Whale safari in Northern Norway

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A six feet dorsal fin breakes the surface.

Dorsal fin and saddle patch of an orca.

A moment later several other dorsal fins appears. A herd of big, black and white killer whales are heading for the inflatable boat, which at this moment will feel very small.

- This is when your guide gives the order to jump in the water.

Tysfjord Tourist Centre arranges killer whale safaris which everyone can enjoy.

Getting to Tysfjord:

The closest airport is Evenes Airport in Harstad. From Evenes you can take a bus directly to Tysfjord, or you can get a rental car and drive, allowing yourself to stop by the road and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Drive from Evenes to Narvik, and follow road E6 which goes through Tysfjord. Tysfjord Tourist Centre is located approximately six km south of Bogenes ferry port. Alternatively, you can drive road E10 from Evenes to Lødingen, and then the ferry from Lødingen to Bogenes. Either trip is about 100 km.

Bodø Airport offers a wider range of connections, but the drive will be a bit longer than from Evenes. The trip is approximately 230 km on road E6 from Bodø to Tysfjord/Bogenes.

Once you’re in Tysfjord:

Tysfjord Tourist Centre offers high standard rooms with all nessecities. The centre has 55 rooms, of which 18 are motel rooms. In addition there are 7 cabins of ordinary standard. There is a restaurant and a pub plus a grocery store nearby.

Tysfjord Tourist Centre arranges the whale safari. The whale safaries depart from Tysfjord. You can choose between a safari on a big comfortable boat, or if you want to get closer to the whales; an open and ultra-fast RIB (advanced inflatable rubber boat). Warm soup and hot drinks are available during the entire whale safari.

The whale safari from the big boat costs NOK 850 per person (children NOK 600 and children under the age of 4 years free of charge).

A whale safari from a RIB lats about three hours and costs NOK 850 per person. Only persons above the age of 10 years are permitted. If you want to get in the water and try snorkling with the orcas, dry suits are available for rent. Renting a dry suit, a heating suit to wear underneath, diving mask and snorkle costs NOK 1600 per person. The age limit for snorkling is 16 years.

Remember:

  • Bring warm clothes and shoes (wool is preferred).
  • A good warm cap or hat to wear under the hood of your coat or jacket.
  • Camera! You don’t want to go on a whale safari and experience these magnificent animals without having your camera available at all times during the safari.
  • Binoculars. Even if the boats usually get quite close to the whales, bringing binoculars is a good idea.
  • If you want to be well prepared, then check the book Orca: Visions of the Killer Whale by Peter Knudson.


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