Whale watching

Exclusive arctic winter whale watching

In recent years, from the end of December to the beginning of February, the ocean outside Senja is filled with herring. Tons and tons of herring invades the fjords of Senja, and with them come hundreds of hungry humpback whales and orcas. The feeding frenzy that follows is a spectacular event and according to scientists, northern Norway is the only place in the world where humpback whales and orcas are known to dine side by side.

We are lucky enough to have this happening just a few minutes away from the resort of Hamn i Senja, so you have the amazing opportunity to be part of this unique and fascinating experience. Here you get to meet the magnificent animals face-to-face as they swim and feed around your boat. Watching these gentle giants in their natural environment is something out of the ordinary and it’s difficult not to be impressed and moved be their size and grace.

Our boats go out with experienced skippers and a knowledgable marine biologist/guide on board, to help you answer any questions you might have about the whales. Before or after the trip you can also join a whale lecture with our marine biologist where you get to learn more about these beautiful animals.

Come join a magical winter adventure and watch the most fascinating animals in the world with us. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!


Season: December – February (depending on whales)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Days of departure: Everyday
Time of departure: December: on request
January to february*: 10.00
Price: prices winter
Includes: Knowledgeable guide, hot drinks, warm overalls, short presentation about whales, boats with up to 12 people.
 *Depends on how long the whales are here. The last years they have been around until around 1-10.february.

It is important to be aware that whales are wild animals and there is no guarantee that we will see whales on our trips. We never know when the whales will arrive to the area, or when they will leave. However, when we go out to look for whales we do our very best to find them and we work hard to give everyone an enjoyable experience, whether we do find whales or not. Tours might be canceled on days with bad weather for safety reasons. Trips departure every day while whales are seen in the area, and when the whales have left in February,  we continue with wildlife fjord safari to look for other Arctic animals like eagles and seals.

Remember you will be out at sea in Arctic winter, so dress accordingly! We have warm floatation suits for you, but it is important to wear many layers underneath. We recommend wearing wool or fleece to stay warm for the entire trip.

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whale safari

Watch the whale video taken just off the harbor in Hamn


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