“Search for orcas and humpback whales amongst the fjords around Kvaløya before anchoring for soup, sauna and a chance to spot Norway's Northern Lights twisting overhead.”
Tromso | Kvaløyvågen | Kaldfjorden | fjords at Kvaløya | orca and humpback whale spotting | scenic anchorages | comfortable conditions | whale watching ship featuring central heating, hot water and sauna | Northern Lights |
Description of Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway
The chance to see the Northern Lights is a phenomenal experience, not to be missed, however, when combined with whale watching; Norway holidays totally come into their own.
The stunning natural light display of the aurora borealis has captured the imaginations of travellers and sailors down through the centuries and whale watching in Norway gives you every opportunity to enjoy a first-hand encounter to call your very own.
In recent years, Norway whale watching trips taking place amongst the fjords northwest of Tromso have achieved remarkable success with any time between November and January providing an ideal chance to see humpbacks and orcas as they follow migrating herring.
Although Norwegian winters are regarded as ‘slightly chilly’, your first sighting of a whale pod is as warming as a bowl of broth with comfortable sailing conditions, including a whale watching ship featuring central heating, hot water and even a sauna, ensuring travellers are nothing short of snug as the proverbial bugs.
Also, as this region of Norway is very well protected, rough seas are never in question with the thrill of watching whales on deck and really comfortable living conditions below deck ensuring this is one winter experience that you’ll want to remember for all the right reasons.
Please note: whale watching and Northern Lights trips are date and departure specific. This is not a year round activity.
Embarkation after 12 noon. We leave Tromsø for the anchorage in Kvaløyvågen
Sailing towards Kaldfjorden. Whalespoting and anchoring.
Searching for whales in the fjords at Kvaløya. Anchoring where the whales might be.
Same as day 3 - with a possible return to Tromsø if the weather forecast is not the best.
Return to Tromsø. Arrival in Tromsø before 12am. Disembarking.
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Responsible tourism: Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway
Our primary aim on the Northern Lights and Whale watching trips is to give our guests an impression of "the not so very often seen" part of northern Norway – wildlife, fisheries, "abandoned" places, the magnificent landscape of the Kvaløya area and it’s people. All our voyages are made in understanding with our cultural, social and ecological surroundings. By this we mean that we shall move like a shadow through the waters. When we have left, no one shall ever see that we were there. When the wake is gone - so are we. If the wind is with us, we'll set the sails to avoid using fossil fuel an by that reducing carbon emissions. A clean an quiet voyage. The whales? Well - we'll keep a good distance and move slowly. So that they can enjoy their herring meals peacefully and quiet. If we experience that they have had enough of us, we'll slowly move to our next anchorage. For OUR dinner in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Our main dishes will basically be from fish and game (reindeer), which means that we will support local fishermen and the saami people of the North. All our other food – naturally – has to be bought in the local stores we will pass on our way. Our voyages are not actively guided voyages. We want our guests to be the curious, adventurous and an active part. We are only there to make you feel well and responsible. The area we sail is densely populated an the villages are few. If we should happen to have a night stop in one of these, there will be a fair chance for our guests to experience local fishing related activities, chat with the local fishermen, many of them alone in smaller boats (30-40 foot) working the sea during all seasons and in all kinds of weather. The gladiators of the sea! And an important part of the North Norwegian environment.
Reviews of Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2016 by Claudia Philps
This holiday was perfect - exactly what was needed! It blows the cobwebs away from normal life, gives you the peace and time to watch the world go by, fantastic food and is the perfect opportunity to see nature at its most incredible. A very positive life experience!Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2016 by Vicki Binley
From meeting the captain and crew, seeing orca, humpback and the northern lights on the first day. We cannot pick out 1 memorable experience, it was all excellentRead full review
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2016 by Daniel Roussel
A wonderful time. One of our best, most memorable holidays. Not a single negative comment.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Dec 2016 by Graham Champken
This trip was so full of great experiences it is not possible to pick just one thing. We were blessed with good weather and two good nights of Aurora borealis - breathtaking! To be part of a small group on board a vessel staying out with the whales made it much more involving... A great experience for anyone whose priority is to get close to the wildlife and enjoy the wonderful landscape.Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Nov 2016 by Nigel Carter
Seeing a large number of orcas and some humpbacks feeding on herring - a fantastic sight was a memorable sight... A great experience to be able to see so many whales feeding and also lots of white tailed eagles. We were also lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Nov 2016 by Katie Hutchins
Seeing hump back whales, eagles and the Northern Lights (and fainting herring) was the most memorable part...We loved our time in TromsoRead full review
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2016 by Catrin Lester
Most memorable was being in the midst of a feeding frenzy with orcas bringing herring to the surface for gulls, golden and white-tailed eagles to compete for...We have fantastic memories...It definitely had the Wow factor. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Nov 2016 by Jenny Noad
What a fantastic trip, a beautiful, quirky boat, complete with a wood-burning stove...I have lived out my childhood dream! Orcas, humpbacks, golden eagles and the Northern Lights! Read full review
Watching humpback whales and orcas hunting herring in their natural habitat was just awesome!Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Nov 2015 by Catherine Kingham
Brilliant, amazing, would do it again at the drop of a hat. So very different from sun and beach, and very educational along the way.Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2015 by Iain Murray
Spending whole days watching whales and orcas was absolutely amazing. No other whale watching trip can compare.Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Dec 2015 by Annette Musker
Finding ourselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy - herrings, seagulls, orcas and humpbacks, on all sides of and under our boat. True nature in the raw. The sight of humpbacks breaching is breath-taking, the orcas stunningly beautiful and the cacophony of the birds and breathing of the whales exhilarating.Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Nov 2015 by ANGELA ROWE
Excellent: exceeded my expectations by far. Can't recommend it highly enough. Read full review
I loved the holiday. Whale watching has been something I've always wanted to do and this trip felt very 'exclusive' and personalised. As a single traveller (one of three) it was also easy to fit in as a passenger on the boat. Would thoroughly recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Dec 2014 by Yoshiko Stokoe
The scenery was breath taking during the day and the stars/Northern Lights were beautiful at night time.
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