Norway is one of the last places on Earth to see many types of animals in the wild. Whales are among these precious and rare forms of wildlife. Many people choose Norway as their preferred spot for whale watching because of its nature and the number of cruises that are found in the country.
If you decide to take a trip to this unspoiled northern land, you have a chance to see other animals as well, including birds, moose, and reindeer. Whale watching in Norway also benefits from breathtaking scenery and several miles of unspoiled nature, no matter where in the country you go.
Types of whales found in Norway
The types of whales in Norway are as diverse as the country’s landscapes. You can see minke whales, sperm whales, humpbacks, and orcas (killer whales). Orcas come around during the so-called “orca season” where you can glimpse these magnificent creatures up close. This coincides with the coldest time of the year, when the whales go in search of herring in the northwestern area of Norway. It’s a great time to see them as they feed, and a company even offers the chance to snorkel in the waters with them as well.
If you’re not a fan of cold temperatures, there’s good news. During the summer and all year round, whales can be found off the coast of Vesterålen. This spot is further north than the Arctic, so it’s about as far as you can go to see a whale. Sperm whales are also most usually seen in the summer.
The wintertime, however, is one time you are guaranteed to see whales no matter where in Norway you go. From the end of October all the way to February, they come to show off for visitors and locals. There’s plenty of food to go around, which is the main reasons whale go anywhere, in addition to mating. Humpbacks have regular migration patterns and can always be seen in the wintertime. Between the fjords will be where you’ll spot the whales, as in the open water they are difficult to see. Most whale watching is around Lofoten, a beautiful archipelago.
If you’d like to book a whale safari, it’s best to do it in advance. Norway has regulations on how many boats can get close to the whales daily. Most tours and safaris include transport, drinks, and food. When it’s too dark to see the whales, they do educational presentations and you can socialize with other whale watchers.
More than likely, you’ll have to book the flights to Norway yourself. There are two airports in the far north of Norway. One is in Tromso and the other is in Bodo. Both are close to the whale watching spots that you’ll be going to. The country’s air carrier, Norwegian Air, also flies to these airports using their domestic service from the large Oslo and Trondheim airports. SAS, another Scandinavian carrier, also services the same airports.