The frigid, Arctic waters off the Norwegian coast are the setting for this thrilling ship-based expedition, which revolves around two of the sea's most recognisable residents: the orca, or killer whale, and the humpback whale. Your guide will be an expert in the world's whales – NWS specialist leader Patrick Dykstra – whose adventures have taken him across the globe in search of the largest creatures on the planet. Patrick has filmed whale sharks in Djibouti, socialising sperm whales in Dominica and blue whale “heat runs” in Sri Lanka. He is no stranger to Norway either, having filmed orcas and humpbacks taking part in feeding frenzies for the landmark BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, which won him a BAFTA in 2018. This trip will not follow an exact itinerary, but will instead be at the whim of the whales, who migrate here in the winter to feed on vast stocks of herring. A good thing, then, that you'll be staying on board the M/V Kinfish, our recently refurbished and ice-strengthened vessel that has plied the seas of Svalbard and, due to her small size, is easily manoeuvrable. On this exclusive and pioneering departure, you could become one of a select few to have gotten up close and personal with these whales in the wild.
What makes this trip extraordinary
- Swim with pods of migratory orcas.
- Witness humpback whales breaching and hunting for herring.
- Take advantage of specialist leader Patrick Dykstra's wealth of knowledge.
- Learn all about the different cetaceans that can be found in Arctic waters.
- Learn how to capture images of wildlife in their natural environment using tried-and-tested techniques.
- Gaze up at the magical Northern Lights from the deck of your expedition ship, the M/V Kinfish.
Led by veteran marine videographer Patrick Dykstra, this expedition will put you in the right place at the right time to locate whales and swim alongside them.