Swim with Killer Whales / Orca – Tours to Norway
Swim 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.
With it also being in a northerly latitude and in a active sun year, 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. The weather can be challenging so the right equipment is a must, along with the right attitude. You don’t be super swimmer/snorkeller but some fitness for an open water and waves environment is required.
Following successful trips in 2014 and 2015 we will be running the trip again in 2016. 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. This is a premium wildlife experience and in a challenging environment so we tailor the trips to be as such. We take 7 people maximum on each trip and the cost is approx £1950 with a reduction should the weather cancel some trips.
14th January – 21st January 2016 (7 nights – 6 days) – FULL
21st January – 28th January 2016(7 nights – 6 days) – 1 sp remaining
Further 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 2015, 2016 or 2017. The live aboard trip would suit people who are more used to expedition style tours.
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.
Amazing underwater footage taken in 2015 by Alex! Unreal!