck, as we almost always spot whales.
These are wild animals that do as they please, but we will do our very best to crown your trip with the sight of these enormous animals.
AGE: No minimum age, but kids must be booked in together with adults.
POSSIBLE TO GO ON NORTHERN LIGHTS CHASE THE SAME DAY?
So far in season 2017-2018, you should not book whale and lights the same day. Whales are 4 h drive away from Tromsø, so it will be a long day with both whales and lights. This might change within weeks. No one knows if they will come closer to tromsø later.
Normally, yes possible, many guests do that. We will be back in the city long before your northern lights trips starts, so you will have time to eat and relax before your northern lights chase.
WHALE WATCHING AFTER A NORTHERN LIGHTS TRIP?
Some nights we chase the lights deep into Finland, far away from Tromsø. This means late in bed, often around 02-04 am. Whale Watching needs to start early. So please avoid having whale watching the day after a northern lights chase.
HOTEL: We show you which hotels we recommend in the booking process.
VIDEO OF TROMSØ
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Arctic Explorers