Whale Watching in Iceland

Whale watching in Iceland is a top pick among the many tourists that visit the country each year. The cool clear waters of the North Atlantic which encircle Iceland are teeming with Icelandic whales of various types and sizes. The whale watching centers in the North are Dalvik and Húsavík, in the Midwest are Ólafsvík and Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Höfn in the East and Keflavík and Sandgerði in the South West, both only a 30 minute drive from Reykjavík.

Although whale watching in Iceland is a growing industry, it is still far from being over commercialized. Icelandic whale watching tours are generally provided by small private companies which take groups of people out in their own boats. There are no other boats to be seen except those of the local fishermen. Apart from seeing the majestic whales, guests are treated to a variety of sea birds, seals, plus the midnight sun at the right time of year.


Scheduled boat trips for whale watching, sea angling and bird watching in Dalvik, 42 km (26 miles) north of Akureyri, Iceland.

Elding - Whale-watching

Elding whale watching is located in Reykjavík. Whale watching tours are scheduled from Reykjavík April through September. Coach-pickup provided.

Gentle Giants Whale Watching

Gentle Giants is operating exciting seafaring adventures from Húsavík; A beautiful fishing village on the northern coast of Iceland, often considered the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. 2011 is our tenth year of successful whale watching with a 98% success rate of spotting whales.

Glacier Lagoon

The Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón), a glacial river lagoon in Iceland, is part of one of the shortest rivers in Iceland, Jökulsá á Breidamerkursandi, which is only 1500 metres (4900 feet) long.

North Sailing

North Sailing is an award-winning family company that operates whale watching tours from Húsavík in the north of Iceland. The company operates scheduled trips from mid April through to late October, with up to nine departures per day.


Seatours Ltd. is a long-established travel company located in the coastal town of Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in west Iceland.