On this 5-day itinerary, visit the picturesque village of Andenes in Northern Norway for incredible whale watching and to see the spectacular Northern Lights.
During your four-night stay in Andenes, enjoy three four-hour whale watching trips, accompanied by marine biologists. 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, you may also spot white-sided dolphin or possibly white-tailed eagle.
On your second night in Andenes, you are offered an evening Northern Light excursion, taking you on a guided walk to Andenes harbour. Positioned overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you will have excellent photographic opportunities to capture this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. All activities are guided, while the whale safaris are also accompanied by an expert biologist.
Day1: Fly to Andenes
Fly from London to Andenes Airport, via Oslo & Tromso. Meet your driver/guide and drive approximately five minutes to your accommodation in Andenes.
This morning, enjoy a tour of the nearby whale museum, before enjoying a whale watching excursion. 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 afternoon is at your leisure, and there are a diverse range of activities available on the small island of Andoya. You may wish to visit the Spaceship Aurora Space Centre to find out more about the ongoing northern light research, take a trip to Inga Sami Siida – a small Sami family business located on Hinnoya where you can experience Joik (traditional song of the Sami people) and feed the reindeer, take a two hour snowshoeing excursion amidst the spectacular scenery or enjoy a lighthouse visit with views across Andenes.
In the evening you will be taken on a walking tour to view the northern lights close to the harbour of Andenes.
Day3: Whale watching & optional excursions
After breakfast, walk to the whale watching centre in Andenes to board your vessel for your next excursion out on the water in search of cetaceans.
The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to book one of the optional activities to the Spaceship Aurora Space Centre, a snowshoeing excursion, or simply take a late evening walk in hope of seeing a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.
Day4: Whale watching
This morning, there will be the opportunity for a third whale watching trip in the North Atlantic Ocean. The afternoon is at your leisure.
In the evening, you may wish to organise another northern lights excursion, or relax and enjoy your last night in the small village of Andenes.
Day5: Fly to UK
After breakfast, you will have the day at leisure before transferring to Andenes airport for your flight home, via Bodo and Oslo. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have time for a morning activity.
You should note: All whale watching on the trip is weather dependent.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 5 daysfrom £1,295 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 daysfrom £995 pp
Single supplement: From £180
When to go: Nov-Mar
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
Suggested accommodation is shown below.
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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.