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Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

4.8 / 5

54 reviews

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

Activity provider: Husavik Adventures
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From US$ 146.07 per person

Join a guided whales and puffins boat tour in Húsavík. Get the best views and increase the chance of spotting whales in a RIB boat.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Enjoy 2 hours in a RIB speedboat, covering a great amount of miles making the search much more likely to be a success
  • Get the best view possible
  • Take a look at Puffin Island, filled with the sweet birds in their breeding mode
  • Enjoy warm water resistant overalls while doing the tour
  • Get informed about the wildlife and local facts from the expert guide
Full description

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.

  • Access to Skjálfandi
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Speedboat, sightseeing cruise
  • Rain poncho
  • Warm clothing
  • Life vest
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • There's a 8 year old age restriction or 140 cm height. However, it's totally OK to bring younger kids when the sea conditions are good. Please check out the weather forecast if you're booking in short notice.
    • Seasickness on RIB boats is much less common than on oak boats. That's because the RIB's doesn't roll to the sides when on the move. It can however roll with the waves when stopped and therefore it can be wise for people prone to seasickness to take motionsickness tablets an hour before departure. They can be bought in the nearest pharmacy.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 54 reviews

    Review summary

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    Great trip out I think we were very lucky with the conditions as the sun was out and the water was calm. We managed to see a minke which was amazing and we stayed out a little longer than we were supposed to so they could make sure we all got to see it properly. Great day out couldn't recommend more.

    April 24, 2022

    A super trip with the rib, unfortunately no whales spotted, but dolphins. There is a good opportunity to do an excursion with possible more results, unfortunately we did not have time for this ourselves. Top guide who told clearly and was enthusiastic. Small group, max 10 pers. On the rib Definitely recommend

    September 15, 2021

    It was a nice experience I would recommend and the staff was so kind and easy going! However, don't anticipate that you gonna see the whale as in the pictures, you can see it but only the back or the tale, at least this is what we saw, but it's normal regarding that it's nature. We didn't go to the puffin island because the whale was far away so we spent all the time to reach it.

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    August 19, 2021

    Product ID: 142449