Norway Orca & Whale Watching Snorkel Voyages

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During the winter months the beautiful fjords of Northern Norway play host one of the largest gatherings of Orcas and Humpback Whales in the world, who come here to feast on the huge numbers of spring-spawning herring and mackerel as they take shelter in the calm waters. With stunning snow-covered mountain scenery, spectacular sunsets and long winter nights with excellent chances of northern lights - these special voyages offer unique and unforgettable encounters with these gentle giants both above and below water.

Snorkelling with humpback whales can be experienced in other places around the world, but it is a rare encounter to be able to do so alongside pods of orca. These intelligent creatures are known to cooperate with each other in rounding up the shoals. If and when the weather conditions and wildlife opportunities present themselves, you can slip into the water and snorkel in the cold, rich waters with the whales.

When you are not in the water, you will keep watch for whale activity from the deck of your small ship and her zodiacs. You will be accompanied throughout your trip by two expert guides as you follow the schools of herring, always watching for signs of dorsal fins, blows and increased bird activity which is usually a good indicator of whales driving the fish towards the surface of the water. You should also keep your eyes on the sky in search of seabirds and white tailed eagles who are here to take advantage of the bountiful seas.

Your trip will include full board accommodation on a comfortable, small expedition style ship, zodiac cruising and snorkelling activities, snorkelling dry suit and equipment and a series of educational presentations onboard by your expert guides. Whenever you are not in or on the water, you are invited to join your guides and crew on the bridge as they constantly scan the waters for telltale signs of whale activity.

Itinerary

Sample 7 Day Itinerary

Please note that our polar itineraries are written to provide a flavour of each voyage. Your experienced crew and guides are always ready to alter plans to take advantage of light, weather conditions, wildlife sightings and other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities which can vary unpredictably day by day. Please remember that any changes in your itinerary are made with you in mind.

Be prepared for cold but rewarding days out at sea.

Day 1: Embarkation in Tromso

Upon arrival at Tromso Airport, you will make your way to the harbour area ready for embarkation in the afternoon. You will have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before heading out into the sheltered waters of the Norwegian fjords.

Days 2 - 6: In Search of Humpback Whales & Orcas

You will spend these full five days following schools of herring and pods of Orcas and Humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the stunning Norwegian fjords. Two expert guides will accompany you on your whale watching adventures. The bridge of the ship is a great place to look for whales and enjoy the beautiful light and scenery of the Norwegian fjords. Your guides and crew will be constantly on the look-out for Whales and Orcas. Whenever the conditions are right, you will take the zodiacs and go out on the water.

Snorkelling: Always have your camera charged and be ready to put your snorkelling gear on and to slip into the cold water for a polar snorkel adventure. You will be provided with a snorkel dry suit and snorkel equipment onboard.

Zodiac Cruising and other activities: The combination of wildlife encounters, the beautiful scenery of the Norwegian fjords and the possibility of Northern Lights, make this trip an exclusive experience of nature. If you choose not to snorkel, you can enjoy the phenomena from the spacious deck on board your ship or join the zodiac excursions for up-close whale watching and excellent photography opportunities. You may also go ashore to visit some historical fishing villages that are situated in the fjords.

The long winter nights: During the darker hours you will enjoy the warm and cozy comfort of the expedition yacht while your expert guides entertain you with presentations and educational information on wildlife and cinematography and films. In the winter months Northern Norway is the perfect place for potential aurora borealis sightings; appearances can be fleeting or prolonged, so always be prepared for a call!

Day 7: Disembark in Tromso

After returning to port, you will disembark this morning for your flight home or to extend your time in Norway.

Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)

This comfortable ship was built in 1943 originally built for the Swedish National Maritime Administration as an ice-strengthened pilot vessel. Heritage listed since 2004, she has been totally refitted in 2014 to begin her career as an ice-strengthened expedition vessel. She carries 15 guests in 7 porthole cabins on the lower deck. Onboard you will find a large wooden deck space, al fresco dining area, restaurant-bar area and comfortable lounge.

Cabin options:

Triple Private Bunk-style beds + lower berth
  Private bathroom facilities
Twin Standard Bunk-style beds
  Shared bathroom facilities in the corridor
Twin Private Bunk-style beds
  Private bathroom facilities

 

Vessel Option 2 (16 passenger expedition ship)

This strong, robust ship is the strongest in the fleet registered at Lloyds Ice-Class 1A making her extremely well suited to cruising in Arctic waters. Though you will not be sat in the pack ice in Norway, she is more than capable of doing so. Rebuilt in 2015, she carries 16 guests in 8 cabins located on the main and upper deck, each with a window view and private bathroom facilities. Onboard you will find a large deck area, cozy saloon, restaurant and a sauna.

Cabin options:

Twin Private Twin beds (Main or Upper Deck)
Superior Cabin Double / Twin beds (Main Deck)

 

Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)

Originally built in 1976 as a Norwegian weather station, this ship was completely refurbished in 2018 as a high-end luxury expedition vessel complete with an advanced stabilisation system to prevent rolling of the ship to ensure a more comfortable voyage. She carries 16 guests in 8 spacious suites located on the lower deck, each with a at least two portholes view and private bathroom facilities. Onboard you will find a large outside deck space with sauna and hot tub, comfortable lounge area and library.

Cabin options:

Deluxe Suite Double / Twin beds (18-22m2)
Superior Suite Double / Twin beds (19-23m2)
Executive Suite Double / Twin beds + Sofa Bed (25m2)

 

Dates

27 Oct - 02 Nov 2020 - from € 3,225

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a triple share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

03 - 09 Nov 2020 - from € 3,225

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a triple share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

10 - 16 Nov 2020 - from € 3,225

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a triple share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

10 - 16 Nov 2020 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

16 - 22 Nov 2020 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

17 - 23 Nov 2020 - from € 3,225

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)
*with award-winning wildlife photograher, Scott Portelli*
Price per person in a triple share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

22 - 28 Nov 2020 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

24 - 30 Nov 2020 - from € 3,225

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 1 (15 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a triple share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

05 - 11 Jan 2021 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

06 - 12 Jan 2021 - from € 3,445

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 2 (16 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a twin share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

11 - 17 Jan 2021 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

13 - 19 Jan 2021 - from € 3,445

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 2 (16 passenger expedition ship)
Price per person in a twin share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

17 - 23 Jan 2021 - from € 3,645

Tromso - Tromso (7 Days)
Vessel Option 3 (16 passenger luxury expedition ship)
Price per person in a deluxe share cabin
Cabin upgrades are available

Notes

Single supplement: This supplement can be avoided if you are willing to share with someone of the same gender (note that some cabins have double beds only and can only be booked for single travellers or couples). Single occupancy is 1.8 times the per person sharing cabin price.

Our prices include:
- Accommodation in the cabin of your choice
- Full board, tea and coffee onboard
- Snorkelling activities
- Use of drysuit and equipment (hood, gloves, fins, mask, snorkel & boots)
- Experienced guides
- Zodiac excursions from the ship
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges onboard
- Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Excluded:
- Airfares
- Passports and visas
- Airport transfers in Tromso
- Pre and post land arrangements
- Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry etc)
- Cancellation and personal insurance
- Warmtec undergarment (to be worn inside the drysuit)
- Meals ashore
- Drinks
- Baggage
- Tips

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