Whale watching in Iceland

Coming to Iceland on a cruise but want to get up close and personal with the gentle giants on a whale watching adventure?
We’ve made it easy for you with some great options for whale watching tours across Iceland:

Husavik & Akureyri

Known to be the whale watching capital of Europe, Husavik offers whale watching tours in traditional oak boats, RIB boats, whale and puffin watching tours and you finish your adventure with a visit to the whale museum.
Although some cruise ships stop at Husavik but for most others, the best way is a tour from Akureyri where you can also stop at Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods.
While Husavik directly faces the Arctic Ocean, it is also possible to have a whale watching tour in the Eyjafjordur fjord where Akureyri lies.


Whale watching tours in Reykjavik start at the charming old harbour right downtown and can be perfectly combined with a day in the capital.
The cruise ship port is on the other side of town so the best way to do this would be a tour of the city where you can explore the famous landmarks, museums and culture of the capital and then whale watching before you get back to your ship.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Breidafjordur Bay is a fantastic place for a boat tour with rich birdlife and views of uncountable islands and the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano. It is also the best place in Iceland to see orcas.
Whether your cruise ship stops in Grundarfjordur, Olafsvik or Stykkisholmur, we can make your whale watching tour happen with a pick up from and drop off to your port. And if you have more time, it is possible to visit the beautiful Kirkjufell waterfall or walk through the offbeat Berserkjahraun lava fields.

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