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Whale Watching Hauganes

Whale Watching Hauganes is the oldest whale watching tour operator in Iceland. Founded in 1993, we specialise in whale watching and sea angling.

Our company operates from Hauganes, a small fishing village on the west side of Eyjafjörður, just 30 km North of Akureyri (a short 25 minute drive). From this picturesque town, our tour will quickly immerse you in the midst of the whale populations and rich sealife characteristic of the area. Wether the whales have ventured deep into the fjord or stay closer to Hrisey, they are always just a short trip away from Hauganes.

Our boats and whales
Enjoy a comfortable tour on our two traditional Icelandic oak boats while observing the fantastic scenery, birdlife, and of course the diverse range of whale species of Eyjafjordur. Commonly, we see Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise, and White Beaked Dolphins. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a Killer Whale or a Blue Whale! Enjoy a little sea angling on the return trip and have your catch filleted to take with you.

Carbon neutral tours
Carbon emissions play an ever-increasing role in environmental issues such as climate change. With our carbon neutral program we neutralize the carbon emissions we create through our special Whale Forest forestry plan. We offset our carbon dioxide emissions by planting one tree for each whale watching tour to sequester the amount of carbon equivalent to our emissions. Also, our oak boats run partially on biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil from restaurants. Our guests can therefore be assure that by travelling with Whale Watching Hauganes they minimise their carbon footprint. Good for our guests and of course amazing for the environment!

Each one of our captains spend their winters as professional fishermen so you can be assured you're in good hands during the summer season of whale watching. In 2017 we had a 100% success rate of spotting whales and expect no less in 2018!

We offer two different tour options in 2018; Whale Watching + Sea Angling (incl. sea angling at the end of the tour), and 100% Whale Watching. The daily schedule (approx. 2.5-3 hour tour) is as follows:

April 20th. until May 4th.: 13:30 (1:30 p.m.)
May 5th. until May 31st.: 9:30 (9:30 a.m.), 13:30 (1:30 p.m.)
June 1st. until June 30th.: 9:30 (9:30 a.m.), 13:30 (1:30 p.m.), 17:00 (6:00 p.m.)
July 1st. until August 25th.: 9:30 (9:30 a.m.), 10:30 (10:30 a.m.), 13:30 (1:30 p.m.), 14:30 (2:30 p.m.), 17:00 (6:00 p.m.)
August 26th. until September 10th.: 9:30 (9:30 a.m.), 13:30 (1:30 p.m.), 17:00 (6:00 p.m.)
September 11th. until October 10th.: 9:30 (9:30 a.m.), 13:30 (1:30 p.m.)
October 11th. until November 10th.: 13:30 (1:30 p.m.)

Each tour includes coffee and pastries as well as warm safety clothing. All the equipment you may need to enjoy sea angling/deep sea fishing is available for you on board the ship.

Whale Watching Hauganes


GPS Points N65° 55' 23.758" W18° 17' 58.858"

+354 867-0000

Opening period All year

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