Swimming with Orca – Tromso, Norway

Not many animals inspire and intrigue quite like the Orca, perhaps better known by it’s other name the Killer Whale. Arguably brought into the forefront of public attention by the film Free Willy and nowadays regularly in the news due to the ongoing situation with SeaWorld, the opportunity to see these incredible animals in the wild was one that was very near the top of our Bucket List.

Each winter huge schools of Herring make the trip up the Norwegian coast and with them come hundreds of Orca and humpback whales, there to enjoy the annual feeding frenzy. Travel to the port city of Tromso and you can board a boat which takes you out into the fjords to see the Orca. Join the boat of Stromsholmen and not only will you get incredible top side viewing of Orca and Humpback Whales but you will also don a dry-suit and jump in the near freezing waters to come face to face with these majestic animals.


The trips with Stromsholmen run from October to March (we traveled in January) and take the form of 3-6 day livaboard safaris. Given the time of year, and the remoteness of you moorings from the city, the opportunity to see the Northern Lights is also another plus for this trip.

Keep an eye on this page for video from our trip to come…

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