With whale guarantee!
Our classic whale watching tour combined with bird and seal safari.
Location: Stø in Vesterålen (Please note that Stø is located about 7 hours from Tromsø)
Duration: The trips typically last 8 hours although this may vary depending on weather conditions or other unforseen circumstances.
Guiding: You will be accompanied by our qualified nature guides during the whole tour. Our guides have firsthand knowledge about the marine wildlife of this area.
The safari begins with a presentation where one of our guides will inform you about the tour, safety on-board and the animals we can expect to encounter.
We head towards the underwater canyon of Bleik, in search of the highlight of the whale watching tour - the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). On the way offshore, we regularly encounter different whale species inhabiting these waters, for example:
Each safari is different, which makes the experience even more exciting! When we set out from the harbor, we never know exactly what kind of whales wait for us at the sea on that particular day.
On the way back, we will serve you a hot meal: our delicious fish soup or vegetarian soup with bread. The soups contain local supplies and self-collected herbs. You can enjoy the boat ride and magnificent landscapes while summing up the experiences of the safari with our friendly crew.
The last stop on our whale safari is the island Anda. Here we will take you close to the bird cliffs, which are home to thousands of seabirds. We will also go close to the flat rocks north of the island to see if we find harbor seals resting on the rocks. Some of the bird species you can expect to see are:
Our safari success rate is around 95 %, but occasionally, it happens that we fail to spot any whales (we are dealing with nature, after all). For such rare days, we have a whale guarantee: If we do not see whales, guests who are interested can join another safari free of charge. In this case, the guests need to contact the reception and we will do a rebooking for them.
May 29th - August 31st
Departure times may be subject to changes due to weather conditions or passenger demand.
The summer whale watching season runs from the 29th of May to the 31st of August 2017.
Please note: passengers are requested to meet up no later than one hour before departure at the ticket office in Stø harbor.
Our rates include the following:
Adults: 1100 NOK
Children (5 - 12 years): 600 NOK
Children (2 - 4 years*): 200 NOK
Students, senior citizens (>65 yrs) and family price for families with children: 1000 NOK
* If you would like to bring a child under two (2) years old to the safari, please contact our office
We warmly welcome dogs on board with us. Since some of the guests may be allergic for them, human's best friends are not allowed to keep indoors. No extra charges will be taken from dogs. Our guides are happy to tell you more about having a dog in our boat. You may also contact our reception (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
We have discounted rates for groups. Please contact our reception (email@example.com) for more information.
Whenever we set out to the sea, we always expect to see whales. However, as our product is based on the nature, it does sometimes happen that we do not succeed. For such rare occasions, we have our whale guarantee: In the unlikely event that we would not be able to see any cetaceans (includes all whale and dolphin species), passengers can join another available whale safari, free of charge. In this case, the guests need to contact the reception and we will do a re-booking for them.
In Stø, we have the privilege of living and working amongst the most magnificent wildlife found in Norway. This also gives us an opportunity to provide our visitors with quality whale watching experiences. However, these opportunities are associated with the responsibility to ensure the welfare of the animals at all times. We have therefore, in close collaboration with WDCS (The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society), established whale watching guidelines to assure best practices for our whale watching. The aims of these guidelines are to minimize the impacts on the animals and for our trained naturalists to inform our visitors about the appropriate ways of interacting with marine mammals.
The guidelines presented here refer to our active approach towards the whales. Sometimes whales are curious about us and approach our boat. In these situations we maintain our course with slow steady speed or let the engine run in neutral.