Water activity

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

4.6 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: North Sailing

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Activity provider: North Sailing
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 83.74 per person

Look for whales in their natural environment on an amazing whale watching trip by traditional wooden sailing ship. Hoist the sails and take part in a real sailing adventure from Húsavík.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Icelandic
Wheelchair accessible


  • Cruise the bay of Skjálfandi aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship
  • See whales and seabirds in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun
Full description

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.

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sailboat
  • Hot chocolate
  • Warm clothing
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Húsavík Harbour, Hafnarstétt 9-11.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Please note that the tour is subject to favorable weather conditions and if is it canceled due to bad weather you will be given the option of another date or a full refund
    • If you do not see whales you will be offered to join another whale watching tour free of charge
    • The tour is wheelchair accessible, please contact the local partner prior to your tour date to advise if you require assistance
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 53 reviews

    Review summary

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    Great experience and saw many dolphins and whales, including two whales that jumped into the sky and dived back in close to our boat. This is apparently a very rare event, so don't expect that. There are many whales to see though. Upon arrival we were offered an earlier boat. The boat may be smaller but has a second and third deck which made whale watching better to be honest. We were lucky to have great warm weather where we didn't wear the warm overalls they provided. I would recommend the North Sailing company.

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    August 5, 2021

    Highly Recommended! From making contact in advance to boarding and the tour itself, everything was great! We had the best weather, were able to watch at least four different whales, puffins and dolphins and felt wonderfully cared for. The whole thing on board a beautifully restored wooden sailboat with a fantastic crew - we are still thrilled! The crew was able to explain everything perfectly and was really great with the guests. We particularly liked that the whales were not “hunted”, but that the ship was always carefully steered with foresight. Unfortunately, we were able to observe this differently with ships from other providers. We can warmly recommend North Sailing!

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    June 21, 2021

    It was too windy to sail, so they suppressed our tour. But in two minutes they solved the problem offering a motorized boat. In 3 hours around the bay we saw at least 10 times humpbacks and one bottlenose whale, in at least 5 different places. We saw hundred of puffins and several murres, one skua, a lot of arctic terns and fulmars, a pair of razorbills. Crew and guides were very kind and professional. Wonderful experience! Thanks to the teachings we could ketch and recognize several other whales by the cliffs during the following days (Snaefell). Chris and Viola

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    July 24, 2018

    Product ID: 127076