Between popular tourist areas in Northern Norway, like Lofoten and North Cape, you have the best chances to see whales in Norway. These giants come every year to visit the Norwegian coast, and trips are offered from mid-May to September.
Some tour operators are so confident in their whale finding skills, that they even give you a “whale guarantee”.
No whales, no pay — I guess — which is a pretty cool deal. This obviously means, as they have to make money, that seeing whales on your trip is a given.
Why Andesnes in particular?
One of the best places to see whales, is in Andesnes. This is one of the closest pieces of Norway to the continental shelf, where the water goes from shallow to deep — where the best spots are.
The proximity to the continental sheld makes the trip to the whale areas shorter, and allows you and the crew to spend more time searching for, and observing, the whales.
If you’re traveling in peak season, we strongly encourage you to book early! These trips are popular — very popular — and it’s one of the most exotic things Northern Norway has to offer.
Not only will you see the largest of the toothed whales: the Sperm Whale, but you will also get the chance to see Puffins and other seabirds and large seal colonies.
This is eco-tourism at it’s finest, and all of the companies follow the guidelines of WDCS to minimize the impact on the whales and wildlife.
Which tour operators offer whale watching trips?
There’s quite a few different organizers. We’ve listed a few of the most popular ones below — but let us know if we’ve missed some — and we’ll make sure to add them to the list.
Hvalsafari AS – Whale Safari Andesnes
These guys have been in business for more than 25 years, and have some great reviews online. They’re located in Andesnes, and they offer you a 100% whale guarantee, as they call it on their website.
Arctic Whale Tours
Here you can combine whale watching with bird and seal watching. They’re located in the small fishing village called Stø in Vesterålen, and they also offer a whale guarantee. You can read more at their website.
Have you been on one of these trips? We’d love to hear form you in the comments below!