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Whalesafari Andenes
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Andenes
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has given us the following commendation: The world's largest, most successful Arctic whale watching operation is Hvalsafari AS in Andenes. Why Whalesafari from Andenes? We have a natural advantage in Andenes since the edge of the continental shelf is closer to land than anywhere else along the coast of Norway. In the bay that constitutes this part of the shelf, a stable stock of sperm whales feeds and thus forms the basis of whale watching tours in the region of Vesteralen. It is only a one hour voyage from Andenes to the whale feeding grounds. A normal trip lasts about 2 to 4 hours (the duration depend on the distance where the whales are that day and how long it takes to find the first one). The product educational activities form the nucleus of whale safari tours in Andenes. Right from the start, our whale safaris have involved research, learning and adventure joined together in one single, integrated unit. The idea has attracted considerable attention both in Andenes and abroad. Guarantee - The great sperm whales are found in a specially nutrient-rich area northwest of Andenes. There are no other places in Norway where the edge of the continental shelf lies so close to the shore as it does near Andenes. Experience shows that whales are spotted during 99 percent of the safaris. Our guarantee: we´ll give you a free new trip if the boat does not find any cetacean the first time, or your money back (minus admin expenses). Scientists and Guides: the guides at the Whale Centre and on board our vessels are scientists and students from many different countries. In such a way, every excursion feels like a research project.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

we had booked in advance and were at the office at the prescribed time 08:45. checked in and paid, but had to wait for 45 booring minutes for the museum tour. Interesting lectures about whales given in four different languages ( in separate groups) Then a brisk 10 minute walk to theharbour where we boarded the "ship" we had choosen the old fisging boat, rebuilt for whale safaris. The trip out to the whale teritory lasted an hour,and even the sea was reasonably calm the boat roled quite a bit. Some of the pasengers got seasick. You have to remember that this is the open North sea. We spotted one spermwhale two times. wery impresive when it dies and the tail gooes "skyhigh". On the return we suddenly spotted a group of 15 orcas. We followed them for half an hour and had wonderfull views. the team on the ship spoke several languages, and it was impresive to se the "old man" of 87 climb to the viewpoint high up in tthe mast. we had a wonderfull day. But I will not reomend it for people whi easily get seasick.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We have no fun experience of whale safari in Andenes. We booked the day before and had to pay a 300 NOK deposit. We were told to be at Andenes two hours before departure. On the way to Andenes we rang at nine a clock to ask what the weather looked like and if the safari would happen. The company replied that they could not say whether the safari would happen or not. The captain of the boat was out to check the conditions. Once in place, at ten a clock, they still could not answer whether the safari would happen. We were told that a new statement would come at half past ten.

There where a lot of people waiting at the reception and there was nothing else to do there except to shop in their souvinir shop or eat at their restaurant. The receptionist told us to visit the museum while we waited. The museum made a homemade impression and was not something you would normally pay for. Still they have an mandatory fee of 100 NOK for the museum. Even if the Safari trip is cancelled you still have to pay for the museum.

We chose Andenes whale watching as they have shorter routes than those going from Stö. Their tours run for 7-8 hours and it we felt that was too long for us. One of us was also a little sick. Now we regret our chiose. The safari company in Stö promised information if the tour was to be cancelld already at nine a clock in the morning.

At half past ten in Andenes the Safari tour were deferred again. A new information would come at half past eleven.Half past eleven the staff said that new information would come at twelve. When they, at twelw a clock, said that new information would come one a clock we had enough.

In the end, we spent most of our day travelling o and from Andenes and pay dearly for a non intresstning museum.

2  Thank Jenny C C
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

After booking on the Wednesday, we met up at the Whale Safari station on the Friday and were told the plan for the day which started with a guided trip around the Museum. This was fantastic, despite the dread i felt at the thought of a museum. It was very informative and catered for alll levels of previous knowledge with lots of opportunities to ask questions. We were also given advise about wrapping up warm
We were then given time to look round on our own before meeting at the boat, a five minute walk away. On board we could help ourselves to tea, coffee and biscuits whilst the guide went through safety procedures.
About 90 minutes out to sea and the crew picked dropped microphones so they could pick up whale sounds and direct the boat accordingly.
We saw 8 sperm whales out of a pod of 10 and were given lots of information to help us see the whales such as what side of the boat they would come up and when they were going to dive.
As we were about to head back, another whale came up to the surface so we stayed around a while longer.
On the way back we were served a warming soup and bread, which was very welcome after the cold.
It was a fantastic day made even better by the knowledge of the guide and crew who went the extra mile.

2  Thank BeverleyMason
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We have been trying to join in the whale watching trip for the last 2 years but it became successful this year only. This was our first trip to see whales and was booked several months ago with Whale safari, Andenes. We booked it through email and paid advance amount by Payapal. We chose Andenes as it was one of the best places in the world to see the whales, particularly sperm whales, on a day trip. There is another place in Norway, named Sto which also organizes Whale safaris.
The trips started at the Whale Museum and this was well worth the visit to get a better understanding of what we would be seeing. It took 1.5 hrs. They explained details of the various types of whales, showed some fossils and whale skeletons.
After that around 1-30pm, we boarded a boat called Reine and went to the edge of the continental shelf where the depth changes suddenly and becomes very deep( about 1 km depth). We went on for about 10-15km to the spot where depth of water suddenly changes. This is the place where whales like to live as plenty of planktons grow in this shelf due to the vortex of water( as water depth suddenly changes by a kilometre which is a good source of food for the fish, which are in turn a source of food for the whales.
Before boarding, they gave us sea sickness pills. We laughed initially at the thought of taking pills for sea sickness as we have travelled previously in various ships and never experienced sea sickness. But when the boat reached the rough sea, it had a swing of 10-15 degree in both directions and many people started vomiting. It was a different type of experience- those who started vomiting did it for the entire trip and used 5-6 vomiting bags. The volunteers in the boat were very helpful, supplied bags, blankets and took them to a place where swaying of the boat was the lowest. By the end of the trip there were many people vomiting, however I felt very energetic and took my position on top deck always ready to spot anything.
An hour had passed in our journey towards the deep sea; the pilot on the top deck with hydrophone in his ears was constantly looking for the echoes of whales through sound waves. Once he spotted the whale, the Captain stopped the boat and Pilot listened for the echo location of the whales in his hydrophone and then picked a spot close to where he thought they will surface. The first whale dived for about 20 minutes and then surfaced for around 8 minutes to catch their breath before diving again. The pilot was very good at locating the boat close to where the whales surfaced. Our guide advised us that it was a sperm whale and 20 m long. It came with fins surfaced in the water, then blew the water spray and finally raised its tail up vertically. I took many pictures from the upper deck.

The next whale came very close- within 50 ft of the boat. It stayed on the surface for about 12 mins and then dived with its tail up, a very nice photo moment!
On the trip, there was constant supply of hot tea, coffee and cookies. They also provided rain proof clothing for many people who needed it. The journey to the deep sea took us an hour, we stayed in the deep sea, chasing whales for another one and half hr and then started returning. During that they again provided hot vegetable soup and bread, it was delicious! The weather was very cold and humid and so, the hot soup was like a lifeline!
Overall it was about a three and half hours outing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were issued a certificate for whale watching.

1  Thank DPMALLIC
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Whalesafari operate from largish boats so there were around 80 passengers. The don't sail if the weather is unsuitable so if you are really keen to go, you need to give yourself a few days in the area, just incase. They made a real effort - they speak lots of languages and did the museum tours in different "groups" - english, german spanish. They had experts here as well as plenty of general staff. We did get good views of sperm whale and white sided dolphins but my only quibble was that I thought they "pressed" the sperm whale too hard - there were 2 boats at that stage and I felt they chased too much from behind.

Thank 57russett
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