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Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

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Experience the Original Big Whale Safari and Puffins Tour from Húsavík – the Whale Capital of Iceland. Increase your chances of seeing the gentle giants on this 2.5-hour guided adventure on-board a RIB speedboat. Enjoy a view of thousands of puffins.
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  • Cruise a larger area of Skjálfandi Bay on a 2.5-hour tour on-board a modern RIB speedboat
  • Increase your chances of observing big whales in their natural environment
  • Learn about Iceland's nature and wildlife from an expert guide
  • Stay warm and safe in specially made overalls and enjoy a little surprise from a local winemaker
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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), 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. At the end of the tour, enjoy a little surprise from a local winemaker.
  • Specialized guide
  • Live commentary on-board
  • Warm safety overalls
  • A little surprise from a local winemaker
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People under 4 ft 3 in (130 cm)

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Outdoor clothing
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Due to COVID-19, the local winemaker's surprise cannot be offered
• Tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If this tour is canceled due to bad weather, you will be given the option of another date or a full refund
• If no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour, you will be offered a voucher for a traditional whale watching tour on oak boats free of charge, however, no refund is given
• The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th; there is more focus on whales outside the puffin season

From US$ 171.46 per person

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Gentle Giants Whale Watching

Product ID: 87638