King Crab RIB Safari

3.5 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 5 0 0
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$ 299.95
Min. age: 10 years | Medical restriction (See special notes)
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  • King crab safari
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Did you know that a red king crab has a leg span of five feet and eleven inches? Or that it's omnivorous and can eat plants and animals, and even each other? Or that it's actually a native of Alaska? Discover these fascinating facts and more during this unique three-hour excursion that takes you into the scenic Sarnesfjord where you'll work like a Norwegian crabber and haul crab pots up from the depths of the sea. As your reward, you'll get to eat the freshly-caught crab at an authentic Sami camp.

But you don't have to be a crustacean lover to appreciate the out-of-this-world scenery beauty that will soon surround you. Photographers and nature enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to gaze out over the sparkling blue waters and observe sea birds, and an occasional whale or dolphin.

Before heading out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, be sure to dress warmly (the sea breezes can be very cool), and bring along a camera, and a pair of binoculars.

From your ship, it's just a five-minute walk to the Rafting Dock. Here, you'll meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide who will lead you through a safety lesson. Then, you'll put on your all-in-one, waterproof protective suit and step inside a deep-sea raft. Your guide will cruise out of the port and into the open waters of the four-mile-long Sarnesfjord.

If red king crab is indigenous to Alaska, how did it end up in Norwegian waters? En route, you'll learn that in the 1960s, Russian scientists introduced Pacific king crab to the Barents Sea in order to increase the yield from local fisheries. Since then, millions of these crustaceans have spread west into Norwegian waters, creating a major new fishing industry that officially became commercial in 1994.

Considered one of the most preferred crabs for consumption, it's extremely difficult to catch and only 259 Norwegian fishermen are allowed to drop the crab pots into the Barents Sea.

Soon, your guide will arrive at a prime crabbing location. You can help the crew pull up a crab pot from the icy depths, brimming with massive king crabs weighing up to 15-1/2 pounds and five feet across. Photos from this momentous event are sure to provide great reminders of your trip.

After the pots are hauled up your guide will turn the raft towards a nearby Sami campsite. Once the raft has moored you'll walk into an authentic lavvo-a Sami tent with an open fire in the middle-and sit on the ground on reindeer skins. The crabs you caught will be prepared and cooked for you to eat as a snack with bread and butter accompanied by mineral water and coffee.

Enjoy your tasty catch while sharing the events of the day with your fellow passengers. Finally, with this remarkable experience scratched off your "bucket list," you'll return to the raft and cruise back to the pier.

Medical Restriction:

Not suitable for a person who find it difficult to walk, wheelchair users, blind and/or deaf person(s)

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

From your cruise ship, walk to the landing dock where you will be outfitted in wet suits.

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:30
Inside visit:
No

Partake in a thrilling boat ride and learn about king crab.

Transport type:
Zodiac
Transport Capacity:
12
Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

After your boat ride, disembark in Sarnes for your crab meal.

Transport Capacity:
24
Time at site:
01:45
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Hop on the boat one last time for your ride back to the Honningsvag.

Transport type:
Zodiac
Transport Capacity:
11
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Once back at the landing dock, return your wetsuit and walk back to the cruise ship.

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes