Educational 3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Tour on Traditional Sailboat from Husavik

Marine expert looking at a microplastic sample taken from Skjalfandi Bay, North Iceland.
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Húsavík, Iceland
3,5 hours
Jun. - Aug.
Minimum age


Have fun, learn about conservation, and contribute to a good cause with this family-friendly whale-watching tour from the town of Husavik. This interactive tour lets you head out to sea on a traditional wooden sailboat while learning about ocean and whale conservation — it's the ideal combination of science, education, and adventure.

You'll meet at the harbor in Husavik, North Iceland, and depart for Skjalfandi Bay in a beautiful wooden sailboat.

Husavik is known as the whale capital of Iceland, and it's easy to see why. Various species call these waters home. Humpback whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins are the most common, but it's not unusual to see creatures such as blue whales and orcas.

You can also see a wealth of seabirds, including puffins at the height of summer.

Your qualified tour guide will teach you how whales are necessary to the survival of the oceans, and you'll also learn about a traditional form of sailing, as the crew will harness the wind to power the boat. Don't worry, though — if the day is still, your boat will have a motor to keep the tour going. 

This tour is different from other whale-watching tours because it gives you a unique chance to participate in citizen-science research. The onboard marine experts from Ocean Missions will use a specially designed trawl to collect samples from the bay.

You'll then have the chance to examine the samples under a microscope to determine the plastic levels and how they are affecting the environment.

This interactive tour is available from June to August, which is the time of year when you're most likely to spot whales in the waters. The tour leaves Husavik weekly and provides 3.5 hours of excitement and education.

Iceland is renowned for its unpredictable weather, and even summer days can be chilly. With that in mind, please make sure that you dress in warm, quick-drying layers. You should also wear practical, comfortable shoes while onboard.

Ocean and science lovers of all ages will love this fun and educational tour in North Iceland's beautiful Skjalfandi Bay. You'll leave with a far greater understanding of and appreciation for the ocean and its delicate nature.

This family-friendly trip allows tourists to actively participate in protecting and preserving the oceans that surround Iceland. The experience seeks to inspire and educate guests on the wonders of the country's diverse seas and the challenges they're facing. 

To make the tour even more tempting, 15% of your ticket price will go directly to the non-profit organization Ocean Missions. Your trip will fund research and education on ocean conservation.

Don't miss your opportunity to participate in vital marine research while seeing whales in their natural habitat on this family-friendly whale-watching tour from Husavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Warm overalls and raincoats if needed
Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns
Professional guide and a marine research expert
Participation in ocean research 
Manta trawling
English guidance


Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Bird watching

What to bring

Warm clothes 
Fully charged camera

Good to know

Please collect your boarding pass from the ticket office (the glass building in the center of Husavik) at least half an hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

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