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From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

1. 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

2. 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. 

Skjervoy: Guided Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 765 reviews

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.

It was an amazing experience, we saw Orcas and Humpbacks as soon as we set off! We got close and watched them feeding. A very long trip with 4 hours each way on the coach, so bring some snacks, drinks and something to read. Also a change of clothes as you may get wet! If you are using your phone to take photos, I’d recommend a clear pouch with a lanyard to keep it safe and dry. Overall a really brilliant day and will never forget it.

We had a great time on this boat, killer whales and boss whales, the boat respects distances and cuts the engine. Hot drinks and biscuits available. A small soup to gain strength, Be careful to take pills against seasickness if necessary !! It stirs sometimes! And cover up well!

Very passionate host, I highly recommend we saw a lot of cetaceans and a lot of killer whales, I recommend (during periods And the snack that goes well on the way back)

It was amazing. The crew did everything for us to enjoy the trip and see the whales as close as possible.