ARCTIC ORCA EXPEDITION
February 6 - 12, 2019
7 day expedition / 5 days Snorkeling with Orcas / Whale Watching
THE WILDLIFE ADVENTURE
We are headed out for an off the beaten path adventure in search of killer whales in the fjords off Andenes, Norway. Large quantities of herring migrate into the fjord for their wintering grounds. Herring shoals are followed by hundreds of orcas that migrate through each winter season to hunt the herring. This is why we are headed out there and inviting you to join us. For an opportunity to snorkel with orcas while they are hunting the herring in the shallow waters off Andenes. It may also be possible to see and swim with humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales, finback whales and pilot whales during our visit.
EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT
The opportunities we are looking for, is when the orcas are feeding on the herring. The orcas corral the herring into bait balls and that is when we have the best chances of long, up close encounters. They say in one spot, allowing us to capture photos and video of hunting orcas. On our first trip out here in 2016 we had two days, where we spent over an hour in the water with a pod of 11 orcas actively feeding on a baitball.
Our entire time at sea will be spent searching for those opportunities.
Normally the orcas are swimming fast, hunting for food, making encounters with them impossible. Depending on their mood, the orcas may feel social and will come up to our boat for a quick inspection. On those days, If we have not found a baitball, then we may try and slip in with them for a quick few seconds to see them as they swim by. On the days they do not feel social, we will follow them around until they hopefully round up a baitball to feed on. During this time of year, it may also be possible to see humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales, finback whales and pilot whales during our visit.
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
This is also a great time to experience and photograph one of nature's great natural phenomenons; the "Aurora borealis." Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common.The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. There are opportunites to photograph these lights within walking distance of your hotel room. Each evening we go out in search of the lights. They truly are amazing to witness.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
Diving with orcas is truly a humbling experience and Norway is one of the only places on the planet where swimming with these amazing animals is reliable and still legally allowed. These are day trips. Each morning we will head out on our fast boats in search of the orcas, and after our hours spent at sea, we will return to port where you can return to your hotel room to review the days images, relax or explore the beautiful rural town of Andenes.
These are wild animal encounters and there is a possibility that we may not see any animals. However we are using some of the best in the business to help us find these animals and our trip is scheduled during the heart of the herring season (plus with the help of the local fishermen and whale watching boats) we feel extremely confident we will find them for you. So if your interested in swimming with orcas in some stunning landscape ... join us!
- Day 1 Arrival day. We will pick you up from the Andenes airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to prep cameras, dive gear and explore the town.
- Day 2 - 6 (5 days) In the morning we have a good breakfast, then head out to search for the orcas hunting herring. When we return to port, we will break for lunch. After you can go back to your hotel to warm up and review the days footage. Dinner will be served in the early evening. In the late evening, if the skies are clear we will head out into the darkness, to search for the Northern Lights.
- Day 7 Eat a good breakfast. Then we will return you to Andenes airport for your journey home.
Please note; these are snorkel only encounters in extreme conditions.
Water Temperatures average, 32 - 40 F (0 - 4 C).
Land Temperatures average, 28 - 40 F ( - 2 - 4 C)
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