A winter whale watching adventure with spectacular scenery and Mount Kirkjufell in the background. This epic tour will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the most incredible marine species that exist. It takes place in Grundarfjordur, which is frequented by pods of orcas that chase schools of herring around the fjord. There is nothing quite like seeing these magnificent, intelligent animals in their own natural habitat, making it ideal for wildlife lovers. This combined with the white-tailed eagles who swoop above and the gannets diving for herring, makes it a truly profound experience that you will never forget.
Duration: 2-3.5 hours
Age limit: No limit
- Grundarfjordur Fjord
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Whale Watching Boat Tour
- Mount Kirkjufell View
- Orcas *
Location: Nesvegur 5, 350 Grundarfjordur.
GPS: La: 64.926713 Le:-23.257011
Youth (12-15): 4 950
Children (0-11): Free
Our adventure will begin in the picturesque town of Grundarfjordur, which lies in the shadow of the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain in the north of Iceland’s famous Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Once there you will meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide and head out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of the whales. Although it is impossible to guarantee whale sightings, our expert captains use local knowledge and seasonal conditions to give us the best possible chance. When we do see orcas, there is nothing quite like it as they glide through the waves chasing and hunting herring. We often see other marine mammals including pods of dolphins, while there is plenty of birdlife around such as regal white-tailed eagles and diving gannets. The entire experience is truly incredible and is sure to remain with you for the rest of your life.
The Icelandic Orca
The Icelandic word for Orca is ‘Háhyrningur' which translates to ‘High Horn', likely related to the way that their proud dorsal fin rises above the surface. The population has not been studied as much as some of the other species of orca, although scientists have managed to catalog around 400 unique individuals. The Icelandic orca is a fish-eater and uses a unique whistle to here herring to the surface when they hunt them. Like other orcas, they are highly social and intelligent organizing in family groups that are dominated by a matriarch. Whatever they are doing when we see them, there is nothing quite like seeing them in the flesh and it is sure to be a breath-taking experience.