Where To Go Whale Watching In The Polar Regions

One of the main reasons why people choose to take an expedition cruise is to get up close with the magnificent wildlife in the Polar Regions. Some of the most majestic creatures that can be found in these parts of the world are the many species of whale, and spotting them during your cruise is sure to be a highlight. But where are the best destinations to head to if you want to see whales?


Greenland, and in particular Disko Bay, is one of the best places to see whales in the Arctic. Throughout the year, 15 different species can be seen here at certain times, with some being more elusive than others. Most of our Greenland cruises sail during the summer months and so you are most likely to see minke, fin and humpback whales. However, it is also possible to spot belugas and narwhals in these waters.


Due to the tremendous migratory range of most whale species, they can be found at both ends of the Earth. Therefore Antarctica is also a great place to spot these fascinating creatures, especially during the months of January, February and March. The icy coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula are important feeding grounds for humpback and minke whales, whilst you may also get to spot killer whales (orcas) as you cross the Drake Passage.

Canadian Arctic

The Northwest Passage that will take you through the Canadian Arctic is a great place to see many different whale species, but if you want more certainty then you should check out our Arctic Watch Lodge trips. Situated on Somerset Island, the lodge was set up as a place to spot beluga whales and every year thousands of them swim down the Cunningham River to mate, play and shed their old layer of skin.


Whales can be found all around the shores of Iceland, basking in the Midnight Sun and taking advantage of the excellent feeding grounds. There are many different species that could make an appearance during your polar cruise, including the largest creature that has ever lived – the blue whale.


Alaska is known for its spectacular wildlife with bears roaming the ground, eagles soaring through the skies and, you guessed it, whales ruling the seas. Humpbacks can be found off the Alaskan coastline for the majority of the summer but are most prolific during August. If you are lucky enough, you may even get to see them blowing bubbles to force the herring into a tight ball, before swimming right through the ball with their mouths open wide.

If you would like whale watching to be part of your expedition cruise, we have many itineraries that feature this as the main activity. Call now for details or to book your polar adventure.

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