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Whale Safari in Norway

Meet these honored sea creatures in person on the Norwegian Arctic whale tours

Best time: June–August | November–March

Whale Safari
Whale Safari
Whale Safari
Whale Safari
Whale Safari
Whale Safari

Whale watching, even on a 3D cinema screen, will never be the same as a personal encounter with these creatures. When you feel a gentle giant approaching your boat and sense the size of its smooth body gliding across the water there is a real sense of majesty to behold. Whales often reveal themselves arching their backs and flipping their tales against the water.

The Vesterålen district in Nordland County is famous for amazing whale safaris during the summer months. Sperm whales are most common in the area, but pilot whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and mincle whales often appear in sight as well. Besides whales, you are likely to see dolphins, seals, white-tailed eagles, guillemots, cormorants, puffins and other seabirds, especially at Anda Fyr.

Practical info

When is the optimal time for going on a Norway whale safari?

It's best to go on a Norway whale safari either from June to August or from November to March. At these times, the Vesterålen district's waters are warmer, providing whales with plenty of food and increasing your chances of spotting these magnificent creatures. Show more

What types of whale can you witness on a Vesterålen district whale safari?

Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, and Minke Whales are the different whale species that can be spotted in the Vesterålen district. Although Sperm Whales are most commonly seen in the area, the chances of spotting any whales depend largely on luck and weather conditions. However, the wait is worthwhile as these creatures are breathtaking. Show more

Where in Norway is the Vesterålen district located?

Located in Nordland County, Northern Norway, the Vesterålen district is a region comprised of islands surrounded by sea. It is positioned just north of the Lofoten islands, encompasses an area of about 2,520 square kilometers, and is famous for its stunning natural views, fishing villages, and wildlife. Show more

What are the various other sea creatures that one can notice on a whale safari besides whales?

Besides whales, you may also witness several other sea creatures during your Norway whale safari. These include puffins, seals, white-tailed eagles, guillemots, cormorants, and dolphins. You can visit Anda Fyr, which is an excellent place for observing a variety of seabirds and wildlife including sea otters and whales, and it's a must-visit spot for photographers and nature lovers. Show more

Are there any specific locations nearby the Vesterålen district that are well-suited for observing seabirds when experiencing a whale safari?

Anda Fyr is one of the best places to observe seabirds in the Vesterålen district during your whale safari. This uninhabitated small island is located just offshore of Andenes, a fishing village in the Nordland County, and you can also see other wildlife species on this island, including whales, seals, and otters. Photographers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy a great experience at Anda Fyr. Show more

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