2 hours
Húsavík, Iceland

Big Whales and Puffins 

We offer a 2-hour whale-watching tour on a speedy RIB boat from Húsavík – The Whale Capital of Iceland! 🇮🇸

IMPORTANT NOTE! Puffin season is ca. 15th of April-20th August. Outside that time of the year our tours are Big Whales exclusive!

Get your warm clothes and get ready down at Húsavík harbor! Included is an expert whale watching guide, a captain on board, warm water-resistant overall suit and a life vest. Bring your hats and gloves with you – the bay can be pretty cold!

The tour begins with a sail to the beautiful Skjálfandi bay. There are many whale species that are known to be accommodated in Skjálfandi bay. For example, the Humpback whale, the Minke whaledolphins, porpoises… More than 10 different species!
he speedy RIB boats make it more likely to have a close encounter with the giants, being able to drive huge amounts of miles in the trip. Also, with only 12 passengers or fewer on board, the competition for the best view on board is certainly eliminated.

Among places we’ll see is Lundey (Puffin Island), known for its great amount of the popular bird. Passengers will also see the Tjörnes peninsula, known for its fossil layers with the most ancient one being two million years old!

So, when will you join us? Have a look at our timetable for 2024!

 ⚠️People that have health related issues such as a weak heart, bad back, epilepsy or mobility issues should contact us prior to booking and we will be happy to assist you. Pregnant women too. It is always the captain’s decision to stop people from going on the tour. The minimum age onboard is 8 years old or 130 cm.

Please, notice that our daily tours require a minimum of 4 passengers.

We recommend you to read the Terms and conditions before making a reservation. This information is very important for you.

Our fleet

Our RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are among the fastest RIB boats available in Iceland. They were specially designed to get you as close as possible to the whales, dolphins and puffins here in Húsavík. Their speed allows us to cover longer distances in search of the whales, which increases your chances of meeting some of the biggest animals in the world. Despite the speed and power of our RIB boats, their noise and impact is minimal. Last summer we had a 99% success of seeing whales on Skjálfandi bay.

We have two RIB boats that seat 12 passengers per boat, each with an expert whale watching guide and captain on board. Our captains have many years of experience sailing on Skjálfandi bay. We focus on small group tours, therefore, there is no competition for the best view on board. Our reputation for a passenger-centered approach precedes us, assuring you with the best possible experience and utmost safety on board.

International regulations state that RIB boats are allowed to have 12 passengers on board each boat, so our boats were specially designed to meet those regulations. We hold the safety of our passengers to the highest of standards, and take every precaution to ensure it.

Safety on board

Our RIB boats, Kría and Kjói, are 12 meter long custom made Marina RIB boats. They were originally designed for the Coast Guard and are therefore very stable and safe in all types of weather. Both of our RIBs are powered by two 315 HP diesel engines and can get up to the speed of 45 sea-miles per hour (81 km/hr).
RIB boats are used for many purposes all around the world, such as by the Coast Guard, Navy and the Police because of their speed, safety and flexibility on the high seas.

International regulations state that RIB boats are allowed to have 12 passengers on board each boat, so our boats were specially designed to meet those regulations. Our RIBs have all the necessary equipment on board. This includes: rescue boats, lifebuoys, rescue throwing line, flares, compasses, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, tool kits, navigation lights, radios, GPS devices, anchors and life jackets for all on board. Our life jackets have automatic gas inflation, so the life jackets inflate automatically should you enter the water wearing one.

This image shows how the boat´s hull has a double layer of rigid material, ensuring stability and improving the boat’s ability to cut through waves, all the while maintaining comfort for its passengers.

Frequently asked questions

Payment & reservation

Where can I find your ticket office?
Our ticket office can be found in the Whale Watching Centre shared with North Sailing just across the street from the unique Húsavík church. You really can’t miss it! When you have checked in at the ticket office you will be directed to the Húsavík Adventures dressing room.

Can I cancel my tour and get a refund?
Reservations that are canceled more than 24 hours before departure will be fully refunded. Cancellations less than 24 hours before departure will be charged full price.
For cancellations and changes of reservations contact Húsavík Adventures via email: whales@husavikadventures.is

All tours are dependent on nature. Weather and sea conditions are different every day, therefore we reserve the right to change or cancel scheduled departures, this is for your safety as a passenger. If the weather causes us to cancel or change scheduled departure all customers receive a full refund or can book another trip depending on availability.

Is it necessary to book in advance?
During high season we highly recommend booking in advance, as we only have 12 seats in each boat. It is possible to book your tour online on this website.

Do you accept foreign currency?
Besides the Icelandic Krona, we accept Euro bills. Price will be calculated according to our price in ISK and the current currency exchange rate.

Whale watching

What’s the best time of the day to go whale watching?
Whales can be spotted equally throughout the day. Although every tour is different from the other, there’s an equal chance for a great show at any given hour.

How about the whales’ behavior?
It ain’t so different between separate parts of the day. After all, they spend their time mostly feeding.

What happens if we don’t see a whale on the tour?
All Whale Watching trips are dependent on the wild nature of Skjálfandi Bay and as we know, nature is unpredictable. The chances of seeing whales are overwhelming with up to 99% rate of seeing whales during trips over the last years.

In the rare cases of no sightings (dolphins included), passengers get a “Return ticket”. That means that customers of the tour can return in the future (even the next tour depending on availability) for a free tour.

We do not refund tickets if no whales and/or dolphins are seen on the tour.

What happens if the weather is bad and we can’t go?
You can either choose to join us in a tour later or get a full refund.

What happens if the tour doesn’t reach the minimum number of passengers?

Our daily tours requires a minimum of 4 pax. If this number won’t be reached, our ticket office staff will be in contact to offer you other tours or departure times available.

If non of this options will suit your traveling plans, you are entitled to be fully refunded.

Can you guarantee we will see a whale?
No. We’re dealing with wild nature and it is unpredictable. However we’ve got whale sightings in 99% of our tours in recent years so we can be pretty optimistic each and every time we leave the harbor.

How should I dress for the whale watching tour?
We provide a warm water resistant overall suit and a life vest before going on board. It can be pretty cold in the bay, so wearing warm clothes underneath the suit is necessary. Hats, gloves and good shoes should also be worn.