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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

1. Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

Embark on a guided speedboat tour around Puffin Island. See the thousands of puffins in their natural habitat before heading to Skjálfandi Bay to spot whales with frequent sightings of humpback and minke whales. After check-in at the ticket office, be escorted to the dressing room to receive warm water-resistant overalls and life vests. Sit back and peel your eyes across the rocking waves of the Atlantic, looking for any sign of life. Make sure to bring hats and gloves—it's always colder in the bay than in the town. When everybody is ready the guide will show the way to the boat where passengers will find their seats and get informed about safety regulations on board. The first pit-stop is Puffin Island (during puffin season which is from 1st May- 20th August). Circle around the Island, enjoying the view of thousands of sweet-looking puffins during their breeding period. The next destination is whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay, an area renowned for its rich wildlife, Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll mountain ranges. There are 20 different species of cetacean in Iceland, the most common being humpback and minke whales. There is a chance to spot rarer species like Orcas, Harbour Porpoises, Blue Whales, etc. With a smaller vessel like a RIB, your captain can get much closer to where these animals swim as small boats make less noise, and are less likely to deter whales. After 2 hours of cruising the ocean, begin the return journey back to the harbor. On your way, you will likely pass one of the numerous nesting Puffin colonies that live in the area—just another fantastic reason to come aboard.

From Dalvik: Arctic Whale Watching in Northern Iceland

2. From Dalvik: Arctic Whale Watching in Northern Iceland

Watch whales in the picturesque landscape of Eyjafjordur and experience sea fishing inside the majestic mountains of Tröllaskagi, an area just short of the Arctic Circle known for its fishing industry. Join an enjoyable and exciting adventure at sea and experience the beautiful wildlife and scenery of Dalvík. Explore the waters of Dalvík, where there is an exceptionally good chance to encounter the great humpback whale, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, small harbor porpoises and sometimes even the majestic blue whale, fin whales or killer whales. Get excited about a tour where guests have seen whales or dolphins in 98% of whale watching tours!

Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

3. Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

It's not surprising that many northerners believe that Hjalteyri is one of the best-kept secrets of North Iceland. Eyjafjörður is a favorable habitat for marine life, so favorable in fact that whales were spotted on all of these tours in 2016. On this whale-watching tour, you'll graciously glide through the calm seas of Eyjafjörður under the guidance and expertise of a qualified crew. This tour is approximately two-and-a-half hours long. This tour gives you the unique and exceptional opportunity to get in touch with the magnificent wildlife found in the north of Iceland, most notably the majestic whales and seabirds.

Húsavík: Whale Watching on a Carbon Neutral Oak Boat

4. Húsavík: Whale Watching on a Carbon Neutral Oak Boat

The original whale watching tour is now available carbon neutral. The local tour operator has adopted an active environmental policy based on the idea of sustainable development. In 2015, it became the first whale watching company in the world to offer carbon neutral whale watching. In cooperation with some other actors, a unique hybrid propulsion system that allows running the ship on renewable energy instead of fossil fuel has been developed.  Experience the tour on a carbon neutral boat and discover the magnificent nature of Skjálfandi Bay observing whales, dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat. Enjoy smooth sailing and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and cinnamon buns. Join the tour and enjoy an authentic wildlife adventure with the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

5. Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Do something different on your visit to Iceland and look for wildlife aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship. Discover the magic of the ocean and get back to nature off the north coast of Iceland. Depart from the harbor in Húsavík and spend 3 hours aboard the oak ship looking for whales and other marine life. Experience the traditional coastal culture of Iceland as you get hands-on and help to raise the sails. Assist the skipper as you cruise around the breathtaking bay of Skjálfandi, created over the centuries by glacial activity. Avail of the services of an attentive crew, who will supply you with warm clothing when needed. Sip tasty hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, available free of charge.

Dalvík: Whale Watching Speedboat Tour

6. Dalvík: Whale Watching Speedboat Tour

Experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of racing through the water as you go in search of whales and dolphins around the North Iceland coastline. Meet humpback whales, spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and sometimes even a magnificent blue whale, fin whale, or killer whale. Cruise along and take in the picturesque landscape of Eyjafjordur. Travel from Dalvik to Akureyri, and even to Grimsey which lies in the Arctic Circle. Have the chance to see puffins that breed in the bay in the summertime between April and August. Relax in suspension seats, which make the tour safer and give more comfort when traveling fast through the water. Head home having seen the rich abundance of Icelandic wildlife.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Excellent experience! We were very spoiled. We had booked 10 to 15 days before our visit for the 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. slot in an eco-responsible electric boat. What a pleasure to leave the port without the smell of fuel oil and without disturbing the whales thanks to the electric motor. The weather was cloudy but with very good visibility and above all a calm sea. We were well covered thanks to the lent fleece suits but the temperatures were mild. Very good guide knowing perfectly the life of marine animals and birds. We saw about ten whales, 2 or 3 of which were very close, as well as a few dolphins and puffins. Snack on the way back. The success of this walk is linked to the weather conditions. When stopping for whale watching in rough seas, the boat may pitch, so it is best to have sea legs. Finally, whale watching is random and depends on nature. Highly recommended outing.

Das Whalewatching war unglaublich. Wir haben viele Buckelwale sehr nahe erleben dürfen. Die Tour hat das beste Boot überhaupt, max 12 Personen und jeder Platz ist super! Wir können diese Tour nur weiterempfehlen!

Good organization, we found the whales very quickly and kept our distance so that the animals were left alone, but we were still able to take great photos. Gladly again!

Our guide was wonderful and the captain made sure we were close enough to the whales.

Everything perfect - have already done several whale tours was the best so far!!!