An incredible ship-based safari with the unique opportunity to swim with, and be photographed alongside, killer whales (orcas) and humpbacks in the wild Norwegian waters. You’ll also have a chance to see the magnificent dancing Northern Lights.
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. Leaving dry land behind, you'll travel on our very own private chartered boat, the M/V Kinfish, for the duration of your marine adventure. This gives you the advantage of versatility in your routing while sailing through the Norwegian waters. The M/V Kinfish is our ice-strengthened vessel that operates in Svalbard in the summer and, due to her small size, is easily manoeuvrable.
In 2023, our Orcas expedition is 6 days/5 nights.
Your guides will be experts in the world's whales; NWS specialist leader team Rita Messing, Patrick Dykstra, Peter Webster, Kayvon Malek, Sarah Conner and Joshua Barton have all travelled the globe in search of the largest creatures on the planet.
As you are in search of whales, their exact journey (migration) can never be exactly predicted; by using a chartered boat you will be able to change direction and stay in specific areas for as long as you wish. Be one of the very few people in the world that will have got this close to the orcas in the wild as you will spend your days riding the waves in search of orcas.
When dusk falls, you will even have the chance of spotting the famous Northern Lights.
Our expert team have 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 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. The considerable expertise of your team 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 hearing about your guides' experiences with whales around the world, as well as 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.
Built in 1958, the M/V Kinfish has recently been transformed from a Norwegian research vessel to a classic passenger ship, ready to explore the icy waters of the Spitsbergen archipelago. The bridge has been fitted out with advanced safety equipment, allowing the M/V Kinfish to safely navigate the calm Svalbard waters. With room on board for just 12 passengers, the ship has an intimate atmosphere, and her small size allows her to access some of the smaller fjords and coves along the coastline. Kinfish has an expansive deck space spread across multiple levels, two spacious lounges, and a fantastic presentation room. Read more about M/V Kinfish.
|Date||Ship||Passengers||Trip Length||Trip Style||Prices from|
|4th - 9th November 2023||M/V Kinfish||12||6 Days||Swimming with Whales||5495|
|9th - 14th November 2023||M/V Kinfish||12||6 Days||Swimming with Whales||5495|
|14th - 19th November 2023 2023||M/V Kinfish||12||6 Days||Swimming with Whales||5495|
|19th - 24th November 2023 2023||M/V Kinfish||12||6 Days||Swimming with Whales||5495|