Big Whale Safari & Puffins | RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

Big Whale Safari & Puffins | RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík
The coastal scenery of Skjálfjandi bay is spectacular.
A Humpback Whale shows whale watchers its enormous tail flukes.
In summer, whale watches from Húsavík often have 100% success rates.
The opportunity to touch a Humpback Whale is not something to turn your nose up at.
Puffins are better swimmers than fliers, and better fliers than runners; taking off is always a clumsy affair.
A pair of Humpbacks exhaling together after a long dive.

See the giants of the deep and the world’s most adorable bird on this boat trip from the whale-watching capital of Europe. Those with a passion for wildlife should make every effort to join this unbelievable tour.

You will find your little whale watching boat at the harbour in the charming northern town of Húsavík. You’ll notice that it is much closer to the water, and with far fewer seats, than the larger vessels, which will allow you to have very intimate encounters with every creature you see.

When everyone is in their overalls and lifejackets and has boarded, your boat will zip out into Skjálfandi Bay. It will not take long at all before the whales and dolphins of these arctic waters begin to show.

The two most common species of cetacean here are both surface performers and acrobatics, making almost every sighting with them breathtaking. These are the mighty Humpback Whale and the gregarious White-beaked Dolphins. The next most common species, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoises, are very charming, if a little less exciting.

These, however, are not the only marine mammals you may see. Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Europe largely because of its incredible diversity; you have a decent chance of seeing Blue, Fin, Pilot and Beaked Whales, as well as orcas.

The puffins are likely to be numerous throughout the tour. You may see them flapping wildly overhead, diving for fish, or just relaxing on the surface of the water. Your boat is small enough to approach their nesting islands up close, where you can see them protecting their burrows in lifelong pairs. The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th.

These islands, and the surrounding landscapes, are beautiful and dramatic, so any time where you are not marvelling over the animals, you can appreciate the stunning views.

After you have seen what is likely to be a huge wealth of life, you will return to Húsavík’s harbour.

Witness Iceland’s incredible animals on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 7 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Húsavík, Lundey
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:00, 08:30, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 10:35, 11:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:30, 15:35, 17:00, 19:00.

You meet us at the departure location.
Tour starts from Húsavík harbour, northeast Iceland – look for the blue flags
  • A specialized guide

  • Warm safety overalls

  • A little surprise from Húsavík's only winemaker

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

This tour is not recommended for children under 7 years of age, people with heart- or back problems or pregnant women. The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th, outside that time period more focus is on whales.

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Free cancellation
No credit card fees
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