Whales and dolphins hold a special place in our hearts, and travel to the same beautiful and remote spots as us.

Orcas in Lofoten, Norway. Photo: Ingrid Visser

ORCA is one of the UK’s leading whale and dolphin conservation charities, dedicated to the long-term protection of these beautiful animals and their habitats in the UK and European waters.

Founded in 2001, ORCA monitors vulnerable populations and works alongside various organisations and governments to create safer places for whales, and dolphins to thrive. And ultimately improving the health and well-being of our oceans.

ORCA is just as passionate about people as it is about whales and dolphins. Their volunteers come from all walks of life with a common love for marine wildlife and conservation. By making science and conservation more accessible they can engage with more people, empowering them to want to care for and protect our Blue Planet.

Hurtigruten & ORCA

ORCA’s Ocean Conservationists are highly trained wildlife experts helping us to deliver unforgettable wildlife experiences to our guests onboard. Through this programme, ORCA can not only inspire people to protect our blue planet but also collect vital scientific data that can be used to help protect global whales and dolphin populations. ORCA first joined us on our expedition to Antarctica in 2019. Following the success of this, their team of Ocean Conservationists have been a part of our expedition teams on MS Maud and MS Otto Sverdrup.

Engaging with our guests

As well as delivering guest-facing activities, ORCA and their team of ocean conservations also aim to provide a number of conservation programmes:

Collecting data on the species of whales, dolphins, porpoises and the marine life they spot.

Support the expedition team to identify hotspots for whales and dolphins during our expeditions.

Engaging with guests onboard our ships through workshops, lectures and wildlife spotting.

Join an expedition with ORCA?

Our smaller ships are the perfect way to cruise and explore beyond the tourist spots, making them ideal in supporting ORCA with their work monitoring marine populations. MS Maud is no exception and has a strong legacy in exploration, being named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. Join us and ORCA on board and for your next holiday.