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Summer whale watching in Stø, Vesterålen

The fishing village Stø

At 68° north, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, you find Stø, a small but living traditional long-line fishing village. Stø, with its 200 inhabitants, is situated in Øksnes municipality (Nordland County). The municipality has a population of about 4500 people, of which 2800 live in Myre, the administration centre. The closest bigger town is Sortland, which is situated 50 kilometres south of Stø. Please note that the closest grocery stores are in Myre.

From May to August, Stø is swarming with life due to yearly Greenland halibut fisheries. Anda Lighthouse, five kilometres northwest of Stø, is the home of one of the largest puffing colonies in Northern Norway. For the hikers out there, Dronningruta offers a rewarding hike with breathtaking views.

Arctic Whale Tours reception is located in a big, red building with paintings of whales on the pier in the middle of the harbour. You can't miss us!

We warmly welcome you to come experience this unique place with us!

Tromsø - November-January

Tromsø is a lively town with great connections by air, land and sea. Our boat MS Sylvkallen is located in Tromsø harbour, within walking distance to most hotels in Tromsø city centre.

Stø - June-August

Stø is located in Vesterålen, about 2.5 hour drive from Harstad, Svolvær and Evenes Airport.

From Lofoten: You can either take the ferry from Fiskebøl to Melbu, or drive the E10 and 85 via Gullesfjord. Time-wise these two routes are about the same (excluding waiting time for ferry).

From Evenes Airport, you can either hire a car, or take Flybussen to Sortland, from where you can continue by public transport.

From Nyksund: Sea Safari Øksnes offer a boat shuttle service between Stø and Nyksund.

Where to stay

Stø - summer

Despite being a small, traditional fishing village, Stø offers a variety of different accommodation types to suit everyone's wants and needs.

Stø Bobilcamp offer full facilities along with a cafe for campers and caravans. Apartment rental is also available.

Gunnartangen Rorbuer offer classy and cosy cabins by the Stø Harbour, only a 2 minute walk from our office.

Myre and Nyksund offer more accommodation options, all within 30 minute drive from Stø.

Tromsø - winter

There is no shortage of places to stay in Tromsø. Check any accommodation website for wide selection for hotels and private accommodation.

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