Tromsø Marine life

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Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise Safari by Catamaran

1. Tromsø: Whale and Arctic Wildlife Cruise 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 Tromsø: All-Inclusive Whale and Sea Bird Boat Cruise

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

On this comfortable cruise from Tromsø, head to Whale Island and the open sea. Listen to your guide’s commentary about the fish and whale species that thrive in waters that are filled with herring and plankton. The local partner's fast boat ensures that you'll get plenty of time on the water. The coast of Tromsø in northern Norway is widely considered among the best areas in the region for spotting whales. You’ll be on the lookout for inquisitive humpback and killer whales swimming and feeding, and for birds such as sea eagles, gulls, guillimots, eider ducks, and cormorants. 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. Keep warm and refreshed with snacks and drinks.

Tromsø: Skjervøy RIB Whale Watching Tour with Drinks & Snack

4. 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.

Tromsø: Wildlife Bird Fjord Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

5. Tromsø: Wildlife Bird Fjord Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Experience the extraordinary scenery around the region of Tromsø aboard a classic mahogany boat. Cruise out onto the Arctic Sea and around the beautiful fjords and straits of the region. Along the way, enjoy delicious Arctic fish, drinks, and snacks. Benefit from pickup at a meeting point in the city center of Tromsø and be escorted to the harbor to climb aboard a classic boat called the "Fjord Queen." Settle down in a warm cabin, or make use of the insulated bodysuits to stay on deck and admire the views. Experience the wildlife of the Tromsø region as you keep a lookout for birds such as sea eagles, guillemots, and eider ducks. Encounter puffins (in season), cormorants, seals, and otters. Keep your camera positioned at all times for some incredible photo opportunities. See small pilot whales and dolphins playing in the water. Look to the shoreline to spot reindeer, and take in the flora and fauna of Tromsø in all its diversity.  Then, journey back to Tromsø harbor, where your fantastic polar tour ends.

From Tromso: Whale Watching in Magic Skjervoy

6. 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.

Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

7. Tromso: Overnight Lavvo stay with Fjords, Whales & Aurora

Orcas and Humpback whales are in Skjervoy from November to January. The local provider will pick you up at 5:30 AM outside Scandic Ishavshotel, drive you to Skjervoy, give you warm flotation suits, and take you on a once in a lifetime whale watching experience on Rib-boats.  Enjoy sandwiches, tea and coffee and continue to the Green Gold Villa in the Lyngen Alps. Here you’ll get a nice and warm group dinner and short photo workshop. Experience the Northern Lights at night and photograph the incredible phenomenon right outside the Green Gold Villa. Accommodation is at one of six private Crystal Lavvos. Next morning, enjoy breakfast together before returning to Tromso at 11:00 AM.

Tromsø: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

8. Tromsø: Whale-Watching Cruise with 2nd Chance Guarantee

Embark on a guided whale-watching tour aboard the MS Rygerdronningen and see a variety of wild animals, including orcas and humpback whales. Take in the dramatic views of Tromsø's serene fjords and enjoy the comfort of a modern catamaran. Board the catamaran, the MS Rygerdronningen, and depart from Tromsø. Watch from the large panoramic windows of the warm cabin or step into the brisk Arctic air to observe from the spacious decks. Sail out to the feeding grounds and look for the whales that come in search of herring. Spot native wildlife, including humpback whales, orcas, harbour porpoises, and a variety of wild arctic birds. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide. Experience the blue twilight of the Polar Night and witness breathtaking views of the fjord landscapes as you look out for local wildlife. Feel free to purchase food and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks from the kiosk.

Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

9. Tromsø: Luxury Yacht Whale Safari

Experience a unique and cozy whale-watching experience. The wonderful yacht Arctic Queen is for those who want maximum enjoyment with good friends or to make new friends on a private luxury cruise. Cruise below snow-covered mountains on narrow fjords. See humpback whales and orcas. Share stories and learn about local history while cruising. Get up close to the whales on boat, which is small enough to get close to the whales without scaring them off.

Tromsø: Whales, Northern Lights, Husky or Reindeer Sledding

10. Tromsø: Whales, Northern Lights, Husky or Reindeer Sledding

Explore the town of Tromsø on this guided tour. Sled with huskies or reindeer and watch out for whales in their natural habitat as you cruise under the northern lights and enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner. Sleep in and enjoy a relaxed morning exploring the town. Be sure to eat lunch prior to boarding the yacht at 12:30 pm to drop off your luggage. Walk over to the Scandic Ishavshotel to be picked up at 13:00 (1 pm) for a 30-minute shuttle ride to your 90-minute self-drive husky dog sledding adventure. Hot drinks and homemade cake will be served at the end of the sled tour before your 30-minute shuttle ride back to Tromsø. If you choose the Sami reindeer option, drop off your luggage at the yacht at 09:30 am, and walk over to the Radisson Blue Hotel entrance at 10:00 am to be picked up for a 25-minute shuttle ride to where the reindeer are. The experience includes a 30-minute reindeer sled ride, a traditional Sami meal cooked over the fire and warm drinks, and listening to stories and traditional songs around a fire inside a tipi. You will be shuttled back to the same start location by 14:00 (2 pm). Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the town of Tromsø. Return to the yacht at 17:00 (5 pm), settle into your onboard cabins, and enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner as you embark on your northern lights and hot tub cruise for the evening. Departing from Tromsø harbor, the yacht will cruise to an area near where the whales have been sighted and drop anchor or dock for the night. Wake up to incredible arctic scenery, have coffee on the deck, and fill up on breakfast in the interior saloon. During the day light hours (approx. 09:00-14:00), you will spend the day searching for orca and humpback whales. Increase your chances of seeing the whales by more than 100% compared to short day trips with limited time and irresponsible chasing. World Sea Explorers' has a strict policy for following respectful whale-watching guidelines and allows plenty of space for the wild animals to be observed in their natural habitat. When the engine is turned off, it is proven that they are more likely to approach the yacht on their own. Slowly cruise back to Tromsø while searching for northern lights in the hot tub. Tour ends at 21:00 (9 pm) in Tromsø harbor in front of Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora. The cruising routes and locations of where you will be anchored or docked overnight are determined by the weather and where the whales are. The onboard food menu is ever-changing, inspired by Norwegian traditions and local, ethical, fresh, and organic ingredients. All warm drinks, snacks, and crisp clean arctic water are included. We cater to individuals with dietary restrictions - please tell us in advance. Onboard accommodations include three twin cabins for two people each, one twin cabin for four people, two toilets and shower rooms, spacious interior dining and lounging areas, the main exterior deck with room to walk, sit outside, and relax in the hot tub, and a top exterior viewing deck. The dog sledding and reindeer sledding excursions are offered by third party providers. Please note that the availabilities for these activities are subject to change.

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What people are saying about Tromsø

I booked Tromso with whale watching being a top priority for our trip…as we were coming end of October I was a little concerned that it was too early in the season, especially as I contacted other tour companies and the rest all started 1st Nov, I was over the moon to find this company starting from mid October. Whilst on board we were told the herring are now coming in later so less chances of whales this early but we needn’t have worried as we saw humpbacks and a fin whale (2nd largest to blue whale) I was a little disappointed as on our return the guides radioed to say there was orcas and we were leaving the other whales to come back earlier to spend some time with them…but nothing else was said or seen so we presumed they had moved on which was a shame as the orca would have been amazing and the icing on the cake! The catamaran was luxurious and spacious with fab facilities, the weather also great cold but bright no winds or sea sickness! (To my relief!) it was so calm! Loved it!

What an amazing experience. let me start from the scratch. 1. Very nice and beautiful boat equipped with wifi , heating and comfortable seats. 2. Staff was very nice with smily face and very professional and ready to help anytime. 3. Tour was awesome around 8hrs, I was quite lucky to see the whales and made some nice pictures and videos. 4. Overall experience was top notch, fjords look so nice , snowy mountains and amazing scenery. I would defo recommend to use this boat service if you want to wnjoy the beautiful fjords, mountains and especially whales. What you are waiting for , book it now 10/10.

We loved the tour. The scenery was spectacular The fishing was great and almost every body caught a fish. Then the cook used the fish to make a very delicious soup that was served for lunch. The crew was very friendly and helpful I strongly recommend it

It was such a nice tour, Thomas and the crew are so nice and always pendent of your needs, they are constantly explaining everything really well and making you feel like it's your own boat. The fishing experience was great!

Amazing tour with great guides and very good homemade lunch!