Iceland is among Europe’s best whale watching destinations, and with tours averaging over a 90% success rate in spotting whales in the summer months, it is easy to see why. In fact, almost a quarter of visitors come to Iceland specifically to whale watch the 23 species of different whale found off the Icelandic coastline. During the summer months in particular, the Icelandic shores become a veritable feeding ground for multiple species of large marine mammals, giving visitors a chance to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Whale watching in Iceland began to operate regularly in the early 90´s. The first place to be widely known in Iceland was Húsavík, a sparsely populated fishing village about an hour north of Akureyri. The great amount of whales in the Skjálfandi Bay where the whale watching takes part has resulted in a transformation of the town with Whale Watching, Whale Museum and a Whale Research Center being hugely oustanding in the community. Húsavík is therefore known as the “Whale Capital of Iceland”. The most prolific time for whale watching in Iceland is during the summer months, from May through September, when whales that include f.e. the minke, humpback, and blue whale—can be seen in the ocean.
Húsavík Adventures Whale Watching Tours
Húsavík Adventures offer whale watching and nature experience sailing trips on fast RIB boats at Skjalfandi bay outside Husavik. Their recommended tours skirt Puffin Island, an Island known for huge numbers of brightly coloured puffins, before heading out to sea to spot whales.
Their tours are 2 hours long and departs from Husavik’s harbour. Their RIB boats seat 12 passengers per boat, each with an expert whale watching guide and captain on board. With a focus on small group tours, Húsavík Adventures eliminates competition for the best view on board which creates an unforgettable experience for the passengers.
It is also worth noting that the Húsavík Adventures RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are among the fastest RIB boats available in Iceland. They are specially designed to get you as close as possible to the whales, dolphins and puffins in Husavik. Their speed enables them to cover longer distances in search of the whales, which increases your chances of meeting some of the biggest animals in the world. Despite the speed and power of our RIB boats, their noise and impact is minimal. Last summer they had a 100% success of seeing whales on Skjalfandi bay.
So if you are looking to whale watch with a near certain chance of spotting a whale (as well as puffins and dolphins), Húsavík Adventures is a top choice.
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