Water activity

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

Water activity

From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

From US$ 83.59 per person

Look for whales in their natural environment on a whale-watching tour from Húsavík. Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat for a guided adventure in search of the giants of the ocean.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Step aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat in Húsavík
  • Cruise around Skjálfandi Bay searching for whales on a 3-hour tour
  • Learn about Iceland's nature and wildlife from the experienced guides
  • Stay warm in overalls provided by the crew
Full description

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. Keep warm and dry with the use of high-quality overalls and raincoats.

Sail out into the bay and prepare to be captivated by the work of Mother Nature. Your specialized guide will give a safety demonstration on board the boat and then feed you live commentary on all the sights you will encounter. Skjálfandi Bay is known for its rich wildlife, including numerous types, shapes and sizes of whale. Keep a look out for the acrobatic humpback whales and giant blue whales. This is wild nature and therefore unpredictable, but your chances of seeing whales in their natural environment is very high. Sail back to Húsavík harbor and enjoy the stunning scenery.

  • Whale watching cruise
  • Specialized guide
  • Live commentary on board the boat
  • Warm overalls and raincoats
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet at the Gentle Giants ticket center in central Húsavík (look for the big blue flags).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Outdoor clothing

Know before you go

  • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
  • The tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to bad weather, you will be given the option of another date or full refund
  • If no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour, you will be offered a voucher for a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, however, no refund is given
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the tour operator prior to arrival
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 1031 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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We did see whales, despite the low probability of seeing them. The size of the boat and the swell made us a little seasick (a 3 hour outing is perhaps a little too long) Unfortunately, there were too many of us on the boat, which prevented us from fully enjoying the activity

November 6, 2022

It was a great experience. We saw some humpback whales which were very impressive. The captain also tried very hard to bring us as close as possible to the animals. The only downside: all in all, 3 hours were a bit long, considering the waves (depending on the weather) and the outside temperature. 2-2.5 hours would have been enough.

November 5, 2022

The tour was amazing! Everything went smoothly. The tour lasted about 3 hours. There were some whales to be seen (see my IG Reel @sanibkc) It was extremely cold on the ship, despite several layers and overalls provided, but that's just for info because some were there with sneakers and ankle-free pants ;-)

November 2, 2022

Product ID: 87599