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The Norwegian fjords just north of Tromsø are some of the best whale watching sites in the world. During the winter, the waters between Kvaløya and Andøya are teeming with orcas and humpbacks, as well as the occasional fin whale. They are there for the herring, which populate the fjords in their millions during the wintertime. At 3 degrees Celsius, the cold water is perfect for herring. The fish were once preyed upon by orca alone, but now, humpbacks are gate-crashing the party.

With the humpbacks joining the orcas, it is now possible to see many hundreds of whales in a relatively small geographic area. The gathering is on a scale never before seen in Norwegian history. But it all depends on the herring stocks. For now, the populations along Norway's coast appear to be thriving.

While Tromsø is the best place for winter whale watching, the Vesterålen coast and Andøya are better in the summer months. Here, large blooms of plankton support the species upon which whales rely. The fish stocks attract sperm, pilot, humpback, minke, fin, and killer whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises. Cetaceans can be seen at these locations year-round.

Read more in our blog post here.

Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) feeding on a bait ball of Herring. Extremely cold conditions (- 15 C) with backlit ice fog. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. January
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November.
Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, as well as fishing boats, co... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, as well as fishing boats, co...
Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan...
Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan...
Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial photo of a school of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in shallow waters with both Humpback whales (Megaptera novaenliae) and Killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding, coast of Kvaloya, Norway Jan...
Aerial shot of a huge shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), with a fishing boat and a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) nearby, Sommaroy, Troms. Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a huge shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), with a fishing boat and a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) nearby, Sommaroy, Troms. Norway, January.
Aerial shot of two Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming inside a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), hunting, Sommaroy, Troms, Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of two Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming inside a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), hunting, Sommaroy, Troms, Norway, January.
Aerial shot of two Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming inside a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), hunting, with one Killer whale tail slapping to stun the Herring, Sommaroy, Troms, Norwa... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of two Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming inside a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harenguis), hunting, with one Killer whale tail slapping to stun the Herring, Sommaroy, Troms, Norwa...
Hundreds of Herring  (Clupea harengus) jumping out of the water to escape bubble-net feeding Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) attack from below. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. Sequ... - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Hundreds of Herring (Clupea harengus) jumping out of the water to escape bubble-net feeding Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) attack from below. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. Sequ...
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on Herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. Sequence 3 of 6. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on Herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. Sequence 3 of 6.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net / lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) at dusk, pod co-operative feeding, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net / lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) at dusk, pod co-operative feeding, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) bubble net feeding behaviour, note the eye and ventral grooves, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) bubble net feeding behaviour, note the eye and ventral grooves, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October
Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) predating Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) at surface, blood drops visible, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whale / Orca (Orcinus orca) predating Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) at surface, blood drops visible, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with herring, gulls in air and Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) in background. Troms, Norway. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) with herring, gulls in air and Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) in background. Troms, Norway.
Great black-backed gulls (Larus marinus) fighting over Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Great black-backed gulls (Larus marinus) fighting over Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November
Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) feeding on Herring (Clupea harengus) Troms, Norway. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) feeding on Herring (Clupea harengus) Troms, Norway.
Aerial side view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) blowing. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial side view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) blowing. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November
Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus). Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial view of Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus). Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November
Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on herring near the surface, Andfjorden close to Andoya, Nordland, Northern Norway. January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) and Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on herring near the surface, Andfjorden close to Andoya, Nordland, Northern Norway. January.
Aerial shot of a Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) swimming at surface, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) swimming at surface, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November.
Aerial shot of a Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) surfacing, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) surfacing, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November.
Aerial shot of five Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding in a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) with some fish jumping out of the water, Troms, Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of five Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding in a shoal of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) with some fish jumping out of the water, Troms, Norway, January.
Aerial shot of a pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) carousel feeding, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) carousel feeding, Skjervoy, Troms, Norway, November.
Aerial shot of a large group of Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), Troms, Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a large group of Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), Troms, Norway, January.
Three diving Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving during polar night, Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Three diving Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving during polar night, Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching sequence, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching sequence, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching sequence, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching sequence, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November
Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) pod searching for herring  in Andfjorden, close to Andoya, Nordland, Norway, January (polar night period). - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca) pod searching for herring in Andfjorden, close to Andoya, Nordland, Norway, January (polar night period).
Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping very close, showing eye. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping very close, showing eye. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) surfacing during polar night, with full moon low in horizon. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) surfacing during polar night, with full moon low in horizon. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) showing details of tail fluke as it dives, flukes used for individual identification, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) showing details of tail fluke as it dives, flukes used for individual identification, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, October
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) two spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) two spyhopping. Kvaloya, Troms, Norway October
Three Killer whales (Orcinus orca) spyhopping in a row. Kvalnes, Andoya, Nordland, Northern Norway, December. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Three Killer whales (Orcinus orca) spyhopping in a row. Kvalnes, Andoya, Nordland, Northern Norway, December.
Pod of Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Pod of Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca). Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November
Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) and boat in background. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whales / orcas (Orcinus orca) and boat in background. Kvanangen, Troms, Norway. November
Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca). Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Killer whale / orca (Orcinus orca). Kvaloya, Troms, Norway November
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) taking a breath, spray backlit by evening sun, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, October - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) taking a breath, spray backlit by evening sun, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, October
Fluke of diving Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)  with one blowing in the background. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Fluke of diving Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) with one blowing in the background. Kvaloya, Troms, Northern Norway. November.
Aerial shot of a large pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming close to a tourist boat, Troms, Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a large pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming close to a tourist boat, Troms, Norway, January.
Aerial shot of a large pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming just below the surface, Troms, Norway, January. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of a large pod of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming just below the surface, Troms, Norway, January.
Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour including a male Killer whale displaying penis, Troms, Norway, August. - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Aerial shot of Killer whales (Orcinus orca) near the surface, showing mating behaviour including a male Killer whale displaying penis, Troms, Norway, August.
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net / lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) at dusk, pod co-operative feeding, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net / lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) at dusk, pod co-operative feeding, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) one lucky fish is escaping, note the baleen plates, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November - Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge feeding on herring (Clupea harengus) one lucky fish is escaping, note the baleen plates, Kvaloya, Troms, Norway, November
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