Iceberg ahead: a humpback whale in the Disko Bay in western Greenland. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Most common WHALES

A blue whale lifting its fluke before diving. The Azores during spring. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips
BLUE WHALES

Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world – and extremely rare. You have good chances of spotting them in Iceland, Quebec, Mexico and Australia.

ORCAS

Orcas are the top predators of the world’s oceans. Especially in Norway and Canada, chances are high to come across them.

GRAY WHALES

Every year, gray whales migrate back and forth between Mexico and Alaska. At some places you can even see them from the mainland.

HUMPBACKS

Humpback whales are gifted singers and tricky hunters: Singing takes place in the South Seas, hunting is done in the cold fjords.

SPERM WHALES

Sperm whales dive deeper than any submarines. They can be spotted close to the coast in Norway, New Zealand and on the Azores.

FINBACKS

Finbacks are the second biggest whales in the world. The best places to meet them are Quebec and New England.

MINKE WHALES

Minke whales are curious, playful and widespread. They can be found everywhere, in Australia even while snorkeling.

BELUGAS

Belugas are very popular because of their facial expressions. You can often meet them in great numbers in Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut.

RIGHT WHALES

Right whales are the bulkiest whales, but very agile nonetheless. Watch them jump in Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

The best PLACES

Orcas in the mist. An early morning in the north of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Photo: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips

Best places SUMMER

Orcas in the west, belugas in the east, sperm whales close to shore and fjords full of humpbacks: some ideas for summer.

Best places SUMMER

Orcas, belugas, sperm whales and humpbacks: some ideas for summer.

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QUEBEC

High season at the Canadian East Coast. Meet humpbacks, finbacks, blue whales, minke whales - and even belugas!

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

During summer the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth to meet the whales - especially orcas!

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NORWAY

Besides the incredible landscapes, Northern Norway is also a great place to meet the whales. Watch out for the mighty sperm whales!

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ICELAND

During summer the Icelandic fjords are full of humpbacks. You also have quite good chances to meet orcas and blue whales here!

The WHALE MAP

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