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From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

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Look for whales in their natural environment on a whale-watching tour from Húsavík. Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat for a guided adventure in search of the giants of the ocean.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Step aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat in Húsavík
  • Cruise around Skjálfandi Bay searching for whales on a 3-hour tour
  • Learn about Iceland's nature and wildlife from the experienced guides
  • Stay warm in overalls provided by the crew
Full description

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. Keep warm and dry with the use of high-quality overalls and raincoats.

Sail out into the bay and prepare to be captivated by the work of Mother Nature. Your specialized guide will give a safety demonstration on board the boat and then feed you live commentary on all the sights you will encounter. Skjálfandi Bay is known for its rich wildlife, including numerous types, shapes and sizes of whale. Keep a look out for the acrobatic humpback whales and giant blue whales. This is wild nature and therefore unpredictable, but your chances of seeing whales in their natural environment is very high. Sail back to Húsavík harbor and enjoy the stunning scenery.

  • Access to Skjálfandi
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Other water transport
  • Rain poncho
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Gentle Giants ticket center in central Húsavík (look for the big blue flags).

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Outdoor clothing

    Know before you go

    • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
    • The tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to bad weather, you will be given the option of another date or full refund
    • If no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour, you will be offered a voucher for a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, however, no refund is given
    • The tour is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the tour operator prior to arrival
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 987 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Transportation
    • Value for money
    • Safety

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    the tour was really worth it, saw a humpback whale. The guide also shared lots of facts about the animals, very interesting and the captain tried to drive in a way that everyone could see. The ship wasn't very big, but the ride was very pleasant, didn't rock too much.

    September 2, 2022

    Well supervised tour, which is very crowded. A few fewer tourists could relax that a bit. The explanations of our tour guide were very good and detailed. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, only a few dolphins for a short time. But that has nothing to do with my rating. Nature cannot be controlled on demand. But overall worth recommending.

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    August 31, 2022

    The tour was very nice. They take your safety seriously which is nice too. If you tend to get seasick make sure you take some dramamine. Unfortuneately we didnt see much of a whale, but that's not under anyones control. It was nice when they took us by the island where the puffins nested. Overall it was a nice day on the water.

    August 28, 2022

    Product ID: 87599