Husavik Original Whale Watching Adventure

Husavik Original Whale Watching Adventure
The Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour is conducted on a traditional Icelandic oak boat.
Seeing the larger whales breaching is an unforgettable experience.
Skjálfandi bay is full of curious giants that regularly greet guests on whale watching tours.
It is not uncommon to see whales breaching on the Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour.
On the Húsavík Original Whale Watching you might catch an up-close glimpse of the gentle giants of the deep.
On the Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour you might see the great Killer Whale!
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Join an unforgettable whale watching tour that departs from Húsavík, the whale capital of Iceland, and embark on an adventure to witness the magnificent wildlife in Skjálfandi bay.

After you have picked up your ticket, you will be greeted by the crew that will welcome you onboard an old traditional oak boat. You will be provided with warm overalls so you won't get cold out at sea for the duration of the tour. 

When everyone is ready, you'll sail out of the harbour, heading straight onto the beautiful Skjálfandi bay. Expect a three-hour whale watching tour, in which you explore the abundant wildlife of Iceland's coastline. During the tour, you'll be treated to light refreshments, a cup of hot chocolate and some cinnamon buns.

The Minke whale was the most commonly sighted whale species when whale watching tours started to run from Húsavík. Over the years, however, this has changed and now, more than 20 years later, more and more whale species are entering the bay.

Today, the Humpback whale is the most commonly spotted whale. In recent years the biggest animal on the earth, the Blue whale, has also been seen frequently. Orcas, Fin whales, Sei whales and Northern Bottlenose whales have also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay, and it's not unlikely that you can see some White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises as well. These amazing animals visit the bay to feed on the plentiful krill and plankton.

There are frequent departures, but due to great demand, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance and secure your chance of exploring the open seas and meeting the great giants of the North Atlantic! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Nov.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Húsavík, Skjálfandi
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:00. 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 12:45, 13:00, 13:15, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:00, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00,

Húsavík harbour
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Professional Guide

  • Warm Overalls

  • Raincoats if needed

  • Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns

  • Lunch

  • Pick up

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

It can be cold out at sea so make sure to bring warm clothes. We want to ask that you arrive at our ticket office about half an hour prior to departure to collect your boarding pass. The ticket office is a glass building located in the center of Húsavík, opposite the church. A public parking lot is located behind the church.


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We had a nice day and we were lucky to see many whales (maybe sometimes the same
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We had a great time with North Sailing trying to see whales! Glad to see the trip is carbon neutral and all the staff is very helpful, that's the reason we chosed this tour. Unfortunately, there was a storm two days before our tour, there were remainings of that storm on the sea and the boat made us sea sick, plus we didn't see any whales haha. North Sailing gave us a voucher valid for life to come back for free until we manage to see whales with them! Great goodwill gesture, you can never predict wildlife after all! We took the tour mid March and people who took the tour a few days ealier were lucky enough to see some whales.
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This whale watching group was professional and created an enjoyable trip. The suits you wear are warm and cozy. It was just disappointing to only see one whale's tale. We had hoped to have more whale sightings on our trip - but I guess that's part of the adventure. I would thoroughly recommend this company to others.
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