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Tromsø: Whale Watching Tour by Hybrid-Electric Catamaran

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

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. It'll take you about 3 to 3.5 hours to reach the whales, and, depending on the way and weather conditions, you'll 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.

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Tromsø: Fjord Cruise & Whale Safari Boat Tour

2. Tromsø: Fjord Cruise & Whale Safari Boat Tour

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.

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Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

3. 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 in a small group of between 4-12 people. Meet at the Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromso bright and early at 5:30 AM. From here, drive for 3.5 hours to Skjervoy to meet your English-speaking 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.

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

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

On this comfortable cruise from Tromsø, head to Whale Island and the open sea. Listen to your guide’s commentary about the fish and whale species that thrive in waters that are filled with herring and plankton. The local partner's fast boat ensures that you'll get plenty of time on the water. The coast of Tromsø in northern Norway is widely considered among the best areas in the region for spotting whales. You’ll be on the lookout for inquisitive humpback and killer whales swimming and feeding, and for birds such as sea eagles, gulls, guillimots, eider ducks, and cormorants. 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. 

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Tromsø: 5-Hour All-Inclusive Wildlife & Bird Fjord Cruise

5. Tromsø: 5-Hour All-Inclusive Wildlife & Bird Fjord Cruise

Experience the extraordinary scenery around the region of Tromsø aboard a classic mahogany boat. Benefit from a pickup in Tromsø city center and be escorted to the harbor to climb aboard a classic boat called the "Fjord Queen." 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. Settle down in a warm cabin, or make use of the insulated bodysuits to stay on deck and admire the views. Keep your camera positioned at all times for some incredible photo opportunities. 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. 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.

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Skjervoy: RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour

6. Skjervoy: RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour

Every year at the end of October, huge shoals of herrings arrive around Skjervoy and the Kvanangen Fjord 3.5 hours North East of Tromso. Hundreds of Orcas and many Humpback whales follow these shoals of herring and stay around Skjervoy until the end of January. For your whale watching excursion, you will be picked from the meeting point in Skjervoy, and provided with a warm floatation suit. You will then board a small RIB boat to head out to see. You will see many whales, and even hear and smell them. Enjoy their company and take as many photos as you like. It will be cold, so make sure you bring warm and waterproof clothes for the excursion. We will give you flotation suits that you will wear on top of your own clothes. An experienced instructor will be there to answer any questions you might have about the whales or the area. When the excursion is over, you will have sandwiches, tea and coffee in the local operator's office to warm you up.

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Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

7. Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

Orcas and Humpback whales are in Skjervoy from November to January. The local provider will pick you up at 5:30 AM outside Scandic Ishavshotel, drive you to Skjervoy, give you warm flotation suits, and take you on a once in a lifetime whale watching experience on Rib-boats.  Enjoy sandwiches, tea and coffee and continue to the Green Gold Villa in the Lyngen Alps. Here you’ll get a nice and warm group dinner and short photo workshop. Experience the Northern Lights at night and photograph the incredible phenomenon right outside the Green Gold Villa. Accommodation is at one of six private Crystal Lavvos. Next morning, enjoy breakfast together before returning to Tromso at 11:00 AM.

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Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Troms County

Absolutely recommended and one of the best tours we did in Tromso. The bus driver took us early morning to the whale watch and he was super friendly and helpful. Then on the whale watch everybody was very receptive and welcoming and we saw so many whales plus the view from the surroundings was fantastic! And then driving all the way to the lavvos and the team in there couldn’t be better! Food was delicious, we saw the aurora and they were so nice that they even took photos of us as we had no proper cameras. After that a lovely bonfire at the beach with thermal suits provided and a nice cup of tea and muffins. Breakfast next day was the best ever! The whole team was so fantastic and we would go back again for sure. Thank you!

Great day with Frank and his first mate. Lovely Fjord cruise with great views. Got lucky with the weather. The fish soup was delicious and hearty. Highly recommend if you like boat activities. Wear warm shoes!

Great once of a lifetime experience! Firstly to see the whales, but also the fjords beautiful nature! This company offers the longest time to be around the whales.

Beautiful landscape and many orca’s around the boot. Guide give l lot of information about the history of whale hunting, the animals and the landscape around us

Lovely trip! Just as I hoped it would be and better! I’m glad I dressed warm. The boat was comfortable.