Join me on amazing one week photo trip to whale watch or even snorkeling with Orcas and Humpback Whales

I spend last three winters to observe and photograph Orcas and Humpback Whales in Arctic region of Norway and I can honestly say that is one the best nature event of our planet. I’m obsessed by these animals and what I experienced on my last trip was simply mind blowing. I’m not a organizer of this photo tour but I will be there with you as a guide and somebody who you can speak about whales and photography. We will have a long evenings in Norway to analyze every day sessions and talk about pictures and photography techniques.

Your accommodation is right in the fjords where millions of herrings arrive at the end of October. The shoal is accompanied by orcas, humpback whales and lots of fish as the herrings serve as a huge food source – so the great feast can start! The orcas and humpback whale camp will follow the herring during their migration in Norway.

What happens in the fjords of northern Norway is barely describable. On some days during the last tour more than 200 orcas and 10 humpback whales could be observed! In front of the harbour mole of the accommodation there were ten humpback whales which jumped out of the water during the bubble net feeding directly in front of their “audience”. They were accompanied by thousands of herrings which tried to escape. The whole group was surrounded by 30 orcas because both whale species cooperate here for hunting. Together with the clear nights under the burning sky and the northern light you literary feel like being at another planet.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tromsø

You are welcomed by your driver at the airport of Tromsø. Transfer to your apartment at Kvaløyvågen or at Sommarøy Island according to the travel date.

Day 2-7: Daily programme

Depending on the travel date you stay either in Kvaløyvågen or at the Island of Sommarøy. The daily excursions start from your accommodation respectively. Kvaløyvågen is situated at the mainland directly at a fjord. The whales can alreadybe observed from the veranda. During the travel dates at Sommarøy the sun does not reach the horizon anymore , twilight prevails from around 22.11. to 15.01 and gives your pictures a very special spirit. At the island you also live close to the sea, so that whales can be observed from the house. At Sommarøy a family tour with St. Nicolas, northern light and dog sledge tour is planned as well.

Depending on the weather situation you depart to the sea in the morning hours to observe orcas and humpback whales. You can chose between the following activities:

Intensive whale watching

A maximum of four people per boat drive to the sea together with an experienced skipper. Often the boat meets the giants only after a few minutes. You return at nightfall which means after approximately three to four hours at the ocean. During short breaks you have the possibility to fish fresh fish for dinner.

Snorkeling with whales and Underwater photography

A maximum of four people per boat drive to the sea together with an experienced skipper. Often the boat meets the giants only after a few minutes. You return at nightfall which means after approximately three to four hours at the ocean. During short breaks you have the possibility to fish fresh fish for dinner.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport

Drive to the airport for your return flight.

“Our Orca observations are very individual. We use small boats with max 4 passengers what is perfect for photographers. “

Travel Dates

04.11.2017 – 11.11.2017 (4 places left)
11.11.2017 – 18.11.2017 (6 places left)

Rates

  Rate
Whale watching € 2.390.-
Snorkeling with whales € 2.990,-

Rates include

  • Transfer from/to Tromsø aiport

  • Overnight in a twin room in houses and apartments with 2 bedrooms that share a shower, lavatory, kitchen

  • 6 days excursions at the ocean to observe orcas and humpback whales with maximum four participants per boat (weather permitting)

  • Fishing at the end of each boat tour (and preparation of the caught fish in the evening)

  • Instruction to northern light photography

  • Breakfast and dinner with joint cooking

  • All participants receive a floater suit and a floater drying closet during the time of their stay

Rates exclude

  • flights

  • alcohol drinks

Accommodation and catering

Kvaløyvågveie

Maribell sjøbuer AS is located in the village of Kvaløyvågveien close to Tromsø. It has four completely equipped holiday apartments right by the ocean. Each apartment provides a living room with tv, a kitchen with dining area, separate bedrooms and a bathroom. The veranda invites for barbecue and photo sessions of aurora borealis. You are accommodated in a double room in one of the apartments and share the common facilities with the group.

The meals are prepared by the tour guide together with the group and are included in the meal plan. Beverages and specific food are not included. Participants also have the possibility to prepare their own dishes in the large kitchen. A supermarket close to the apartments provides food and beverage.