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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

Highlights
  • Look for whales on a cruise from Husavik, Iceland’s whale capital
  • Sail by traditional oak boat to the prime viewing spot of Skjalfandi Bay 
  • Enjoy space to move around on deck to get the views you want
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík
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Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea - watching the wonders of nature.
From US$90.72
13:15 GG1 Whale Watching
Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea - watching the wonders of nature.
From US$90.72
12:00 GG1 Whale Watching
Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea - watching the wonders of nature.
From US$90.72
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Overview
Cruise Skjalfandi Bay, one of Iceland’s top whale-sighting spots, on this tour from Husavik. Booking ahead means you’ll avoid ticket-buying hassles and helps ensure your preferred departure time. You’ll travel in a traditional, Icelandic oak boat with plenty of room for great views. Onboard commentary provides background on Iceland’s marine life, and you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and Icelandic donuts as you sail.
What to Expect
Select your preferred departure time, and head to the dock in Husavík, Iceland’s whale-watching capital.

Settle on deck on the traditional, spacious oak boat. If the weather requires it, you’ll be provided with a coverall and raincoat.

Admire the views of the Vik’s mountains as you cruise to Skjalfandi Bay. The sheltered inlet offers a high chance of spotting various types of marine life, from harbor porpoises to blue and humpback whales.

Although June to August brings the best chance of sightings, the crew has recently reported more early spring and autumn sightings, increasing the number of visitors who see the whales.

Learn about the marine environment via live commentary from the onboard guide. Plus, enjoy hot chocolate and an Icelandic kleina (twisted donut) before your cruise ends back in Husavik.
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1 - 5 of 22 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lived up to expectations

Yes, we have seen the whales. But what's more was the special clothes that warmed us up during the trip, the guide with an incredibly soothing and calming voice (I believe he was a native Spanish speaker, don't remember his name but highly recommended), hot...More

2  Thank Svetlana O
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Svetlana O, Thank you for the nice review! Wonderful to hear that you not only saw the whales, but really enjoyed the warm clothes, guide, the treats at the end of the trip, and also our lovely town of Húsavík! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent Experience

This far exceeded our expectations. We saw 11 different types of humpback whales - most of which were only a few meters from our boat. Brilliant guide too. Highly recommended. Must do.More

Thank Richard N
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Richard N, Thank you for the wonderful review and for recommending us! We are so happy to hear that you appreciated your guide and the tour exceeded your expectation. It sounds like you truly had an excellent experience seeing so many humpback whales! Kind...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great morning!

Well worth the ‘investment’. Best to do on a sunny day if you have the choice as it gets cold out there... We’ve seen plenty of humpbacks and as am being told they are pretty reliable to show. End of May we were worried about...More

1  Thank Jan R
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jan R, Thank you for the very nice review. It is good advice to always dress very warm for the tours! We are happy to hear that you had a great morning tour seeing the humpback whales! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Great tour

Excellent tour. The crew did a great job of locating the whales and were very pleasant. We ended up seeing several different groups of whales.

Thank jill3291
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear jill3291, Thank you for the nice review! We are very happy to hear that you had an excellent tour seeing the whales and that you appreciated your crew! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Best experience of Iceland

Wow, this tour was amazing. We saw 5 (I think?!) humpbacks single and playing in groups and also a beautiful sunset. It was also very nice to experience a calm atmosphere on the boat as there were only four guests in total. This way, the...More

3  Thank tabeawarncke
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear tabeawarncke, Thank you for the great review! Wonderful to hear that your tour was a "best experience of Iceland" and that you loved seeing the humpback whales! Kind regards, Charla

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beaches060
28 April 2018|
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Response from NuroNadja | Reviewed this property |
Hello, It depends from the tour, but you must consider at least 2/3 hours. I took the one with the regular boat and the one with the RIB and they're both wonderful. You won't regret it :)
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