Swim with Killer Whales

Swim with Killer Whales / Orca – Tours to Norway

Screen Shot 2014 11 19 at 19.12.14 Swim with Killer WhalesSwim with Killer Whales the world’s most intelligent predator! Shane has swam with them in New Zealand and Norway, but we’ve not been so lucky to see them in the Hebrides!

However the place you can really have a good chance of swimming with them in is Norway.So this is your chance to swim with Killer Whales. Or we prefer to call them Orca. The Orca follow the southerly migration of herring into the coastal fjords. Exhibiting corralling behaviour to gorge themselves on the fish. We will timing our expedition with this migratory pattern using the previous few years sightings data.

Along with the Orca, there are chances to see the majestic Humpback, Sei and Fin whales, along with Sea Eagles, Otters, Seals and a variety of seabirds.

Aurora Norway 300x199 Swim with Killer WhalesWith it also being in a northerly latitude there are great chances of Aurora borealis or Northern Lights. Our base has very little light pollution and there are very good opportunities for stunning pictures. If you’re a bit unsure Shane will be running an Aurora photography workshop!

It’s all snorkel/swim encounters with the Orca, no scuba diving. So this means anyone can take part. Same skills/fitness required as to shark swimming, basically getting on/off the boat and a bit of finning to get a view of these amazing cetaceans. There can be a lot of swimming around required so some fitness is needed. The weather can be challenging so the right equipment is a must, along with the right attitude.

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Following successful trips from 2013 onwards we have a large interested mailing list moving forward and these trip have very limited places. We don’t take large groups or into mass numbers at all (maximum 8 guests). This is a premium wildlife experience and in a challenging environment so we tailor the trips to be as such.

Rooms are on a single basis with a reductions for couples or if there are same sex passengers willing to share.

Full tour cost excluding flights is approx £2500, but final costs will be confirmed in Feb 2016. You may wish to join our mailing list as the space fill up quickly.

Dates 2017

Week 1 – 5th Jan – 12th Jan

Week 2 – 12th Jan – 19th Jan

Week 3 – 19th Jan – 26th Jan

Screen Shot 2015 07 13 at 13.58.56 300x152 Swim with Killer WhalesFurther to these dates we are also hoping to take a small group via live aboard. This a very high-quality professional operation with dedicated staff and the founders of USEA. . We are able to scuba dive on these tours which is an added bonus and allows more flexibility with changing locations which is another good tactic when looking for highly transitory cetaceans.We need minimum numbers to run a trip with them but hope to return in either winter 2017. The live aboard  trip would suit people who are more used to expedition style tours and without the shore comforts.

Contact us here to be added to the mailing list to register your interest for 2016 and beyond. 

See below for some pictures and video from 2015/2016.

 

Dates 2017

Week 1 – 5th Jan – 12th Jan

Week 2 – 12th Jan – 19th Jan

Week 3 – 19th Jan – 26th Jan

Watching the pod from the boat

Orca & Humpback chasing Herring in 2016

Humpbacks Interact with Free-Divers in 2016

Amazing underwater footage taken in 2015 by Alex! Unreal!

 

Norway Fjord 1 Swim with Killer Whales

Lovely light in the dawn/dusk period – makes this a hugely productive area for photographers!

Norway Aurora 2 Swim with Killer Whales

Pod transiting the area! Breath-taking to watch this at close range!

Norway Aurora 1 Swim with Killer Whales

In 2015 we had the best Northern Lights/ Aurora display we’ve ever had on our tours!

Norway Orca 1 Swim with Killer Whales

Orca surfaces spectacularly

Norway WTSE 1 Swim with Killer Whales

White-Tailed Sea Eagle

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