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Winter Whales of Norway

Snorkeling with Orcas & Humpback Whales. A bucket list experience with the highest "Wooow!" factor

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Snorkeling with orcas and humpback Whales in Norway

During the winter months, Waterproof Expeditions operates a one of a kind wildlife experience in Northern Norway. This small ship expedition cruise takes you through the majestic fjords and the ever changing winter scenery to find orcas and humpback whales. Two Expert Guides will accompany you on our whale watching adventure. During five full days we follow the schools of herring and pods of orcas and humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. We go into the water for snorkeling whenever the weather conditions and animals let us. The snorkeling activities are included in this trip, on board we provide (Waterproof D9) snorkel dry suits and snorkeling equipment.


Photography and Whale Watching in Norway


This trip is a unique opportunity for everybody interested in orcas, humpback whales, white-tailed eagles, Arctic winter, Northern Lights and breathtaking landscapes. Even if you choose not to snorkel, the zodiac excursions are great opportunities for whale watching and photography! The best time of the year for this spectacular wildlife is from the end of October to early January, when the balance between light and access to herring and whales are at it's best. During the long winter nights you also have a good chance of seeing the majestic Northern Lights.
We aim to provide you the best possible snorkeling experience in a sustainable way and only take a maximum of 12-16 guests on board. Our ships are equipped with large zodiacs (inflatable boats) and full polar snorkeling gear for the ultimate whale and photography adventure. Please note that we are always depending on the weather and wildlife for the snorkeling activities.


Want to know more about our Winter Whales of Norway Expedition? Contact us for personal advise, or visit our FAQ page: Norway Expedition FAQ


Rated as ‘Best Trip Ever!’ by Ocean Geographic Society - Michael Aw

Sample Itinerary: Whale Watching and Snorkeling Expedition


The succes of these trips is very much depending on the whales and weather conditions. Two things which are beyond our control. However, many years of experience has showed us that the winter months, from the end of October to mid January, offer the best chances for snorkeling with orka's. Our itineraries are flexible and we will alter our plans to take advantage of light, weather, wildlife sightings and other one-of-a-kind opportunities which can vary from day to day. The success of this trip is based on realistic expectations and your personal flexibility.

  • Day 1: Arrival and boarding

    Our adventure starts in Tromsø, a small city in Arctic Norway. We recommend you arrive at least one day prior to embarkation, just in case you're flight might be delayed. This also gives you the opportunity to explore the town's museums and cozy city centre or to go on a husky safari or snowmobile ride.
    A transfer from Tromsø centre to the harbor is included. You will board the ship in the afternoon of the first day. Once on board you'll have plenty of time to get settled in your cabin and explore the ship. In the evening, the ship will leave Tromsø towards a location where we expect to find whales. Meanwhile you can enjoy dinner and have some time to meet the other guests.

    Be prepared for cold but rewarding days out at sea with spectacular sightings of a unique display of mother nature. Bring a good portion of adventurous spirit. We deal with true wildlife encounters and unpredictable weather conditions.

  • Day 2-6: In search of Whales and Orcas

    For five full days we will follow the schools of herring and pods of orcas and humpbacks in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Our ships all have spacious decks so you can take in the amazing scenery. The bridge of the ship is a great place to look for whales and enjoy the beautiful light and views of the Norwegian fjords. We have an open bridge policiy so you are welcome at almost any time.
    Two expert guides will accompany you on your whale watching adventure. They will share their knowledge with you and will do their utmost to offer you the best experience. Our guides and crew are constantly on the look-out for whales and orcas. Whenever the conditions are right, we will take the zodiacs and go out on the water.

  • Snorkeling with the orcas and whales

    Our main goal during our Winter Whales of Norway expeditions is to go snorkeling with whales and orcas as often as possible. On board we provide special Waterproof snorkel dry suits and snorkeling equipment. When whales have been spotted nearby, our guides will get the zodiacs in the water. Make sure you have your camera charged and your dry suit ready in your room so you can head out quickly. Approaching whales will always be done cautiously, at a low speed towards the side of the pod. When the guide descides it's safe to go snorkeling, you will be allowed to go into the water. You will be able to take a look into the world of the whales, an absolute unique opportunity to swim with these enormous animals. Enjoy the moment!

    The combination of wildlife encounters, the beautiful scenery of the Norwegian fjords and the amazing Northern Lights, make this trip an exclusive experience of nature. If you choose not to snorkel, you can enjoy these phenomena from the spacious deck of the ship or join the zodiac excursions for up-close whale watching and excellent photography opportunities. In the evenings we might also go ashore to visit some historical fishing villages that are situated in the fjords.

  • Enjoy the long evenings and northern lights

    During the darker hours you will enjoy the warm and cozy comfort of the expedition yacht. Some of our ships even have a sauna or hottub for you to relax and wam up after an exciting day out in the cold. Excellent food is served three times a day, with a warm meal during lunch and diner. Our expert guides will entertain you with interesting presentations, educational information and films on arctic wildlife.

    In the winter months, Northern Norway is the perfect place for Aurora Borealis sightings. With a bit of luck we will witness these amazing Northern Lights during our trip. If the ship is docked in a harbor, the guides might take you out for a hike to find a good spot to photograph the aurora. They are more than happy to assist you in setting your camera or phone for some spectacular photo's.

  • Day 7: Disembarkation

    Our ships usually arrive back in Tromsø the night before disembarkation. After breakfast and saying farewell to the crew, it is unfortunately time to disembark. Our guides can arrange a transfer to the airport or to your hotel if you choose to extend your stay in Norway.


    Extensions in Northern Norway

    Extend your holiday with more adventures in Norway. We offer activities like dogsledding, snowmobile tours and more!
    Check out our extension packages or contact us for tailor made adventures.


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Dates & Rates

  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 7th Jan - 13th Jan 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    3,950 EUR
    Superior Suite
    3,795 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,695 EUR

    Last cabins available

  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 25th Oct - 31st Oct 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 31st Oct - 6th Nov 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 6th Nov - 12th Nov 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 12th Nov - 18th Nov 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 18th Nov - 24th Nov 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 24th Nov - 30th Nov 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR
  • MS Polarfront Winter Whales of Norway

    Dates
    • 30th Nov - 6th Dec 2022
    • Embark: Tromsø
    • Disembark: Tromsø
    Prices per person from
    Executive Suite
    4,230 EUR
    Superior Suite
    4,070 EUR
    Deluxe Suite
    3,960 EUR

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Supporting orca research and conservation by photo-identification

We are proud to partner with Norwegian Orca Survey to support the orca research in Northern Norway! Norwegian Orca Survey is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and monitoring orcas in Norway. Using ground-breaking research methods and photo identification, they gather much-needed data for orca conservation. Anyone with a camera can play a part and help save orcas worldwide. By providing high-res photographs of orca dorsal fins, along with information on where and when the photos were taken, you can contribute to the long-term Norwegian Orca ID project!

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