Whale Watching Tour From Ólafsvík

The Whale Watching Ólafsvík tour is your best chance to see wild Orcas in Iceland. Other species that are commonly spotted here are Sperm whales and Pilot whales. Sail along the beautiful coastline of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and enjoy viewing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. This tour is a great addition to any self-drive holiday on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.


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  • Availability

    April 1st - October 10th


    2 - 3.5 hours

  • Difficulty

    Very Easy

  • Pickup


  • Minimum Age


  • Price

    ISK 9.900

Tour Highlights:

  • Whale Watching from Snæfellsnes
  • Orca Whales
  • Sperm Whales
  • Pilot Whales


  • Guided tour in English and German

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pickup and dropoff in Reykjavík included in this tour?

No, this is a meet on location tour only. If you do not have a rental car it is possible to include this whale watching tour on a private tour of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Where is the meeting point for this tour?

The meeting point for this tour is at the harbor in Ólafsvík. By the harbor you’ll see a big blue bus with a whale on it, that is the meeting point.

It takes up to 3 hours to drive directly from Reykjavík to Ólafsvík. Please keep in mind that you need to be on location at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, a whale watching tour is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. There is no age limit on this tour.

What should I wear on this tour?

You should wear warm clothes as your first layer, and we recommend bringing a waterproof outer layer in case of rain. Keep in mind that it can get colder out at sea than it is on land. It is not recommended to wear sandals on this tour.

In winter, several layers of clothes are recommended along with gloves, a scarf, hat and winter shoes. You should also dress warmly in summer.

Is lunch included on this tour?

No, lunch and refreshments are not included in this tour.

Is smoking allowed on the boat?

No, smoking is not allowed on the boat.

When is the best time to see Orcas?

As whales are wild animals it can be hard to predict when sightings are possible. Orcas can swim up to 120 km per day, so they can leave the area quickly if they so wish. They can also appear quickly is they want to do that!

December and March are usually good months for sightings in the winter time, and in the summertime, they are often spotted in April, May and June. However, this can always change.

Is the morning or afternoon tour better for spotting Orcas?

As the Orcas are wild there is no way to predict if it’s more likely to see them in the morning or in the afternoon.

The meeting point for this tour is at the harbor in Ólafsvík, on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive directly from Reykjavík to Ólafsvík in perfect conditions.

Please keep in mind that you need to be on location at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour.

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Price from 9.900 ISK per person.


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