Small Group Safari

Swim with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

An exclusive and incredible safari with the unique opportunity to swim with, and be photographed with, killer whales (orcas) and humpbacks in the wild Norwegian waters. You’ll also have a chance to see the magnificent dancing Northern Lights.

Duration 8 Days
Price From $7,284
When Nov - Jan
Destination Norway

Safari Overview

Surrounded by icy fjords and imposing glaciers this unforgettable trip offers you an incredible opportunity to (hopefully) witness pods of colossal orcas and humpback whales. Travelling across the Norwegian waters on our very own private chartered boat you will have the advantage of versatility in your routing. As you are in search of wildlife their exact journey (migration) can never be exactly predicted; using a chartered boat you will be able to change direction and stay in specific areas for as long as you wish. If you are lucky enough to get a space on this incredibly exclusive trip (it is limited to just 6 guests per departure, only 4 who are able to get in the water); you will be one of the very few people in the world that will have had the opportunity to get this close to the orcas in the wild. You will spend your days riding the waves in search of the killer whales and when dusk falls your search will move onto dry land where you will chase after the famous Northern Lights.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Swim alongside the immense killer whales. 
  • Learn tried and tested techniques of how to capture images of wildlife in their natural environment. 
  • Spend your evenings chasing the breathtaking dancing aurora borealis. 
  • Witness stunning humpback whales.

Travelling with Patrick, Joshua or Rita, you'll know you are in the best hands to locate the whales and swim alongside them.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Tromso - Tromvik

After your arrival at Tromsø Airport, meet your group and set off. After a quick briefing, you will learn about the updated location of the whales before beginning your search straight away! You will have time to purchase some essentials from a shop and you may even stop somewhere for a local Norwegian supper. Once on the drive to locate these majestic mammals, your adventure has truly begun; this could be nearby or several hours north or south of Tromvik, depending on the location of the whales. Either way, you are in the hands of some of the best researchers in the world.

Days 2-5

Whale Watching

Patrick and his team have been running these trips for a number of years; almost the entire time in which orcas have been found migrating to these waters. During your time here, you will board your private research boat and head out each day with your team. You are with one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams when searching for killer whales and humpbacks. The animals have come to Norway in order to hunt for herring, and they can often be found in large groups known as pods. Your group will decide when you want to head back to dry land where you can enjoy dinner in the warmth. If you are fortunate, your evenings will be spent observing the Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) and looking over photographs captured during the day. Meals are not included so you will have an opportunity to enjoy eating the Nordic way. Depending on your location, you may cook up a feast in your lodge or spend the evening in a local restaurant if available.

Day 6

Tromvik - Tromso

Depending on where your whale adventure has taken you and your location in Norway, you may travel back to Tromvik today. This will also depend on weather conditions as the drive maybe quite long depending on where the whales have taken you! Don’t worry, there will be lots of stops along the way for restroom breaks and meals. Upon your return, you will be able to sit back, relax and reflect on your experiences in the comfort of Tromvik Lodge. Your evening can be enjoyed by soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi or hopefully catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Day 7


Today you are able to enjoy the day at your leisure. If the whale sightings were in the shallow bays of Tromvik, then you may have another day swimming with these beautiful mammals. If not, then a group decision will be made to either travel into Tromso for some shopping and coffee stops, or if you are feeling more adventurous then go out dog sledding. Enjoy lunch at the dog sled centre or in one of the café’s in Tromso. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Tromvik Lodge to cook dinner and enjoy your last night in this winter wonderland!

Day 8

Depart Tromso

This morning you will be driven to Tromso airport. Your Nordic adventure has sadly come to an end, but you will undoubtedly enjoy your photographs of this amazing adventure for years to come.

Trip Details

This is a small group safari departing on set dates between November and January, when orca and humpback whale activity in northern Norway is at its highest. Please contact us for upcoming dates and prices.

Reviews from Past Safaris

  • Everything went according to plan and it was an experience we will never forget! It was incredible! The encounters we had were amazing and the time on the water and boat were perfect. Patrick and our captain Oddgeir were great! Patrick did his best to ensure we got as many amazing encounters as possible. He ensured we were safe at all times and took us to remote locations, which allowed us to experience the whales in their natural habitat, not surrounded by multiple boats but rather by themselves, behaving as naturally as can be. It was absolutely incredible and we hope to travel with Patrick again in the future!

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • Fantastic. It exceeded expectations in every way. A very personal service from our destination specialist, Gemma, who was knowledgeable, helpful and extremely efficient. It was a pleasure to engage with her. Overall: excellent service, unique experiences, great ethos, friendly people, and our guides Patrick and Rita were amazing. They made our holiday perfect.

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • The trip was absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with a love for the ocean and its wildlife. I have a passion for travelling and your company was able to set up one of the best trips I have ever taken that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • Traveled to Norway to swim with Orca Whales. The trip was incredible. Very nicely put together. The guide, Patrick was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgable, great to be around, and made the trip fun and exciting! Gemma at NWS was very reachable and informative. Was easy to get questions answered and quickly.

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • The trip was very good. Usually we don't use travel agencies, but I loved travelling with you!

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • Amazing time. Great experience with wildlife, nature and fun company. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
  • A once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

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