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Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

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 guided adventure on board a RIB speedboat.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Cruise a larger area of Skjálfandi Bay 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
Full description

Embark on a guided whale watching tour to Puffin Island from Húsavík. Take in the views of this island on a speedboat ride and learn about the local marine life and puffins from an experienced guide.

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.

  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Speedboat
  • Warm clothing
    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)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at the Gentle Giants Ticket Center, look out for big blue flags

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Outdoor clothing

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • 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 approximately; there is more focus on whales outside the puffin season
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 368 reviews

    Review summary

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    Such a worthy experience. Our tour was the smallest private like group with the newest and fastest boat. As a result of that we were able to spend the most time viewing the whales and the least time travelling to that place. The boat was also fast enough to reach the whales on time before they disappeared into the water.

    June 24, 2022

    The ride on the RIB was a blast and we saw thousands of puffin, a group of white beak dolphins and at one point we’re surrounded by 6 humpback whales. The ones we followed practically danced with the boat. It was an amazing experience. The mountainous surroundings and kind and knowledgeable guide and captain rounded out the experience.

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    June 23, 2022

    What an amazing experience! The boat was steady, the seats were good and comfortable and made it possible to easily stand and sit when necessary. (Also great to go stand every time there’s a big wave so you don’t have your stomach going up and down every time instead.) We saw many whales!! And dolphins, puffins and many other birds. The first few whales didn’t want to show us their tale, but the guide and captain quickly found others that did! And the dolphins came to play around the boat. Such a lovely day!

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    June 21, 2022

    Product ID: 87638