Whales and Puffin Watching From Husavik

Whales and Puffin Watching From Husavik
Whale watching boats can often get right up next to the animal.
Whales and Puffins are just two of the animals that make up of Iceland's wildlife.
Puffins are one of Iceland's most recognizable residents.
Whales make for an excellent photographic subject.
Puffins are known to nest in Iceland at certain times of the year.
A whale breaching off the waters of Iceland.
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Come aboard for this fantastic wildlife boat tour from Húsavík, watching out for Iceland's most famous residents; whales and puffins! This is a brilliant tour opportunity for those travellers looking to experience the very best of Icelandic wildlife in one of the most scenic bays in the country. 

This tour departs from the gorgeous coastal town of Húsavík, in North Iceland. Húsavík is widely considered to be not just the whale watching capital of Iceland, but of Europe, thanks to the wealth of species and abundance of life found in the coastal waters here. 

The day will begin at Húsavík Harbour, from which you will travel out on a comfortable, seaworthy vessel towards the colourful Puffin Island. As its name suggests, this rocky outpost is colonised with nesting puffins, making for a fantastic, authentically Icelandic sight.

Did you know that Iceland is the nesting ground for over 60% of the world's Atlantic Puffin population? Aside from puffins, you will also see other seabirds such as Skuas, Terns and Guillemots.

After you have appreciated the eclectic birdlife, your captain will direct the boat towards some likely areas for spotting whales. Iceland's coastal waters are home to over twenty different species of cetacean, with the most common sighting being Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and White-Beaked Dolphins.

As you are dealing with nature, it can never be guaranteed that you will see any whales, but if you are unlucky, you'll get to join another tour for free.

Some lucky guests have, in the past, been graced with the presence of some this islands' rarer creatures. Although not common, it is a life-changing experience to see animals such as Blue Whales. 

Once your time whale watching is over, you will be returned to port where you can feast upon a delicious Icelandic meal at Salka Restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry now and you too can experience the joys of whale and puffin watching from Húsavík in north Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic
  • Attractions: North Iceland, Húsavík
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 14:00,

Húsavík Harbour
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
  • Warm overalls

  • Coffee and cookies

  • Whale and Puffin Watching Guide

  • Boat Transport

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing.

  • Good Shoes

  • Your Camera

Good to know:

The puffins leave Iceland around mid August to spend the winter time in the open ocean. That is why after the 15th of August we do not offer whale and puffin trips anymore, rather just regular whale watching. The puffins will return to Iceland again at the end of April for the breeding season.

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The guide was excellent!!! A young Dutch biologist, Lucy, super nice and eager to teach us and show us everything, always ready to answer any question and SUPER HAPPY, we loved her! The view was amazing and we had the best weather ever, We saw lots of puffins and many whales too, very exciting. We have even exceeded the time of the trip a bit to see more whales. Finally we had our cup of hot chocolate and cookies!!!
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It was amazing. We saw both puffins and whales, humpbacks. Especially the whales getting very near our boat at a distance of some metres were exciting experience.
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Went on a tour with them two times! Both times had awesome sightings. We saw many diffirent whales, and they were so close! There were dolphins swimming around the boat and the minke whales were so close you could almost reach out and touch them. Amazing experience and so close to nature, and the guides were super informative and professional. Would go a third time!
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