Norway: The Ultimate Whale Watching in Norway
Go Whale Watching in Norway and get up close to the planet's largest mammals
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Five day, summer, whale watching adventure to Andenes guided by renowned photographer and wildlife expert Marten Bril
- Stay in the delightful, wharfside, Bryggen Guest House on Andoya Island which is close to the continental shelf, known for its many species of whales
- Experience two RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) safaris, sailing low in the water to get you up close to the creatures of the deep
- Pick up tips from your professional guide to improve your wildlife photography skills
Set in the far north of Europe, above the Arctic Circle, is the fishing village of Andenes - a unique location for Whale Watching in Norway. Situated conveniently close to the deep, whale-friendly, oceanic waters, this is the only place in this part of the world where you can see giant male sperm whales only an hour’s journey from the shore. You can also hope to see Minke Whales during your time here.
Your whale watching excursions are led by a dedicated guide whose knowledge of and passion for the local wildlife is legendary. Your guide is also a professional photographer and will be happy to offer tips on taking perfect wildlife photos - so don't forget to pack a good quality camera!
Your destination for this adventure is reason enough to visit this beautiful part of the world, offering unrivalled panoramas of the sea, cacophonic bird rocks, open marshland and jagged peaks. And with the long and lovely days of the Midnight Sun to enjoy, there's even more time to explore these glorious features each and every day.
On this whale watching adventure in the Vesterålen archipelago, the RIB safaris pass busy colonies of puffins, guillemots and razorbills as well as one of the world’s largest populations of white tailed eagles. During your free time on your Whale Watching Norway holiday, you can enhance your experience by opting for an additional seal and bird safari, or perhaps a spot of deep sea fishing. For more information and to personalise your getaway, speak to one of our friendly travel advisers.
We also offer winter whale watching, see Orca whales on a Orca Whale Watching Holiday in winter
Still in need of guidance? Check out our Norwegian holiday ideas for great getaways in this fantastic location. Taking the family, take a peek at our family holiday ideas and get the kids involved. For a more animal-focussed adventure, take a look at our whale watching holiday ideas or wildlife watching holiday ideas. Alternatively, speak to our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 or using our online chat system (during office hours).
Day 1 - UK to Andenes
Fly into Andenes Airport on Andøya Island and, following a short transfer, check into your coastal accommodation, where you will spend the first night of your Whale Watching Norway adventure. Situated on a wharf, the Bryggen guesthouse is the ideal base for your whale watching tour, making the most of the great sea views and easy access to the water.
Take advantage of the Midnight Sun this evening and explore the town at leisure.
Days 2 to 4 - Whale Watching in Norway
Over the following three days, you will have two, guided, sea excursions, on RIBs, in search of whales. Andenes is an ideal location to depart from, given its location close to the edge of the continental shelf. Indeed, it only takes an hour to reach the area the whales frequent from here. Look out for Sperm Whales and Minke Whales during these trips, making the most of the live commentary from your expert guide.
As well as whales and seabirds you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fjords when you go Whale Watching in Norway. Take advantage of the exceptional photography opportunities here as well as the tips of your professional guide, to capture your own breathtaking shots.
One of your days, on this Whale Watching Norway holiday, will be spent at leisure, giving you the opportunity to explore more of this enchanting Arctic destination. Why not book an additional Northern Wildlife Safari and discover the stunning coastal scenery as you take to the sea in search of seals, puffins and sea eagles on your Whale Watching in Norway tour?
If you prefer to spend your free time exploring Norway's breathtaking landscapes, you can hire bikes and venture into the countryside or even enjoy the region's scenic beauty on a more sedate walking expedition. Speak to our friendly travel advisers for more information on our fabulous, optional excursions.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Departure
Sadly, your Whale Watching Norway holiday concludes today. Travelling home with fabulous photographs and even better memories, it's surely only a matter of time before you return to this wildlife heaven!Meals included:Breakfast
- Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
- Escorted airport transfers
- Four nights' accommodation in local standard rooms at the Bryggen Guesthouse
- The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- Two whale watching RIB safaris
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Optional excursions (these can be arranged for you at a supplement)
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
Life span: 65 – 70 years
Size: Male: 20m. Female: 12 m
Weight: Male: 45–75 tonnes Female 15-20 tonnes
Birth weight/length: 900 kg/4 m
Staple diet: larger fish and cephalopods
Distinctive features: Biggest of the toothed whales. Dark grey in colour. Visibly slanting spout. The sperm whales observed off Andenes are all males.
Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
Life span: 40-50 years
Weight: 6 – 8 tonnes Male and Female
Birth weight/length: 450 kg/3 m
Staple diet: smaller shoal fish such as herring and capelin
Distinctive features: the most common of the baleen whales along the Norwegian coast. Dark coloured back, lighter on both sides. Rarely spouts. Does not reveal tail fin when diving.
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
Life span: 80 years
Weight: Male 6 tonnes, Female 4 tonnes
Birth weight/length: 180 kg/2.4 m
Staple diet: fish and other marine mammals
Distinctive features: clearly contrasting markings. Large Dorsel fin, 1-2m long, especially among males. Widespread all over the world.
Pilot Whale (Globicephala melaena)
Average length 5.5 m, maximum 8.5m. Males distinctly larger than females. Blunt skull with large forehead. The dorsal fin is set forward on the back and sweeps backwards. The body is elongated but stocky in the tail fin. Prefers the open sea. Can be seen in schools of some tens to hundreds of individuals.
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
Average length 1.5m, maximum length approx. 2 m. Small species with rounded head and poorly demarcated beak. Small, triangular dorsal fin (very characteristic). Common, particularly along the coast. Normally seen alone or in small groups.
Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Can be up to 19m in length and weigh up to 40 tonnes. Baleen whale. Dark back, with long, knobbly pectoral fins. Small dorsal fin positioned on a hump. Distinctive spout. Often reveals tail fin when diving deep. Light markings underneath. Known for its song. Common along the Norwegian coast.
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Please note: sightings of whales and other wildlife cannot be guaranteed