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Interesting tour. Although the weather was horrible, wet and very windy. It felt being on the set of a "perfect storm". The only highlight was watching people unable to control their sea sickness. No Whales or Puffins (apparently Puffins vanish after August)!!
The tour was very nice, though a little cold at sea. The only thing I will say is that the host was a bit too excitable. As we looked carefully into the water the female host kept shouting out "Quick, quick, nine o'clock minky minky minky!". I can only think that mink whales well used to being harpooned off the Icelandic shores would only be scared off if they hear a woman shouting from a boat. Therefore we only saw three brief glimpses of a whale. I get the feeling had she been a bit quieter we may have seen more whales and for longer!
This is not a good time of year to participate in this activity, the whales have left (might see a Minke) and the Puffins don't return till May. Therefore, if booking this activity, validate whether you'll be able to see anything that you want to see. On this tour, it was an extremely choppy sea, so many people became seasick. Therefore, if you don't have sea legs, be sure to take the medicine to prevent seasickness.
We may not be the best people to review this tour as we have done whale watching before in Maine. That being said this was disappointing because we saw very few whales (and certainly none of the huge ones in the brochures). The boat doesn't even go out far in ocean - you can always see surrounding land and there are quite a few boats around you at all times. Nice if you have never done whale tour before, but if you have and have seen whales - this is one you can skip.
We were out for 3 hours, but saw absolutely nothing. They did offer a voucher to go for free again within 2 years, but will probably not be going back to Iceland. Was extremely cold too-even indoors.
Be careful when you book this tour, depending on your goals. We booked to see puffins, not knowing they leave Iceland mid-August. Others we talked to saw wales, I didn't.
Word of caution that by September the puffins have migrated so there was no Puffin Island Tour. Also most Whales have swam to warmer waters. Did see two pods of dolphins so was enjoyable. Top tip - best to do this trip during summer months.
The uncertainty of the weather makes a pre-booking for this trip a poor option. My day was a well-organised experience of the elements and an opportunity to regain my sea legs after too many years on dry land. However, it was not a pleasurable opportunity for observing nature.
This was very disappointing! Weather was terrible, had to take seasickness tablets provided by the tour company, and saw no whales or puffins! It was an experience, and I would do it again in the hope of seeing something. I would recommend not booking this one in advance until you see what the weather is like that day!
The ship's crew did its best, it was just that we visited in early September when there were no whales, dolphins or puffins (oh my!) to be spotted. We were given a rain check, but unfortunately were unable to use it.
the guide of the city took left us standing in stormy rain 1/2 mile from the boat we has to wait in a restaurant which she sugested for 3/4 hous it was actually closed.Then we had to walk (no wheelchair accomodation) to the boat. We had to negotiate the steps down which was extremely diffcult for some one in a wheelchair. The weather was extremely bad and we did not see any whales and the tour wa short cut and we returmed to harbours a total waste of time and money. The but from the airport to hotel and return was not wheelchair accessable and a torture for me. All in all a very bad experiance never again
Complaint filed regarding this tour. No Puffins available to see. Evidently their season ending a few weeks before. This was NOT made know when tour was booked.
Not eorth it. The boat is OK, but we have not seen any whale, and the Island from a long distance, waste of time and money.
It was very dissapointing. When you sell the idea to the Whale Safari and Pufin Island, you show the same photo of a Puffin like if we where going to see them these near. When we went to the island , the boat stopped about 300 yards or more away. The tour guide just kept screaming , "you see those little black spots over ther? well...there are Puffins... wow! and wow...you see those spots over the....wlll there are Puffins and seagulls...so we just had to take his word for it. I NEVER SAW A PUFFIN I only saw black spots... The same with the whales.... they were about 500 yards away and you could only look at the fins and take the tour´s guide word that it was a blue whale or whatever. Deception. Besides that, I didn¨t get sea sick.