Iceland’s Best Whale Watching Spots

Iceland’s Best Whale Watching Spots

There are not many things in life that are as impressive as whale watching. And Iceland has some of the best whale watching destinations in the entire world. You can see over 20 species around the country because the area is a perfect feeding area since the water is shallow and during summer daylight is long.

In the past 20 years, Iceland turned into Europe’s premier whale watching destination. And you can visit any day of the year to see these majestic creatures, in iconic locations like the following.

Husavik

Located in northeastern Iceland, right on Skjalfandi Bay’s edge, this destination is the whale watching capital of the country. We are talking about a fishing town that is practically dominated by the humpback whale as the most common species you will get a chance of seeing.

The reputation Husavik has is reality because of the bay’s thriving ecosystem. There are rivers and melting snow that bring in nutrients and the summer sun is long-lasting. This creates plankton, which is a wonderful food source for the whales. And you can also enjoy the local whale museum open right in the middle of Husavik.

If you are looking for a ticket, simply go to the main street. Tours start at the harbour and the oldest Husavik whale watching company is named North Sailing.

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Akureyri

If you are looking for whale watching tours that are completely family friendly, Akureyri is the best destination to consider. This is the largest town in Iceland outside of Reykjavik and is quite close to Husavik.

The reason why this travel destination is recommended for families is that there are plenty of activities and extra sites to consider. You can thus enjoy many other things after watching whales.

With most Akureyri whale watching tours you will be taken to the Eyjafjordur fjord, which is a location perfectly protected from high waves and strong winds.

When on a tour, there is a good possibility you will see humpback whales but you can also enjoy dolphins, harbour porpoises, and minke whales.

Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital might not be your first thought when it comes to whale watching but this is a pleasant surprise you will surely enjoy since this city offers tremendous whale watching options. In fact, many travelers visit the capital because of a desire to see some beautiful whales.

Reykjavik is very close to the Faxafloi Bay, which is shallow and features nutrient-rich waters that make it very popular for minke whales. You can expect to also see harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, puffins, and humpback whales. And every day of the year can be the start of a whale watching expedition.

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

This is the best travel destination in Iceland to see the beautiful orcas but it is also great for nature lovers because of some incredible natural sights. The killer whales are common here during spring and winter but the creatures are transient, which means they move around to find food.

During June, you might also see sperm whales, which are large toothed whales that dive really deep when swimming. And you might also see humpback whales, harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, and minke whales.

In the peninsula, there is just one operator. It leaves from Grundarfjordur and will take you to the Breidafjordur fjord. Just remember that seats are limited. You will thus need to book in advance.

Westfjords

Whale watching tours in the area just started in the year 2017. As a result, they are quite a secret among foreign travelers. There are countless dramatic landscapes you can see. And you will also love the puffin nesting grounds and the natural geothermal pools.

If you decide to visit the Westfjords, you may want to combine it with the stunning Iceland Ring Road. The experience would be quite unique and you will surely enjoy your trip to an area that is quite remote and that few people even know about.

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