Norway Whale Watching
Imagine watching a pod of orcas – twenty or thirty strong – rounding up vast shoals of herring on a winter feeding frenzy. Or witnessing humpback whales lunging at the fish, scattering their bodies like silver sparks across the surface of the Norwegian Sea.
Fly to Tromso on one of our whale-watching city breaks and you’ll find this wildlife spectacle (brought to our TV screens in Blue Planet II) right on your doorstep. Dabbling its toes in deep-water fjords and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the Arctic city of Tromso is renowned as one of Europe’s cetacean hotspots – and as it’s a winter phenomenon, you get to go northern lights watching as well. Two amazing natural wonders for the price of one!
Heading out to beautiful Kaldfjorden, where the whales have gathered to feast on overwintering shoals of herring, you not only stand a good chance of seeing whales, but also observing their extraordinary feeding behaviour. The orcas round up seething bait balls of herring and then stun the fish with ultrasonic tail-slaps before hoovering up their prey, while the humpbacks lunge at the dense shoals from below, taking a 20,000-litre gulp of the hapless herring.
Travelling aboard the oak-hulled Hildur, a two-masted schooner enjoying a new lease of life from the old fishing fleet, you may also get a chance to eaves-drop on the whales using hydrophones. An evening voyage, meanwhile, is a great opportunity for aurora hunting.