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 $4,690
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 Dykstra you'll know you are in the best hands to locate the whales and swim alongside them.

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Tromso - Tromvik

After your arrival at Tromso airport, you will be met by specialist leader Patrick Dykstra, or one of his team. 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. Your adventure has truly begun, on the drive to locate these majestic mammals; 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 one of the best researchers in the world.

Days 2-5

Whale Watching

Patrick has 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 with Patrick and his team (an expert captain and spotter). You are with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable team when searching for killer whales and humpbacks. The animals have come to Norway in order to hunt for herring, 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 Aurora Borealis) and looking over photographs captured in 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

Tromvik

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

Trip Dates & Prices

This is an exclusive small group safari for up to six guests, (4 ‘in water’ and 2 ‘out of water’ – contact us for details), with expedition leader and marine photographer Patrick Dykstra on hand at all times.

 2018 Departures  Prices
 Nov 1 - 8  From £3,350 per person out of water; £4,555 in water
 Nov 9 - 16  From £3,350 per person out of water; £4,555 in water
 Nov 26 - Dec 3  From £3,350 per person out of water; £4,555 in water
 2019 Departures Prices 
 Jan 7 - 14  From £3,350 per person out of water; £4,555 in water

Reviews from Past Safaris

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

    Swimming with Killer Whales and Humpbacks in Norway

    5 out of 5
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