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 guides will be experts in the world's whales: NWS specialist leader team Joshua Barton, Rita Messing and Patrick Dykstra have all travelled the globe in search of the largest creatures on the planet.
Joshua Barton is an experienced underwater wildlife photographer who has crisscrossed the planet searching for unique moments to capture on camera. His work has featured worldwide in publications like National Geographic, the Washington Post and International Wildlife. Joshua’s clients from Natural World Safaris were the first non-professional photographers to capture transient orcas off the coast of Sri Lanka. Rita Messing has been working and travelling with Patrick Dykstra for some time now – an adventure-lover with a passion for wildlife, Rita has extensive guiding experience with orca, humpback and sperm whale trips. Patrick himself 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 alongside killer whales.
- Witness humpback whales breaching and hunting for herring.
- 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.
THIS EXPEDITION WILL PUT YOU IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO LOCATE WHALES AND SWIM ALONGSIDE THEM.