We interviewed our guide Eduard, from Lithuania. Here you will find an overview of how it is to be a guide in Norway 😊
E: I started working in 2018 in Tromsø, onboard one of Arctic Expedition’s boats, in the kiosk, selling waffles. I was not planning to stay this long, but I really enjoyed the nature! I also started self-studying whales, their behavior and was asked to start guiding after some time. My first day guiding was with an almost full boat!
E: Through my father, that is an engineer in one of the boats. He kept on sending me photos of the amazing landscapes, nature, telling me all these amazing stories. I was in Ireland by then and had no idea how amazing these places were! I contacted a marine school and immediately started all the needed courses to guide (basic safety courses, crowd management and health certification), went to Tromsø and got lucky to start as a guide.
E: Well I left my origin country when I was 14 (Lithuania), but leaving Ireland was not hard, as I was not so happy there. I am happier now.
E: You never have the same job all the year, every day is changing, there are new things to do all the time. Even the colors change, the sun light, the darkness, the landscapes, the northern lights, you get to see everything, not like a tourist that only sees it once. You witness amazing things from the arctic fauna, for example orcas training their babies on how get out of the water, spy hopping, tail slapping, and repeating it, or another time that we saw adult orcas teaching their babies on how to kill a humpback. They were not actually killing it, just drowning it for 20 minutes, just to show the babies how it is done, this kind of things are unique!
E: The fresh air, beautiful sceneries, different experiences (dog sledding, reindeers, whales, northern lights,…) and also seeing the emotion from our customers when they experience the arctic.
E: Maybe it would be the fact that the climate is changing, and you can actually feel it and see it: abnormal rain and slushy snow in the floor, you have to wait for the winter longer than before. Some activities are postponed.
E: I think that the most important is to feel the people, being able to make them have fun, motivate them, not so much having a marine or a biology degree. The first 5 minutes that you meet a person, if you have fun in those minutes, it will be an easy and funny day, people will like you.
E: Well once a costumer onboard our Fjord Cruise & Whale Safari was able to photograph the penis of an orca and that was quite fun, everybody was asking her to show the photo she had taken.
E: Rough weather (making sure everybody is being taken care) or cloudy nights (for example when looking for northern lights), making it harder to spot them, it is hard to not be able to show people something that is already not sure that it is going to be there (like the whales or the northern lights). People get frustrated and it is hard to see that, but it can happen, since these are uncontrollable situations.
E: Reading, searching, asking yourself questions and trying to get the answers, learning with other guides, asking questions to others, self-learning.
E: “What are the chances to see…”, “When are we going to see”, “How did you end up in the arctic”, “How did you end up in this cold”, “Don’t you get depressed for being in the dark for so long”, “Do you take these vitamins D and omega 3 because you live in the arctic”, “How long are you planning to stay here”, these are the most asked questions.
E: One time in our Sky by Boat trip with our boat Strønstad, in Svalbard, we saw a polar bear very close to the boat, like 10 meters away, on land, that was amazing!
E: Because of its position: possibility to see whales, northern lights, it’s a very welcoming season, international atmosphere, it’s easy to make friends.