Small Group Safari

Swimming with Whales under the Northern Lights

This exclusive safari on board the M/V Kinfish is led by world-renowned marine videographer Patrick Dykstra; together you'll take your expedition ship to the wild waters off the Norwegian coast, allowing you to swim alongside orcas and humpbacks whales. Under the Arctic skies, you'll also have a chance to see the magical Northern Lights.

Duration 8 days
Price From $7,498
When Nov 2019
Destination Norway

Safari Overview

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.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Tromsø

Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport, you'll make your way to the city's port to board the M/V Kinfish, your home for the next few nights. With state-of-the-art equipment and just six passenger cabins, this small yet well-appointed ship is perfectly suited to your ensuing voyage, being able to manoeuvre quickly and easily in response to whale sightings. Take the chance to get to know Patrick, the Kinfish's crew and your fellow passengers before you set sail for Arctic waters.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish D

Days 2-7

Whale Watching

Patrick has been running whale trips to Norway for a number of years; almost the entire time in which orcas have been found migrating to these waters. In the past, our clients have remained close to land, watching and swimming with the whales during their hunts off the coast of Tromsø. However, this pioneering expedition will see you searching for Norway's whales in a way that few others (including Patrick) have done before: out on the water for days on end, on board your own expedition ship. Away from the bright lights of the coast, you'll be on the trail of orcas and humpbacks in the open ocean, tracking the movement of the pods as they hunt for huge shoals of herring. Head out in zodiacs to get closer to the water and, weather conditions permitting, you'll be able to take to the water in small groups and swim alongside these magnificent mammals. Patrick's considerable expertise will ensure an unforgettable experience. The exact itinerary will depend on the cetaceans' locations, but regardless of where you find yourself, you can look forward to informative lectures from Patrick and his team, delicious Nordic-inspired cuisine served by the on-board chef, and – if you're lucky – the cosmic light show that is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Overnight: M/V Kinfish B, L, D

Day 8

Depart Tromsø

After arriving back into Tromsø and disembarking from the M/V Kinfish, your time with the whales will have sadly come to an end, but you will have undoubtedly made memories that will last a lifetime. It's now time to say your final farewells and begin your journey home.

Trip Details

Trip Dates & Prices

This is an exclusive small group safari for up to 12 guests on board the M/V Kinfish, with expedition leader and marine photographer Patrick Dykstra on hand at all times.

 2019 Departures  Price
 Nov 15 - 22  From £5,995 per person
 Nov 22 - 29  From £5,995 per person

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

    5 out of 5
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