Seal safari – Swim with wild seals
At the charming Renöhamn wharf, just 7 km outside the coastal town of Piteå, your guide welcomes you onboard the comfortable boat M/B RENÖN. After a safety and program introduction, the tour starts. On the way out, we are passing island with beautiful summerhouses and fisherman´s cottages in the inner archipelago, heading to the outermost unsettled wilderness islands where moose, reindeer, and even brown bear roam. The area is rich in seabirds, and if we are lucky, we might even spot the sea eagle, that is frequently seen here.
Arriving at the seal shallows, we find numerous grey seals roosting on rocks just beneath the water. You hear them grunt and growl, while others are singing and howling almost as wolfs, now it's time to enter their world. Dressed in dry suits and snorkeling gear you get the chance to meet the seals in their environment. Starting from the boat, you swim a short distance before the seals curiously approach you, inspecting you from both above and below the water, without getting too close – remember that you are the visitor and everything is on the seal's conditions.
After this close encounter with these northern seals, its time to take a rest and enjoy some coastal snacks from Swedish Lapland. If we are lucky on our way back to Renöhamn wharf, we might see the rear Northern Harbor seal, a relic from the Ice age who has survived in these northern waters of the Baltic Sea.