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Northeastern Region, Iceland

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From Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

1. From Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Embark on a whale-watching cruise in Húsavík with live commentary. Marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi Bay and get up close to whales, dolphins, and sea birds. Cruise by the north coast of Iceland on a traditional oak boat with light refreshments and warm overalls included. Observe the large diversity of marine animals in Skjálfandi. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in an Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This round-trip tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. With informative commentary from your guide, learn why Húsavík has turned into Iceland’s whale-watching capital.

Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

2. Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

After you have been equipped with a warm safety overall and a life vest, step aboard a modern RIB speedboat to begin your exciting adventure. Head out to the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay while your specialized guide demonstrates safety on-board and gives you live commentary on the sights encountered along the way. Your first visit will be Puffin Island during the nesting period (April 15 – August 20 approximately), where you can observe thousands of colorfully-beaked puffins, often called "the Clowns of the Ocean." The high speeds of your boat will make it more likely you will spot some of the bigger whales, such as the majestic blue whales and acrobatic humpback whales. Watching whales in their natural environment from a RIB speedboat is a unique experience.

Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

3. Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a tour from Akureyri. Discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food to the fjord for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with free Wi-Fi.

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

4. From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. 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.

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.

From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

6. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

7. Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

Enjoy a 2-hour whale and bird watching tour starting from the floating pier in Akureyri. Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, starting from the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. With only 12 passengers on each boat, take part in an adventure of a lifetime on an intimate whale watching tour.   The specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. The RIBs are fast and small boats that will also get you quicker to the whales and cover a bigger area as you search for the wild life. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life with out disturbing them in their natural habitat. If you have a passion for nature and love for adventure, this is the tour for you. EarthCheck certified, the boats carry the Blue Flag. In 2008, this tour received the Environmental Award of the Icelandic Tourist Board and Vakinn Endorsed Travel Service and Enviro Gold in 2012.

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

8. Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

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.

Húsavík: Whale Watching and Puffins

9. Húsavík: Whale Watching and Puffins

On this 3-hour tour on a traditional oak boat you can discover the magnificent nature of Skjálfandi Bay, observing whales, dolphins and puffins, as well as with other sea birds, in their natural habitat.   Marvel at Puffin Island, the home of thousands of puffins, while enjoying smooth, safe sailing of a traditional Icelandic oak ship. Finally, treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on this authentic wildlife adventure that is suitable for the whole family. 

Húsavík: Whale Watching on a Carbon Neutral Oak Boat

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,417 reviews

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.

The weather was not great but the company advised us ahead of time that it was rough on the water and that whales had not been seen previously. The choice was ours to go out or not with a refund if we decided not to. We went. The crew was fabulous, friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

Very nice and very well organised trip. We could not see the whales because of the period (end of april) but the company gave us complimentary tickets lasting 2 years for another trip free of charge. The guide (Anya) was perfect!

great experience. we saw 2 blue wale. really fun chasing them in the cold sea. we were provided suits for the cold that did perfect job. highly recomended

Great tour guides , very friendly. Very much enjoyed , fantastic experience.