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On this 5-day itinerary to Norway, visit the picturesque village of Andenes for incredible whale watching, an elk safari and to see the spectacular northern lights at night.

During your stay in Andenes, there will be 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 can join an evening northern lights excursion, taking you on a guided walk to Andenes harbour. Positioned overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this is the perfect location for excellent photographic opportunities.

As well as three whale watching trips, this itinerary also offers the chance to experience an elk safari amidst the snow-covered landscapes.

All activities are guided, while the whale safaris are accompanied by an expert biologist.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: 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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marena, 4-nights

  2. Day 2: Whale watching & Northern Lights excursion

    This morning, enjoy a tour of the nearby whale museum, before boarding a three hour whale watching excursion. During the winter, you can encounter orca, sperm, minke, humpback and fin 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 snow shoeing 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. 

  3. Day 3: Elk safari and whale watching

    After an early breakfast, you will be met by your guide and taken on an early morning moose (elk) safari - these elusive mammals are often seen in the early hours after sunrise.

    Late morning, you will transfer to the whale watching centre in Andenes for a second whale watching excursion, looking for the abundance of whales in the area. 

    Late afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to book an activity, or take an late evening walk in search of the spectacular northern lights. 

  4. Day 4: 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.

  5. Day 5: 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 the whale watching on the trip is weather dependent.

Key info

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 days from £1,695 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 days from £1,295 pp
  • Single supplement: From £180
  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography
    • Snow shoeing
    • Walking
Featured location:


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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Marena

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.