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Walrus in Norway

You might look for a couple of walruses on your own, but your best shot is to take a boat to Pyramiden

Best time: mid-October–June


Extremely sociable Arctic Walruses like to reveal themselves to people who seek a walrus encouter. There are several walrus habitats in Norway: Svalbard is the most well known. However Moffen Island and the islands of Karl Prins Forlandet also offer great walrus viewing. Occasionally the cinnamon-colored mammals might be also spotted in the fjords along the shorelines near Longyearbyen during late spring and early summer. The best chance to see a group of curious mammals is offered by a visit to Pyramiden. The boat-trips are available between mid-October and June.

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When is the best time to visit Norway for a chance to see walruses?

The best time to witness walruses in Norway is between mid-October and June. These mammals are primarily found near Longyearbyen region and the Arctic fjords during the late spring and early summer. The famous and most-visited place to see walruses in Norway is Svalbard, located between the North Pole and mainland Norway. Show more

Where are the best spots in Norway for walrus viewing besides Svalbard?

Other than Svalbard, visitors can also find walruses at Moffen Island and Karl Prins Forlandet. These islands are well-known for their diverse wildlife, including birds, seals, whales, and walruses. Pyramiden is also an interesting spot where travelers can catch sight of a curious and adventurous group of walruses. Show more

How can I increase my chances of spotting a group of walruses during my visit to Pyramiden?

To increase the probability of witnessing a group of walruses in Pyramiden, visitors should opt for expert-guided boat trips. They have knowledge of the area and the walrus' habitat, making it more likely for visitors to see them. It's best to keep a safe distance from the walruses to avoid disturbing their natural environment. Show more

What other Arctic animals can I see along with the walruses during my boat trip in Pyramiden?

Besides walruses, visitors who go on a boat trip in Pyramiden can observe several different Arctic animals such as seals, whales, polar bears, arctic foxes, reindeer, and a variety of bird species. Norway's fjords and coastlines are teeming with an abundance of wildlife, making it an exciting experience for visitors. Show more

What is the ideal duration of the boat trip to Pyramiden for a comfortable and successful walrus watching experience?

The duration of the boat trip to Pyramiden varies depending on the itinerary and tour package chosen. Nonetheless, most tours usually last between 4 to 6 hours, with a minimum of 30 minutes dedicated to walrus viewing. A longer trip might provide a more comfortable experience and increase the possibility of sightings. It is advisable to book the tour in advance to secure availability and the best deals. Show more

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