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From Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Safari by Catamaran

1. From Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife 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.

From Tromsø: All-Inclusive Whale and Sea Bird Boat Cruise

4. From Tromsø: All-Inclusive Whale and Sea Bird Boat Cruise

Embark on a boat tour through the waters of Tromso and Skjervoy and watch for whales and wildlife as you gaze at the beautiful landscapes of Norway. Spot different animals, in particular, the Orca, and learn the history from your guide. Begin the tour at 8 AM and be the first boat into the whale-watching area from Tromso. Take your time admiring the majestic Orca whales in complete silence for the ultimate chance to hear their charming calls. While on board, delight in food and snacks, and sip on a hot drink. Look out over the landscape and hear the crew's stories and information about the whales, and other wildlife such as seagulls, the white-tailed eagle, guillemots, wider ducks, and cormorants. Discover the coast of Tromso and SKjerboy, widely considered among the best areas in the region for spotting whales. Be on the lookout for the inquisitive humpback and killer whales swimming and feeding on herring. Frame all the action through the lens of your camera. With outdoor decking and indoor seating on board the heated boat, you can enjoy an up-close experience with Norway’s native wildlife. 

Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour with Drinks & Snack

5. Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour with Drinks & Snack

Enjoy a whale-watching adventure on a RIB speedboat. Search for humpback whales and orcas frolicking in their natural habitat as you sip on hot drinks admiring the views. Start by meeting in central Tromsø where you will join your fellow explorers on the bus route to the island of Skjervøy. Relax on the 4-hour journey on a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with WiFi and toilets onboard. Meet your guide in Skjervøy which is the town closest to the feeding grounds of the whales. Be escorted to the dressing room where you will put on your protective thermal gear. Then, board the speedboat and begin the search. Look out for humpback whales and orcas in their natural habitat. Learn about them and other local marine life with an experienced guide, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and tasty Norwegian sweet bread. After approximately 3 hours onboard the rib boat, you will return to harbor and warm up with tea and coffee in the dressing room. From here, your guide will escort you back to the bus, give you a packed lunch of a baguette and bottled water to enjoy on the relaxing journey back to Tromsø.

Skjervoy: Guided Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour with Lunch

6. Skjervoy: Guided Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour with Lunch

Join our premium whale watching RIB tour, which is the most popular type of nature experiences on the planet. In a small personal group up to 12 guests will we show you why Troms county is very likely one of the best places in the world to see whales. Their swimming, hunting and playing in our fjord can be a memory for life. Located next to a sea "boiling" with whales, Troms county offers you in winter the opportunity to see these enormous animals. Norway is chosen by Humpback Whales and Killer Whales for the vast supply of fish and clean water. Do you remember Keiko from Free Willy? He chose Norwegian fjords the last years he lived. Whale watching should be experienced from The Capital of the Arctic in The Kingdom of Norway – in breathtaking fjord landscapes second to none. Scientists have never seen such high whale activity in the fjords as the recent years. Arctic Explorers offers you an exclusive experience in a small group and with the highest quality equipment. We want to give you only the best! HALL OF FAME 97 % happy guests and more than 1947 excellent reviews! We are also included in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame - having been awarded Certificate of Excellence 7 years in a row. Our last award is the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2023. WHY CHOOSE WHALE RIB TOUR - 360 degrees view, and all see well from the seat in all directions, instead of 5th row bad view in a bigger boat - Small boats can turn engines off. Then whales often comes 2 m away to check us out. A big boat can not do that - 2-3 times quicker than a big boat, so less time to search for whales, and more time to be around them - Whale RIB tours have 3 hours in whale area, while big boats doing long drives from Tromso have around 1 h - RIB boats are lower than big boats, so you get closer to the ocean and the whales - More connected to nature, since outdoors all the time. Means you do not miss any of the precious moments - RIB boats are located where the whales are, which gives 3 times more whale area time compared to big boats - More personal because only 12 guests pr boat BOOK EARLY Only 12 seats on this tour pr day, so you should book early. It is often sold out months ahead, especially weekends. We can take bigger groups on demand. ALL INCLUSIVE We include most of what you need on a Whale Watching Trip. You can save a lot of money since you do not need to buy expensive winter clothes and more you maybe don't even need back home. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE After spending 30 years exploring this amazing county by car, skis, sea kayak, cycling, and walking, we know where and how to place you in the middle of the greatest show on earth. We bring you to the right spot at the right time. ECOTOURISM We offer ecologically sustainable and responsible tours. Traveling in small groups is an essential part of the ecotourism concept, as small groups have lesser impact on nature and will not disturb the wildlife unnecessarily.

Tromsø: 3-Day Luxury Tour with Whales, Aurora & Dog Sledding

7. Tromsø: 3-Day Luxury Tour with Whales, Aurora & Dog Sledding

Orca & Humpback Whales gather in Northern Norway to feed on herring each year between November and December. Your chances of seeing the whales are significantly higher on a multi-day tour compared to a one day tour, because the area that the whales can be is vast. Experience the Norwegian Arctic in luxury on this 3-day private tour for up to 8 people. Try dog sledding, search for the aurora borealis, relax in the hot tub on the yacht, and indulge in local Northern Norwegian cuisine. Day 1: Dog Sledding & Northern Lights Cruise Check-in to the yacht at 12:00pm at Tromsø harbor. Start your expedition with a 90 minute self-drive husky dog sledding trip in the mountains. Hot drinks and homemade cake will be served at the end of the sled tour. Return to the yacht and enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner as you embark on your northern lights and hot tub cruise for the evening. The yacht will dock for the night near an area where the whales have been spotted. Day 2: Whale Watching & Northern Lights Walk Spend the winter day light hours (approx. 09:00-14:00) searching for orca, humpback whales, fin whales, eagles and arctic birds. The yacht will dock at a small harbor on a remote island for the night, where you can go ashore and walk around for a chance to see the aurora borealis. Day 3: Whale Watching & Northern Lights Cruise On your final day, enjoy another day of whale watching, and relax in the outdoor hot tub on the return cruise as you search for the northern lights. The tour ends in Tromsø at 22:00 (10pm).

Private Whale Safari by RIB

8. Private Whale Safari by RIB

Welcome to the fast track to whale watching! Talaria – our 42 foot exclusive Goldfish X12 with 1350 HP with a maximum speed of 80 knots and a heated cabin – brings you to the whales in the most efficient way. With 4 cushioned guest seats inside the heated cabin, both the ride and the quiet whale watching will be comfortable. Our two pilots offer guiding and local expertise throughout the whole safari. Join us – and prepare for a really memorable experience surrounded by wild and spectacular northern Norwegian nature!

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What people are saying about Tromsø

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 481 reviews

Thank you Brim Explorer Tromsø and our guides Sam and Frederick for taking us on such an inspiring and unforgettable journey through the fjords of Northern Norway. We had the amazing chance to admire several humpback whales, orcas and some white-tailed eagles in the most considerate way possible. What.a.spectacle!! I love the crew's enthuziasm and professionalism. I was a bit seasick, so i recommend some pills against that, if you know you might have it, but the guys made the experience memorable even so. I dare you not to fall in love with the crew, their love and respect for nature, the Arctic, Norway and it's views.

Wicked cold when you stand outside on the boat so prepare for that, but so worth it. We saw double digits of orcas, humpbacks and fin whales. The boat is smaller than some of the others so it gets closer to the whales, but cuts the motor so as not to endanger them. Even if you don’t see whales, the view is spectacular and the crew are passionate. It’s a long journey there and back, but there are cookies and hot drinks on the way there, as well as warm soup when you come back in from the cold.

The tour was well organised, we were told the basic information about the wales and the service on board is very good! The scenery you get to see is incredible and totally worth it the price. We were lucky to see the wales on our day and the weather was fantastic what made it unforgettable! the best part is to stand outside and watch at the mountains etc., so I recommend to book it with a good weather forecast.

Really nice experience. We even saw a big group of humpback wales and then even a whole family of orcas, even though it is already end of January. Lovely guides, who give a lot of information about the region, the wales and the sea. Long boat trip with an amazing scenery, overall definetly highly recommended.

It was a professionally organised trip. Sam and his collegue from France made it very exciting. The service was perfect, they taught us a lot about whales.