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Iceland’s coasts are some of the best places to see whales in the world. In fact, they’re home to over twenty different species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise. On a whale watching in Iceland, see these magnificent creatures up close. Explore our tours below to book an unforgettable experience.

Whale watching in Iceland

Whales are some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. The way they burst through the ocean surface and leave a shower of spray in their wake is perhaps one of the most thrilling sights to witness anywhere.

There are few places where you can see more types of whales than in Iceland. With over 20 different species that pass through our waters, it’s an opportunity that can’t be missed when visiting the country.

The best way to get up close to these natural wonders is on a whale-watching tour. Leaving the Reykjavík harbour, or the northern towns of Akureyri or Húsavík, you can visit some of the local spots where we know groups of whales hang out.

You’ll have the chance to see many different species. One of the most common is the humpback whale, which is known as the species that breaches the water most—offering you excellent views.

Of course, you’re not limited to these two. Fin whales, orcas, even the mighty blue whales and the serene beluga whales can be spotted off the coast of Iceland. And it’s not just whales. Harbour dolphins, seals, and Iceland’s rich marine bird life will all accompany you on your trip, too.

Iceland whale-watching trips are easy to arrange and are built to suit your preferences. For example, book a standalone voyage or combine your whale-watching trip with a visit to the Whales of Iceland exhibition to learn all about these glorious mammals.

And don’t worry about missing Iceland’s whale-watching season, either. While there’s greater variety in the summer—making it probably the best time for whale watching in Iceland—there’s still plenty to see in winter. That’s why all our wildlife tours run all year round.
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