2 hours
Húsavík, Iceland

We offer a 2-hour whale watching tour on a speedy RIB boat from the harbor of Húsavík – The Whale Capital of Iceland. Get your warm clothes and get ready down at Husavik harbour!
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 an example the Blue whale, the Humpback whale and the Minke whale. The speedy RIB boats make it more likely to have a close encounter with the giants, being able to drive huge amount of miles in the trip. Also with only 12 passengers or fewer on board, competition for the best view on board is 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 millions years old!

Please note that departures at 21:30 and 22:30 (from June 1st through July 31st) are for our Midnight Sun Whale Watching tour

Terms and conditions

When will you be joining us? Have a look at our timetable for 2021!

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


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 Husavik. 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 Skjalfandi 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 Skjalfandi bay. We focus on small group tours, which eliminates 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. We therefore refrain from taking more than 12 passengers at a time.

These are our boats, Kría and Kjói!

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.

Private tours

Our boats Kjói and Kría are available for a private rent. Enjoy a relaxing time in the ever so lovely Skjálfandi Bay, surrounded by big whales, several birds and a stunning nature. Our great crew will take good care of you!

Contact us via email whales@husavikadventures.is or via phone in +354-853-4205.

Price for RIB Kjói: 130.000 ISK pr. hour.

Price for RIB Kría: 130.000 ISK pr. hour.

Private RIB tours are an excellent way to experience Iceland and see the whales up close.

Combo tours

Want to try the best of sea and land adventures? We can help you with that!

How do I book both the Buggys and the RIB whale watching?

You begin by booking your RIB whale watching. Choose your date and time and number of passengers. When you’ve finished your booking you have to book the Buggy tour separately. You will do this in the same way as the former booking but please make sure that the tours are not operated at the same time! There is a 45 minute driving distance between Húsavík (where the whale watching is operated) and Mývatn (where the Buggy tours are operated).
Customers who’d like to join both Buggy Adventures and RIB Whale Watching get 25% discount on their Buggy tour.
In order to claim the discount, simply write “BOTH2018” in the promo code column when ordering the Buggy tour. You can also buy the combo in one of our ticket offices in Húsavík or in Mývatn.

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