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“Truly unforgettable experience”
Review of Arctic Whale Tours

Arctic Whale Tours
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Sto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Arctic Whale Tours offers unique whale safari experiences from Stø in Vesterålen, Norway. Whale bird and seal watching in one unforgettable adventure! Our main goal is to provide our visitors with a unique opportunity to observe marine animals in their natural surroundings and to spread knowledge about their behaviour and biology. We support research projects and cooperate with different environmental organizations, such as IFAW (International Federation of Animal Welfare), WWF and ORCA-organization.
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We had a wonderful day with Arctic Whale Tours! It was truly unforgettable experience.

Tips: You should take the seasickness pill which is provided by that tour company, as it really helps! You should also wear all your warm clothes as it is really windy and cold during the tour. Don't forget your camera :-)

1  Thank Darshwana
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LauriHei, Front Office Manager at Arctic Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2013

Dear Darshwana,

Thank you for taking time to write a review of our whale safari.

Our aim is to provide an unforgettable and educational wildlife experience for all of our guests. It makes me happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip and found the included pill against sea-sickness useful.

I hope you get to enjoy whale watching again soon!

Best regards,

Lauri Heiskanen
Arctic Whale Tours

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Luckely I hate to go where everyone else goes (Andenes). So after a little search I found artic whale tours. Great guidance from a professional photographer and a (norwegian) marine biologist. Great tips and explenations! Well worth of money...! can't say otherwise..As we arrived in the whale area the boats of Andenes joined us and left very quickly while we stayed a little longer, the whales did appreciate it as well...because they came even closer to our boat, after we were the only boat out there...(no way to describe the fealing of a raising spermwhale within 10 meters of the boat....!!). If you're near Sto, don't comprimise ...just book here!! The other travelmembers of our group wich did join in Andenes, were green of jalousy after they've seen our (close range) shots of the whale's, puffins, eagles and seals!!
Tip: do take the seasickness pill('s) which are provided by the tourcompany!! The sea can be really tough!! alltough I myself are used to rough sea/ waters, it was so sad to see half the people (stubborn men espacially!!) feeding there breakfast to the fishes! ;-P

1  Thank jaccoNikon
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LauriHei, Front Office Manager at Arctic Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2013

Dear jaccoNikon,

Thank you for taking time to write such a great review of our whale watching tours.

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the guiding on the boat as we put a lot of effort in training of our guides and all of them are marine biologists.

It sounds like you had an extremely nice encounter with the sperm whales. We usually limit our viewing distance to 50-100 meters in order to not disturb the whale, but it happens sometimes that the whale is not bothered by the boat and lets us come very close.

I hope the visit with us has inspired you to try whale watching again in the future!

Best regards,
Lauri Heiskanen
Arctic Whale Tours team

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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Book a trip with Arctic Whale tours from Sto. They look after you very well and make sure you have the best chance of seeing whales, we managed sperm whale and orca - fabulous. The bird life as well is pointed out by the knowledgable, friendly guides. Lunch included on the boat. Take the offered sea-sickness pill, you will need it!
We stayed in Sto at Strandbo apartments (booked with Explore Worldwide)

Thank Helen W
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Great guides, great scenery, great arrangements and, of course, great whales!
These folks are THE ones to go whale watching with. We saw pilot and sperm whales. The guides knowledge and customer care are second to none. Lovely ship (they have a new faster ship now, not the Leonora) and the lunch on board was lovely. The presentation before setting off was really thorough and instilled confidence that the guides knew their stuff. They all speak at least one other language too, including English.
We all felt that we had our expectations exceeded - well done to Anna, Camilla, Lauri and the Team.
Follow this with a Zodiac tour and you will never forget your time in Sto.

Thank teakins568
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

I spent five days in Sto with a small group (booked via Explore) which included a day at sea looking for whales with the good people from the Arctic Whale safari. We saw Orcas and Sperm whales, not to mention puffins, guillemots, sea eagles, cormorants, shags, fulmars, kitty wakes and seals. The whole experience was truly unforgettable and I would recommend this safari, this country, and this beautiful location, 100%

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