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WUW Norway ORCA Adventure 17–25 Nov 2017 DEPOSIT ONLY

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Swim with Orcas and feeding humpbacks in the majestic fjords of Norway

We're heading north for an amazing winter expedition above the Arctic Circle to swim with pods of orca that follow the massive herring schools into the Norwegian Fjords.

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WUWN1702 17–25 November 2017


Alternative Tour Dates available
WUWN1701 10–18 November 2017
WUWN1703 24 November – 2 December 2017 (full)

Swim with Orcas
Every year, millions of herring over-winter in the fjords of Norway, making the most of the seas warmed by the Gulf Stream. Families of orca feast on these massive schools and they're joined by pods of non-breeding humpbacks that have stayed north rather then travelling to winter in the tropics. This spectacular seasonal concentration of marine life is just waiting to be experienced by you and your camera. Your Days on the Water
It's winter in the Arctic and you'll be on the water for around 3 hours per day, departing from the dock right on the doorstop of our accommodation base. Our boat is a fast and manoeuvrable 7m zodiac, ideal to have you entering and exiting the water around the orcas. We search for both humpbacks and orca in our home fjord and in the waters adjacent–all spectacular locations where the whales may appear at any time. Your Arctic Days
Each day you'll have time on the water with the whales, time to explore the area, process your images, maybe shoot some landscape and shoot (or just relax) under the Northern Lights. We've chosen waterfront, land-based accommodation so that'll you'll be living in comfort, with plenty of space and the opportunity to explore as much of the local area as you would like to. Northern Lights
The orca season matches the Northern Lights season too, so when conditions are right we'll be able to capture this incredible spectacle right from our base, or you might like to explore a little further afield. One of the planet's must-see phenomenon, not to be missed. Your Hosts
Darren and Jasmine travelled to Norway last December to scout for this year's tours, and have pulled together an extraordinary local team. Assisting Darren and Jasmine will be your skipper Norbi, who has years of commercial experience in northern waters, and has been an orca watch skipper for 5 years. Your local guide Krisztina has studied orcas in Canada and has been working for 3 years as an orca swim guide. (that's Norbi and Krisztina pictured looking for orca on the left) Our Base
Our base is located at the head of a spectacular fjord, with thousand-metre-high, snow-covered mountains rising either side. It's a quiet village, with some beautiful walks in the vicinity. When you're not on the water you'll be able to explore the surrounds and capture the arctic scenery 'til your memory cards are full! Accommodation and Meals
Our apartment living spaces are large and comfortable with great views. They have 2 bedrooms per apartment plus lounge, dining area and kitchenette. The complex is right on the water and our whale watch vessel will dock right at our door. You'll receive 3 hearty meals per day served in our communal space. Gear
We have included quality dry-suit, warm undergarment and fin use in your tour price, so you'll only need to bring mask, snorkel, wetsuit hood & gloves. You'll also be provided with an exposure suit for use on the boat and if you need extra warmth on an evening walk. For general living, if you've travelled to the ski fields or to the Arctic or Antarctica before, you will have all you need. A full gear list will be forwarded to you as the tour approaches.

Tour Price
AUD$7995 per person (Earlybird Special extended– AUD$500 non-refundable deposit before 1 June 2017)
AUD$8495 per person (Full Price– AUD$500 non-refundable deposit on 2 June 2017 or later)

Includes:

  • Twin or Double share Bedroom in 2-bedroom Apartment
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Dry Suit with under-garment, Fins, Exposure suit
  • 2-3 hours of boat time per day
  • Services of Skipper, Guides and Hosts
  • Photography Tuition & Post-processing sessions

Download, complete and return (via email) the WUW Swim with Orcas Booking Form

Booking Terms & Conditions are available here.


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