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Whale watching and chasing the Northern Lights in Norway

Whale watching and chasing the Northern Lights in Norway

Tick off both bucket list items with bespoke travel operator Up Norway.

Norway has long been a renowned destination for marvelling at the natural wonders of its dramatic landscapes and rich marine life, including humpbacks, minke, sperm whales, porpoises and orcas. Whales can be seen in the winter months from November through to the end of March in several regions including Andoya, Senja, Skjervoy, Alta and Tromso. Coincidentally, it’s also the perfect time for watching the Northern Lights. Up Norway offers a handful of mesmerising excursions, from half-day to three-day journeys, incorporating both bucket-list items.

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Whales, Fjords and Northern Lights

Duration: Three days
From US$1,100 per person

Senja is Norway’s second largest island located 69 degrees north, making it the ideal place to experience the Northern Lights and the midnight sun. Starting in Tromso, guests on this expedition will wake up to stunning coastal landscapes, learn about Nordic culture, history and heritage, and get up-close to nature with land and ocean safaris.


  • Whale safari (November to January)
  • Dog sledding (February to March)
  • Northern Lights
  • Wildlife fjord safari
  • Sightseeing on Scenic Route Senja
  • Full-board lodge stay
  • All transportation on Senja
  • Local guide and lectures
  • Up Norway services and digital travel guide
Whale watching in Norway © Asgeir Helgestad / Visit Norway

Silent whale watching on a state-of-the-art electric catamaran

Duration: Half-day

The silent electric catamaran, Brim, allows a close encounter with humpbacks, orcas and porpoises, without disturbing them. Built specifically for discovering Arctic Norway, the boat offers emission-free sailing with uninhibited views from multi-level indoor and outdoor decks.


  • Six-to-eight-hour environmentally friendly whale-watching cruise
  • Scandinavian and English guides
  • Up Norway services and digital travel guide
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Up-close to the action © Martin Bril / Visit Vesteralen

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