Whale Watching Expeditions

Witness one of the greatest natural events in the Arctic
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Tour description

This trip fits everyone who has a passion for whales, the ocean and nature interactions. Winter sailing in these spectacular North-Norwegian fjords, while scouting for Orcas and Humpback whales will leave you speechless. No one should miss this unique opportunity to observe both cecatean species co-existing in the same feeding grounds for a short but intense period of activity before the long winter months.

Duration4 Days
DifficultyEasy
Group Size4 -5 people
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People

A group of 4 friends is the optimal number for this tour, but 5 can also be considered. Please send us a request if you are looking for a different group size.

DIFFICULTY

Easy / Intermediate depending on the abundance of whales in the area and the weather. Every morning, we will decide where to scout next based on the latter factors.

SAFETY

Winter sailing is harsh. Cold strong winds and big swells hit the fjords sometimes and we will always assess Safety First before we make the next days’ plan.

DEPARTURE

We meet in Skjervøy at 10:00 am, distribute the cabins and give a short introduction of the tour. A Safety Briefing will follow before setting sails for our first encounter with the whales.

Meeting point

Our sailboat will be moored in Skjervøy main harbour just a few hundred meters from the supermarket, right in the city center. That will be our meeting point for departure and arrival.

TRIP PRICE

The prices below are calculated for a group size of 4 persons . Contact us for other group sizes or different dates. It is possible to organise custom made trips upon availability 

Whale watching full board

3 nights - 4 days
NOK9,750/ PP
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2021 Calendar

November 5 - November 14
Fully Booked
9 nights 10 days
November 15 - November 17
4 spots left
2 nights 3 days
November 18 - November 24
Fully Booked
6 nights 7 days
November 25 - November 28
Fully Booked
3 nights 4 days
November 29 - December 2
4 spots left
3 nights 4 days
December 3 - December 6
4 spots left
3 nights 4 days
December 7 - December 10
4 spots left
3 nights 4 days
December 11 - December 12
Fully Booked
1 night 2 days
December 13 - December 18
4 spots left
5 nights 6 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

INCLUDED

  • WiFi on board (Connection dependent on 4G range)
  • All meals ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Warm coffee and tea 24/7
  • Licensed skippers and crew
  • Experienced Marine Biologists
  • Boat-related expenses: diesel, gas, harbour fees, etc.
  • Basic sailing training
  • Use of our fishing gear
  • Safety equipment on board
  • Bed linens and towels

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel/cancellation insurance – recommended (check with your insurance company)
  • Transport from and to meeting point in Skjervøy
  • Hotel before / after the trip if necessary
  • Personal items and equipment such as warm clothing and shoes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals in bars or restaurants
Every trip is subjective to weather changes

Travel itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome aboard Skervøy harbor (flexible timing depending on guest request)

At 10:00 We will meet at Skjervøy harbour and we will walk on board. Waiting at Makaria II there will be warm coffee for a warm welcome. There will be time for everyone to settle in and distribute their luggage in the different cabins and storage compartments before a short Safety Briefing and introduction to the whale watching days. Soon after, we will set sail in search for the first encounters of the trip. At 12.30 warm soup will be served while we are out in the ocean. The first day is the shortest but we will still be out sailing until 16.00, when we head back to harbour or to the anchor spot for the night before dinner at 17.00.  (times for dinners and meals will vary from day to day depending on weather, planning and the activities of the day).

DAY 2-3

Anchor awakening

The following days, well into the arctic winter and polar night, we wake up early to make the most of the day, having breakfast at 07.00, and setting sails no later than 08.00 during sunrise. A full day of whale watching in the fjords followed by warm soup and hot meal for dinner are waiting. We can also stop for fishing and other activities such as stand up paddle upon guest request. Once again, we will admire the remoteness and loneliness of anchoring in the arctic, hoping for northern lights displays from the cockpit.

DAY 4

We sail back to Skjervøy

The last day of the trip we will also explore the fjords looking for whales, however, we will need to plan the trip according to our guests returning tickets and travel itineraries. Arriving to Skervøy harbour no later than 16.00. We hope that by then, we have seen many whales and had incredible interactions.

LIFE ON BOARD (MUST READ)

ACCOMODATION

There are 3 cabins onboard. 2 double cabins in the stern and one triple cabin in the bow. The 2 stern cabins have the options of double bed or bunkbeds and they share a common bathroom with shower. if a group of 4 friends book the trip, you will only share the bathroom with your friends.

If the booking is made by a group of 5 people, you can choose what cabins to sleep in and the crew will sleep in the remaining cabin. The front cabin has space for 3 people that will share the front bathroom. Check our section THE VESSEL for more information about the boat interior.

 

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Warm winter boots.
  • Warm gloves/mittens
  • Warm hats
  • Water-resistant or waterproof backpack for carrying cameras and equipment to land
  • Only bring duffel bags or soft cased luggage. 

HEAT

The WEBASTO heating system keeps the boat at around 20ºC even in the coldest temperatures to ensure a comfortable stay for our guests. However, the heater pump is under the double bed on the front cabin, therefore being the noisiest cabin on the boat at nights

ELECTRICITY

The electricity on board is unlimited when at the harbour. At anchor, the boat runs on battery power and every cabin is equipped with 12V USB sockets. There is one 220V plug available in the navigation station that can be used to charge equipment 24/7 on 220V.

WATER

The boat is equipped with two water tanks providing a maximum freshwater capacity of 650L which are refilled at every harbour.

STORAGE

For storage purposes on board, we request our guests to DO NOT BRING HARD CASES. Only soft, foldable pieces of luggage.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

For this activity, our guests must be prepared to be off grid for the 3 nights that our trip will last. We will try to sleep at impressive anchorages as much as we can (weather dependent). This is an “expedtition” style trip, and we encourage our guests to participate on the daily routines and sailing. We will all live together like a small family and we share all the facilities onboard. Although our boat is quite comfortable, this is not a luxury boat, and winter sailing is tough, therefore ensuring an adventure no matter what. Check our section THE VESSEL for more information about cabins and facilities. Warm/Wind proof/Water proof clothes are needed. Although you can always borrow our spare equipment upon availability.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

We recommend you to fly in and out from Tromsø airport.  You are required to carry a valid passport, and some nationalities require a visa in advance to enter Norway. Please check visa, COVID-19 vaccination, and immigration requirements before planning your trip.

Once in Tromsø, you can book one of our scheduled buses from the city centre to our meeting point in Skjervøy. The buses depart at 05:30 in the morning and arrive in Skjervøy at 09:45, and they depart from Skjervøy at 13:30 arriving in Tromsø at 17:40 every day. The prices are 575NOK for one way and 900NOK for a 2 way ticket.   There are also fast ferries available, however, the schedules are not regular, and you might need to take a ferry the day before the trip starts. Please contact us for more information. We are happy to help you organise your trip.

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