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Wildlife Locations

1 recommended location:

Andenes

The village of Andenes is situated in the Vesterålen district, on the island of AndØya. Located 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Andenes is a great place to see the Northern Lights, and offers fantastic whale watching in winter, where sperm, killer, fin and humpback whales can be seen.

  • Where: Vesterålen
  • Ideal for viewing: sperm whale, orca, humpback whale, fin whale, white-tailed eagle
  • Excellent for: Whale watching

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Considered to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth due to its rugged coastline, glaciers, mountains and coastal fjords, Norway is known for its stunning displays of northern lights, excellent whale watching opportunities, and its largest mainland animal - the elusive elk.  

1 recommended trip. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Norway – Whales & Northern Lights

Travel to the north of Norway to see the spectacular northern lights and an abundance of cetaceans including orca, sperm, humpback, minke and fin whales. Enjoy a range of boat trips, take an elk safari in the early hours and learn about the Aurora Borealis on a guided walk at Andenes harbour.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Norway is a year round destination, depending on the focus of your visit. In winter, highlights are the spectacular Northern Lights combined with impressive whale watching, while in the summer, colourful skies from the midnight sun provide excellent photographic opportunities, sperm whales are still present off the coast of Andenes, and many bird species arrive to breed.

Seasons

  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Long summer days, where the sun never sets.
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Days start to shorten and northern lights dance in the sky. The puffins leave for the winter.
  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Low temperatures, snow and arctic light Nov & Jan. Herring migrate into Andfjorden, followed by humpback and killer whales.
  • Spring

    Mar to May: The puffins return, temperatures rise and the days begin to lengthen.

Wildlife events

  • May to Jul:

    Midnight sun

  • Sep to Apr:

    Aurora borealis visible

  • Nov to Mar:

    Sperm, killer, fin, humpback and minke whales can be seen, as well as white-sided dolphins.

  • Apr to Aug:

    Seabirds, such as puffin, razorbill, common and black guillemot migrate to Bleiksøya for breeding.

  • Apr to Sep:

    Gannets arrive on Forrøya to breed.

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