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Make sure to add a whale watching tour to your Iceland travel plan. A whale watching tour is one of the most popular things to do and see in Iceland, an experience not to be missed!

Whale watching Iceland

Big whale safari & puffins

Iceland is among Europe’s best whale watching destinations and going on a whale watching safari is one of the most popular tourist activities in the country. If you are looking for an extraordinary adventure to enjoy on your trip to Iceland, you should not miss out on the whales. This is a great family adventure and your kids will love watching these giant beings up, close and personal!

Whale watching North Iceland

Whale watching in North Iceland

There are 20 different species of whale swimming in the waters around Iceland and 8 of them are frequently spotted on whale watching tours all year long. Seeing these huge mammals in their natural habitat is one of the best things you will ever experience.

Whales frequently spotted around Iceland:

  • Blue whale

  • Fin whale

  • Humpback whale

  • Minke whale

  • White beaked dolphin

  • Orca

  • Harbour porpoise

  • Sperm whale

  • Atlantic white-sided dolphin

  • Northern bottlenose whale

Whale watching Húsavík Iceland

Whale wathing tour from Húsavík

Top tips

The weather can be cold and windy out on the sea so we recommend you bring warm clothes, a hat, gloves and a scarf. In the summer months it is good bring sunglasses and even sun protection because the rays of the sun reflect from the water. Weather and sea conditions can be unpredictable and whales move around quickly, so you should be prepared that it might take some time to find them so it might be a good idea to bring lights snacks and something to drink. Enjoy the boat ride and don’t forget your camera!

 

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