Swim with Orca - Whale Safari
- Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
- Location: Harstad
- Product code: ORCA01
Swim with the world’s most intelligent predator in the Arctic Circle! Join us in January on a tour to the coastal fjords of Norway to view the spectacular herring migration which attracts large pods of whales. The trips are arranged to allow both boat based viewing and a strictly supervised swimming encounter. This area has also provided our most stunning Aurora Borealis (Northen Lights) experience to date. Along with the orca, there are chances to see majestic humpbacks, sei and fin whales, along with sea eagles, otters, seals and a variety of seabirds. This is all set against wonderful mountainous landscape and magical sunrise/sunset light.
Our base has very little light pollution and there are excellent opportunities for stunning northern lights pictures. If you’re a bit unsure of how to take great photos, we’ll be on hand to run a workshop.
Our in-water encounters are all snorkelling/swim encounters with the orca, no scuba diving. This means anyone with a basic level of fitness can take part as long as you are comfortable with 100m open water swimming and can get on/ off the boat. The weather can be challenging so the right equipment is a must, along with the right attitude.
We have a maximum of 8 guests per boat with 2 guides and our experienced local skipper. This is a premium wildlife experience and in a challenging environment so we tailor the trips as such. Places are extremely limited so booking well in advance is recommended. We are based on a beautiful island in cosy and comfortable lodge style accommodation; the trip is fully catered (vegetarian/vegan option included). Rooms are on a single occupancy basis with a reduction for couples or friends/family travelling together. There may be a chance for same sex passengers to share however this is dependant on other booking guests and not guaranteed.
The tour price and payment is changing for our 2017/2018 tour due to currency problems we encountered last season. Due to political turmoil in the UK/US, the exchange fluctuated over the course of the autumn which created issues. To remove this problem we are quoting the tour cost in Norwegian Krone. This way if the exchange rate varies from our conservative estimate (likely) then the tour will be cheaper, however there is a chance if there is a large market change it may end up being slightly more expensive. Costs have been based on 10Kr/£1, the worst it has been is 9.5 and best around 11.
Deposit - £650 to secure spaces
22,000 NOK - Single Room (per person) (approx £2,200 based on 10kr/£1)
20,000NOK - Double/Twin Room (shared occupancy per person) (approx £2,000 based on 10kr/£1)
Balance due 1st November 2017. At this time the market GBP/NOK will be calculated and final cost advised.
All tour payments are to our UK account in GBP.