April - October
2 ½ Hours
For whale watching and puffin tour with a kick, you should try the RIB Whale watching and puffin tour. Sail from the Húsavík harbor out to the open sea, looking for the sea’s gentle giants. During the tour, you will also stop by Puffin Island, one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland. For a fun excursion in North Iceland, we recommend this tour!
You’ll sail out from the charming town of Húsavík, known as the whale watching capital of Iceland. You’ll start the tour by visiting Puffin Island*. Guests are not allowed to set foot on the island, but your captain will stop the boat close by. Here you will experience the magic of seeing hundreds of puffins flying above and around you. Your experienced guide will also tell you about the puffins that inhabit this area, and you’ll probably learn some fun facts about these colorful birds!
After visiting the Puffin Island, you’ll sail further out to sea. The Skjálfandi bay is famous for its abundance of whales. Whale species that are commonly spotted here include Humpback whales, Minke whales, Blue whales and more. Sailing on the RIB boat, you will be able to get incredibly close to these gentle giants.
*Please note that the puffin season is approx. from April 15th – August 20th. After that, the tour focuses on whale watching.
This tour is operated by one of our trusted partners.
No, this tour is a meet-on-location tour. The meeting point is at the Húsavík harbor.
We recommend dressing as warmly as possible before heading out. Bringing a hat/cap, gloves and sunglasses is highly recommended. Wear good, comfortable shoes – you should not wear sandals.
Keep in mind that it can often be quite cold staying out at sea for up to 3 hours.
You will be supplied with warm overalls before the tour.
No, refreshments are not sold on the tour. You will be offered a small surprise from a local winemaker.
As whales are wild animals, a sighting of them can never be guaranteed. However, this area offers an excellent chance of a sighting and whales are seen on most tours.
In the unlikely event that you do not see whales on your tour, you will be offered a chance to go on a regular whale watching tour (not a RIB tour) with the same company free of charge.
In this area, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Blue Whales are spotted regularly. Many other species of whales are sighted here as well, although they may not make regular appearances. These include for example Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Pilot Whales, Sei Whales and more.
The puffin season is from about April 15th – August 20th. During that time you will see puffins on this tour.
After August 20th the tour focuses on whales, as the puffins leave the area around this time.
Yes, the age limit on this tour is 7 years of age. This is a great tour for adventurous kids!
Reservations can be canceled 24 hours prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 24 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
This tour departs from the Húsavík harbor. Húsavík is located in North Iceland, approx. 80 minutes drive from Akureyri and approx. 1 hours drive from Lake Mývatn.