Winter Whales

Winter Whales

Here's something completely different - no, this isn't a tropical dive vacation. 

Join The Dive Shop in Calgary for an extraordinary 8 night Winter Expedition that will take your breath away. Stunning scenery, whales, dog-sledding, northern lights, sauna ... just to name a few of the experiences you will talk about longer after you return home.  

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Norway whale watching


Expedition Dates: 

November 09, 2020 - November 17, 2020

Price: From $6,350CAD Deposit Required: $1000CAD Booking Status:  Currently Taking Reservations Trip Hosted By: The Dive Shop, Calgary This is a partner trip! BOOK THIS ADVENTURE

More Details: 

The expedition is a 7 day live-aboard trip on the expedition vessel MV Freya with start and finish in Tromsø, Northern Norway.

We follow the herring into the Northern fjords of Norway where the Orcas and Humpback Whales will follow the baitballs. With the assistance of local experts and the science community we stay in touch about the where-abouts of the whales. The onboard expert guides will inform you about the behavior of the Orcas, and how to approach the whales in a safe and non-disturbing way. An onboard educational lecture programme about Orca conservation and research and other interesting topics on wildlife will be available.

We use a comfortable liveaboard to be able to stay out in the fjords and during the short days in the winter of Norway we have our warm and cozy hotel with us! Whale watching from the ship or from the zodiacs is a fantastic experience for nature and wildlife lovers.

The lights above the water can be breathtaking beautiful. There is a chance to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). It’s important to remember that Aurora can be a bit of a diva, and she will only start the show when she feels the time is right. The lights are at their most frequent in winter/early spring and you have the best chances of spotting the lights. November will be very good to see the lights but keep in mind that it is always a bonus!

Check here for M/V Freya deckplan

What Is Included:

  • 2 nights accommodation in Tromso
  • Dogsled Adventure (4-5 hr excursion with 1.5 hr mushing your own husky team)
  • 6 nights aboard M/V Freya liveaboard
  • All meals on liveaboard, coffee/tea
  • Zodiac and snorkel excursions with Waterproof Expeditions Snorkel Guides
  • Use of Sauna
  • Naturalist lectures

What Else You Need To Know:

The time of year we travel to Norway is the best time to see Orcas. But we deal with mother nature and wildlife, and nothing is guaranteed. Chances are quite good in November, and as we travel by boat and follow the whales into other fjords we have the ultimate possibility to see them. However, a flexible attitude is paramount for this expedition and the key to success. It’s all about this one magical moment!

Flights are not included. You need to fly into Oslo, Norway and from there change to a domestic flight to Tromso. You can arrive anytime on November 9th. If you wish assistance with flights, or additional travel arrangements, please contact us. 

Rates are in CAD, per person, based on double occupancy in a standard cabin, and cash payment. Upgrade to Superior Cabin (queen bed) available at $320CAD/person. There are a few cabins that offer accommodation for a third person, please inquire. 

We reserve the right to adjust the rate due to currency fluctuation. 

Second deposit of $1500CAD due November 15, 2019 and final payment May 15, 2020. All payments are non-refundable. 

Package does not include: airfare, gratuities, alcoholic drinks, meals during hotel stay, drysuit undergarments (available to rent for €75EUR for the duration of the trip), travel insurance

Norwegian Fjords


The Dive Shop, Calgary

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