Whale Watching in Húsavík | Private RIB Boat Tour

Whale Watching in Húsavík | Private RIB Boat Tour
Your RIB will get you unbelievably close to the whales of Húsavík's bay.
Breaching Humpbacks are a common sight from Húsavík, Europe's whale-watching capital.
Whale watching is one of the most popular activities available to visitors in Iceland.
RIB boats provide an element of fun and adventure not often experienced on relaxing whale watching trips.
There are over twenty cetacean species in Iceland; which of these gentle giants will you come across on your travels?
You will be departing from Húsavík, known unofficially as Iceland's whale watching capital.
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Join this thrilling and private whale watching tour from Húsavík harbour, using intimate RIB boats to get up and close and personal with these gentle giants. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for those visitors looking to see whales during their time in Iceland, but wish to avoid the larger vessels and crowds. 

Húsavík is widely regarded to be the whale watching capital of Iceland, if not Europe, thanks to the diversity and frequency of whales using the fjord. You will be whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay, an area renown for its rich wildlife, Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll mountain ranges and two Puffin islands, Flatey and Lundy. 

Taking out to the water, you will be wrapped up warm in thick thermal outerwear, leaving you free of the cold to sit back and peel your eyes across the rocking waves of the Atlantic, looking for any sign of life. Thankfully, there are twenty different species of cetacean in Iceland, the most common being Humpback and Minke whales. There is always the chance to observe even rarer species; Orcas, Harbour Porpoises, Blue Whales, etc.

Another great positive about this experience? By using a smaller vessel, such as a RIB, your captain is able to get much closer to where these animals are swimming. This is because smaller boats make far less noise, and are thus less likely to deter the whales, thus providing a more personal and memorable experience. 

After two hours of cruising the ocean, you begin the make the return journey back to the harbour. On your way, you will likely pass one of the numerous nesting Puffin colonies that live in the area; just another fantastic reason to come aboard!

So don't delay any longer. Hurry now and you too can go whale watching in Húsavík using the nimble RIB boat. Check availability by choosing a date.  

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Húsavík, Tjörnes, Lundey
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:30. 13:30, 16:30,

Hafnarstétt 11, 640 Húsavík

Please be at the ticket office 30 minutes before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Thermal Outwear

  • Guide

  • Life Jacket

  • Drink

  • Snacks

What to bring:
  • Your Camera

  • Warm Clothing

  • Sea sickness tablets (if needed)

  • Good Shoes

  • Hats and gloves

Good to know:

RIB boats are really stable so the chance of seasickness is small.


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We did not see any whales unfortunately, but the weather had been bad and they warned us it would be unlikely. We did however have the most adrenaline-pumping, exciting boat ride ever with humongous waves! That probably scares most people, but my boyfriend and I had an awesome time and the driver and the guide were so nice and so fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even though we didn't actually see any whales!
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Really nice and sometimes bumpy ride. Good fun to experience the whole more intense by joining the RIB tour. Got very close to a humpback several times.
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