• Location: Húsavík, Iceland
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover Iceland’s most iconic wildlife with a 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour from Húsavík on an RIB speedboat. Enjoy views of the Skjálfandi Bay as you skim along the coast, covering an expansive territory in the high-powered craft. Watch for massive blue whales and acrobatic humpbacks, and learn about life beneath the surface from your experienced guide. During the breeding season of mid-April through mid-August, visit ‘Puffin Island’ to find a thriving colony of brightly-colored birds before returning to Húsavík.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour in an RIB speedboat
  • See more of the coast in a speedboat tour
  • Spot whales and porpoises with help from expert nature guides
  • Visit 'Puffin Island' during breeding season
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience

What You Can Expect

Big Whale Safari and Puffins Tour from Húsavík

Original Big Whale Safari & Puffins from Húsavík

Customer Reviews

Mark B. W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The desk hostess, Ms. Sandra Mosquera Montes, initially scared us by saying that the first boat that went out at 9:00 a.m. a slow boat did not see any whales, and did we still want to go? I was originally leaning towards the cheaper, slower boat, but then I had a conversation with the receptionist at the Fosshotel Husavik, and she said the speed boat is better since it can go quickly to where any whale may be. That analysis made sense!! The speed boat lived up to its billing!! At the helm was Head Captain Sverrir Yngvi Karlsson, assisted by our guide, Head Guide Sarah Arndt! Captain Karlsson headed straight out into the bay, and with Ms. Arndt's assistance, we were on majestic hump back whales within a half an hour!! We tracked two, then two more, then single whales and finally a grouping of four whales together!! We were SO close to the whales!! Ms. Arndt was very informative during the course of the tour. Captain Karlsson kept us on the whales the entire time!! All together, we saw six or seven hump back whales! Each of their tail undersides have unique markings. It was well worth the extra money for the speed boat!! There were no Puffins since it was past their season, but it was still cool to see what we did see!! Photos below show some of the excitement!! Look at how close those fins are to the side of the speed boat!! At the end, Ms. Montes said that she was just being honest since there was a chance we would not see anything. So glad that we did see whales!! Ms. Montes and Ms. Arndt was also very helpful in arranging for me to borrow a card reader when I ran into a problem with my EOS 7D, Mark II camera!! Everyone was so nice, and I highly recommend Whale Watching with GENTLE GIANTS!!!

Heather V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was one of our favorites while in Iceland. It was incredible! The boat driver made it tons of fun, and there is nothing like seeing whales so close. We're soooooo glad we decided to go with the more expensive RIB boat, it was a much more up close and personal experience!

ppowell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Highly recommended

Julie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour exceeded our expectations. Marine biologist guide and driver were both top notch. Puffins, dolphins and whales galore! One of our highlights on our 3 week cruise!

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great time, even in the rain!

Sandy S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

Tour itself was great! The tour guide was awesome and fun! We got to the whales faster and closer than anyone else!
The only thing that I did not like was the rude lady at the Gentle Giants front desk. She moved our reservation and was very rude the whole time.

Mike V

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. the whale watching was good not great.

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