Join an international research team in the spectacular Norwegian Arctic to investigate the behaviors and needs of whales and dolphins.
In the Norwegian Atlantic, whales and dolphins abound. Every day, it is possible to observe large male sperm whales in the deep waters of an underwater canyon near shore. In the winter, the fjords are a feeding area for these mammals. Although Norwegian commercial whaling for minke whales is still a reality, there is increasing interest in whale watching—an activity that attracts tourists from around the world. You’ll join a group of researchers in the town of Andenes on the island of Andøya, where you’ll study whales and dolphins, focusing on migration, behavior, and the interactions of sperm, humpback, and killer whales with whale-watching boats. When the weather doesn't cooperate, you'll help with critical research tasks indoors, such as identifing individual animals using photographs and recording data.
Northern Norway is an extraordinarily beautiful place, and you can spend your off hours exploring its natural wonders. During the summer, you’ll enjoy a boat trip to a nearby island when tens of thousands of puffins spend much of the year. You may also hike the island in search of foxes, elk, and otters, or enjoy a barbecue on a white sandy beach. You’ll meet local fishermen and whale-watch captains, and throughout the project, the researchers will share their findings and interests with you.