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Húsavík, Iceland
Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Watch for nimble humpbacks and massive blue whales on this whale watching adventure from Húsavík on a traditional Icelandic oak boat. Enjoy stunning views of the Skjálfandi Bay and Vík mountains as you explore the coastline, a thriving pilgrimage place for marine mammals in the summer season. Learn about Iceland’s wildlife and culture with live commentary from your experienced guide.
  • Skjalfandi Bay whale watching tour
  • Watch for wildlife with experienced nature guides
  • Get views of the coast from the water
  • Experience the bay in a traditional oak boat
  • Learn about Iceland's nature and wildlife
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Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Warm overalls and raincoats
Transportation to/from attractions (Tour departure is within walking distance from accommodations in Húsavík)
Gentle Giants – Húsavík Whale Watching , Garðarsbraut, Húsavík, Iceland

Departure Point: Gentle Giants Ticket Center Directions: Look for the big blue flags in Húsavík

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • A minimum number of passengers is required for all our tours. If the minimum number is not reached, we reserve the right to change or cancel departures, even with short notice. In such cases, customers are offered alternative options or full refund
  • Unfortunately, if no whales or dolphins are sighted whist on tour, passenger refunds are not permitted. However, customers can receive a voucher to join a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, depending on availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gentle Giants Whale Watching
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík.

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star-4
Great
Gerrit_P
, May 2022
Whe have seen whales, from close. Ik you want take picture. You need an telelens. They doning The best they can.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Gerrit for this great review! Happy to see that you enjoyed the tour and saw whales. Best regards, Daniel
star-5
Breathtaking highlight!
Marc_v
, Oct 2021
A real highlight of my journey! After a bit of a shaky start (understandable, as the whales are migrating) we were considering ourselves lucky to spot some Minke's, playing quite nice with our tour! After a little bit, the crew asked if any of us would mind to continue beyond the planned tour, as a research boat had spotted several other whales a bit further away. In the end, they took extra time and care which resulted in us seeing several humpback whales at the same time, sighting up to five at once. Breathtaking, almost didn't know where to look!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! You were indeed lucky with the sightings that day and many humpbacks. "Breathtaking highlight" says it all. Thanks for sharing your experience! Best regards, Daniel
star-3
Unsuccessful Whale Spotting
Deana_B
, Sep 2021
We saw the fin of a minke whale from pretty far away. And if you blinked, you missed it. For a 98% success rate, we were disappointed to find out the night before that they hadn’t seen many whales on their recent tours. The boat was also a bit crowded, so the best viewpoints (very front and roof) were hard to share. The low rating is mainly because we didn’t see much.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for the honest feedback! Sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the tour. This is wild nature and indeed unpredictable. Best regards, Daniel
star-1
fake tour
Teresa_A
, Aug 2021
This whale watching tours are a fake. The chance of seeing a whale is minimal and the 'guide' keeps saying 'watch the see' 'the whale was seen a little while ago' just to raise expectations. Definitily a not do activity
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Therezza, thank you for the honest feedback! The tour is indeed not fake, but what we are doing, is dealing with wild nature, which is unpredictable. The whales are wild animals - not a zoo. Sorry to hear that you did not see whales on your tour. Best regards, Daniel
star-5
Buckelwal
Claudia_B
, Aug 2021
We sag a humpback whale very long and very close. It was great! There was a lot of Information about Iceland and the sea animals.
star-5
Excellent day out with kids
Sara_K
, Aug 2021
We only saw one whale but we were lucky to see the hump back Whale breach. Gentle Giants were professional operator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
We did see a whale, the same whale a...
Fred O
, Sep 2016
We did see a whale, the same whale a few times, from a distance, as our converted fishing boat was too slow to keep up with the ribs, that rushed to the sight of the whale, which then seemed to take a few deep breaths and dive again as soon as possible, before becoming too traumatised by aforementioned ribs! We have been on whale watching trips before and all of the boats took great care to remain behind the whale and out of it's sight so as not to upset it. Here it was a mad dash to the whale by all, and the poor whale understasndably dived as soon as it possibly could.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our tour was canceled due to very...
Maoz_G
, Sep 2016
Our tour was canceled due to very bad weather extremely windy and rainy. Luckily, it was the last tour in that day and we got the first morning next day tour instead. The weather on the morning was great. Blue sky. As promised, we saw whales. I took dozens of photos of them. Great experience.
star-5
Great tour with lots of helpful...
Angus B
, Sep 2016
Great tour with lots of helpful information. Plenty of whales to see!
star-5
It was really amazing! We saw...
Bodo_S
, Jun 2016
It was really amazing! We saw humpback, minke and porpoise wales! Unfortunately at this time the sea was rough so passengers should be seaworthy. The crew were very freindly and report us many things about the wales.
star-5
Definitely one of the biggest...
Thomas T
, Jun 2016
Definitely one of the biggest highlights of our entire Iceland roundtrip. The staff was extremely friendly, our guide Aksel was a great and funny guy and thankfully luck was on our side as well as we were able to see three ! humpback- as well as quite a few minke whales. We'll definitely be back!
star-5
This tour was really amazing !!! I saw...
Lara K
, Jun 2016
This tour was really amazing !!! I saw twelve whales and ten dolphins very close !!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Bonne expérience
Benoit_B
, Sep 2021
Notre tour en bateau s'est bien passé, nous avons vu plusieurs baleines. La compagnie nous a fourni des vêtements contre le froid et la pluie. Enfin, l'équipage a rallongé notre tour d'une heure pour nous permettre une meilleure expérience et voir plus de baleines.
star-5
Húsavík Walfischtour
Ulrike_B
, Jul 2020
Es war ein sehr beeindruckende Tour. Das Wetter war eher schlecht, kalt, windig, etwas Regen. Wir wurden vorher auf alle Gefahren aufmerksam gemacht. Gut versorgt mit warmen Overalls und regendichten Mänteln, viele Informationen an Bord über Wale. Mehrere Wale aus nächster Nähe gesehen, perfekt. War bereits meine 3 Tour immer war alles gut organisiert, jederzeit wieder. 😃
star-5
Magnifique !
Sarah_C
, Jul 2020
Superbe expérience pour tous les amateurs d'animaux, nous nous sommes approchés doucement des quelques baleines qui nageaient à nos côtés et nous les avons vues de près ! Incroyable !
star-5
Croisière faite le 29 Octobre 2019
Mikael G
, Oct 2019
Très agréable croisière de 3 hrs , nous avons pu voir 3 baleines et constaté que les bateaux respectaient une distance de tranquillité des cétacés. Guide sympathique et chocolat chaud bienvenue .
star-4
Un bon moment!
Gillet s
, Jul 2019
Guide très sympa. Baleines au rendez-vous! Une très bonne expérience. À recommander pour tous les âges.
star-3
Hvalsafari
FlemmingL_N
, Jun 2019
Hårdt vejr og grundig advarsel. Vi så hvaler , mén ikke noget specielt. Dejligt med cacao og klejner ved tilbagekomst.
star-1
Excursion à bannir si vous êtes...
chrelaurfan
, Jun 2017
Excursion à bannir si vous êtes amoureux de la nature car il n'y a aucun respect des baleines. En effet vous les voyez mais que 30 sec à chaque fois car dès q'une est aperçue, le bateau fonce sur elle afin que les touristes la voient de plus près ce qui la fait fuir. Aucun respect, photos impossibles. Nous avons préféré les voir de plus loin en bord de fjord notamment vers sudavik où là le spectacle valait le coup. Idem pour les macareux,même pas d'arrêt du bateau. Enfin le seul regret de notre voyage en Islande

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