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Whale Watching
(Electric sailboat)


Can you imagine how it feels like having some of the world’s biggest mammals swim within a few meters distance? We do!


Seeing those majestic creatures calmly swim and dive around you is an unforgettable experience that will leave you speechless and that you shouldn’t miss! From mid October to late January hundreds of whales visit the coast outside Tromsø to feed on herring. Steering our boat through Tromsø’s fjords gives us the chance to get close to humpback whales, killer whales, pilot whales, fin whales and harbour porpoises, with humpback and killer whales making up the most frequent sightings.

This activity is conducted by our partner North Sailing, on a hybrid electric schooner, the “Opal”. A qualified guide will give you information about the whales you may be able to spot during the trip, and the history of the boat and its features.

Tour information

Price per person
Adult (13+) 1 300 NOK
Child (4-12) 650 NOK
Child (0-3) Child (0-3)
Location Pick up and drop off at Scandic Ishavshotel
Group size
40 guests (max)
Time and duration
Pick up at 08:15, drop-off between 13:30 to 14:00 (4 to 5 hours)
  • Indoor saloon for resting and warming up
  • Floation suit
  • Restroom
  • Hot drinks

Important Things to Note

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. We can’t tell you precisely what and how much to wear, since everybody feels the cold differently. While we had guests in February posing for pictures wearing only a t-shirt (before getting back into their winter gear, of course) others are more sensitive and need the warmest equipment possible to feel comfortable. Generally we recommend wearing woolen underwear, ideally made of merino wool. If you are especially sensitive to the cold and visit us during one of the colder months, you should consider wearing several layers. Besides that woolen socks, one or several layers, are a must-have, just like a hat and gloves or mittens. Mittens keep your fingers warmer than gloves. If you’re a photographer you can wear a thin pair of gloves as a base layer and mittens on top of that, which you can then easily take off once you need to adjust your camera, without getting your fingers too cold. Please don’t wear cotton, which gets moist and will make you freeze. On top of your woolen layers you should wear warm pants and a jacket that are comfortable enough to wear while exploring the city. We provide warm winter suits on our Northern Lights chases. You would take off thick layers of clothes before wearing the suits, so please don’t overdress. Also, please remember that our cars are warm and a long part of each chase may be spent driving, therefore you should always have the possibility to take something off to avoid sweating.

  2. In the city, there are several museums, art galleries, restaurants and cafes to check out. There's also the Arctic Cathedral which is a popular tourist attraction across the bridge. All museums except the Tromsø museum are within walking distance. The most popular museums are the Polaria and Polar Museum and they are both a short walk from the city center. The Tromsø Cable Car also offers a stunning bird’s eye view of Tromsø as you ride up the mountains!

  3. Taxi
    At the airport, you should be able to easily get a taxi from the taxi stand, that is located right outside the luggage conveyor belts. The trip to the city is about 10 to 15 minutes and should cost between 200 NOK to 350 NOK depending on your flight time and the traffic. To order a taxi, you can call Tromsø Taxis at +47 03011.

    Airport Bus
    You can also take the airport bus, Flybussen to the city. The bus cost 90 NOK per adult and stops at 4 stops in the city: Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø Prostneset, Scandic Grand hotel and Polaria.

  4. I’m afraid there are no ice hotels or igloos in or around Tromsø. For our packages, we work with hotels located in the city center.


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