Humpbacks outside of Tromsø
The day started windy, rainy, and dreary. A grey overcast. The third day of the second Tromsø expedition this seasons onboard M/S Stockholm. The first two days blessed us with beautifully calm weather and colourful skies. Day three did not. Not to be deterred, our intrepid expedition leader Christian and his trusty sidekick Beau headed out into the rainy weather. Our mission today: to scout for humpback whales!
Our first two days had not only delivered incredible weather and northern lights, but also an ocean full of orcas, with the odd sprinkling of a humpback here and there. These two days even astonished the locals. We now decided to push further east in search of the large pods of humpbacks. Pods mythical in size, perhaps.
And just as daylight broke, right on cue a large pod of humpback whales surfaced nearby. At least a dozen if not more. An almost fabled and the morning had just begun.
A young humpback whale, tired of his mother's incessant search for herring, decided to stretch his wings and let his soul fly like the large winged New Englander he was. He breached again and again! Over and over, we witnessed this youngster leap out of the water in delight, from afar, and from nearby. Video after video, photo after photo. Everyone had a chance to not only watch, but record this magnificent splendor of nature on full display.
Wild Northern Norway at its finest.
Beau PruneauGuide and Expedition Leader
Travelling through the stunning Norwegian coastal landscape on a small expedition cruise ship is simply hard to beat. Lofoten islands welcome with picturesque fishing villages, squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. In wintertime Tromsø offers magnificent sceneries over dramatic landscapes and great chances to spot both orcas and humpback whales. If we’re lucky we will also see the magical Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Join us on an unforgettable cruise!