Swim with killer whales and humpback whales in Norway

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2021: 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov

Responsible tourism

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To ensure we care for the natural world and provide a safe environment for both animals and visitors this “expedition of a lifetime” is carried out in a small and intimate group. With only 12 travelers per departure we obey safety regulations and permits for swimming with whales in Norway. To further minimise the impact on the local environment, and ensure that the whales are not disturbed, only four of 12 travelers have permission to enter the water at the same time. The remaining travelers will watch these magnificent creatures from the boat.

Leading this expedition is BBC photographer and videographer Patrick Dykstra or one of his team of marine experts. Conservation is of utmost importance to Patrick and his team. Patrick was at the forefront of blue whale documentation in Sri Lanka and worked on important research surrounding killer whales in Iceland. With years of experience from filming and photographing whales in their natural habitat Patrick and his team have all the necessary knowledge to ensure this trip is safe and sustainable. Before excursions, travelers are briefed on how to minimise impact and take care around the wildlife to avoid injury. Throughout the expedition travelers learn about conservation efforts that go into protecting the killer and humpback whales as well as specific features of the two whales.

An important feature of this trip is that we let the wildlife come to us, we do not chase or harass the whales. Instead we read the whales pattern and position the boat in the right spot, with the engine off, and let the whales swim up to the boat. The engine is off for most of the time when we are in position to minimise disturbance, the use of fuel, and limit our impact on the environment. Through this expedition we promote responsible whale watching as an opportunity to learn, inspire and educate with low impact.

The Impacts of this Trip

This bespoke whale safari contributes significantly to the local economy and community around Tormsø, Norway. The supplies for the boat are locally sourced with fish bought from local fishermen prior to leaving port and buy fresh produce from local markets. By putting a spotlight on this unique experience we hope to encourage tourism to this area of Norway which in turn benefits the local community.


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