LOGBOOK 2023

Since the first whale-watching tour from Húsavík on April 1st, 2023, our crew has kept logbooks from each and every trip out in Skjálfandi Bay. Our guides wrote down every whale that was seen on the tours (which can be more than one species) and also wrote down the “unsuccessful departures”, in order to calculate the percentage of tours where whales and/or dolphins were spotted.

Sightings Húsavík 2023 (Peak season)

From June 1st to August 31st, 2023, whales were spotted in 495 out of 499 tours = 99.2%


In total 7 different species were spotted: Humpback whales, Blue whales, Harbour porpoises, White-beaked dolphins, Minke whales, and Blue/Fin whale hybrid, Northern bottlenose.

Summary 2023 – Húsavík (June to August)

Humpback whales in 474 of 499 tours                         95%
White-beaked dolphins in 149 of 499                           30%
Blue whales in 60 of 499 tours (includes hybrid)       12%
Minke Whale in 42 of 499                                                 8%
Harbour porpoises in 24 of 499                                       5%
Northern Bottlenose Whales in 6 of 499                        1%


Total: 495 of 499 = 99.2%

Please note: When it comes to calculating the success rate of trips, different companies have different methods, some more credible than others. As a rule of thumb, Húsavík Adventures crew count trips as “unsuccessful” if nothing bigger than dolphins is seen during the tour. Also if for some reason conditions to spot the whales are so hard that not every passenger sees the whales we do not count those trips as successful.

We are only a few days away from our first day of the 2023 season!

The spring still looks like winter in Húsavík, but we are optimistic for a great summer, with lovely weather and lots of whales!

Early season encounters

Our parent company North Sailing spotted a big pod of Killer whales and a Blue whale in the bay a few days ago. Definitely stunning news!

Despite the BIG excitement from our colleagues, we are all wondering what brought the mighty blue to Skjálfandi bay, since it is very rare seeing them that early in the season.

Having found two of the most claimed whales out there definitely makes us wonder, what will happen next? We have hoping for Sperm Whales!

Maintenance about to be over

Captain Robbi
Captain Robbi
Captain Gústi
Captain Gústi

Our RIB boats have passed all the safety inspections over the winter and will be ready to rock soon.

Our Head-captain and maintenance leader Robbi has been working hard to make it happen, and together with captain Gústi, are finishing the last details.

As you can see in the picture, they were inserting the engine back to our boat Kjói just a couple of days ago.

Timetable for April

Our RIB boat Kjói will head out for the season’s first tour of 2023 on April 1st at 10:00am.
We have scheduled our second departure at 13:00h during Easter and from the 15th of April onward.

A third departure at 16:00h might be added to our timetable, but this is not confirmed yet. We will keep you updated!

You can read more about our schedule for 2023 here.

Early-bird discount for April ONLY

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you can now use our last minute promo code “APRIL10″. This will give you a 10% discount at check out, and the opportunity to have an amazing time in Húsavík!

This code is only available to redeem in our website, and for bookings from 1st until the 30th of April.

This is all for now!

Remember to follow our adventures on Instagram and Facebook

For any questions and special requests, you can contact us at whales@husavikadventures.is

See you soon! 🐋

HÚSAVÍK ADVENTURES IS THE NEW MEMBER OF ICEWHALE!

Did you know that Iceland is the biggest whale watching destination in Europe? In fact, 20% of all tourist that visit Iceland go whale watching.

Therefore, it is important to follow certain guidelines to minimize the impact of such activity and protect the whales.

As you know, Húsavík Adventures has been following very strict guidelines for whale watching since it started offering tours in 2017.  You can more read about it here 

IceWhale logo
Ice Whale logo

However, we decided that it is time to take one step forward and join IceWhale – The Icelandic Whale Watching Association.

Icewhale is a non-profit organization formed by Icelandic whale watching operators.

We are now a total of 11 Icelandic whale watching companies committed to offer responsible tours under the same guidelines, taking into account the conservation of the whales.

♦ Why now?

Firstly, because we now understand that if we really want to make a change and help the animals that visit us in Húsavík, we can’t do it alone!

Therefore, we believe that if we unify all the individual efforts from the members of IceWhale, the results will be more powerful and will reach a larger audience.

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Code of Conduct from Ice Whale

♦ Do you want to learn more about IceWhale?

You can find more information about the  project and guidelines here.

♦ Do you want to read our previous post about the Code of Conduct ?

Please take a look at this.

Well, a BIG thank you for reading and we hope to see you soon! 🐋

The HA team.

 

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!

 

We are extremely excited for the 2019 season and bookings for our whale watching tours are now available.

Get your warm clothes and get ready down at Husavik harbour. We offer a 2-hour whale watching tour on a speedy RIB boat from the harbor of Húsavík – The Whale Capital of Iceland. Included is an expert whale watching guide, a captain on board, warm water resistant overall suit and a life vest.

Big Whales & Puffins

The tour begins with by heading in 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!

*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. 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 down in the horizon.

And the whales? Not asleep at all! Our previous guests have enjoyed 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.

Book your tour HERE and insert the Promo Code EARLYBIRD19 for 10% discount. Promo Code valid throughout November 2018.