Whales

We do encounter some of the big whales

We are encountering whales on our expeditions and we also do whale safaris outside of the Norwegian coastline. Blue Whales, Minky whales, Bowhead whales and Fin whales is some of the whales we see in the Arctic. We also can encounter Humpback whales and Killer whales. For the latter two we also do excursions by ship.

The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth. In the Northern Hemisphere blue whales are 24–28 meters long, can weigh up to 200 tonnes and produce a distinctive, high blow that can be up to 12 metres tall.

The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth. Its mottled colouration, which is a mix of light and dark patches of slate grey, often appears to be various shades of blue when seen through the water. Some animals have distinct chevrons curving down their backs from the blowhole area, similar to fin whales, while others do not.

Regardless of the patterning, blue whales generally appear lighter in colour than the other rorquals. Blue whales are most commonly observed alone or as pairs. They are commonly seen around Svalbard in summer.

Humpback Whale Tromsø
Seasons and light on Svalbard