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Whalesafari Andenes

#1 of 5 things to do in Andenes Features Animals
Hamnegata 1C, Andenes 8480, Norway
+47 76 11 56 00
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completely irresponsible behaviour

We booked with a mixed group a whale safari. This activity starts in a museum with a good... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Marc V
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Assenede, Belgium
Absolutely great!!

This trip was so worth the money. We were so lucky to catch a great weather and saw many of sperm... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
silviadJ374DT
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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.
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Hamnegata 1C, Andenes 8480, Norway
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+47 76 11 56 00

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We booked with a mixed group a whale safari. This activity starts in a museum with a good explanation on the life of the whales. Due to the 100% guarantee the captain has to stay navigating until he sees a whale. After more than 4...More

Thank Marc V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was so worth the money. We were so lucky to catch a great weather and saw many of sperm whales. The crew was funny and very friendly, not only we saw whales but also we got to hear something about their habits and...More

Thank silviadJ374DT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was horrible! It was already known it was a bad day (really windy, rainy and big waves) and still they made us go to the boat to try to see some whales. Only going out of the harbour some people was already feeling bad...More

Thank Joan P
Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi! We are very sorry to read about your experience. The day before your tour, everything went according to plans. I just wanted to let you know that since you got your money back, it means that we don't care only about money. On your...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

The crew is very sympathetic and informative. Before we went out with the ship we learned all about the male Sperm whales, the once we expected to see. During the trip one of the crew members listens to the sounds of sonar underneath the water...More

Thank Adinda D
Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write a few words here. The sperm whale is our most common whale and during our guided tour we will tell you the basics so you can understand them a bit better and so that you know how we...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

Definitely the best choice for Whalewatching in Andenes! The day starts with a very interesting and educational tour through their own whale museum. On the boat, the staff is very friendly, helpful and always willing to provide additional explanation. The whale sighting chances on this...More

Thank Mirakelman
Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Hi and thanks for your review. We are really glad to hear that you were able to enjoy our whale safari. Our crews and guides are very dedicated to their job and they will do their best to provide you with the necessary knowledge for...More

Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

I went on this trip in early February- there were a lot of photographers on our boat so they delayed the trip an hour or so for better lighting, no one seemed to mind, and it was well worth the wait. We got on the...More

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Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Hi and thanks for your review. The light during this period has been really good for photography. Sometimes the skipper changes the departure time slightly in order to give you the best experience. Some people are not used to the movement and are prone to...More

Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is a tour for people who are not comfortable with going out in a rib boat but prefer to be in a substantial boat to go out to sea to look for wildlife. Unlike the rib boat companies they do not specialise with orca...More

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Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Hi and thanks a lot for your words. I will pass your comments to our guides. As far as we know, we are the only ones in Europe offering such a guarantee. Our guides undergo a specific training that involves many stages and have your...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Saddened by the lack of communication by this company. We have tried three times and twice we made the journey of a couple of hours to go on safari. While we understand no one has control over the weather, it would be advantageous if the...More

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Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

Hi and thanks for your feedback. Something must have gone wrong with your reservation. I know that we made a mistake in that period and gave a wrong phone number to some of you (so nobody answer that number). We always try to stay in...More

Reviewed 26 October 2016

Looking for whales in open seas is always a gamble. The weather can be very rough; it is often quite cold out there, there can be heavy rains, massive waves and thick fog - and you can be out there for anywhere from 2 to...More

Thank smbjerke
Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you are entitled for a refund (i.e. if safari is cancelled due to weather), the company will only pay you back if you chase them!!!! They already tell you at the reception: "Should be paid back in 1 week, but if not just call...More

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Whalesafari, Front Office Manager at Whalesafari Andenes, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2016

Thanks for taking the time to write something. It is very sad to read your review. As of today we have refunded everybody when the trip was canceled. In same rare occasions the money does not go back to your card because of IT-technicalities, and...More

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Phil E
7 May 2017|
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Response from Whalesafari | Property representative |
Hi! Yes, August is a good month for whale watching. Since there can be a bit of traffic, we recommend that you make a reservation in advance and that you rely on more than one day since all our safaris our weather dependent... More
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imexcited
2 June 2016|
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Response from meadejh | Reviewed this property |
Andenes is in a special location at the beginning of a continental shelf-- whales are specifically drawn to this spot throughout the year because of it
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Emily B
9 April 2015|
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Response from Whalesafari | Property representative |
Hi Emily! Thanks for your inquiry. The best winter period to watch whale is from the beginning of December to the beginning of February. There is always a light window between 10.00 and 14.00 which is normally enough to run... More
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