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Troms County Dolphin & whale watching

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From Tromsø: All-Inclusive Whale and Sea Bird Boat Cruise

1. From Tromsø: All-Inclusive Whale and Sea Bird Boat Cruise

Embark on a boat tour through the waters of Tromso and Skjervoy and watch for whales and wildlife as you gaze at the beautiful landscapes of Norway. Spot different animals, in particular, the Orca, and learn the history from your guide. Begin the tour at 8 AM and be the first boat into the whale-watching area from Tromso. Take your time admiring the majestic Orca whales in complete silence for the ultimate chance to hear their charming calls. While on board, delight in food and snacks, and sip on a hot drink. Look out over the landscape and hear the crew's stories and information about the whales, and other wildlife such as seagulls, the white-tailed eagle, guillemots, wider ducks, and cormorants. Discover the coast of Tromso and SKjerboy, widely considered among the best areas in the region for spotting whales. Be on the lookout for the inquisitive humpback and killer whales swimming and feeding on herring. Frame all the action through the lens of your camera. With outdoor decking and indoor seating on board the heated boat, you can enjoy an up-close experience with Norway’s native wildlife. 

Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

2. Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

Experience the pristine beauty of the Arctic landscapes and fjords on a catamaran cruise. Observe native wildlife in their natural habitat with insightful commentary from a local guide. Board a comfortable catamaran in the Tromsø city center. Marvel at the Arctic landscape and the beautiful fjords. Learn about Norway’s wildlife, fishing, aquaculture, local villages, and weather from your knowledgeable guide. Take photos from either the indoor or outdoor viewing decks. Enjoy hot coffee or tea, while admiring the unique natural setting. Pick up snacks at the kiosk on board if you feel hungry. During late October to late January, have the best chance of seeing a humpback whale, killer whale (orca), harbor porpoise, or even a fin whale. Arrive at the whale feeding site and enjoy 1-1.5 hours to take an up-close look at the feast.

Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

3. Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

Set sail on a hybrid electric catamaran cruise for the Arctic waters and observe marine animals in their natural habitat. Watch orcas and humpback whales feed in the icy fjords and admire the stunning landscapes around you. Depart from Tromsø in the morning, and head out to where the whales are in time to enjoy the short hours of daylight. Take in the breathtaking views of frozen landscapes in comfortable, panoramic lounges, and multi-level decks. Find a selection of food and drinks for purchase on board. Sail for about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach the whales and spend about 1 to 1.5 hours with them. The boat uses a hybrid engine to reach their feeding grounds. As you near the whales, the captain will switch to a silent electric engine that allows you to get close without disturbing them.

Tromsø: Wildlife Bird Fjord Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

4. Tromsø: Wildlife Bird Fjord Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Experience the extraordinary scenery around the region of Tromsø aboard a classic mahogany boat. Cruise out onto the Arctic Sea and around the beautiful fjords and straits of the region. Along the way, enjoy delicious Arctic fish, drinks, and snacks. Benefit from pickup at a meeting point in the city center of Tromsø and be escorted to the harbor to climb aboard a classic boat called the "Fjord Queen." Settle down in a warm cabin, or make use of the insulated bodysuits to stay on deck and admire the views. Experience the wildlife of the Tromsø region as you keep a lookout for birds such as sea eagles, guillemots, and eider ducks. Encounter puffins (in season), cormorants, seals, and otters. Keep your camera positioned at all times for some incredible photo opportunities. See small pilot whales and dolphins playing in the water. Look to the shoreline to spot reindeer, and take in the flora and fauna of Tromsø in all its diversity.  Then, journey back to Tromsø harbor, where your fantastic polar tour ends.

Tromsø: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

5. Tromsø: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

Embark on a guided whale-watching tour aboard the MS Rygerdronningen and see a variety of wild animals, including orcas and humpback whales. Take in the dramatic views of Tromsø's serene fjords and enjoy the comfort of a modern catamaran. Board the catamaran, the MS Rygerdronningen, and depart from Tromsø. Watch from the large panoramic windows of the warm cabin or step into the brisk Arctic air to observe from the spacious decks. Sail out to the feeding grounds and look for the whales that come in search of herring. Spot native wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, harbour porpoises, and a variety of wild arctic birds. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide. Experience the blue twilight of the Polar Night and witness breathtaking views of the fjord landscapes as you look out for local wildlife. Feel free to purchase food and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks from the kiosk.

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

6. From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

Watch magnificent humpback whales and orcas feed on shoals of herring when they migrate to Skjervoy between November and January. Enjoy a scenic panoramic drive from Tromso to Skjervoy, then hop into a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet at the Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromso bright and early. From here, drive for 3.5 hours to Skjervoy to meet your guide. Once in Skjervoy, receive a warm flotation suit before getting into the RIB. Then, set off on a 2.5-hour whale watching excursion in the Kvaenangen Fjord. Marvel at the natural scenery and keep your eyes peeled for orcas and humpback whales, as well as other local wildlife. After your excursion, refresh with some sandwiches, tea, and coffee before driving back to Tromso.

Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour with Drinks & Snack

7. Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour with Drinks & Snack

Enjoy a whale-watching adventure on a RIB speedboat. Search for humpback whales and orcas frolicking in their natural habitat as you sip on hot drinks admiring the views. Start by meeting in central Tromsø where you will join your fellow explorers on the bus route to the island of Skjervøy. Relax on the 4-hour journey on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with WiFi and toilets onboard. Meet your guide in Skjervøy which is the town closest to the feeding grounds of the whales. Be escorted to the dressing room where you will put on your protective thermal gear. Then, board the speedboat and begin the search. Look out for humpback whales and orcas in their natural habitat. Learn about them and other local marine life with an experienced guide, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and tasty Norwegian sweet bread. After approximately 3 hours onboard the rib boat, you will return to harbor and warm up with tea and coffee in the dressing room. From here, your guide will escort you back to the bus, give you a packed lunch of a baguette and bottled water to enjoy on the relaxing journey back to Tromsø.

Whale watching on the fastest and most comfortable boat

8. Whale watching on the fastest and most comfortable boat

How about starting this year with an experience for the memory book? Enjoy a fjordcruise in spectacular surroundings with polar daylight, frozen landscape, and snow-covered mountain peaks from our warm lounge or from our outdoor deck. The sailing time from Tromsø to Skjervøy (the area where the whales are located) takes approx. 2 hours and Fjordjarl is probably the fastest, most comfortable and sea-worthy boat to experience whale safari and wildlife cruise as it withstands the sea- and weather conditions very well. On board, our guide/host will give you information about the surroundings and information about the humpback whales and orcas. Hopefully you will be able to introduce you to our friends in the ocean, The orcas, and the humpback whales, while chasing food in the fjords. We will do our best but cannot guarantee that we will find the whales. Our boat has a universal design with easy access for wheelchair users, cafeteria, toilets, wifi (access may be limited in some areas) We follow the national guidelines for whale watching and are doing our best to make sure to take care and respect the animals in their surroundings.

Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

9. Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

Experience a unique and cozy whale-watching experience. The wonderful yacht Arctic Queen is for those who want maximum enjoyment with good friends or to make new friends on a private luxury cruise. Cruise below snow-covered mountains on narrow fjords. See humpback whales and orcas. Share stories and learn about local history while cruising. Get up close to the whales on boat, which is small enough to get close to the whales without scaring them off.

Skjervoy: Guided Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour With Lunch

10. Skjervoy: Guided Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour With Lunch

Join our premium whale watching RIB tour, which is one the most popular type of nature experiences on the planet. In a small personal group up to 12 guests will we show you why Troms county is very likely one of the best places in the world to see whales. Their swimming, hunting and playing in our fjord can be a memory for life. 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 1800 excellent reviews! We are also included in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame - having been awarded Certificate of Excellence 7 years in a row. WHY CHOOSE WHALE RIB TOUR - 360 degrees view, and all see well from the seat in all directions, instead of 5th row bad view in a bigger boat - Small boats can turn engines off. Then whales often comes 2 m away to check us out. A big boat can not do that - 2-3 times quicker than a big boat, so less time to search for whales, and more time to be around them - Whale RIB tours have 3 hours in whale area, while big boats doing long drives from Tromso have around 1 h - RIB boats are lower than big boats, so you get closer to the ocean and the whales - More connected to nature, since outdoors all the time. Means you do not miss any of the precious moments - RIB boats are located where the whales are, which gives 3 times more whale area time compared to big boats - More personal because only 12 guests pr boat BOOK EARLY Only 12 seats on this tour pr day, so you should book early. It is often sold out months ahead, especially weekends. We can take bigger groups omn demand. ALL INCLUSIVE 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. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE After spending 30 years exploring this amazing county by car, skis, sea kayak, cycling, and walking, we know where and how to place you in the middle of the greatest show on earth. We bring you to the right spot at the right time. ECOTOURISM We offer ecologically sustainable and responsible tours. Traveling 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.

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I can fully recommend this seller. Due to catastrophic weather conditions, the other providers could not go because the boats were too weak. However, we were warned that if you are sensitive or seasick, you should not ride today and that those people will get their money back. Nevertheless, most of them stayed on board, then almost everyone vomited. The provider was well prepared, took good care of all patients and in the end we were rewarded with great experiences with killer whales. It is a mystery to me why some people want to go out to sea, even though they are obviously sensitive to seasickness. Chewing gum and pills are available without a prescription in the numerous surrounding pharmacies, but tourists probably don't think about that anymore. I'm not a roller coaster fanatic myself, but this boat ride in the storm with the rocking was really awesome! The provider did everything right and gets 10/10 points!

I was an amazing activity. We have managed to see humpback whales. We were lucky with the weather conditions, were enjoying with a watching of picturesque nature and this beautiful creatures in peaceful and absolutly amazing atmosphere.

An unforgettable experience. Our guide was really knowledgeable and knew where to go for us to admire the beauty of the orcas and whales. The whole activity was well organised, and we were also offered a sandwich and hot chocolate

super nice stuffs and clear instructions, great cookie and hot drinks on the boat

Beautiful scenery,super friendly staff,comfortable boat