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Whale, bird and seal watching combined in one adventure!

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.

Departure times

  

Before the tour:

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.

 

The whale area

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:

  • Pilot whale (Globicephala melas)
  • Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
  • Orca or killer whale (Orcinus orca)
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
  • Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)
  • Harbour porpoise (Phocoean phocoena)

 

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.

 

Return to Stø:

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:

  • White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
  • Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
  • Cormorant and European shag (Phalacrocorax carbo and Phalacrocorax sinensis)
  • Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
  • Common guillemot (Uria aalge)
  • Razorbill (Alca torda)

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.



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