Water activity

Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

Activity provider: Norwegian Travel

Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

Activity provider: Norwegian Travel

From US$ 130.79 per person

Cruise from Tromsø to the whale sighting area along the coast of Northern Norway. Enjoy the arctic scenery along the way and get to observe the whales in their natural habitat.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Sail through the Norwegian fjords
  • Spot humpback whales, killer whales, and orca and harbor porpoises
  • Learn about the ecosystem and culture of this fascinating region
Full description

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.

  • Scenic transport via a comfortable catamaran (up to 3 hours one way)
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Thermal winter suit and life jacket
  • Hot drinks and biscuits
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at the harborside of Kystens Hus.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • The weather in the arctic can be rough. If you think you might get seasick, please bring sea-sickness medicine with you and take it half an hour before the trip starts.
    • Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed. Sightings can be affected by weather conditions and/or whales’ natural behavior so it is impossible to be able to offer a guarantee.
    • The route, duration, and destinations seen on the tour differ from day to day based on the weather.
    • The boat used on the day will be determined by the number of passengers. The local partner uses 3 boats, MS Aurora Explorer (maximum 144 passengers), MS Strønstad (maximum 30 passengers), and MS Leone (maximum 12 passengers)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 274 reviews

    Review summary

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    Incredible ride in the Norwegian fjords!! Really very lucky that the weather was good, it was beautiful. The staff on board were very very warm and welcoming, unlimited tea, coffee and water, however no biscuits as indicated. There are snacks and dishes, but chargeable. As for whales, killer whales …; we were lucky enough to see at least a few fins on the way to the spot, a short stop of about ten minutes then they were gone… Once we arrived at the spot, no whales, bad luck that's the game, at least we saw one or two killer whales! ‍♀️ On the other hand, I think that for the price, it should at least reimburse a small part for an observation of less than 15min. Overall very good experience! I recommend, while checking the weather before :)

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    January 29, 2022

    The outing itself was very good: comfort of the boat, free hot drink, warm welcome. Just two downsides: - the originally planned outing didn't go as planned because of the weather (change of itinerary), but we only understood this once we left for the sea, and this new itinerary didn't had little interest compared to that expected. At the end of the trip, they offered us a second chance the next day, without having to pay the ticket again. Which we appreciated, but we would have preferred to have been warned beforehand so as not to lose a day for nothing. - with regard to respect for animals, we were surprised by the way of almost "harassing" the animals, in this case the killer whales: whether we see them at 50m or 10m it's the same for us, we see them just as well. The boat was going too close for our taste for the tranquility of the animals. In addition, they were tracked for hundreds of meters, even when changing direction.

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    January 23, 2022

    We departed from the port at 9 on what was a very dark and cloudy morning. The crew members gave us a very warm welcome from the very beginning and explained what to expect from the tour. One of them even took the time to get to know the passengers one-by-one! They know exactly the spot where wildlife activities commonly happen and it did not disappoint. I saw humpback whale(s?) and pods of orcas splashing and swimming about. The journey there and back was quite long but the scenery made it all bearable. Can’t complain!

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    January 9, 2022

    Product ID: 277427