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Whale watching

Watching whales is one of the most popular activities among foreign visitors in North Iceland. Húsavík and Eyjafjörður were among the first places in the country as a whole that offered whale-watching excursions.

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

The experience becomes complete by seeing dolphins and minke, humpback, or even blue whales play beside one of the particularly appealing oakwood boats used exclusively in North Iceland. A RIB boat tour is ideal for those who choose smaller groups and closer proximity to the whales.

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 will offer two kinds of carbon-free whale watching tours, with up to 5 tours scheduled per day. The company’s policy is clear, and in a few year’s time its whole fleet will be entirely carbon-free and driven by electricity.    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 (approx. 15-minute drive from Akureyri), whale watching in Tromsø, Norway, skiing in the Lyngen Alps, Norway, and week-long expeditions in Scoresby Sund on the east coast of Greenland.   Day tours:                          Departure:                                                        Duration: Whale Watching from Húsavík  Daily from 1. March - 14. Dec.                  3 hours Whales and Sails                     Daily from 1. Jun. - 15. Sept.                    3 hours                                  Longer tours:                                              Scoresby Sound Greenland        From 20. July to 21. Sept.                            7 days & nights                                  Specially designed tours on request.
Nonni Travel
Nonni Travel is fully licensed travel agency and tour operator, owned and managed by locals in the beautiful north of Iceland. Nonni Travel has been operating since 1989 and offers tours in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands for both individuals and groups.  We at Nonni Travel truly believe that those three countries are the most awesome places to be! Each country itself promises a unique experience and unforgettable memories. Each of them is completely different, each of them carries their own unique signature and spirit but they all stand for their breathtaking natural beauty, their pureness and authenticity and their fascinating Nordic cultural heritage and lifestyle. Over the past 30 years Nonni Travel has built a reputation for reliability and personal service. The guides and lecturers are carefully selected individuals with a good language standard and knowledge of history, culture, geography, geology and natural history. Nonni Travel aims to encourage the travel of foreign and Icelandic visitors to the region and can assist other agencies with clients wishing to travel to Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. Through Nonni Travel you can book day tours, activities all over Iceland, package tours, tailor made tours, multi day tours, self drive packages and private guided tours. Nonni Travel is a one-stop shop for all your needs. Our mission & serviceWe want our clients to experience the spirit of the Arctic that we love so much and show them what we believe are Europe’s best hidden secrets. We want our customers to enjoy themselves, to be able to connect with the beauty of our destinations and go home with this certain glow in their eyes and a lot of good memories. We provide services in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands based on our extensive experience and networks in these countries We offer an awesome selection of tours – both standard and tailor-made & private – for indidvidual travellers, groups and cruiseship visitors all designed by ourselves or carefully selected from chosen partners We are in love with creating self-drive packages of any kind – from adventurous to slow travel We design unforgettable group experiences both guided and private We organize conferences and events (Our newest project we are totally proud of: We organize the Myvatn Marathon 2020!) We offer reliable ship handling & cruise service See also the company web site www.nonnitravel.is for further information on tours  
Ambassador
Ambassador is a specialist whale watching tour company that offers a range of whale watching and marine wildlife adventures on Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland. Our whale watching tours are constructed with passion and led by wildlife experts to deliver the ultimate whale watching experience. Our primary whale watching vessel is The Ambassador, a German built Police vessel with two full walk around decks and six different viewing platforms perfect for whale watching and adventure tours. Heated inside cabin provides first class comfort ample space and the galley is always stocked with light snacks, sandwiches, beer and soft drinks. The Ambassador is a fast, stable and safe vessel that meets the most stringent standards for comfort and cleanliness.  We are confident that once you set your foot on board you will agree. Our team of guides consists of carefully selected whale watching and wildlife enthusiasts that love to share their wealth of knowledge and provide you with the most genuine and entertaining whale watching experience. Check us on Tripadvisor.com  Ambassador Whale Watching-Day Tours    Further information+354 462 6800  info@ambassador.is  www.ambassador.is
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.   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.  Whale watching and sea angling - 2 for the price of 1! 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
Whale Watching Akureyri
We guide and operate whale watching tours in North-Iceland, from the sea side town of Akureyri, on the magnificent Eyjafjord. Join our day tours and experience the famous Eyjafjord Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. Whale Watching Akureyri operates from the floating pier at Hof Cutural and Concert hall in the heart of down town Akureyri. We offer two types of vessels, a great value whale watching tour on our specially modified sightseeing ships or an adventurous, up close and personal wildlife tour on our custom made RIB boats. See detailed information below.
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.
Salka Whale Watching
Husavik whale watching.  At Salka whale watching we offer whale watching tours on beautiful oak boats. Come and enjoy your self at sea. Take in the stunning landscape and get the chance to see whales, puffins, and birds in their natural surroundings. Our most popular tour is the whales and puffins tour. We sail off to puffin island where you can see thousands of puffins nesting, then we head to traditional whale watching areas at Skjalfandi bay. Our captains have years of experience as fishermen and whale watching captains and our guides have excellent knowledge of the local wildlife. Breath in the fresh air and let our very capable staff take good care of you.We are open from 23rd of April to 9th October.
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!
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
Gentle Giants Whale Watching
  Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you to join us. Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from Húsavík, in the north of Iceland – often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. Our company is proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjálfandi Bay. Welcome aboard traditional Icelandic oak boats or modern RIB speedboats in search of the giants of the ocean. Your chances of seeing whales are up to 97-99%.
Scandinavia Travel North
Scandinavia Travel North  is a destination management company operating in northeast Iceland, with special focus on walking and hiking tours in Húsavík, Diamond Circle packages and the northern region of the country in general. Our staff knows the area, that is why our tagline is: Travel North Iceland – We know the way! We offer full range of quality travel services, including transportation, tours, guiding, accommodation and outdoor activities booking, events, meals etc.   Scandinavia Travel North specializes in well defined customized tours for an unforgettable experience.   Besides standard tours, day tours or package tours, we do also design and run special routes off the beaten path. Our customized tours might lead you to some of the highlights of Iceland, but also to some less known or a bit hidden treasures, for an even more meaningful experience of exploring the country. We like to share with you both interesting and inspirational stories, and explain to you a bit about our culture, traditions and heritage. Groups are in good hands with us as we offers both professional and customised travel services, such as land arrangements, excursions, accommodations and activities. We have available a selection of programs, but we do offer as well tailor made itineraries and tours according to your wishes, special requests, time frame, budget and circumstances.  For small groups, friends, families or individual travellers, we offer readymade packages or tours, as private service, self-drive program, or in cooperation with other available resources. Scandinavia Travel North aims to meet traveller´s needs by organising full service itineraries that are inspiring, exploring and allow you to enjoy the moment.  And give you the opportunity to improve competence, wellbeing and self-awareness. We like the way of slow travel, and remind you that travelling in Iceland should take time as here are so many different places and ways to experience the vast beauty of Iceland. In addition to leisure tours and nature based tours, sightseeing tours and activities, we like to offer theme tours adjusted for special interests. For example; geology tours, birdwatching, photography tours, energy (sustainability) as well as food and culture tours.   We are happy to assist you with all aspects of your trip, whether it is educational programs, incentive, group, business or individual travelling, as long as it is within frame of ability and profession of our network. Even though Iceland and the weather can be bit unsure and adventurous in part, we like to express various seasons, with it´s different character and charm. We have more than the rest. Six seasons – More opportunities. More reason to visit again....and again.   For tour operators and travel agents we offer complete service for land arrangements in Iceland. Scandinavia Travel North is a fully licenced Travel Agency.

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Sea Safari / Whale Safari / Mr. Puffin Ægisgarður 7 101 Reykjavík 4970000
GJ Travel Vesturvör 34 200 Kópavogur 5205200
Akureyri Whale Watching Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja 600 Akureyri 497-1000
Arctic See Angling and Hunting Böggvisbraut 6 620 Dalvík 663-8828