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Extent of whale and dolphin watching
With its stunning fjords and its gateway to the Arctic, Norway offers unique whale watching opportunities for visitors year round, with opportunities to see sperm whales, killer whales and humpback whales as well as other species.
Target species, peak times of year and locations
Sperm whales can be observed throughout the whole year in the “Bleik-canyon” outside Andenes, where it is also possible to observe humpback whales, minke whales, killer whales, pilot whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises year around. However, the peak tourist season is the summer. In the Norwegian spring, other locations along the northern Norwegian coast can also host large numbers of humpback and killer whales, and sometimes fin whales as they follow spawning herring that are believed to overwinter in Norway’s fjords from November to January. The fjords outside Tromsø became a whale and dolphin hot spot during the herring seasons in 2012-2013 to 2016-2017, while the fjords around Skjervøy (further north) were visited by a large number of killer and humpback whales during the 2017-18 herring season.
Between May and September, blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and belugas can be observed around Svalbard with day trips originating from the port of Longyearbyen. Additionally, high arctic species such as narwhals, belugas and bowhead whales might be observed on longer expeditions from Longyearbyen (lasting 7-10 days).
Additional information about whale watching in Norway can be found on the following websites: