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Tromsø: Fjord Cruise and Whale Safari by Catamaran

1. Tromsø: Fjord Cruise and Whale 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

2. 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.

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

3. 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.

Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

4. 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.

Skjervoy: RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour

5. 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.

Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

6. 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

This was by far our favorite experience in Norway. The crew was amazing, knowledgeable and fun. I cannot put into words how great this crew and experience was. We saw some beautiful scenery and got to do some fishing. The captain worked hard to find us a good spot to fish and when he did we had a huge haul. It was Chef Helinka's birthday and she made us the best fish stew( that is saying something since I do not eat fish). We did not see much wildlife because of the season we came on but the experience and company made it worth it. The sweet dogs on board also made the trip that much better. Thank you crew for making this such a great time for my mom and I.

Such a surreal experience! This was definitely the best part of our 2 week Norway trip. Our guide Thomas and captain Kenneth were both amazing. You can tell how passionate they both are and that made the experience even more memorable. The fish soup that we had for lunch was prepared on board and was surprisingly as good as some of the dishes we’ve tried at fine dining restaurants in Norway. We did not see much wildlife other than seagulls and bald eagles, but it didn’t really matter as the view of the fjords itself was completely worth it. Highly recommend!

Great experience ! Went by myself, and met many people from around the world to spend this activity with. The captain is great, and allowed us to really enjoy this time and make the best out of it.

I was able to cruise while relaxing on a cute and cool cruise ship, and I was able to take pictures of beautiful scenery from the deck. The fish soup was very delicious.

A great trip with great service, I sincerely recommend it!