Arctic Whale Tours offers you the ultimate winter adventure! On our tours we will take you on a journey through the fjords around Tromsø to bring you close to the whales that gather there to feed during the winter months.
In late fall, the herring migrates into the fjords to overwinter in the region. The high concentration of fish attracts a variety of whale species that gather here to feed. This gives us an excellent opportunity to observe killer whales, humpback whales and fin whales in full activity.
You will always be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide with first-hand knowledge of the whales and the nature of the area. Complimentary coffee and tea are available throughout the trip for you to enjoy the boat ride and magnificent landscapes while sharing your thoughts about the experience of the safari with our friendly guides. On the way back from the whales to the city, we also serve fish and vegetable soup.
Last years, whales have been observed in the fjords around Tromsø area almost every day from November until the end of January. Since the whales follow the shoals of herring through the fjords, it is possible that they can travel long distances every day. Because of this, we cannot guarantee the sighting of whales on all of our trips. However, our experienced crew will do its’ best to ensure that your trip will be an unforgettable experience.
Location: Tromsø (Please note that our summer safari destination Stø is seven hours from Tromsø)
Season: 1 November – 31 January
Departure time and Dates: Every day at 9:00, meet by our boat Blasius II 45 minutes earlier
Point of Departure: The pier next to Clarion Collection Hotel With (Sjøgata 35-37) in Tromsø main harbor.
Duration: Approximately 4 - 6 hours (The safaris can sometimes be longer or shorter depending on the location of the whales)
Number of Passengers: Maximum 65
We reserve the right to change or cancel departures due to weather conditions or passenger demand
Winter whale safari from Tromsø
Adult: 1470 NOK
Children (5-12): 640 NOK
Children (2-4): 320 NOK
Students, parents and seniors: 1230 NOK
Price includes: safari (ca. 4 hours), experienced marine biologist guides, coffee & tea during the tour, fish soup.
All rates are per person, in NOK currency and inclusive VAT (MVA) 8%. Rates are subject to change. Payment is done at check-in before departure. No pre-payment is required.
We reserve the right to change or cancel departure times due to weather conditions or passenger demand.
We have special rates for groups. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Winter safari starting point: Tromsø main harbor, the pier next to Clarion Collection Hotel With (Sjøgata 35-37). Please be at our boat Blasius II at 8.15 am.
We use the boat Blasius II for the whale safaris. The catamaran has a capacity of 65 passengers and provides good comfort with warm indoors areas when you can relax and enjoy an intimate atmosphere.
Arctic Whale Tours’ multilingual guides will accompany you for the whole trip, making your safari comfortable, providing information and answering all of your questions. All of our guides have have extensive hands-on knowledge of marine biology and coastal culture.
Complimentary coffee and tea are available on the boat for the entire trip. We also serve a fish soup and vegetable soup made with locally sourced ingredients on the return trip.
Despite warm indoors areas, it is essential that you come warmly dressed for the trips. Thermal underwear, sweater or fleece, warm footwear, hats and gloves as well as a waterproof coat are highly recommended.
You might also want to bring a camera and camera charger as well as something to eat. Although we serve a soup on the boat, the trips can be relatively long and it can be a good idea to bring a sandwich or some other snack with you.
Our winter safaris leave from the main harbor of Tromsø. Our boat Blasius II will depart from the pier next to Clarion Collection Hotel With (Sjøgata 35-37). Please be at our boat for check-in by 8.15 am.
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.
We have over 10 years of experience with operating whale safaris in arctic waters and we know how to provide an unforgettable whale watching experience while making sure that the whales are not harmed by our activities.
In Tromsø, there are many different safaris to choose from and it can be difficult to decide which one to join. Below are a few facts that we hope will make it easier for you to choose Arctic Whale Tours for your whale safari adventure while in Tromsø: