Whales & Sails at Husavik

Whales & Sails at Husavik
The whales of North Iceland are curious enough to venture close to the boats.
Going Whale Watching on a wooden ship with sails ensures a carbon neutral excursion respectful of nature.
Húsavík is considered the top location for Whale Watching in all of Iceland.
The tail of an acrobatic whale in the waters of North Iceland.
A magnificent humpback whale leaping out of the waters of Skjálfandi bay.
Try your luck at seamanship by boarding a wooden whale watching vessel in Iceland.
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Come and join a beautiful autumn sailing tour in the fantastic sceneries of Skjálfandi bay in North Iceland. This tour is the full experience, combining the two favourite activities of locals and travellers alike, whale watching and sailing.

In this 3+ hour sailing tour, you can experience quiet whale watching under full sails with the engine shut. The perfect addition to the experience is being able to witness how nature and growth in the beautiful surrounding mountains prepare for the winter season. The low autumn sun and all the mixed colours fit beautifully with exploring the whales of the bay.

The most common whales in the bay are Humpback whales and Minke whales. In the past few years, the amazing Blue whale has also been a frequent visitor. Other species also visit the bay, for example, Fin whales, Sei whales and Orcas.

Your tour will start in the operator's ticket office in the picturesque town of Húsavík, where you collect your boarding pass. With the boarding pass in your hands, you can step on board the traditional oak schooner and begin your expedition. 

The company of which you will be travelling with has offered whale watching tours since 1995 and is furthermore the only one in Iceland to offer their guests the experience of whale watching while under full sails on a traditional schooner.

An old fishing boat was renovated by a team of experts. The outcome was the beautiful schooner, Haukur. A few years later the schooner with the white sails, Hildur, joined the family. These two schooners are still the most beautiful boats in Húsavík's fleet.

Go ahead and book this fantastic sailing adventure onboard a beautiful schooner. Explore the wildlife, dress up in the overalls provided on board and treat yourself to a hot cup of chocolate and cinnamon buns. Your guides will make sure your experience will be as enjoyable as possible. 

Discover whales in nature under the shadow of great white sails by securing your spot on this adventure now. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Húsavík
Pickup information:
    Hafnarstétt 9, Húsavík
    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

    • Light refreshments

    • Lunch

    • Pick up

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes

    • Camera

    Good to know:

    It can be cold out at sea so make sure to bring warm clothes.


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