The Return of the Whales

When I started guiding you would hardly see any whales at all.  Ok, the occasional Minke Whale or groups of Beluga’s, but no large whales. Until 2008 I had only seen a few Fin Whales and one time a group of Bowhead Whales. Now we see large whales nearly every trip. And amongst them even the largest of them all, the Blue Whale. During this trip we twice had at least two Blue Whales, one time in Kongsfjord and one time in Isfjord. On both occasions we could watch them from a reasonable close distance and see nice behaviour. One was showing its fluke several times, which is rare in Blue Whales, another was surfacing sideways, showing its pectoral fin and throat grooves. Hopefully this trend will continue and we keep on seeing those magnificent animals.

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Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


  • Beautiful, and hope it’s a good sign! Seeing the fluke of a blue whale was one of my long-lasting dreams and I was glad to have done it this year, albeit in the – theoretically warmer – waters of Sri Lanka… it was a very bad day weather wise, though.


  • Incredible! And hopefully a promising sign that the large whales are returning… I have seen a few fin whales in my time and they are quite awe-inspiring. I have yet to see a blue whale yet – someday soon I hope!



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