This is a fjord cruise with whale safari combined with a RIB tour.
You will join us with the regular Fjord cruise & Whale safari on the catamaran out from Tromsø, and soon before we reach the area where the whales normally are, it´s time to dress warm and jump in to the RIB boat for a real arctic close meeting with these beautiful big mammals.
From late October to mid-February some of the world’s biggest mammals visit the coast outside Tromsø to feed on herrings. The most common whale species we see are the humpback whale, killer whale (orca), harbour porpoise and sometimes even the fin whale. You are invited to come on board to take a close-up look at the feast.
Please note that whale sightings cannot be guaranteed, as a consequence of weather conditions and whales natural behaviour. The arctic weather forces are an unpredictable force that can change quickly and wild animals behaviours are affected by weather, food resources, temperature and undiscovered causes. Due to these changes the tour can be amended at short notice. This can make the route, duration and destinations different from day to day.
This is a fjord cruise that includes searching for whales, the natural forces can make strong influence on the result of the whale searching, the arctic weather is one of the experiences this cruise offers. Also, if the whales does not come as early as we expect, or leave earlier than expected, we will still offer the fjord cruise.
The catamaran has comfortable seating inside for 146 guests as well as spacious decks outside on two levels for excellent viewing and photo opportunities. There is a kiosk on board to purchase hot expedition meals, snacks and cold drinks.
N.B: The winter weather in the Arctic changes quickly. Due to these changes the tour can be amended at short notice, even during the trip. This can make the trip shorter or longer as well as using different areas from day to day.
*The move from Aurora Explorer to RIB takes place by tending, this happen in safe environment in accordance with the safety rules on board, both the catamaran and RIB.
Price: NOK 1990,- per person
Season: Daily from 25 October 2019 to 31 January 2020 (subject to whales).
We depart every day 9:00 from Tromsø city centre, the quayside by Kystens Hus close to the main square (Stortorget)
Once we reach the whale feeding site, we stay for 1 – 1,5 hours
What to bring: Warm boots, hat, scarf and mittens
What is included:
• Scenic transport by comfortable catamaran (Up to 3 hours one way)
• Safety instructions
• Knowledgeable English-speaking guide and host
• Local history, nature and culture
• Short documentaries and presentations about the whales and the eco-system in the Arctic
• Thermal winter suit and life jacket
• Hot coffee, tea and biscuits
Number of guests: max.146
Duration: 5-7 hours
Read about the Whale Watching guidelines here