Whale Safari Adventure – Tromsø, Norway

Whale Safari Adventure – Tromsø, Norway
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Ever wonder where to experience the best place for whale safari?  How about whale watching while the northern lights are dancing during the months of November to January? Well, who wouldn’t, right?!

Whether you’re a fan of the movie, Free Willy, or not this is a great adventure that is not to be missed when visiting Tromsø, Norway.

Whale Safari Experience on the Arctic Princess

Last year in November, I got the chance to go on the whale safari, a once in a lifetime adventure with the Arctic Princess or on an Arctic Cruise.

While we were in Tromso, Norway to experience the northern lights, we were lucky that it was also the Whale season of the Norwegian Orcas (Killer Whales) and Humpback. These magnificent creatures mostly the Humpback whales and Killer (Orca) whales love to come out and show off around November until January to feed on the herring.

Whale Safari

Whale Safari Adventure

There are plenty of whale safari tour companies to choose from in Tromsø, Norway but we went with Arctic Princess as Tromsø Camping (where we stayed) recommended it.

Well, all we wanted was, to go on a whale watching adventure, but we ended up booking on a luxury Catamaran. The arctic cruise in Norway described it as a floating hotel, you can check more about this boat on this link Arctic Princes.

Whale Safari Adventure

Whale Safari

Whale Safari




Our whale safari adventure was joined by other couples and individuals from Brazil, UK, and Norway. All of us visited Tromsø for the same reason: the northern lights and the whale safari.

Whale Safari

Whale Safari Adventure

The skipper Kurt Arild Larsen was so so nice. In the beginning of our cruise, we had a few challenges with the wind and waves and no signs of whales. But he didn’t give up and he got in touch with his contacts like other skippers and boats until we were close to the open sea and finally we saw the Humpback whales and Orcas.

Whale Safari




Whale safari in Tromsø is certainly an extraordinary experience as you will be watching those big creatures in the wild.  After taking a few pictures and videos, I put down my camera and just enjoy the whale watching. You know that feeling when you want somebody to pinch you to make sure you’re not dreaming? It was definitely well worth it.

Whale Safari Adventure

Whale Safari Adventure

The experience is not just about the whale watching, you also get to enjoy the arctic scenic views of the Norwegian fjords, beautiful sunsets, and arctic birds and eagles. If you go during the darker months like December and January, you can be the lucky one to experience the whale safari while the magical Northern lights dance across the sky.

Whale Safari Adventure

Whale Safari Adventure

 

Whale Safari Adventure

Whale Safari Adventure




The skipper made sure that we all had an awesome experience with the Arctic Princess. We were welcomed with coffee and tea in the boat before we started sailing. Winter overalls were provided to keep us warm while enjoying the arctic cruise outside. He was also taking pictures all throughout the trip. You can check his Flickr account kurtarildlarsen for more pictures of his trips. Before docking, he made sure our stomachs were happy. He prepared a traditional fish soup coupled with some good bread. 😉

Whale Safari

Whale Safari Adventure

Unfortunately, (as of this moment) the whale safari season has ended. However, this will also give you an ample time to plan ahead your arctic adventure for next season.  And of course, the Arctic Princess offers other trips the whole year round.  So, you can actually choose what you would like to do such as sightseeing, fjord cruise, fishing, northern lights and much more including customized tours.

Whale Safari Adventure

Have you been to a Whale Safari before? Where? Share your experience with us through the comment section below. Thank you for reading this article! Feel free to share it with your family and friends.

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  • Robin Rue

    Whale watches are so fun! I take my kids on one here in Boston ever summer.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Good for you to have one near you. I would love to do this again too! 😉

  • I have never been whale watching, but I can only imagine at the awe and inspiration one feels during the experience. I often go out with the intention of taking beautiful photographs in nature and just get overwhelmed with the beauty that I end up not taking as many, because I want to just stand there and take it all in. I’m glad you were able to do the same and get a few shots in yourself!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It was definitely awe-inspiring experience. Even though I love taking pictures most the time, I took a break and just enjoy that rare moment with the whales. 😉

  • This would be so much fun! I hope to be able to do it someday.

  • What an amazing experience. It must have been awesome to see the whales so close up – especially in their natural habitat

  • Ohhh what an awesome experience! Super memorable trip for you. I hope I will be able to save money so I can experience that kind of trip. For now, i’ll be enjoying reading posts like this.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      A memorable trip, indeed Anosa! You will be able to do it too, someday. Just keep it on your bucket list. 😉

  • I would love to experience this someday! I’m not sure if I can survive the cold, lol. But it would be nice to see and watch the whales!

  • Vishal

    Very beautiful, I have never been on a whale watching excursion yet, but with so many awesome posts about it, makes me wonder, what am I missing? This year it is on top of my list to do things. Really loved your post.

  • erin fesperman

    Oh my goodness! The photos you brought back are absolutely stunning. I can only imagine how impressive it was in person!

  • Aareeba Mohammed

    This so beautiful…I have also been to whale watching here in Los Angeles and i really had a good time

  • Homemade for Elle

    Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful, and like a great adventure! How fun was it getting to see whales?

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It was actually my first time to see whales in the wild. Stunning! 😉

  • Lisa Rios

    That is beautiful! It looks super cold, though. Brrrrr! That is amazing.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It was not that cold actually, it was only in November. I couldn’t imagine though in December to January, it’ll be freezing cold. But you don’t have to worry about the cold, they provide warm jumpsuits for everyone and it is warm inside the boat.

  • Belema Ronabere

    I thought they were sharks. LOL. This must have been such a nice adventure. Definitely on my to do list

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I would be terrified if they were sharks. LOL. I absolutely recommend it when you can. 😉

  • Wendy Lee

    Now this would be a trip of a lifetime! How cool is this! Beautiful!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It certainly was! Thanks for dropping by Wendy! 😉

  • Frosted Events

    That is so beautiful! I love all the pictures and I want to go there and see the whales

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thank you! You should plan that trip soon, I promise, you won’t regret. 😉

  • Oh my! I would LOVE to see orcas in the wild! I went on a whale watching tour once, but only saw dolphins.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yeah, sometimes they actually don’t show up, we even thought we wouldn’t see them during this tour. Luckily, with a little persistence and luck, they showed up. But at least, you got to see dolphins. I wanted to see dolphins in the wild too. 😉

  • MeetaK

    I totally love Norway. One of my favourite countries. Isn’t whal watching amazing? We were in Alaska last year and we too saw some exceptional sea wild life with whales, orcas and seals. A stunning experience!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Norway is ❤. It was unquestionably amazing and unique experience at the same time. Wow, it must be different and more exciting there in Alaska with other sea wildlife and seals. We didn’t see any seals there during the cruise, but we did have a close encounter with the seals at the Polar museum. 😉

  • How fun! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience to see such intelligent and beautiful creatures!