Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris

Ecotourism & Conservation
in Norway

Orca © Scott Davis

When traveling with Cheesemans’ to Norway, your ship-based voyage reflects a cognizance of the importance of negating negative environmental impact and employs multiple strategies to address this. For example, our local operator has eliminated the need for single-use plastic onboard by installing a filtration system to provide safe, high-quality water to drink from reusable bottles or cups. They no longer purchase pre-packaged, serving-sized foodstuff such as coffee, jam, honey, and chocolates; instead, these items are bought in bulk and placed in glass jars. Further, fruits and vegetables are bought in loose crates to avoid products with plastic packaging. Additionally, each week, one vegetarian meal is served to reduce consumption of fish and meat, though fish is either purchased by local fisherman or caught by the crew, and meat comes from traditional farms in France, which is home to our operator. Apart from ecological-conscious food and beverage related practices, our operator provides dispensers for shower gel and shampoo in the bathrooms in lieu of individually packaged items. These, as well as cleaning products and detergents (also bought in bulk to limit plastic), are Cosmebio labelled, ensuring the absence of controversial and harmful ingredients. Our operator also addresses a lesser-known issue, pollution caused by synthetic textiles, by employing special Guppyfriend laundry bags to filter broken plastic fibers that would otherwise seep into the wastewater. Limiting the consumption of fuel is yet another practice taken to be environmentally responsible, which is also beneficial for the tour experience because staying in one place rather than running long distances typically affords better wildlife encounters. This, like the other practices intended to protect the environment, provides a higher quality experience for travelers.

In addition, your voyage supports science projects onboard. You can contribute through citizen science projects and submit observations and photographs of your wildlife and whale encounters through Happywhale to assist with our growing data and efforts to understand whale behavior and populations. With initiatives such as these, a mindset of preservation is effectively offsetting the potentially harmful impact of tourism.

Humpback Whale © Scott Davis

How Can You Make A Difference?

How You Can Actively Contribute


  • Keep an eBird list for each outing – you don’t need to track EVERY bird you see. See our Reading and Resource List for more details.
  • Take GPS-referenced wildlife and nature photos, and upload to iNaturalist and Happywhale. See our Reading and Resource List for more details.


  • Give a talk about your experience to a local wildlife or nature group or host a virtual webinar to reach a much wider audience!
  • Post your experiences on social media so others can learn more.
  • Submit a written, video, or audio testimonial for Cheesemans’ to share with future travelers.
Acting Locally


  • Support local vendors if you buy memorabilia to take home.
  • Travel in small group sizes to limit the impact on the environment and wildlife.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill. Plastic bottles will not be provided.
  • Use the biodegradable products provided on the ship to save waterways.
  • Conserve electricity.
  • Be moderate in your use of water.

Organizations You Can Support

Happywhale – Happywhale has two simple goals: one, to help humanity better understand the world’s whales, and two, to use this understanding to better protect whales and their ocean environment. If you would like to support conservation science, and knowing the identities, whereabouts, and travels of the whales you observe on your trip adds value to your life and experience, consider giving back through a tax-deductible contribution.