Each year from mid-October to mid-January the deep fjords outside the city of Tromsø in northern Norway are ”invaded” by huge schools of north Atlantic herring*. The large aggregation of herring attract migrating whales that stop to feast on the herring en route to their traditional breeding areas. Approximately 3 000 Humpback whales and Orcas congregate seasonally in these northern fjords making the region one of the most compact and spectacular whale watching areas on the planet.
The steep-sided fjords and snow capped peaks providing a dramatic backdrop to capture this spectacular marine encounter; and as the Autumn ends, the dark winter days provide short, intense time frames and challenging light conditions.
The blue morning light and a blood red sun below the horizon deliver a unique spectrum of lighting possibilities. Your boat captain will expertly position the RIB boat to help maximize the light when capturing images of whales, eagles, gulls and terns.
Kaldfjord is a perfect spot for photographers who wants to capture the spectacular whales on camera. On crisp, clear evenings once the sun has dropped below the horizon there’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the shimmering northern lights and spectacular night skies.
*This is a relatively new phenomenon that has emerged over the last 5 to 6 years. Scientists believe that global warming and a change in both water temperatures and current may have ”pushed” the herring further north into the fjords close to Tromsø.