Our five day small group trip visits the picturesque village of Andenes in Northern Norway for incredible whale watching and to see the spectacular Northern Lights at night.
During our four-night stay in Andenes, we enjoy daily four-hour whale watching trips, accompanied by marine biologists and our expert naturalist leader. In the winter months, large numbers of herring migrate to Andfjorden, which attracts large groups of orca, together with fin, minke, sperm and humpback whales. On the boat trip, we may also spot white-sided dolphin or possibly white-tailed eagle.
In the evenings, whilst in Andenes, we may also have excellent opportunities to observe the Northern Lights (depending on the weather conditions). Positioned overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this location offers excellent photographic opportunities to capture this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
All the whale-watching and evening excursions will be guided by our expert leader, however there are also a number of optional activities you may wish to do during our free time in Andenes.
Day1: Fly to Andenes
Fly from London to Andenes Airport, via Oslo and Tromso. On arrival, we transfer the short distance to our accommodation in the town of Andenes.
Day2: Whale watching & Northern Lights excursion from Andenes
This morning, we walk to the harbour for our first whale watching excursion by RIB (rigid-inflatable boat), which allows us to get closer to the surface and closer to the whales, providing a unique view of these cetaceans. During the winter, you can encounter sperm, minke, humpback, fin and killer whales, as well as white-sided dolphins, set against the spectacular snow-covered scenery. The trip lasts approximately three hours, maximising the chance of whale sightings. Once back on shore, a bowl of hot soup is served at the Brygga.
The afternoon is at your leisure, and there are a diverse range of activities available, including the fascinating Whale Centre Museum or a guided lighthouse visit.
In the evening, depending on the weather, we head out on an evening outing to see the Northern Lights.
Days3-4: Whale watching & Northern Lights excursions from Andenes
For the next couple of days, the itinerary will follow the same routine as before. After breakfast, we board our whale watching vessel once again for morning excursions out on the water in search of more cetaceans.
Following our return to shore later in the day, the afternoon and evening are at leisure. You might want to visit the Spaceship Aurora Space Centre to find out more about the ongoing Northern Light research happening in Northern Norway. Alternatively, take the option of a trip to Inga Sami Siida – a small Sami family business located on HinnØya where you can experience Joik (the traditional song of the Sami people), feed the reindeer and you can learn more about the local culture of Northern Norway.
Day5: Fly to UK
After breakfast, transfer to Andenes airport for flight connections back to the UK, arriving later the same day.
You should note: Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, and boat trips and Northern Lights excursions are inevitably subject to weather conditions. The whale-watching during the itinerary will be conducted from a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), enabling us to get closer to the whales themselves. However, the use of a RIB does require a greater level of fitness as they can be tricky to get into. Every precaution will be taken to make boarding the RIB as easy and as safe as possible.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 5 daysfrom £1,875 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 daysfrom £1,425 pp
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.
Ideal for viewing: sperm whale, orca, humpback whale, fin whale, white-tailed eagle
Excellent for: Whale watching
Located in the centre of the small town of Andenes, and within walking distance of the whale centre and harbour, is the charming Hotel Marena. The hotel’s modern interior has been designed to incorporate the surrounding nature, reflected in each of the 29 en suite rooms.