Small-Group 2-Hour Whales and Wildlife Tour in the Westfjords

A whale’s tail splashes out of the sea, creating foamy water around it.
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Dalbraut 1, Bíldudalur, Iceland
2 hours
English, Icelandic
Minimum age
2 years old


Discover magnificent mammals and flourishing birdlife by booking this two-hour family-friendly whale watching tour in the Westfjords. Those eager to see whales and birds amid stunning panoramic vistas should book this small-group tour now.

Your whales and wildlife tour starts from the harbor in Bildudalur fishing village, a tiny settlement in Arnafjordur. This fjord is one of the largest in the Westfjords, abundant in wildlife and breathtaking natural surroundings. 

First, you'll meet your experienced local boat captain and board the boat. The boat is named Beffa, a 29-foot (9-meter) family-owned cruiser. Since 2018 she has been taking visitors on whale watching, sea-angling, and nature cruises around Arnafjordur.

In only 15 minutes, you'll reach the whale-watching area, ready to search for whales and other wildlife in Arnafjordur. Humpback whales are the most common species you'll see on this tour. 

Seeing humpback whales is a huge treat as they are often referred to as the showpeople of the ocean! Humpback whales often throw themselves up from the water and slap their tails down with a mighty splash, creating a magical performance. .

You also can see minke whales, porpoises, and a wide variety of birdlife on this tour. Minke whales are small compared to other species but can still be more than 30 feet (9 meters) long. Keep an eye out for porpoises, which are small and can be shy.

Your captain will tell you all about the different wildlife you see while sharing information about the local area's history and culture. Because this whale watching tour is limited to seven passengers, you can expect a comfortable experience. You’ll have plenty of time to speak with the captain throughout the excursion.

Relax and breathe in the fresh ocean air while enjoying the scenery with a coffee or soft drink on the deck. Check out the vistas of layered flat-top mountains towering above as you cruise through the calm fjord waters. This region is known as the ''Westfjords Alps.'' It's famous for its beautiful mountains, landscapes, and ocean views. 

If the weather and time allow, you may have the chance to test your luck with a bit of fishing before you head back to land. Discover the rich fishing grounds of the fjord and try catching cod, haddock, and other species. You're welcome to take your catch with you after the tour.

Don’t miss this magical two-hour experience to see whales and other wildlife in the heart of the Westfjords. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Free parking in the harbor area
Experienced local captain
Coffee and soft drinks available on board
Restroom on board
Indoor seating
Life jackets provided for every passenger


Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Bird watching

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes.

Good to know

This tour can accommodate seven guests.

Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.

There is no ramp when boarding the boat, just a short step.

Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, this tour boasts a 95% success rate.

You will receive a full refund if the tour operator cancels the trip due to bad weather.

This tour will run with a minimum of two passengers per trip.

As a whale-watching tour passenger, you should take responsibility for your safety. The tour operator will not assume any responsibility for accidents caused by passenger actions or factors outside their control.

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