Whale Watching in Scandanavia

It wasn’t just Captain Ahab that fell under the whale’s spell – seems like people have always been fascinated by these huge and dignified inhabitants of the mysterious depths.

Over the past century, whales have been hunted on a large scale and have become almost extinct. Although whaling in general was banned in 1986, some countries still permit limited, so-called sustainable whaling. However, environmentally conscious individuals and communities suggest more humane methods of sustainability using natural resources that excludes killing already an endangered species. Whale watching cruises as a part of the tourism industry contributes economic development, but also bring benefits at a higher level by reconciling man with nature that surrounds him.

The Baltic Sea and North Atlantic Ocean around the Scandinavian Peninsula are abundant with various marine species, including whales. Orcas, sperm, humpback, pilot, blue whales and others have found their home, or at least summer residence in waters around Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. One of the most endangered species, the northern bottlenose whale has lived here too.

The best time for whale watching trips in Scandinavia are the summer months, particularly June and August. There are no guarantees that you will meet whales on your tour, but according to estimates, there is a 94{56e94487539310e8c611ec1a332f28059d6b4b561a913cf06d6420f600d8537b} chance that you will experience this magical encounter. If you happen to be among the unlucky 6{56e94487539310e8c611ec1a332f28059d6b4b561a913cf06d6420f600d8537b}, it is likely that you will get another chance for free.

Although boats tend to keep regulated the 100-metres distance, sometimes these magnificent mammals break this rule and come closer, but only to make you welcome. Beside whales, there are many species to be seen on such trips, like dolphins, and porpoises, as well as various seabirds.

Scandinavian countries have extended their tourism offer with cruises to see whales and dolphins. Some of the spots recommended are Ofotfjord, Tysfjord and Vesteralen in Norway, and Kerteminde in Denmark.

Considered the whale watching capital of Northern Europe, Iceland boasts several whale watching ports along the shore. There’s the Husavik whale centre as well as the beautiful background scenery for a spectacular whale watching adventure, which includes icy peaks, stretches of moon-like plains and, if you are lucky enough, the midnight sun.
Whale watching cruises are often more than described in the title – they provide exciting, overwhelming experiences of nature. Listen to the guides on your whale watching tour – you’ll hear much of interest, and even more that educates.

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