Husavik Traditional Whale Watching

Spy hopping Humpbacks are as interested in you as you are them.
A diving Humpback in Skjálfandi Bay.
A Humpback diving in the midnight sun
This tour lets you get up close and personal with the whales.
The whales of Skjálfandi are used to and unafraid of boats.
The sight of Humpback Whale breaching is awe-inspiring.
Based on 16 traveller reviews

Come aboard a traditional Icelandic boat for an incredible whale-watching excursion. See the magnificent marine life that dwells in the waters near the Arctic Circle on this fully guided adventure. This is the perfect tour for all nature-lovers travelling in North Iceland.

The tour departs from the town of Húsavík which sits on the banks of Skjálfandi Bay, northeast Iceland. Húsavík has been branded the whale-watching capital of Iceland due to its many different species of whales that frequently enter the bay. 

Your adventure starts at Húsavík harbour, where you will board a traditional Icelandic oak boat. This boat was originally built as a fishing vessel and was used as such for many years before it was rebuilt into a whale watching boat. Now, instead of fishing, it sails the ocean, disturbing nature as little as possible.

You will spend about three hours on the water, searching and marvelling over the rich marine life in the bay. Your expert guide will look out for signs of the wonderful whales as well as answer any questions you might have.

Skjálfandi bay is the home of around 24 species of whales. The four most common ones are the minke whale, the harbour porpoise, the white-beaked dolphin and the humpback whale; each of these is unique and fascinating. 

The biggest animal on earth, the blue whale, has also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay quite often. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature as well as others, such as killer whales (or orcas), fin whales and pilot whales. You could even spot some puffins from May to August. 

Nature is unpredictable, and no two tours are exactly the same, so every trip is a new adventure. You might catch the whales jumping out of the ocean, socialising or feeding, and the cheerful dolphins riding the bow of the ship as you sail along the waters. 

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the magnificent whales and the rich wildlife of Skjálfandi bay. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Nov.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Húsavík
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:05 08:45, 09:45, 10:45, 11:30, 12:00, 13:15, 15:15, 16:45, 20:00,

You meet us at the departure location.
Tour starts from Húsavík harbour, northeast Iceland – look for the blue flags
  • A specialized guide

  • Light refreshments (hot chocolate and an Icelandic traditional twisted doughnut, kleina)

  • Warm overalls and raincoats if needed

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes


The tour was exceptional! Saw a group of humpback whales in a very near distance. The view was great and our guide was friendly and professional! Highly recommended! 這個行程真的是棒透了! 看到一大群座頭鯨就在船旁邊噴水然後又潛下去好幾次 海上的風景超美而且導遊非常專業 大推!!

Our group was a little confused, we got an email saying to meeting at the harbor at the departure time and that was the only email we each received, but apparently you're supposed to meet at the building first to get a ticket then go down to the harbor. We arrived a few minutes before the time stated in our email and most of the staff were nice and told us if we hurried they would wait, but there were some very rude comments made too. I wish the email would have been more clear on when and where to meet before the tour. The tour itself was okay. We got to see 2 or 3 whales.

I saw 1 small whales and one medium. I wondered can see bigger one but it really depends the luck. The board crews are friendly, so is ticket reception. Better to take anti-seasick medicine before boarding.

Saw many whales! Awesome excursion!

We saw some whales in the distance. You should be careful of the weather When having this excursion. Ours was windy, boat was moving violently and people got sick. Other than that a unique experience

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