Family-friendly 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in North Iceland From Dalvik

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Dalvík, Iceland
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Embark on an unforgettable experience with this family-friendly three-hour whale-watching tour in North Iceland from Dalvik. The tour is perfect for animal lovers and those who want to see whales up close during their North Iceland vacation.

The tour starts in the village of Dalvik, a coastal town in North Iceland, where you'll meet your friendly, English-speaking guide. You'll get outfitted in warm overalls and a life vest as part of your tour preparation. You'll also get some safety tips from your guide before boarding your designated whale-watching vessel.

Whale-watching is a classic tour you should add to your itinerary while exploring Iceland's beauty. Once you're in the water, it won't be long before your group spots anything, from whales to dolphins, to porpoises.

The majestic humpback whale is the most common whale species travelers see during the whale-watching tour. In fact, humpback whales leaping out of the water are a common sight in Dalvik, especially in summer. An adult humpback whale can reach lengths of up to 46 to 56 feet (14 to 17 meters) and weigh up to 39 tons (40 metric tons). 

Aside from the humpback whale, other common marine animals you may see include white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and small harbor porpoises. If you're lucky enough, you may also see killer whales, fin whales, and the elusive blue whales.  

During summer, you'll also have the chance to see puffins, adorable sea birds famous in Iceland. These birds are easily identifiable by their vibrant orange beaks and distinct silhouette. 

Once your tour has concluded, your guide will sail you back to Dalvik's port to take a rest or continue your Icelandic vacation. If you're doing the tour on the first or second week of August, you may also have the opportunity to join Dalvik's festival, "The Great Fish Day." The festival is filled with music and fireworks and has a free seafood buffet. 

This whale-watching tour is available throughout the year, and certain types of animals only appear during specific seasons. However, there's no need to worry about no whales turning up during the tour, as the rate of whale sightings is around 98 percent. In the rare instance you don't see whales, your guide will offer a subsequent tour, so you won't miss out on the chance to see whales up close. 

Take note that the temperature at sea can be a bit cold, no matter the season, so don't forget to dress warmly. The tour includes hot drinks and refreshments, but you can bring snacks when you become hungry.

Sail across the Icelandic sea and have a breathtaking experience on this family-friendly whale-watching tour in North Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date. 


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Hot drink and Icelandic refreshment
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Good to know

- The tour has a 98% success rate when seeing the whales.

- In case you didn't see any whales during your tour, we'll offer you a chance to revisit the tour, so you can still see the whales.

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