Location: Norway

Orca Live-Aboard Free Diving Expedition

An orca expedition like no other!

Photo © Andy Murch

Our Norwegian orca expedition includes 5 days of chasing killer whales in the Fiords of northern Norway and 6 nights accommodation and meals onboard a well equipped liveaboard expedition vessel; the M/S Duen.

Why come with Big Fish Expeditions

There are very few places where one can dive with orcas. North American regulations do not permit divers to enter the water with resident orcas and sightings in most other areas of the world are simply too unreliable. Although orca expeditions in Norway are not always successful, we are heading there at exactly the right time of year when the killer whales are following the herring migration. As always Big Fish Expeditions is putting everything together to make this the best opportunity for the orca encounter of a lifetime.

THE ENCOUNTER

Free diving/snorkeling with orcas
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2021

DATE
November 12-19 FULL

November 26-December 3 1 SPOT AVAILABLE

VESSEL
M/S Duen Luxury Liveaboard

PRICE (USD)
$3995 per person double occupancy
$4995 per person single occupancy

LEADER
N/A

2022

DATE
November 11-18 9 SPOTS AVAILABLE

November 18-25 9 SPOTS AVAILABLE

VESSEL
M/S Duen Luxury Liveaboard

PRICE (USD)
$4495 per person double occupancy
$5495 per person single occupancy

LEADER
N/A

Killer whale pod in Norwegian fiord. Diving.

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Liveabaord Expedition Vessel MS Duen

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Snorkeling experience only

WHAT’S INCLUDED
7 nights liveaboard accommodation in twin or double cabins.

6 days at sea searching for / interacting with orcas (weather dependent).

All meals and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard.

All harbour fees and taxes.

English-speaking support.

Northern lights tours (subject to weather and Aurora activity).

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal snorkeling equipment rental
  • Ground transfers
  • Flights
  • Gratuities
 
 
 
 
 
Duen liveaboard orca snorkeling ship
 
Orca Pod Diving
 
OTHER WHALES

During our time at sea there is also the possibility of encountering a number of other whale species including humpack whales, sei whales, minke whales, fin whales and pilot whales.

WORDS FROM OUR GUESTS

Home after an incredible trip to Norway to swim with orcas! Another awesome time with Big Fish Expeditions! We had some perfect encounters with orcas in the water, and watched humpback whales feeding with them on herring from the boat. This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Trisha Stovel, Vancouver, BC., Canada.

If you’ve ever had the desire to see Orcas from their perspective, this is the trip. Right from the start, the crew has a method for encounters that start with the whales first having the option of staying away from us. You can jump in the water with a lot of different large species, but these intelligent and social animals are pretty much the pinnacle. What struck me on this trip was not so much being in the water with a pod of Orcas, that was anticlimactic after all the planning and preparing. It was their sheer power and size seeing them from the dive boat that impressed me the most. They are more remarkable when you’re at their level on the surface than you’d ever imagine if you saw them from a whale watching tour on a large boat from 100 meters away. Here, they surface right next to you and you’re looking right at that two meter tall dorsal fin sail by. If you’re not into diving or snorkeling, this would still be the trip of a lifetime if you want to see and photograph Orcas up close. You will also see other whale species spouting near the M/S Sula, and perhaps like us, see Humpbacks together with the Orcas sharing the bait ball. If you want to get in the water, be prepared for an extreme adventure, but one that you’ll never forget.

Dustin Hurbut, Washington State, USA.

Take a peek at this short video by one of our guests

ITINERARY

Day 1 Board the MS Duen after 3pm. Move into the cabins onboard, then dinner. Depending on arrival time, prepare personal diving and photo equipment.
Days 2-7 Whale Safaris! All activities will take into account up-to-date weather conditions. Weather permitting, this will include daily boats excursions. To reach distant regions with the largest number and activity of whales, excursions may start very early in the morning.

When whales swim close to the harbours, as they often do, excursions can also be shorter and we will start later when the light conditions are best.

The nights we will spend at a fishery harbour and Northern light tours will be included if the sky is clear and the aurora prognosis is promising.

Day 8 At 10am disembark and depart for home.
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