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Whale watching in North Iceland

Whale watching is one of the most popular activities among visitors in North Iceland.

The number of species and favorable weather and sea conditions make North Iceland one of the best areas to spot whales. Skjálfandi is a sheltered bay, and Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland, offering perfect locations for a boat ride all year long, surrounded by birds and beautiful scenery.

The experience is completed by spotting dolphins and minke, humpback, or even blue whales playing beside the particularly appealing oakwood boats used exclusively in North Iceland. There are also specially designed whale-watching boats available. A RIB safari tour is ideal for those who want to go on a  speed boat and cover a bigger area in search of whales.  Sailing in an electric-powered schooner, looking out for the giant humpback whales is also a unique experience.

Húsavík Adventures
Húsavík Adventures offers a unique experience for tourists travelling in Iceland. We offer Big Whales and Puffins and Midnight Sun Whale Watching (the latter tour is available from 1st of june to 31st July). Húsavík is located in the northern part of Iceland on the eastern shore of Skjálfandi Bay. Húsavík is known as the Whale Capital of Iceland. Welcome to our ticket office at Hafnarstétt 11, Húsavík. Click here to view our introduction video!
Akureyri Whale Watching
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Friends of Moby Dick
At our family-run whale watching business, we believe that every tour should be an unforgettable experience. That's why we work tirelessly to ensure that our guests have the best possible whale watching experience. Our boat is equipped with the latest technology and safety equipment, and our knowledgeable guides will share their passion for the whales of Skjalfandi with you on your journey.
Arctic Sea Tours
Arctic Sea Tours offers Arctic whale watching, Grímsey Arctic Island and Arctic Sea Angling tours from Dalvik close to Akureyri in North Iceland. Our location is 66°N close to the Arctic circle which lies just north of Iceland and through Grimsey island. We operate licensed oak passenger boats, equipped according to strict standards set by the Icelandic Maritime Administration.  We emphasize on personal service and small groups of passengers. We do our best to make your tour a special one and provide you with an unforgettable experience. Private charter available all around the year.   Arctic Whale Watching. A great adventure and unique experience for everyone. In Dalvík you have an exceptionally good chance to encounter the great humpback whale or 94% and often we spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, the small harbour porpoises and sometimes even the majestic blue whale. Overall we see whales in 98% of our tours. 3 hour whale watching tour. Warm overalls to secure your comfort on board. Hot drinks and local refreshments. 15 minutes sea angling at the end of the tour. Grill of freshly caught fish once back in Dalvík. Departure every day all around the year at 13:00, more departure times in summer. Whale watching schedule Morning departure 09:00 from 15th may - 30th september Midday departure 13:00 all around the year Afternoon departure 17:00 15th june - 10th august Evening departure 20:30 1st july Grímsey Arctic Island Have you ever wanted to cross the arctic circle? Well this is your chance! You will sail over to Grimsey island where you will be able to cross over the arctic circle and experience local culture and food! 10 hour day tour! Transfer to Grímsey island and back with the ferry Sæfari. Guided tour while on the island. A light lunch. A stop at one of the best bird watching areas in Iceland. Seeing the work of the locals. Meeting the locals for a light chat. Departure 3 times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 09:00   Arctic Sea Angling. Fishing is fun for all ages! If you want to experience Icelandic culture this tour will give you exactly what you are looking for – with the fresh arctic air, fishing and a taste of the freshly caught catch, you will leave Iceland feeling like a true fisherman! 1-6 hour sea angling tour. No need for experience – we will teach you. Experienced fishermen on board. Fishing equipment & protective clothing. Taste of grilled fish at the harbour! Upon request all around the year.
Special Tours Akureyri
Whale watching tours with Special Tours from Akureyri, Iceland, are an exhilarating experience for any nature lover!  Venturing out into the scenic fjord of Eyjafjörður, these tours offer beautiful encounters with humpback whales and other cetacean species in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides enrich every journey with insights into the wildlife and landscape of North Iceland, and our fast yet comfortable catamaran Lilja provides the perfect vessel for a rendezvous with the ocean's gentle giants.  Our tours are operated from May through September with daily departures at 9:00 and 13:00.
North Sailing Whale Watching
The eco-friendly whale watching company Enjoy the great variety of marine life in the unique environment of Skjálfandaflói bay aboard North Sailing’s meticulously renovated oak boats. Since its founding in 1995, North Sailing has been a pioneer of sustainable tourism, as well as being the first company in Iceland to offer regular whale watching tours. Whale watching is a popular activity for visitors to Iceland, and the company’s operations have grown fast.  The fishing village of Húsavík is now renowned for its spectacular whale watching opportunities, and Skjálfandaflói bay is one of only a handful of places in the world where the blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, is known to visit regularly.  North Sailing’s whale watching tours have given Húsavík the reputation of being Europe’s whale watching capital. One of North Sailing’s most ambitious goals is to empower sustainable tourism, and the company has put a lot of care and skill into renovating and maintaining its fleet of old oak fishing-ships.  First company in the world to offer carbon-free whale watching   On July 12th, 2015, the renovated schooner Opal, with its uniquely designed electrical system, was launched. The launching marked a world-wide first: Offering carbon-free whale watching tours by using only wind and electricity for propulsion.  In 2016, North Sailing started offering carbon-free whale watching tours, called Silent Whale Watching allowing passengers to experience whale watching on a completely different level. A breathtaking aspect of the experience is listening to the whales.  North Sailing has received a number of awards and acknowledgements for its eco-friendly operations and innovative new designs, for example it received the Environmental Recognition of the Icelandic Tourist Board for the second time in 2015, as well as being awarded the silver prize at the coveted World Responsible Tourism Awards for “Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction”.  North Sailing offers a variety of exciting tours, such as whale watching tours in Hjalteyri/Árskógssandur in Eyjafjörður (approx. 15-minute drive from Akureyri), evening tours in Reykjavík onboard the amazing hybrid-electric Ópal, week-long expeditions in Scoresby Sund on the east coast of Greenland, and so much more.   Day Tours: Húsavík Original Whale Watching (1 March - 30 November)- Duration: 3 hrs Silent Whale Watching (1 May - 30 September) - Duration: 3 hrs Whales & Sails (1 June - 10 August)- Duration: 3 hrs Whales & Puffins (16 April - 19 August) - Duration: 3,5 hrs) Whale Watching from Eyjafjörður (1 June - 30 September) - Duration 2,5 hrs  Experience Greenland- Season: July 26th - September 13th 2023 Specially designed tours on request.
Gentle Giants
Gentle Giants is a family-run company which has been offering tours from Húsavík, the Whale Capital of Iceland, since 2002. We are proud of our strong roots in Skjálfandi Bay with more than 160 years of family history in the bay. Gentle Giants operates a fleet of traditional Icelandic oak boats, modern RIB speedboats, a fibreglass boat and sea kayaks. This gives us the unique opportunity to offer almost any kind of adventure at sea. Apart from the bestseller whale watching, other tours that we offer are e.g. sea angling, bird watching, kayak tours, yoga retreat, island visits with BBQ, and all kinds of high-end private and tailor-made adventures for individuals and groups of all sizes. The company’s aim is to create memorable experiences while raising awareness about the gentle giants of the ocean and their habitat. Whales are seen on up to 97-99% of our tours. Our staff consists of highly educated and fully qualified both local and international people with various backgrounds and experiences who all share a passion for the sea and work hard to make every passenger feel good. We can offer you: -Untamed and unpredictable nature -Bigger and smaller boats -More personal experience -Higher chances of finding whales -160 years of our family history in Skjálfandi Bay -Great respect to nature and minimum environmental impact -Good memories and natural happiness -Discounts for GG passengers by various local companies in Húsavík Welcome aboard!
Sjóferðir Kela/Keli Sea Tours
Keli SeaTours/Keliseatours.is Keli SeaTours is a small family-whale watching company in Akureyri. Three brothers named Egill-, Halldór- and Sævar Áskelssons bought in October 2015 a 40 year old and almost 30 tonn oak boat. The boat was scheduled for disassembly and to be sold for scraps.  Áskell Egilsson (Keli) was our father. He along with his his colleagues built this boat back in 1975 in Akureyri. In 2015 we got it back and renovated it after its 40 years of sailing and fishing all around Iceland.   We would love to take you out on our traditional oak boat for close encounters with the gentle giants that come to our beautiful Eyjafjordur. If you are looking for the authentic whale watching experience in Iceland. Scheduled tours for whale watching  from May to end of September and a possibility of private trips and sea-angling.  We have free coffee, hot chocolate and some biscuits on board for our customers.  We also have warm overalls (floating suits) for everyone on board to keep everbody warm and safe and ofcourse we have a toilette on board. Note, it is better to wear good walking shoes, and take gloves and hat with you.  Estimated time for a trip of whale watching is 3 hours. Be sure to check us out.   Tel. 546-7000
Whale Watching Hauganes
Whale Watching Hauganes is Iceland's oldest whale watching tour operator, based in the heart of Eyjafjörður fjord from where the whales are usually just a few minutes away. We always see humpback whales in our tours but also minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins. With some luck you can see orca whales (killer whales) and blue whales.   It only takes you 25 minutes to drive to Hauganes from Akureyri.  We operate two classic Icelandic oak boats that are both spacious and extremely stable in the still fjord of Eyjafjörður fjord which is well sheltered from the open North Atlantic Ocean. Inluded in our Whale Watching & Sea Angling tours you can enjoy sea angling at the end of the tour where you can take the filleted fish with you to enjoy later on.   All our tours are carbon neutral as we plant one tree for each tour and blend the oil with bio-diesel made locally from frying oils from local restaurants.   Also in Hauganes you will find a lovely restaurant, Baccalá Bar, a campsite, and the extremely popular hot tubs down by the black beach of Sandvík. You will find the unique beer spas just 5 minutes north from us, the only one of their kind in North Europe.  Daily departures at 13:30 (1:30 pm) (if the minimum required isreached).  Sea angling at the end of the tour. Tour duration: 2,5 - 3 hours. Included: warm overalls (are also flotations suits), fishing rods, coffee and hot chocolate and pastries.  For more info call +354 867 0000, send an email to whales@whales.is or check out www.whales.is

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