Whale watching safari

Join us on a whale watching safari with a chance to see humpback whales, killer whales, porpoises, and fin whales.

Tromsø Friluftsenter no longer offers whale watching directly, but our trusted colleagues from previous years maintain the quality we desire and will take you to the places where you can see whales. The motor catamaran M/S Gabrielle departs from Nerstranda. Sit back and enjoy the journey along the beautiful coast up to Skjervøy, and remember to savor the light during the polar night that adorns our sky. This activity is for those who prefer to be on a larger boat.

From late October to late January (approximately), some of the world's largest mammals visit the coast off Tromsø to feast on herring. Common whale species we encounter on our excursion are humpback whales, killer whales, porpoises, and occasionally fin whales. You're invited to come on board for a closer look at the whales' feast. When we've located the whales, we stay in their vicinity for 1 to 1.5 hours.

The ship provides excellent opportunities for taking photos and offers a comfortable sightseeing experience. MS Gabrielle has an onboard kiosk where you can purchase coffee/tea, mineral water, beer, wine, as well as snacks and light food.


There is no guarantee of seeing whales on this whale watching tour, but we have some of the most experienced skippers in the industry who will do their best to ensure you have the opportunity to witness the whales.

If you don't get to experience humpback whales or killer whales on the trip, don't worry - we provide you with the opportunity to join the next available whale-watching tour, completely free of charge.

The route, duration, and the destinations we visit on this excursion may vary from day to day based on weather conditions. We take animal welfare seriously, and we are out in the field with great respect and caution. We adhere  Visit Tromsø's guidelines for whale watching in Tromsø.

Remember to dress for an Arctic experience.


Adult: NOK 1 650,-

Children (4-15 år): NOK 825,-

Baby (0-3 år): Gratis

Student (15+ år): NOK 1 250,-

Bring with you: warm clothing
Difficulty level
: easy
Duration: 5-6 hours
Departure time and place: 09:00 Tromsø Per 1, the pier at Nerstranda

(please arrive 15 minutes before departure)

Available: November 27th to January 15th (dependent on whales)

Please note: This activity is not provided by Tromsø Friluftsenter. The supplier also reserves the right to change the type of boat based on the number of people booked to be sustainable.

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