Tysfjord is situated in the heart of a spectacular area with a unique wild life, 120 miles north of Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. The Orca Basecamp has been conducting research on killer whales since 1987. 600-700 orcas spend the winter in the Tysfjord-Lofoten-Vesterålen area every year between October and January making this one of the best places to observe these animals. In Tysfjord, the aim is for the whale watching to be conducted in such a way that the natural behaviour patterns of the killer whales are not disturbed. You will join a whale watching tour on a zodiac, which allows you to get closer than on a large boat.
Tysfjord’s location also offers perfect chances for seeing the Northern Lights. Spend an evening in the darkness on the fjord with the polar light dancing over the snow-covered peaks of Tysfjord.
This trip can be combined with stay in Lofoten Islands or with Ice Hotel in Sweden; please contact our team for ideas.
PRICES & DATES
Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes flights to Evenes via Oslo, all airport taxes, car hire for 4 days, 3 nights at Tysfjord in standard double room inc. breakfast and dinner daily and one Whale watching trip on a zodiac.
Departures: 1 November 2012 – 20 January 2013. Whale watching tours run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during this time.
Fly to Evenes airport via Oslo and pick up a rental car. Drive to Lodingen (hour’s journey by car) and take a ferry to Bognes, which will take an hour. Tysfjord Hotel is 6km from Bognes ferry terminal.
Check in to Tysfjord Turistcenter for 3 nights. Dinner at the hotel.
Days at leisure in Tysfjord. During your days in Tysfjord Orca Basecamp, you will do a whale watching on a zodiac. The tour begins and ends at Orca Basecamp, and lasts up to three hours. You will be issued with windproof survival suits, but must bring with your own warm clothes, suitable footwear, headgear and gloves.
The Gulf Stream blesses Tysfjord with one of the mildest winter climates in Norway. So forget everything you've ever imagined about winter in the Arctic and get ready to experience nature in a whole new way, travelling by sea raft at only half a metre (1.6 feet) above the surface of the sea. At this time of year the magical light and nature 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle are at their most spectacular. Sometimes we meet with minke whales, pilot whales or harbour seals and seabirds such as cormorants and guillemots. We often pause en route at one of the small fishing villages in the region for a little refreshment.
If we encounter the orca, we will follow them and study their behaviour. In the stillness, all you can hear is the slap of the sea against the inflatable, and the dramatic sounds of the whales themselves as breath erupts from their blow-holes, or as they surge through the water. When you get this close to these magnificent creatures you are suddenly and completely a part of their world.
If you are really ambitious, snorkeling amongst killer whales is also possible.
Although Orca Basecamp offers one of the best chances of seeing the animals, they are wild animals and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Breakfasts and dinners at the hotel.
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Bognes and take a ferry to Lodingen, drive back to Evenes airport and drop off the car before flying home.