"NEW" 2022 SWIM WITH WILD ORCAS PHOTO TOUR
Skjervoy, Norway | NOVEMBER 6 - 12, 2022
Now Open to Book Your Spot! Group Size: 6 Max
Norwegian Arctic Photo Expedition to
Swim with Wild Orcas
Photography Expedition: Swim with Orcas – Norway Adventure Tour and Photo Workshop 2022
Welcome to a Bucket List Experience
(that you may want to do more than once)
Cruise on the water in beautiful northern Norway, swim with wild Orcas and explore the Norwegian wilderness and watch the magical auroras dance across the night sky.
Swimming with wild Orcas and Humpbacks in Norway is one of the most incredible experiences you could ever do to connect with wildlife. On your 7 day trip you have 5 days of swimming from ~9:30am to 1:30pm. This is weather dependant and we will only go on the water if it is safe conditions.
This is an Expedition and it is defined as an adventure where you must be healthy enough to participate, carry your own gear, load your own gear, act responsibly and safely, listen to guides and captain and to understand there are unpredictable circumstances with wildlife and weather.
Open 12 Passenger Rib Boat / Zodiac Boat - Maximum 6 guests, 2 guides and 1 boat captain
~46°F (5-7°C) - See photos above for water visibility. Drysuits are not included but they are mandatory - we can hire a drysuit that fits you perfectly when you provide measurements to us. They are $400 USD per drysuit rental for your entire trip.
How Swimming with Wild Orcas Works:
We will locate Orcas first, and photograph them above water if they are in transit.
If they are feeding then we will try to find a safe way to drop in quietly and stay near the boat and let the Orcas swim by us. Some sessions are timed based on the Orcas and Humpbacks activity and can be 30 seconds to 1hr.
It varies so much depending on what feeding activity we come across. Please note that the swimming sessions are unpredictable and the goal is to see them underwater and your GoPro footage and photographs will vary depending on our luck! That's what we know for sure about wildlife photography; it's unpredictable and random. But we have a crew of boat operators who have been doing this for more than 10 years and we personally have 2 intensive years of locating and photographing Orcas and Humpbacks.
Air Temperature Average: November -10 to +2 Degrees Celsius or 14 to 35 Degrees Fahrenheit. This is important to take note, that bringing a winter jacket or wind proof jacket on top of your drysuit may keep you warm in between swimming sessions.
We are staying at a beautiful cabin location. It is approximately 15 minutes from the Skjervoy Harbour where it is double occupancy unless otherwise requested (the only availability to have your own room is to pay the full price $6,450 USD -therefore it is not offered). Rooms are 2 persons occupancy and we will try our very best to match genders accordingly but not guaranteed so it may be best to have a travel partner!
Breakfast is either a buffet provided by the hotel staff/or simple breakfast , Lunch is to go and likely salad and sandwiches and dinner is a more filling meal after a good day on the water.
After each session we will likely go to the grocery store to pick up any snacks you may want or alcoholic beverages. This is a routine we always do to ensure guests can get what they want or need - approximately 30 minutes each day.
Photography Instruction and Guiding by:
Photography instruction before we head out in the field and post editing instruction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Watch the video below to get a feel for this incredibly stunning place and send us a booking request on the right hand column.
SWIM WITH WILD ORCAS PHOTO TOUR
Dates: November 6 - 12, 2022
7 Days, 6 Nights
Location: Skjervoy, Norway 300km north of Arctic Circle
Available seats: 6 Total Spots
Difficulty level: Moderate to Hard (we are snorkelling in drysuits with water temps at ~46°F (5-7°C) with air temperatures around 32°F (0°C). It is cold and not for those who have difficulty in cold temperatures.
Wildlife Photo Chances:
2/10 to 10/10 - either we could have no underwater swimming opportunities or close up incredible encounters. These are wild orcas and we do not guarantee any experience to be perfect.
Price: $6,450 USD (total) / person Save $500 early bird price: $5,950 USD until Aug. 30 2021
Registration deposit: 50% of total price (full payment required 120 days after initial deposit to the tour or 120 days prior to tour starting ).
Arrival: Fly Tromso (TOS) before the start date. We pick guests up before 10am on day 1. We drive you 3-4hrs to Skjervoy. Book AirBNB or Hotel near downtown Tromso for November the day before tour starts
Departure: The day after the tour is recommended to leave Tromso (TOS). Book AirBNB or Hotel near downtown Tromso for the last day of the tour
Transportation to and from Tromso
Accommodation 6 Nights
Private boat charter for 5 days.
Captain, private charter
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
2 professional photo guides
All tuition, individual post-processing sessions
Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Tromso, Norway.
Any private insurances
Duty and visa fees where applicable.
Any personal items including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages (tea and coffee included)
Travel and health insurance required
Drysuits are available for rental / hire $400 USD each guest for entire trip.
$5,950 USD (early bird)
No room for single supplement
Drysuit Rental $400 USD/person
General Itinerary and Information 2022 Swimming with Orcas Tour
DAY 1: November 6th: Pickup downtown Tromso at 9am. Drive ~4hrs North to Hotel - bring snacks for journey. Settle in, eat lunch or dinner, photography lesson and get to know one another. At night, we will go out and do some aurora watching as well as showing you how to photograph the auroras. This will happen if conditions are right otherwise we will talk about photographing Orcas and what to expect during the experience.
DAY 2 TO 6: November 7th - 11th: Breakfast at 7-7:30 am. Leave for harbour at 7:45am - We will be waking up very early to be prepared for the day on the boat. Please see below for equipment needed to snorkel with orcas, otherwise, just photograph orcas from the boat. Go to hotel to put on drysuits, come back to van to pick up camera gear then head to boat. Sail around fjords looking for orca pods that are feeding/hunting in order for us to swim with them they cannot be in transit. If Orcas are in transit we will photograph them from above the surface. Lunch/snacks on the boat or at 1:30/2pm if that is preferred and then we arrive back for 6pm dinner at our hotel after an hour drive. Lesson: post-work production editing techniques and tricks and then off to shoot more auroras or hangout.
DAY 7: November 12th - we will checkout in the morning from our accommodations ensure that you have all of your gear. Please ensure your flight is booked on the 13th or later. No flights to be booked for November 12th - we typically go for a team dinner this evening - each individual to pay their own tabs. This is a fun night to recap!
Note Auroras depend on clear skies and strong KP rating. Also there is quite a bit of light pollution from the villages, street lights but we will try our best to choose the locations that have limited light pollution. We will go to auroras depending on guides.
Drones permitted with proper certifications and experience
What to Bring:
Recommended Photo Gear
DSLR Camera (full frame, crop, mirrorless)
Underwater Housing is optional and can be rented for your specific camera
GoPro with an extendable stick and underwater housing. Extra batteries for the colder temperatures is essential. - bring an attachment with an extendable pole or chest mount
Sturdy Tripod for Northern Lights
Wide Angle Lens e.g. 14-24 mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8 or 17-40 mm f/2.8 (recommend for Auroras) and for your underwater housing
Mid-Zoom Lens e.g. 24-70 mm, 24-105mm or 18-135 mm
Telephoto Zoom Lens e.g. 70-200 mm, 100-400, 600 mm (recommended for wildlife). *** We highly recommend 600mm options using a converter or long lens as we keep our distance from wildlife unless they approach us.
Drone – When on the boat you can fly them but it is at your own risk. Additional 2 batteries is recommended - 3 total
Proper memory cards for your specific gear, Laptop with Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop downloaded
What to Wear & Gear to Bring:
Please bring a variety of clothing options and layer to easily adjust to the changing climate. Here is a list of recommended clothing and gear to bring:
If you have your own drysuit, snorkel gear and fins please let us know. If you want to use the ones we have organized for $400 USD just let us know your measurements for height, weight, foot size.
Recommended to bring a Mustang Suit to wear over your drysuit while in transit
30-35L Dry Bag to put camera gear during transit
Waterproof and Windproof Jacket that can fit over a drysuit (1 size larger than your typical jacket) - alternatively a Survival Suit is a great option and can be found for $200 online
Warm Mid layer: Sweater/Fleece
Thick Warm Pants
Thermal Leggings/Long Johns
Good Hiking Boots
Winter Gloves for the boat
Photography Gloves (optional)
Ski Goggles for boat
Blanket for the boat
Anything else for your comfort
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Frequently Asked Questions: Artica Adventures
Is it safe to swim with wild Orcas?
Answer: Yes it is absolutely safe to swim with them with proper guiding and proper knowledge. Like any experience there is risk involved but the most important part to understand is that we must respect the wildlife and treat them properly and do not stress them out. They will be occupied with feeding sessions of herring. The risks are in fact other boaters and you. You must be a comfortable swimmer and be a fast learner with the drysuits buoyancy. We will try to get a practice session in the harbour with the drysuits before. So although you float you may not be as good at swimming with something like a drysuit on.
Are you tours just for photographers?
Answer: No, not at all! Our trips are approximately 50/50% split of photographers and non-photographers. These trips are called photo tours as Jenni and I are instructing photography lessons hands on while we explore and sail. We have non-photographers (with iPhones, etc), beginners to expert photographers on our trips. It's the perfect learning grounds where you get to immerse yourself in nature and be surrounded by great people.
Why Artica Studios Adventure Photo Tours vs. Other Tours?
Answer: Jenni and I are so passionate about our tours we take small groups that are more intimate where we can connect with each one of our guests. We also pride ourselves on taking you to these remote locations that are extremely difficult to get to and otherwise unaffordable. Our tours are never over-priced as we want you to have a life-changing experience and for you to share your experience (and photos) with family and friends and for them to be able to afford to have their own Artica Adventure experience.
Our tours are not just photography workshops, they are life-changing experiences that will shape you as a person. Whatever your current understanding is of photography, our workshops will help you improve in a variety of areas, including composition, editing, business acumen, personal style development, workflow and more!
We are looking for positive, like-minded people to join our trips as it is most often the people who make the experience and everything else is just a bonus. We love animals and the environment and we care deeply about creating inspiration and action to help make the world a better place.
Let's fall in love with Orcas and the Arctic together!