The Big Whale Safari with Puffins

Apr – Oct
2,5 hours
7 years

Did you know that you can see the giants of the ocean along with the most adorable bird in the world in one single boat trip? This unbelievable tour in the whale-watching capital of Europe is one that every wildlife lover should join.


  • Whale watching
  • Rib Boat adventure
  • High whale watching success rate
  • Puffin watching

What's included

  • Guided whale watching and puffin tour
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • English speaking local expert guides

What's not included

  • Transportation
  • Meals


The charismatic town of Húsavík is the starting point for this adventure. It is there that your boat will be waiting for you in the harbor of this northern town. This small rigid inflatable boat is closer to the water than the larger whale-watching vessels. It also has fewer seats, so that this will be a much more intimate experience for all involved.

Once everyone has been dressed in overalls and lifejackets, you’ll board the vessel and start your journey in Skjálfandi Bay. Within no time, the mammals which fill these Arctic waters will begin to make themselves seen.

Humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins are the stars of the show here, coming to the surface to perform and do acrobatic stunts for onlookers. They are also the most common species seen in the bay. Minke whales and harbor porpoises are slightly less common but also very charming, if less lively.

Húsavík is known as the whale-watching capital of Europe because of the diverse number of mammals you can find in the area. Not only the previously mentioned species, but blue whales, fin whales, pilot whales, beaked whales, and orcas also call these waters home.

Apart from the whales, during the puffin season, which lasts from April 15 to August 20, puffins can be seen flying wildly overhead, diving into the water in the search for fish, or relaxing happily on the surface of the water. As the boat is smaller than other vessels, it’s the appropriate size to approach the islands with puffin nests to allow you to see the cute birds protecting their burrows.

The islands are beautiful and dramatic as is the surrounding landscape. Whenever there are no animals around to draw your attention, you can be sure that the breathtaking views will do so instead.

After the tour has finished and you’ve definitely had your fill of marine life, the boat will return to Húsavík harbor.

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FAQ & Important Information

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!

This tour is operated by our trusted partner.

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 to 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; a 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.

Medical conditions:
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

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Special offer


for a limited time on selected Super Jeep tours