The Norwegian fjords just north of Tromsø are, according to ‘Skipper Extraordinaire’, Charles Wara, probably the best place on the planet to watch killer whales in the wild. Captain Wara should certainly know as he grew up in the north of Norway and has been running Northern Lights and whale watching tours in the Kvaløya area for over a decade.
“North of Tromsø, between Kvaløya and Andøya, is probably the best whale watching site in the world. Where else do you have some 500 humpbacks and more than 1000 killer whales in a rather small area?” – Captain Charles Wara
But what makes this dramatic fjord region, a couple of hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, such an irrepressible place for orcas? How does an area of Norway that still hunts, kills and eats whales relate to responsible tourism and what measures are in place to protect whales in their natural habitat?
Responsible Travel has explored Norway’s relationship with whales and discusses how we, as responsible travelers, are integral to changing attitudes in order to help protect these intelligent and inquisitive creatures for future generations.