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Original Whale Watching Tour on board a Traditional Oak Ship from Husavik

Experience the Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has built a reputation for the town of Húsavík as the capital of whale watching in Iceland.
  • Look for orcas and humpback whales aboard a traditional Icelandic oak ship
  • Hear commentary about Icelandic maritime history 
  • Learn facts about animal biology and behavior
  • Book ahead to make sure you check this must-do activity off your list 
What to Expect
Make your way to the tour's departure point at your chosen time. There are several times available to fit your schedule. Meet your captain and crew while boarding a traditional oak ship, which will take you out on Skjalfandi Bay to search for marine life. As you leave the coastline, imagine what life might have been like years ago for the Icelanders who sailed the frigid seas on these traditional boats. You'll learn about the country's history of whaling and whale-watching from your guide. With your guide's pro tips, look for signs of humpback whales and orcas. Listen to commentary about the biology and behavior of these animals, then warm up with some hot cocoa and traditional Icelandic scones (for purchase). When your journey is over, head back to the harbor for drop-off.
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Important Information
Departure Point
North Sailing - Húsavík Whale Watching, Hafnarstétt, Húsavík, Iceland
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Pick-up
  • Shoes
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Wow, how can I put into words the exhilarating, life-affirming experience I had on board the Nattfári with its delightful two-person crew! Not only did we see whales (as well as a surprise seal!), which was a truly incredible experience by itself, my spouse and I also learned so
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Wow, have been whale watching before in USA, but this trip was superb - had 6 sightings, mostly really close and got some amazing “whale tail” pictures. This was a dream come true and Fred the crew member had loads of interesting whale information / facts - such an amazing trip,
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Don't expect anything else than a relatively nice trip on a board. There are indeed whales around (we saw two tails). Indeed, look at the pictures: All the phots show a whale tale, and its a matter of facts, this is most probably the only thing you may possibly see from a
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Thoroughly enjoyed, the crew were very helpful and knowledgeable, we saw 5 Humpback whales, some Dolphins and lots of Puffins. The only reason I haven't given more stars is on account of the ship feeling rather on the full side. Unfortunately there was a large group of
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did not see any whales at all. just some dolphins and then had poor quality chocolate and cinnamon buns
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About the operator
By: North Sailing
1,842 reviews
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DuWayne W
Denver, Colorado
Puffins, Whales, and Ships, Oh My!
On our way back from a European vacation, we stopped off in Iceland for 5 days, something Iceland air allows
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Incredible, powerful, stunning experience
Wow, how can I put into words the exhilarating, life-affirming experience I had on board the Nattfári with its
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Enthusiastic, committed team who are passionate about whale watching
We went on a voyage in late October. That's not an ideal time to see whales, but, we saw two, albeit from a
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Lea P
Eco-friendly tour
Amazing cruise! Definitively supporting North Sailing for them Eco-friendly approach with electric boats, respect
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Be carefull
They didn’t warned us about the possibilite of not having it We woke up at seven and sent then an e-mail
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where da whales?
What a great company! Obviously, they care about the environment, taking tourists out to view whales rather than
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long troughs, no whales
we saw some jelly fish and arctic terns, but ne'er a whale or dolphin there... long slow surges of north atlantic
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Paul M
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Wow, have been whale watching before in USA, but this trip was superb - had 6 sightings, mostly really close and
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Trieste, Italy
Whale watching while drinking hot chocolate
Wonderful trip, well organised: we were given overalls to keep warm and dry. The guide was really nice and
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St Kilda, Australia
Unethical conduct
While on board the boat of an other company we witnessed a boat from Northsailing almost colliding with a hump
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Saw dolphins and a humpback whale!
The experience was lovely, we sailed out to beautiful sights, the guide was very informative telling us about the
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Madrid, Spain
Bad company to do it
They dont warn you if the day is not good to sail and see anything so I wasted 3 hours seeing people throwing up.
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Don't expect anything else than a relatively nice trip on a board. There are indeed whales around (we saw two
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Adelaide, Australia
breaching humpback
We had a fantastic trip ! We put on the suits provided by the tour and they came in very handy . We were only half
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Brussels, Belgium
Nice sail boat - very knowledgeable guide
We did an afternoon tour. First they put you into nice warm suits (which was definitely necessary). After boarding
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  • North Sailing
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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