Swim with Orca Whales in the beautiful Fjords of Norway

A great offer for those who can take the plunge with us this November!

2018

Tour # NW18  10 – 16 November 2018 (To be confirmed)

2019

Tour # NW19  9 – 15 November 2019 (To be confirmed)

12 guests only on this amazing 6 night live-aboard tour.

An amazing chance to spend time snorkelling with these most intelligent and fascinating creatures and experiencing  grandeur and beauty of the magnificent fiords of Tromsø.  November is herring season and this region becomes host to one of the planet’s largest gathering of orca. Up to 50-60 may be seen at one time – incredible!

Join us on a wonderful live-aboard safari with the most experienced operator in Norway.

Join us on the good ship MV Sula – Legend of the Orcas for this fascinating journey (90′ long and powerful, the MV Sula has been operating since 1992 with the same captain and with a very experienced crew). Our wonderful guide is USEA Qualified and renowned Orca Expert, Pierre Robert de Latour and Annah Evington, our long time WhaleSwim Tonga Tours Leader and passionate about whales person, will be leading this tour.

Our main activity will be looking for the orcas and snorkelling in close encounters with these amazing creatures (we may well see humpback whales too). The waters are normally crystal clear at this time of the year, and so visibility should be excellent. Daylight hours are shorter there and it will be chilly, but the boat is well equipped for your comfort and the tour cost includes the hire of the snorkelling and cold weather drysuit equipment that you will need.

In the evenings and early in the mornings when the weather is clear and we are wrapped up warmly on our mother boat, we will be watching for the beautiful Northern Lights… the astounding Aurora Borealis, one of the world’s most spectacular light shows…

Our daily mission: Seeking the herring runs and the orca following them. After observing the orca behaviour from the main ship, we move to the Hårek (aluminium dinghy) dressed-up for snorkelling in our dry-suits and with cameras ready for photo action. Normally we are in the dinghy two to three hours and then back to the main ship for hot soup, coffee break and lunch. When the darkness folds we go to the closest bay or harbour and anchor up with hot food, information evenings and story swapping!

Who can do this tour?
It’s not necessary to have experience swimming and snorkelling with the orcas. Certified USEA guides will give you lessons when you are onboard and you will be shown how to use dry-suits.
You need to be flexible & agile enough to climb up ladders, onto the zodiac, and get into your dry-suit gear and to be confident about swimming and snorkelling in open waters.

Tour includes: 6 days live aboard safari and accommodation in a well equipped live aboard boat M/S “Sula”. All meals /food, coffee/tea/soft-drinks. Professional chef onboard. All guiding and transport to the field for seeking orcas and large whales. Dinghy with driver and guide. All diving arrangements for free diving and snorkelling are included. Scuba diving also available (for certified divers with at least 30 dives with dry-suit).

Tanks, weight-belts, bedlinen and towels included. Snorkelling gear: dry-suit with mask, snorkel, fins and gloves, under-wear, thinsulate, Aquafloat (cover for your body topside for windy and raining weather) all provided.

Also included: Wireless Internet onboard. Hot tub.
An
 evening out on the Hårek with a Hydrophone for listening to the sound of orcas and humpbacks. USEA Lectures with Orca Expert Pierr
e Robert de Latour.

(Approx one hour per evening).
Pick-up service  from Tromsö city or Tromsö Airport to the boat.

Tour cost: Tour #NW18 10-16 November 2018  USD$ ‘To be confirmed’ when we have secured these dates.
Shared cabins only – 5 x 2 bed cabins and 1 x 4 bed cabin Preference given to couples for the 2 bed cabins. No single spaces available. 5 x cabins (most with bunk beds – 1 with 2 x on floor beds).

Please note: tour cost does not include flights.

This tour is a special offer and a great deal because of the short notice. The first 12 people to confirm their booking and pay their deposit will  be joining us. We cannot hold spaces. Check out airfares and book now!

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.whaleswim.com/booking-payment-options/

Email us at: tours@whaleswim.com for more information.

Where do I fly to: Most will need to fly to Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL) in Norway OR Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Sweden and then a direct flight to Tromsø (TOS).
There are some good fares to Oslo from many international centres at the moment and Norwegian Air Shuttle has some good discount fares for the Oslo to Tromsø flights: https://www.norwegian.com  Check SAS Airlines for flights to Stockholm and onto Tromsö.

You will need to be in Tromsö, Norway and ready for pick-up from the designated hotel at 2pm on Saturday the 11th of November for your transfer to the boat harbour in readiness for our departure onboard the Sula. Your tour will finish back in harbour on Friday, 17 November at 6 pm.

Our Live-aboard Boat
M/S Sula, the ” Legend of Orcas” 90 feet, 220 V Electricity, one lounge with sitting groups, room for diving-equipment, room for drying the suits, washing machine, tumble dryer. 5 cabins.
The cabins have upper and lower beds. There are 3 toilets and 2 showers onboard (2 showers and 2 toilets in corridor area and one toilet under the shelter deck). All cabins with washbasin with warm and cold water.

Temperature? Water temperature is about 4 degrees.
Air temperature from -7°C up to +7° C.

Daylight? From 10:00 hrs to approx 14:00 hrs.

Photo above right: Share Cabin
Photo right: The hot-tub on the Sula!

Our fabulous crew!  Left: Olav – Skipper   Right: Pierre – Guide & Orca expert!