Believe me or not but there are many whales in the Norwegian Sea. I saw them on a regular basis on my daily walk to university in Tromsø Sound.
But I'm also almost sure you will see whales if you take the trip to Gåsvær through Kvalsundet. This sound is not very trafficated by ships, so you could call it a paradise for whales and other seaanimals.
When we went to Gåsvær we saw whales in the Finnvik, Kårvik and Rakknes area.
Of course you can also see whales when you stay on land, for example from Ringvassøya or Kvaløya. Good Luck!
Don't miss walking around Gåsvær. It won't take you long (less than 1 km!), but don't forget to watch the seabirds and especially around Mid-Summer various Arctic flowers.
This is Gåsvær church and the graveyard. Already the graveyard gives you insight about living at Norway's coast. Many stones are well over 100 years old, and tell their own stories.
The church is usually closed and only few people have a key. Twice a year Tromsø church community organises trips to Gåsvær: a mass is helt, coffee and cake are offered and if weather is fine even a barbecue is done. Hardly ever experienced such a nice barbecue on the sandy beach.
The Student Priest of Tromsø University can give you more information about Gåsvær. See also transportation.
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Well as I said Gåsvær is an uninhabited island so there are no regular boat connections. Actually there are two "common" routes to go there:
You have an own boat and you are cruising the Arctic Sea:
I recommend you a very good sea map and someone with "Ocean" experience on board. The Gåsvær waters (as all Norwegian waters) can be very wild and rough (like when we were there). In addition the island is surrounded by nasty sandbanks which can trap you easily. If your boat is too "deep" you have a problem. When we went there we had to "transfer" from a bigger to a smaller fishing boat (don't forget to wear swim wests!). Was a big adventure for most. When you made it through the sandbank it's no biggie to anchor on the wooded reeling.
If you don't own your own boat or if you think open sea is too much for it, you can easily rent a fishing vessel including some "seabear" who's used to navigate in such waters. Just ask some old fisherman at Tromsø harbour, they will tell you with pleasure who's "free" to make the trip with you. If you like fishing use the two to three hour trip (from Tromsø) to try your luck. Most likely you will see whales and other ocean inhabitants during your trip.
One of my nicest Gåsvær memories is the beach barbecue we did there. We brought everything with us (and took also the rubbish back) so that we didn't hurt Mother Nature.
It's so nice to sit on this sandy beach, eating sausage (or fresh caught fish) and watching the lovely scenery of wild North Norwegian nature.
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