This two-week adventure is ideal for travelers who want to make the most of Norway's summer. Start off exploring southern Norway (Oslo, Bergen and the Sognefjord) before flying to the Arctic Circle. From here, you'll rent a car and head to the rugged island of Senja for an active two days of cycling and kayaking before ferrying to smaller Andenes for whale watching. The adventure ends in lively Tromsø and Oslo for festivals and outdoor restaurants.
You'll start with a guided tour of the Andenes Whale Museum, where you'll learn about marine mammal biology and ecology. Discover different whale species, the ocean food chain, and get up-close with whale skeletons.
Next, board your boat and start the whale-watching adventure. As you sail out into the sea, enjoy the views of snow-capped mountain peaks and rugged islands from inside the warm cabin or outside on the viewing decks.
Your captain will find whales and other marine wildlife to observe. Some of the most common species include porpoises and puffins, plus orca, humpback, fin, and pilot whales. Your guides will give more information about the animals throughout the cruise, especially as you spot them and observe their behavior.
On the way back, warm up with a hot bowl of soup, bread, coffee, and tea while watching the final scenes pass you by.
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Itineraries with Whale Watching in Andenes
This self-guided summer road trip travels at a relaxed pace through gorgeous scenery above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Explore two distinct archipelagos offering hiking trails, peaceful beaches, guided excursions, and a seaside teeming with whales—not to mention constant daylight hours during the 'Midnight Sun' to soak it in. Start and end the trip in Bodø, a cool little city with street art and a charming harbor.
Take in some of Norway's most impressive natural landscapes on this two-week adventure through the country's western fjords and northern islands. You'll start with a city tour of Oslo before you venture out into nature, riding the steep and scenic Flåm Railway. Dip back into city life in Bergen, then head to the wild Vesterålen and Lofoten islands to kayak, hike, whale-watch, and more.