Code of Conduct for whale watching

On our tours, you can interact with wild nature and we want to keep it like that. Therefore we do our best to minimize the impact and disturbance caused to the animals while still giving our customers an unforgettable experience. Here the importance of the code of conduct.

Whales come to the Skjálfandi Bay in the summer to feed and build up fat resources for the winter. Once they head south food becomes scarce and they can go up to 6 months with nothing to eat. That is why the summertime is so important for the animal’s health and future potential. Luckily Iceland has plenty of food to offer thanks to constant sunlight and nutrient-rich waters.

However, it is important that whales are undisturbed and can exploit the vast resources in peace. Distressed by boat animals can stop feeding and spend a lot of resources trying to move away from the vessels and away from the food.

Our crew constantly observes the animals and looks for distress behaviors that would signal to us, that it is time to move away.

Distress behaviors can include:

 Diving and swimming away from the vessel
 Anomalous dive sequence
 Tail and head-slapping
 Blowing air underwater

We also follow the Code of conduct which describes how to approach animals:

Guidelines for operating vessels around cetaceans

Search zone (>300m)

Look out for whales. Signs of animals include a blow, big splashes, dorsal fins or even big flocks of birds.

Approach zone (<300m)

Once an animal is located the captain beings approach. The speed of the boat is significantly reduced. Animals are only approached from the side, never head-on or from the back to avoid collisions.

Caution zone (<100m)

The boat moves slowly or the propeller is turned off. Now we see what happens! Curious animals can approach the boat on their own and check it out, giving our customers an unforgettable experience.

Distressed animals can swim away if they choose to. Whales that do not seem to mind company often continue feeding while our boats cruise along.

We try to spend no longer than 20-30min with a single animal to minimize the impact. Similarly, we try to have no more than 3 boats at once with the same individual – if so we can go look somewhere else and come back later.

Interested in learning more about the impacts of whale watching in the area?

Check out this research project Here

 

Looking for more things to do in Húsavík? Our town has more to offer than just whale-watching!

Great discounts in Húsavík 2022 – Húsavík Adventures

With your Húsavík Adventures boarding card you can explore town’s attractions, taste local food and relax at geothermal baths all at discounted prices.

Geosea 

Unique geothermal baths that combine earth’s heat with mineral-rich seawater. You can relax after a long day of exploring and enjoy the view of Skjálfandi Bay and the Arctic Circle.

If you show our ticket while booking the experience you will receive a 10% discount.

Husavik Whale Museum

In our local museum you can learn more about whales, marine life and local history of human interaction with the ocean.

Exhibitions include 11 skeletons, each with unique history, including a 25m blue whale.

With your Húsavík Adventures ticket you can save 20% on admission.

Gamli Baukur

Enjoy local cuisine with a great view at Húsavík harbor and Skjálfandi Bay.

Gamli Baukur offers food for all preferences, including Icelandic specials as well as classic burgers and pizzas. After your meal, you can explore the inside of the restaurant and learn more about Húsavík history through the photo and memorabilia display.

Show our ticket and enjoy a 10% discount.

Remember they also offer Happy Hour! 🙂

 

 

We are extremely excited to announce that our whale watching tours from Húsavík are now available for booking for the 2022 season!

We offer a 2-hour whale watching tours from Húsavík, known as The Whale Capital of Iceland, on a speedy RIB boats.

What’s on the tour, you ask?  Our amazing caption, whale watching tour guide expert, warm water resistant overall suit, a life vest, and lots and lots of fun.

So…get those warm clothes out, pack them up and make your way up North. Get ready to enjoy a unique experience with Húsavík Adventures!

Husavik Adventures timetable 2022
Husavik Adventures timetable 2022

PLEASE NOTE:

All our tours are guided in English, but we offer the option of Spanish & Icelandic guiding under request! Just send us an email to whales@husavikadventures.is

Big Whales & Puffins

Experiene all the best that Húsavík has to offer on our classic Big Whales and puffins tour – Only 2 hours!

Big Whales & Puffins Whale Watching Tour

The speedy RIB boats make it more likely to have a close encounter with the giants, being able to cover more ground during the trip.

Also with only 12 passengers or fewer on board, competition for the best view on board is eliminated.We will stop by Lundey (Puffin Island), which hosts one of the biggest in Iceland puffin colonies.

Passengers will also see the Tjörnes peninsula, known for its fossil layers with the most ancient one being two millions years old!

*Puffin season is ca. 1st May-20th August. Outside that time of the year our tours are Big Whales exclusive!

 

Midnight Sun Whale Watching

Our most glorious and stunning product is without a doubt whale watching tour on our brilliant
RIB boats in the amazing Midnight Sun.

Our RIB boat during a Midnight Sun Whale Watching Tour

The tours are available from 1st June until 31st July. That’s the time of the year when the daylight is about 24 hours in Iceland! In the prime conditions (which happens a lot of times) the sea goes completely still while the sun drops downin the horizon.

And the whales? Not asleep at all! Our guests enjoy plenty of whale activity in the bay with a minimal traffic from other boats. In fact, Midnight Sun Whale Watching is one of the best kept secret in the Húsavík tourism as the conditions are very often ideal for our traveler.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tour HERE !

You can also follow our adventures on Instagram and Facebook!

See you soon!

 

We certainly love our job and hearing back from our passengers is always exciting! We try hard to meet everyone’s expectations by offering a memorable experience in the stunning Skjálfandi Bay. Therefore,  positive feedback always make us feel proud of our work!

Our team really appreciates all sorts of feedback. Why? It definitely helps us to know what our strengths are and what leaves some room for improvement.

In this case, we invited our friends Kathrin & Dominik from VACAYMOOD, who joined one of our tours on the 7th of July. 

You can find more about their experience below:

“An unforgettable highlight on our route through Iceland were the whales, that we spotted with Husavik Adventures in the bay of Húsavík. We desired to see the large marine mammals up close for so long, but so far, we only ever saw a splash, blow or a fluke from a distance. Here in Húsavík, our dream should finally come true.”

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Our RIB boat Kría ready to go out! Photo Credit: VacayMood 
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Humpback whale tail ! Photo Credit: VacayMood 

 

“After some nice views from the distances. luck is on our side and the humpback whale appears only a few meters from our boat. All guests freeze in awe. The engine of the RIB is switched off and the whale stays on the surface for a few seconds and eyes us. What an experience.”

For the full testimonial, please visit the following link.

 

We just entered the month of March, and we had already some friends noticing some green grass in the country side!  This means that the summer is getting closer and with that the beginning of the season for Húsavík Adventures! 👌
Well wait… According to the weather forecast we might have a snow storm tomorrow… How magical is Iceland, right? 😌

However, we are getting ready to start the 2021 season anyways, and we definitely want to make it easy for you!
We understand that COVID19 brought some complicated times for everyone, and “uncertainty” and “unexpected” are two words that we constantly use in our daily life, and this is the main reason why we decided to update our terms and conditions for the upcoming season! ☝🏼 

What’s new you might ask? Well… Keep reading! Our new terms and conditions for 2021 include…

⚡️ TOTAL FLEXIBILITY.  We understand plans can change, so we’ll assist you in updating your reservation!

✨ FREE CANCELLATION.  We offer a full refund up to 24 hours before the activity starts.

💫 PAY LATER. You can now book a tour and pay upon arrival! Just send us an email with your information! Simple as that.

So…Does it sound like a good deal?

Then what are you waiting for! Check our 2021 timetable and Book now your tour with Húsavík Adventures!

Do you have some extra questions for us?
Please, feel free to email us at whales@husavikadventures.is or you can chat with us in any of our social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram! We would love to hear from you! 😄

We are optimistic for the season, full of energy and we hope to welcome you aboard with us soon! 🐳

The Húsavík Adventures team

After what seems like an eternity of wait… our whale watching tours from Húsavík are now available for booking for the 2021 season! Drum rolls please!! 

So…get those warm clothes out, pack them up and make your way to us. Get ready to enjoy a unique experience with Húsavík Adventures!

We offer a 2-hour whale watching tour from Húsavík, known as The Whale Capital of Iceland, on a speedy RIB.

What’s on the tour, you ask? Our amazing caption, whale watching tour guide expert, warm water resistant overall suit, a life vest, and lots and lots of fun.

Big Whales & Puffins

Our tour begins by heading into the beautiful Skjálfandi bay. There are varied whale species that are known to be accommodated in this area, for example the Humpback whale, the Minke whale, the White-beaked dolphins and sometimes even Blue whales and Killer whales!

Our first pit stop will be in Lundey, also known as the Puffin Island in English. It is a great spot to enjoy bird watching Iceland’s popular ones.

We will then head to Tjörnes peninsula, known for its fossil layers with the most ancient one being two million years old!

Why a RIB boat for a whale watching tour?

The speedy RIB boats can pull off maximum miles in the trip which makes it more likely to have a closer encounter with the whales. And with a capacity of just 12 passengers on board, we’ve tried to make it an exclusive and elusive experience for our tourers to enjoy the breathtaking views and of course, our beloved giants from every angle.

*Please note that the Puffin season is ca. 1st May-20th August. Outside that time of the year our tours are Big Whales exclusive!

Midnight Sun Whale Watching

Our most prized possession is the Midnight Sun Whale Watching tour! Hop on our sleek RIB Boats and sail away into the midnight sun to meet the whales.

These tours are available from 1st June until 31st July. That’s the time of the year when the daylight is almost for 24 hours in Iceland! In the most ideal conditions (which happens often) the sea goes completely still while the sun drops down in the horizon.

And what about the whales? Not asleep at all!

Through the years, our guests have enjoyed numerous whale activities in the bay with minimal traffic from other boats. In fact, the Midnight Sun Whale Watching tour from Húsavík is one of the best kept secrets from the town, as the conditions are very often ideal for our travelers.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your tour HERE !

You can also follow our adventures on Instagram and Facebook!

See you soon!