Traditional Husavik Whale Watching - Arctic Ocean - GE01
The experience of a lifetime in North Iceland
Experience the traditional tour from Husavik as we sail in the Arctic Ocean. Our birthplace is considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea, watching the wonders of wildlife in mesmerizing surroundings sheltered by mountains.
* Note! This tour is from Husavik in Northeast Iceland.
10 300 ISK per adult
Children (7-15): 60% off
Infants (0-6): Free
Duration: ~3 hours
Available: Apr - Oct
Departures: Daily. See the booking system for timing.
Included: Specialised guide, light refreshments (hot chocolate and kleina, an Icelandic traditional twisted donut), warm overalls and raincoats if needed.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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This is where our roots lie, where our ancestors used to live in peace and joy for centuries, living in total harmony with the unpredictable and untamed nature of the Arctic Ocean.
Husavik lies on the edge of Skjalfandi, a wide, deep bay with good water circulation, natural shelter and little variation in tides - ideal conditions for whales. The area has become Iceland's premier whale-watching destination, with 12 species coming here to feed in summer. The Husavik Whale Museum is located in the downtown by the harbour.
Minke whales are by far the most common species seen in the bay, with regular sightings of white-beaked dolphins, humpback whales and porpoises and less frequent appearances by orcas, fin, sei or pilot whales, and the 'big one' - blue whales.
It takes about an hour to sail to the prime feeding grounds, where crew and participants get busy looking out for telltale signs of a surfacing whale. Although whale watching tours boast impressive success rates for sightings (97% to 99%), whales do not always appear on cue.
Sightings are announced using a 'clock' system, with the stern of the boat at 12 o'clock.
Different whales have different habits and identifying features. The curious minke whale surfaces two or three times in quick succession before executing a deep dive and sometimes may even approach the boat.
Humpback whales weight 25-40 tons and have a life span of about 95 years. Their diet is krill, plankton and small fish. They often raise their flukes above the surface when diving, revealing their unique "fingerprints".
Humpbacks breach and sometimes roll over, holding an enormous flipper in the air. Most whales arrive in Icelandic waters in spring (around May) and stay to feed until September, when they return to warmer southern waters for breeding.
In town there is also a civic museum about culture and biology. Among other things, it shows a stuffed polar bear (arrived in Grimsey in 1969) and some ancient boats. Enjoy your visit!