Jul – Nov
Any person who loves nature should plan an excursion to North Iceland to see the magnificent marine mammals of the Arctic for themselves. Our fully-guided tour will take you on an adventurous whale watching excursion aboard a traditional Icelandic boat.
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Húsavík, which lies on Skjálfandi Bay, is the capital of whale watching in Iceland. Many different species of whale enter the bay frequently, making this site in northeast Iceland the perfect place for our tour to depart from.
A traditional Icelandic oak boat will await you in Húsavík harbor. In a past life, this was a fishing vessel but after years on the job, it has been rebuilt as a whale-watching boat. Instead of traveling the ocean in search of fish to capture and take home, it now travels in search of whales to gaze upon while disturbing them as little as possible.
While you travel around the bay, your expert guide will answer any questions you might have. They will also help you look for any signs of nearby whales. During this three-hour trip across the bay, you’ll have a lot of time to seek and marvel over the bountiful collection of marine life the bay has to offer.
About 24 different species of sea mammal call Skjálfandi Bay home, each of which is unique and fascinating in its own right. Of these, the most common are minke whales, harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, and humpback whales.
The majestic blue whale, the largest animal on Earth, is also a regular visitor to Skjálfandi Bay. So, during your visit, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent blue whale along with killer whales (orcas), fin whales, and pilot whales. From May to August, puffins are also often around the bay.
Mother Nature is known for her unpredictability. For that reason, every tour is a new adventure and no two tours will ever be exactly the same. Whales have been observed jumping out of the waves, socializing, and feeding. Dolphins sometimes cheerfully swim alongside the boat as you sail across the bay. No one can guess what you will encounter on your tour, you’ll simply have to come and see for yourself!
The following is important information applicable to our whale watching tours. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we are here to make your tour exceptional!
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Our day tours are very popular and we have many days when all available seats are booked out. Please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. You can book this tour online using the booking form or just call our office. We typically respond to phone calls from 8:00 AM to 17:00 PM GMT – if you do not reach us, please send an email and we will reply your message as soon as possible.
We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.
Tour itinerary changes:
At all times your safety is our first priority. You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland. For this reason, the tour itinerary may be subject to change the sights without notice or the tour might be canceled due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the timing changes, we will need your valid mobile phone number to contact you and inform you of the time change. Please don’t forget to fill out your phone number on the booking form. If the tour is canceled, you can choose to receive a full refund or to reschedule your tour for another day. We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.
What to bring:
Since the weather is unpredictable, always bring comfortable outdoor clothes, warm layers, with waterproof and windproof outer-layers. Jeans are not suitable clothing; waterproof jacket and shoes and a warm sweater are highly recommended. It’s best to wear waterproof boots. Bring some snack or packed lunch. Bring your personal daily medications if required.
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.
All prices are per person.
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