Things to do in
Skjervøy, Norway

Our most recommended things to do in Skjervøy, Norway

From Tromsø: Whale Watching Safari on High-Speed Catamaran

1. From Tromsø: Whale Watching Safari on High-Speed Catamaran

Step aboard our high-speed modern catamaran and join an exhilarating journey to the heart of the whale's winter wonderland. Our swift vessel ensures that we are one of the first boats to arrive at the whale sighting area on every tour, maximising your time among these magnificent creatures. During winter the humpback and killer whales migrate to Northern Norway, to the cold waters of Tromsø to feed on the Atlantic herring throughout the winter months (mid-October until end of January). As we cruise to the whale location, you are treated to stunning views of the Lyngen Alps and a captivating, scenic voyage. Our knowledgeable guides offer insightful information about the whales and local history, ensuring a fun and educational experience. Relax in our spacious lounge, fitted with panoramic windows and watch the ocean wonders unfold. If you don't see any whales on your tour, you get to book a second tour for free at Norwegian Travel sales shop, Sjøgata 16 (subject to availability on the next tour). We are dedicated to providing eco-conscious experiences and our tours are designed to respect marine life. We adhere to the AECO guidelines for whale watching, and we are Eco-lighthouse certified. Our boat is spacious with a comfortable, warm lounge with panoramic windows, a big kiosk, lavatories, and several outside decks.

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

2. 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: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour

3. Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour

Enjoy a whale-watching adventure onboard an open RIB boat. Search for humpback whales, fin whales and orcas fin their natural habitat as you admire the incredible landscape of the Arctic. Starting in central Tromsø, you can relax on the 4-hour bus journey to the island of Skjervøy, the town closest to the feeding grounds of the whales. Here, you are met by your skipper for a pre-departure briefing and provided with all you need to stay safe and warm. Then, the fun begins as you speed through the stunning fjords of Northern Norway, searching for a dorsal fin or the splash of a fluke. Have your camera at the ready to capture the stunning sights of whales in their Arctic feeding grounds. Look out for Orcas, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, White-tailed Sea Eagles and much more. Learn about them and other local marine life with your experienced skipper. After approximately three hours at sea, you will return to harbour and warm up with a hot drink in the dressing room. From here, your guide will escort you back to the bus and give you a baguette to enjoy on the journey back to Tromsø.

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

4. 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.

Skjervøy: Whale and Orca Watching Tour by RIB Boat

5. Skjervøy: Whale and Orca Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Embark on a winter adventure on a whale watching tour by RIB boat from Skjervøy. Go in search of orcas, humpback whales and fin whales, and enjoy feeding the magnificent cetaceans in their natural habitat. Even sperm whales are presence. When the main period of whale season is over, we still have some whales presence in our fjords. By using the hydrophone we have a higher chance of finding the amazing whales around. Set off from Skjervøy and go in search of magnificent cetaceans in their natural habitat. With your expert crew, travel in a RIB vessel and try to spot sperm whales, fin whales, humpback whales, and orcas who inhabit the coastline of the Arctic region of Norway. Enjoy a safe and secure journey with thermal suits, life vests, mittens, and goggles provided. Learn a bit about the whales' behaviour and ecology from your crew. Keep on the lookout for the whales as you zoom across the water. Watch as the giants of the sea breach the ocean surface and admire their gargantuan size. If orcas are spotted, take part in a feeding session where you can admire their grace, beauty, and intelligence up close.

From Tromsø: Overnight Northern Lights & Whale Watching Tour

6. From Tromsø: Overnight Northern Lights & Whale Watching Tour

Departing in the evening, we'll bid Tromsø's city center farewell and start sailing into the night, away from light pollution and thus optimising our chances of witnessing the Northern Lights. Enjoy an exquisite 3-course dinner, find warmth and comfort in your heated cabin, the cozy panoramic lounge, or brave the crisp Arctic air on our spacious deck for a clearer view of the auroras. But that's not all! The adventure continues after breakfast, with a thrilling morning whale-watching experience, offering a unique opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Our expert guides provide fascinating insights into their behaviour and biology, making it an educational and exhilarating experience. At midday, we will serve a nourishing lunch at our restaurant on board, followed by an interesting lecture on whales while we sail back towards Tromsø. All-Inclusive: We provide everything you need for an overnight whale-watching and northern lights excursion, eliminating the hassle and cost of purchasing expensive winter gear, packing food, or booking individual tours. Comfort: Our large ship boasts a comfortable panorama lounge, ocean-facing cabins and a fully staffed Arctic cuisine restaurant, Safety: Your journey begins in central Tromsø, where you'll meet fellow explorers and receive a safety briefing from our expert guides and crew on board the vessel before embarking on your adventure.

Skjervøy: Birds and Wildlife of Arctic Norway Tour

7. Skjervøy: Birds and Wildlife of Arctic Norway Tour

Join us cruising the fjords in our safe and steady Rib, in search for birds, whales and other mammals of our region. This is a unique chance of witness the amazing variety of wildlife of Arctic Norway. Is all dynamic and the presence of the species varies during the year. Our beloved residents dolphins; white beaked dolphins and harbor porpoise are common to see in our areas all year round. We are happy to also time to time see the other cute residents marine mammals seals and otters. In the end of January, after the winter whales ends their feeding party in the fjords around Skjervøy, whales/ cetaceans are still time to time being observed. Like the juvenile humpback whales and other traveling whales passing into/ through our fjord system. We also keep an eye on land for moose and reindeer, which we commonly see too. We are also pleased to witness the amazing diversity of birdlife of the region. The eagles and cormorants are majestic in their size and wing movement. Other fascinating seabirds as puffins, guillemots, razorbill, little auks, arctic terns and ducks like the eider ducks and long taled ducks, are to mention some. During the period of spring and summer the birdlife is to be real fascinated of. As a nature based activity provider with local anchoring in Skjervøy – Arctic Norway, we find story telling important to us. To introduce you to the landscape affected by countless generations of Sami and Norwegian people, and other aspects of culture and history, is something we would be pleased to bring on the table for you. Our local guide will make sure this activity at sea is high in quality and safe, for you to feel taken care of and catered to. We look forward to being your host!

From Skjervøy: Whale Watching in a Heated Cabin Cruiser

8. From Skjervøy: Whale Watching in a Heated Cabin Cruiser

Enjoy a whale-watching trip in the fjords around Skervøy, famous as the location of one of the largest gatherings of orcas in the world. See beautiful views of the surrounding area and the orca whales. Start the tour at Skjervøy Marina where you will be greeted by your guide/skipper for your 4-hour tour. Meet at the office at 09.30 where your guide will provide you with a flotation suit to keep you warm and comfortable during your adventure. Board one of our boats which have both indoor and outdoor seating. Cruise the fjords looking for the whales, where you are free to move around the boat's heated cabins to take photographs of the breathtaking scenery. See the place where from October to February, the whales come to feed on the Herring. Spot killer whales as well as large numbers of other whales including humpback whales and fin whales. Enjoy the views of the whales from the comfort of our boats with just a group of like-minded people. While you enjoy the views of the whales, your skipper/guide will answer any questions you may have and help you to make the most of the encounters with these incredible creatures. Admire the whales and if the situation is right a hydrophone may be deployed so that you can enjoy the extra dimension of listening to the whales. Enjoy some refreshments during your tour before returning to Skjervøy Marina at approximately 2:00 pm.

Skjervøy: Fjord Charter Adventure

9. Skjervøy: Fjord Charter Adventure

Welcome to Skjervøy, an Arctic paradise in Northern Norway, where you'll embark on an exceptional whale-watching adventure. Nestled in the Arctic Circle, Skjervøy offers a magical setting for observing magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat. Winter Season: Explore local fjords, mountains, and sea life, including whales, killer whales, and a variety of birds. Sail through local places like Maursundet and Segelvik, all while our expert guide shares fascinating stories. This fjord adventure promises unforgettable memories. Spring, Summer, Autumn: Encounter puffins, eagles, cormorants, and more, along with rich marine wildlife in the fjords. Our guide will entertain you with captivating stories throughout the trip. This fjord adventure guarantees lasting memories.

Skjervøy: Guided Fishing Trip with Local Expert

10. Skjervøy: Guided Fishing Trip with Local Expert

Set out on a remarkable fishing expedition with Derwola Adventure in Skjervøy, where you'll be guided by a local expert on his own boat. Your Arctic fishing adventure begins with a briefing at Skjervøy Harbor, where you'll meet your experienced skipper and discuss the day's itinerary. As you embark on this unique journey, your local skipper will prepare the boat with all the necessary fishing equipment. Skjervøy is renowned for its stunning views of fjords, mountains, and the exceptional frozen landscapes of the Arctic. Sit back and take in the breathtaking surroundings and the remarkable Arctic biodiversity as you head to the ideal fishing location. The primary goal of this adventure is to offer you the best Arctic experience, complete with encounters with diverse wildlife in the region. On board, you'll have the opportunity to learn various traditional fishing techniques, contributing to the preservation of marine life. Derwola Adventure's boat, an Arvor 810 (27 feet), can accommodate up to 4 guests and your skipper. The combination of tranquility on board and the excitement of fishing makes for an unbeatable experience. Come aboard and immerse yourself in Norway's stunning landscapes and wildlife. This fishing trip is perfect for those seeking an authentic and immersive Arctic fishing adventure.

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What people are saying about Skjervøy, Norway

We found the whale watching tour exactly as described. The team were very friendly and did explain everything fully to us. We understood that we had to be realistic about a whale encounter and this is not garaunteed. The team did everything they could and we were really impressed with Bridgette and where she took us, they even stayed out slightly longer and we were lucky to have an encounter at the end which made our day. Nice sandwich for lunch. As advised wrap up warm, you’ll need the layers in winter and out at sea, especially thick socks. If you can stomach it, and I get sea sick so bad to take a tablet before, then I would recommend this type of tour as the best chance for an encounter.

The guide was so nice we loved her ! She tells us about her culture, and how the animals we met lives here. The ride was so peaceful we loved it ! I'm excited to Come back for orcas !!

I was able to realize my dream despite my seasickness. Negative point, too many boats which disturb them during their meals.

It was an amazing experience. The catamaran ride was smooth and amazing. Get a chance to see the orcas.

It has been a great experience, amazing view in the boat.