Winter Whale Watching in Snæfellsnes

  • Availability

    December - March

  • DURATION

    2 - 3 ½ Hours

  • Difficulty

    Very Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Minimum Age

    None

  • Price

    ISK 9.900

Tour Highlights:

  • Whale Watching from Snæfellsnes
  • Orca Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Birdlife

Included:

  • Guided tour in English and German

The Winter Whale Watching Snæfellsnes Tour

The Winter Whale Watching Tour in Snæfellsnes is a truly magical experience where you can see Orca whales in the wild. These amazing creatures, also known as Killer Whales, are known for gathering in this area in the winter months. The area offers them the perfect feeding conditions during this time, which gives you the chance to see these majestic creatures in the wild. This tour is a great excursion for all winter holidays in Snæfellsnes.

Departing from the small town of Grundarfjörður, you will sail out to sea with your experienced captain and guide. The dramatic winter landscape of the peninsula offers the perfect backdrop for a boat tour in this stunning area. During winter time, the Orca whales gather in this area to feed on herring. These conditions create the optimal conditions for seeing Orca whales in the wild. Your captain will get as close as possible to the whales, ensuring both the safety of passengers and the whales. During the tour, you may also see pods of dolphins or catch a glimpse of white-tailed eagles. Large groups of diving gannets are also a common sight in this area, giving a hint of orca presence in the area.

After the tour, you will return to Grundarfjörður from where you can continue your exploration of Snæfellsnes.

 

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 Grundarfjörður.

It takes up to 2.5 – 3 hours to drive directly from Reykjavík to Grundarfjörður in optimal conditions. You should allow plenty of time for the drive. 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.

Several layers of clothes are recommended along with gloves, a scarf, hat and winter shoes.

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.

Are sightings of Orca whales guaranteed on this tour?

As these are wild animals, sightings can never be guaranteed.

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.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

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 info@iat.is.

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. 

The meeting point for this tour is at the harbor in Grundarfjörður, on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It takes about 2.5 – 3 hours to drive directly from Reykjavík to Grundarfjörður 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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