Whalesafari Andenes, Andenes

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Dolphin / Whale Watching · Wildlife Area
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Our Whale centre is located by the lighthouse in Andenes, Vesterålen, in northern Norway. Here the continental shelf lies closer to land than anywhere else along the Norwegian coast, making Andenes ideal for whale watching. The sperm whale, which is the largest toothed whales, typically feeds on deep sea squids and fish along the edge of the continental shelf. To help us locate the sperm whales, our boats are equipped with hydrophones (under water microphones): we can therefore listen to the clicking sounds that the sperm whale produces to communicate, navigate and to search for their prey. With the aid of these hydrophones, we can locate the whale whilst he is still under water and approach it with minimal impact on the animal. We occasionally see other species of whales on our safaris such as killer whales (orcas), minke whales, pilot whales, dolphins, fin whales and humpback whales.

Our guides at the Whale centre and on board our vessels are biologists and students from many different countries. The tourists can also learn more about the whales that we encounter from our guided tour in the museum, which is complementary in every whale safari ticket.

Research on living whales has been important to us since the establishment of the Whale Centre in 1989. We have researchers present onboard the vessels and they study the behaviour and the population biology of the whales that we encounter. Whalesafari Ltd. offers researchers from different universities to stay and use the facilities connected to the centre.

Since we have a sighting rate of 99% on our safaris, we can offer you a whale guarantee on our trips: we will offer you a new trip for free or your ticket reimbursed (minus admin costs) if we cannot locate any cetacean on the trip. So you actually have a 100% whale guarantee.

We tailor travel packages from Tromsø to Lofoten with activities, transportation, accommodation and more. You can book a package by visiting our web page or writing to booking@whalesafari.no.

Our summer season starts in May and lasts until September, while the winter season is from December to April. For information about trips, please check out our website or contact us via email or phone.

Opening hours vary from summer to winter:

25.05-19.06 08:30 - 16:00 every day

20.06-20.08 08:30 - 19:00 every day

21.08-31.08 08:30 - 16:00 every day

01.09-15.09 10:30 - 15:00 every day

16.09-24-05 09:00 - 16:00 Mon-Fri
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  • Great experience! We first got a nice tour in the museum where we received a good explanation of all the whales. The boat itself was fine and there was free coffee, tea and biscuits. We saw sperm... 
    Great experience! We first got a nice tour in the museum where we received a good explanation of all the whales. The boat itself was fine and there was free coffee, tea and biscuits. We saw sperm...  more »
  • Were unlucky with the weather so they couldn't go out. We hoped that they could go out a few days later but the weather wasn't on our side so we had to drop it. Got our money back and then we were... 
    Were unlucky with the weather so they couldn't go out. We hoped that they could go out a few days later but the weather wasn't on our side so we had to drop it. Got our money back and then we were...  more »
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  • They're well-organized and know where orcas should be so it's easy to see them. Boat "dance" a lot in the waves so you need a strong stomach.
  • Nice boat; friendly and very professional staff. Amazing day, strongly recommend!

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