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Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

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Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

From US$ 147.48 per person

Join a 2-hour guided whales and puffins boat tour in Húsavík. Get the best views and increase the chance of spotting whales in a RIB boat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Enjoy 2 hours in a RIB speedboat, covering a great amount of miles making the search much more likely to be a success
  • Get the best view possible
  • Feel the personal atmosphere
  • Take a look at Puffin Island, filled with the sweet birds in their breeding mode
  • Enjoy warm water resistant overalls while doing the tour
  • Get informed about the wildlife and local facts from the expert guide
Full description

After checking in in 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.

So don't delay any longer. Hurry now and you too can go whale watching in Húsavík using the nimble RIB boat. Check availability by choosing a date.  

  • Specialized guide
  • Warm water resistant overalls
  • Life vests
  • Live commentary on board
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Húsavík Adventures's ticket office Garðarsbraut (main street) 640 Húsavík

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • There's a 8 year old age restriction or 140 cm height. However, it's totally OK to bring younger kids when the sea conditions are good. Please check out the weather forecast if you're booking in short notice.
    • Seasickness on RIB boats is much less common than on oak boats. That's because the RIB's doesn't roll to the sides when on the move. It can however roll with the waves when stopped and therefore it can be wise for people prone to seasickness to take motionsickness tablets an hour before departure. They can be bought in the nearest pharmacy.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 50 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was a nice experience I would recommend and the staff was so kind and easy going! However, don't anticipate that you gonna see the whale as in the pictures, you can see it but only the back or the tale, at least this is what we saw, but it's normal regarding that it's nature. We didn't go to the puffin island because the whale was far away so we spent all the time to reach it.

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    August 19, 2021

    What an amazing experience! The Rib boat is an adrenaline rush and really enjoyed it. You really get to see up close the puffin birds and we were also lucky to spent more than half an hour watching up close a humpback whale! Sofia and Roberto were so kind and eager to answer any question we may had.

    August 7, 2019

    Pure show!

    Very positive experience, although we took the tour in Spanish but when we got there, the only Spanish guide was gone and we did it in English. We had a day with very bad sea and waves of 6m that were a bit scary and still the professionals got us to see 3 different types of whales. They struggled a lot. With good tide, I would repeat for sure hehe!

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    September 22, 2018

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