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Norway Safaris

Norway may not be traditionally thought of as a safari destination, but the breath-taking scenery and unique wildlife that inhabit Norway’s cold north make it a top location for those looking for an off-the-beaten-track experience. From the colourful houses of Tromso to the towering peaks of The Lofoten Islands, the astounding Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky, Norway offers a myriad of activities to enjoy.

Lying far above the Arctic Circle, The Lofoten Islands are a rare European wilderness. A selection of traditional fishing villages, The Lofoten Islands now offer numerous adventure activities such as hiking, skiing, ocean rafting and scuba diving while also being a great location for wildlife sightings such as seabird colonies, otters, reindeer and moose. Whether you choose to walk along the Red Beach at Mjelle, explore glacial caves in Nigardsbreen or photograph eider ducks on the Vega Islands you can thoroughly enjoy the unique landscapes of Norway. In November, spot hundreds of orca and humpbacks as they head into the fjords off the coast of Tromso and Tromvik for the herring migration feast. Apart from the obvious activities of hiking and seeing the Northern Lights, Norway offers plenty of more obscure sites and activities for those looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Norway Safari?

As specialists in travel to Norway, we have been operating our small ship expeditions in this incredible country for many years. We firmly believe that our clients benefit hugely from smaller group travel on specialist expedition ships, led by experts. It is through small, intimate and like-minded groups that knowledge is better transferred, which results in a much more enjoyable and informative experience for all involved. Being on smaller ships enables us to squeeze through tight spaces, navigate shallower waters, and explore wilder and more secluded areas, often allowing us to experience close-up intimate encounters with the whales themselves.

Working with Patrick Dystra and his team, our Swimming with Orcas trips are a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend your days riding the waves in search of orcas. As you are in search of wildlife, their exact journey (migration) can never be exactly predicted; but by using our chartered boat you will be able to change direction and stay in specific areas for as long as you wish.

How Much Does Norway Cost?

For an exclusive 6 day small ship-based safari, swimming with orca and humpback, expect to budget £5,495 per person. For an 8 day land based safari, typically budget from £5500 per person which includes a dog sledding and snowmobiling experience. To include a stay at luxury lodges in Lofoten Islands, for 10 days expect to budget £8500 per person.

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The Norway Safari Experience

Norway combines unique, intimate wildlife experiences with adventure activities and epic scenery for unforgettable safari moments. Vast valets and icy peaks pepper the landscape alongside rows of colourful houses making it an unbelievably photogenic area.

  • Swim with Whales - Dive into the cold Norwegian waters in the fjords north of Tromso to swim and photograph the countless orca and humpback who follow the herring migration.
  • Year-round activities - Norway is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors; from the Northern Lights and snow-based activities in winter to surfing and kayaking in summer there is something for everyone. Even learn how to mush your very own team of husky dogs as you cross the magical snowy landscapes of Norway.
  • Incredible wildlife - Norway is home to a whole host of seabirds and marine mammals and is one of few places you can swim with orcas in the wild.
  • Northern Lights – Witness the Aurora Borealis during Norway’s winter for a spectacular natural light show.

Where to Stay in Norway?

A stay on the MV Kinfish, a recently transformed Norwegian research vessel, allows you to travel in and out of the Norwegian fjords, following the herring migration to the whales. For land-based safaris, Tromso offers luxury hotels right on the quay with views of the northern lights in winter or midnight summer sun. Stay on stilts on the water’s edge in remote converted fishing huts, surrounded by mountains in the Lofoten Islands.

When to Go to Norway?

If you wish to swim with orcas in Norway, we only run small group departures in November as this allows enough light to encounter the whales while still being the best time to see them congregate around the waters of Tromso and Tromvik. For other land-based safaris, the best time to go to Norway is mainly between May and August.

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Norway Safaris FAQs

What wildlife can I see in Norway?

Known for its stunning natural landscapes, Norway offers a variety of wildlife to observe both on land and in the water. Animals you might encounter on your Norwegian safari include the Arctic Fox, Elk, Reindeer, Orca, Humpback Whale, Orca, Atlantic Salmon, Puffin and White-tailed Eagle.

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When is the best time to visit Norway?

The best time to visit Norway depends on your interests: summer (June - August) offers pleasant weather for outdoor activities and the Midnight Sun; winter (December - February) is ideal for winter sports and witnessing the Northern Lights; while spring and fall offer milder weather, fewer crowds, and the chance to explore cities and cultural attractions.

Is Norway a good place to visit?

Yes, Norway is a highly popular and stunningly beautiful destination that offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers. From its breathtaking fjords, majestic mountains, and pristine landscapes to its vibrant cities like Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø, Norway offers a mix of outdoor adventures, cultural exploration, and unique attractions. Whether you're interested in nature, culture, history, or simply seeking a memorable and picturesque getaway, Norway has much to offer.

How many days in Norway is enough?

The ideal number of days to spend in Norway depends on your interests and the regions you want to explore. For a basic overview, a week (7-9 days) can cover iconic cities like Oslo and Bergen, as well as some fjord and coastal experiences. To delve deeper and explore more remote areas like the Northern Lights, the fjords, and charming towns, 10-14 days would provide a more comprehensive experience. However, even a shorter trip can offer memorable highlights, so we’ll tailor your itinerary to your preferences and the specific attractions you wish to see.

What is the best time to cruise the fjords?

The best time to cruise the fjords in Norway is during the late spring to early fall months, from May to September. This period offers milder weather, longer daylight hours, and more comfortable conditions for exploring the stunning fjords and coastal landscapes. The peak tourist season typically falls in July and August when the weather is generally at its warmest and the fjords are bustling with activity. May and September offer a quieter and more serene experience with fewer crowds. Keep in mind that weather can still be unpredictable, so be prepared for varying conditions and pack accordingly.