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.


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! 🙂