Orcas and Humpback whales feeding on herring
THE TOUR IN BRIEF
If you are reading this, you are just seconds away from finding out why some of the best known photographers
and film crews went to Norway in January 2014 and why they plan to do it again in 2015.
The miracle happens because of a little fish called herring, but before we get into the amazing and
outstanding details of this trip we want to make sure you understand this is a real expedition and not a
Norway has some of Europe's most beautiful coastal line and still features
In mid-winter the snow covered landscape forms the backdrop to many natural wonders
including the famous Northern lights as well as this exceptional gathering of cetaceans.
Orcas and Humpback whales can be watched feeding peacefully together,
often on the same shoal of herring.
While the whales gorge themselves on many fish at once, taking huge mouthfuls and filtering the water
through their baleen plates, the Orcas stun their prey with a slap from their caudal fin and consume fish
one by one. Seabirds and predatory fish often join the feeding frenzy too.
The whole spectacle will leave you speechless.
Here's the deal - this phenomenon only occurs when the herring are most plentiful - in mid-winter.
For this reason we want you to understand that this excursion is best suited for real enthusiasts,
dedicated whale watchers and wildlife photographers. It is not a luxury cruise. You will experience some
extreme temperatures and challenging light conditions. You will also need some preparation and suitable
equipment. If you want to enter the water, a good experience snorkeling will be essential and you will need
to bring a drysuit, hood, gloves, mask, snorkel and fins.
In mid-winter daylight at these latitudes lasts about 5 hours.
Our plan will be to head out to sea each day pre-dawn to fully exploit all the available light.
We will then spend the long evenings returning to port and once back ashore you can spend time reviewing
your day, joining our team to learn more about the orcas and the whales and, if the opportunity arises,
photographing or just watching the amazing Aurora borealis or 'Northern lights'.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
Comfortable Hotel with private facilities, breakfast included.
Pack lunch on the boat included in price. Dinners are not included in price.
Often misleadingly called Killer Whale, the Orca is one of the most fascinating, intelligent
and socially developed creature inhabiting our planet.
There are two good reasons not to use the name "Killer Whale":
Orcas are no more killers than other animals (and for sure not as much as we are), in particular they
do not kill or harm humans. Ask the krill what if they think baleen whales are gentle giants :-)
Since the Orca belongs to the Delphinidae family, scientifically speaking
it is a dolphin, not a whale.
Orcinus orca is by far the largest member of the Delphinidae family.
It is a very powerful predator and, wherever it is found, it sits on the top of the food web. This makes the
Orca very vulnerable to human-made contaminants, because of the bioaccumulation of fat-soluble organic
pollutants (such as PCB and DDT) in its blubber and organs.
Its distribution is so wide that Orcas can be seen (at least sporadically) in almost all waters of the globe.
Even more interestingly, they have successfully adapted to any conditions, varying their diet based on local
Some of its characteristic features are:
Huge, powerful black body, with white eye patch, undersides and lower jaw
Tall, triangular dorsal fin (up to 180 cm in adult males), falcate in females (male juveniles can be mistaken for females)
Large paddle-like flippers (pectoral fins)
The Orca is a very playful and inquisitive cetacean, that often spyhops and breaches.
It is a highly social mammal that can live in larger or smaller groups depending mainly on
its feeding habits in that particular area.
Indeed, despite of the existence of only one species (Orcinus orca), at least 3 different kinds of
Orcas are known in the Pacific Northwest only:
Resident (fish eaters)
Transient (marine mammal eaters)
Offshore (less known, likely fish eaters)
How to get there
The two best routes to join us in Andenes are the following:
1. Your origin
Andøya (Andenes), Norway
2. Your origin
Andøya (Andenes), Norway