Some frequently asked questions
We are located in Stø, a small village in Øksnes municipality in Vesterålen. Stø is about 2.5 hour drive from Svolvær in Lofoten, and a 2.5 hour drive from Evenes Airport. The closest town with services (shops, bank etc) is Myre, about 15km from Stø.
A typical trip is 6-8 hours long. It takes about 2-2.5 hours to get to Bleik Canyon, an area where we are likely to see sperm whales (Physeter microcephalus). The length of the trip can vary -+ 2-3 hours due to weather conditions or location of the whales. Please be aware that this is a full day trip, and a full day out at sea.
We head off to Bleik Canyon, an area known for sperm whales. Other whale species that are found in the area include killer whales, minke whales, humpback whales and harbour porpoises.
We also see a plethora of different bird species, including Atlantic puffins, fulmars, gannets, common guillemots, razorbills, and white-tailed eagles. Sometimes we see harbour seals resting on the rocks at Anda Nature Reserve.
Our boat Blasius II is a 22-metre, twin engine catamaran. It has indoor seating for 65 people, and a spacious deck.
Vast majority of our guests are fine with ocean-going conditions, but some people do get sea sick. In case you happen to suffer from sea sickness, our crew will take good care of you. We recommend you take sea sickness tablets prior to the trip if you have any doubt you might get sea sick. We also have sea sickness tablets available at our office.
We are in the North Atlantic, and despite it being summer, the wind is always a bit chilly out at sea. Please wear warm clothes (thermals, wind proof jacket, a beanie, gloves). The indoor seating area is nice and warm, with hot tea and coffee available in case you need to warm up during the day. More info on what to bring here.
If you want to bring your own snacks etc., please note that there are no shops in Stø. The Stø Bobilcamp has a café, but the nearest shops are in Myre (you will drive through Myre on your way to Stø).
We have a whale guarantee. In case we do not find any whales (includes all cetacean species), we offer you another safari free of charge.
When you book on our website, payment is made in full by credit card at the time of booking. This makes the morning of your trip hassle-free, as there are no payments to be made.
Email and phone bookings, and walk-ins, payment can be made at our office by card or cash (Norwegian kroner).
Dogs are warmly welcomed to come along with you on the safari! Please note however, that dogs must stay out on the deck for the whole duration of the trip due to allergy and hygiene reasons.