Snorkeling with Orcas in the Winter
In addition to our regular whale watching trips we offer the possibility to snorkel with whales in winter (usually late December to early February). Sometime between November and March Killer whales (Orcas), Humpback whales and Fin whales follow in big numbers enormous Herring schools into the Andfjord just outside Andenes for a big feast. The arrival may vary from year to year, if you want to be on the safe side, please contact us before! To watch these fascinating whales at close range under water is a once in a life time experience. We do provide dry-suits and snorkel equipment, but you are also welcome to bring your own.
Because of limited day light conditions in this period, we do have only one departure time around Christmas and New Year. But from middle January onward there is enough light to have several departures a day.
Procedure of whale snorkel trips
- Arrival: Please be at the SeaSafari Brygga (reception and guesthouse) 30 minutes prior to departure.
Check-in and informative introduction about whales and the sea as well
as a safety briefing. When necessary, information is given in different
languages (English, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian). You will also need to complete a medical disclaimer form before the trip.
ready for the sea: We put on the snorkel equipment that we provide or you can bring your own. Please, wear warm and comfortable woolen or fleece
clothes and long under wear e.g. merino.
- Boarding: Together we go to the boats, just next to the reception.
Off we go! Depending on where the whales are, we drive between 10 - 20
minutes to their position. When we approach the whales we do operate
very respectfully in their proximity, following our code of conduct for
whalewatching. To be able to snorkel we need to find the whales feeding (not travelling or socialising!) and quite conditions out at sea regarding currents and waves. So the final decison, if we can go into the water is taken out at sea!
- The autumn/winter tours last between 2 and 3
hours and take place from November to March (weather-dependent). Please,
contact us beforehand for whale watching in October and April.
- Back on land:
From the harbor we go back to the reception where we change and enjoy
some warm soup, bread, coffee and tea, and during our trip summary you
can get more information on the whales you just watched.
For snorkel trips, we provide
- Dry suit
- Hood, gloves and shoes
- Snorkel equipment
We recommend to wear
- long underwear (fleece, wool, merino)
- comfortable cloths
- warm jumper/jacket
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Max.passenger number: 12/boat
What needs to be respected snorkelling with whales
We point out, that we offer snorkeling with wild animals in cold arctic waters which may not be suitable for everyone! You
should be of good physical health and have prior snorkel experience.
Furthermore do we respect special codes of conduct before going into the
water. Contact us or read our FAQs.
Minimum age 12 years: In order to participate in a whale snorkel trip children must be at least 12 years old. Adverse sea conditions can result in these age limits being changed prior to the tour departs or during the trip.
Note: Our whale watching trips are
weather-dependent. Therefore it is a good idea to add one day or two to
your stay, just in case that waves are too high or it is too foggy.
Please, contact us or read the FAQs for more information.
incl. snorkel equipment (drysuit)
incl. snorkel equipment (drysuit)