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Address: | Harbour Side, Husavik 640, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 464 1500
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle...

Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you to join us.

Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from Husavik, in the north of Iceland – often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe.

Our company is proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjalfandi Bay.

Welcome aboard traditional Icelandic oak boats or modern RIB speedboats in search of the giants of the ocean. Your chances of seeing whales are up to 97-99%.

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US$83.55*
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík
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US$153.00*
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Big Whale Safari and Puffins Tour from Húsavík

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Saw Sperm Whales!

We took the speed boat and saw humpback whales and a pair of sperm whales. I guess this is only the fourth time in over a decade that sperm whales have been spotted. Every other... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the speed boat and saw humpback whales and a pair of sperm whales. I guess this is only the fourth time in over a decade that sperm whales have been spotted. Every other boat out that day could not move fast enough to follow the whales, but we saw them every time they surfaced thanks to the speed... More 

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Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear NicholasRyan, Thank you for this excellent review and rating! Seeing sperm whales in Skjálfandi Bay is unique and indeed has not happened often. I myself have been in the business for over 15 years and I have never got the privilege of watching sperm whales. So you were absolutely very lucky on your tour. Great that you consider Gentle... More 

Brunssum, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

amazing tour, especially in the little boat. We could see them very good. Guide and captain were both very friendly. They respected the animals and kept a save distance, still close enough for us to really see them. With the little boat it was easy to change from one whale to another more 'active' whale which made it even more... More 

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice review! Wonderful to hear that you had an amazing RIB speedboat tour and found the crew to be friendly and respectful of the whales. It sounds like it was indeed a spectacular tour, even getting to see the whale jumping! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We took this tour from Husavik in the very early morning. We were lucky to see few humpback whales and lot of dolphins. We chosen the small action boat and I highly recommend this tour because you can get very close to the whales with this kind of boat.

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice review! Wonderful to hear that you had a great RIB speedboat tour, which is indeed a nice way to see the whales up close. It sounds like you truly had a lucky tour seeing the humpback whales and dolphins. All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour didn't disappoint. We saw several types of whales including humpback and minke. They give you great big waterproof suits to help you stay dry, too.

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice review! So happy to hear that you had a wonderful morning on your tour and appreciated the overalls we provide. It sounds like it was great seeing the humpback and minke whales! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Had a wonderful experience visiting a couple of humpbacks. One is known as Snow White due to the pure white on underside of his fluke. Weather was good. Boat "Sylvia" was comfortable. It was exciting and fun to watch these magnificent creatures and trying to capture the perfect "fluke" image (I didn't, but got a few decent pictures). I would... More 

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! So happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience on your tour, found the crew to be great, and appreciated the hot chocolate on the way home. It sounds like you indeed had an exciting tour seeing the humpback whales, including the "famous" Snow White! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We took the RIB safari tour and didn't regret spending the extra money as it afforded us a very comfortable ride and went ahead with this trip after reading that it would be more comfortable to avoid feeling unwell. We were able to whizz across the ocean on search of the amazing whales and when some humpbacks began to surface... More 

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice review! So happy to hear that you had a "once in a lifetime" experience on your RIB tour, and you found your guide Sarah did an excellent job. It sounds like you truly had an amazing tour seeing the humpback whales up close! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Brilliant tour, guide know what was talking about. We saw whales about 20-30 times on our three hour tour.

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the very nice review! So happy to hear that you found your guide to be knowledgeable, and that you had a brilliant tour with so many whale sightings! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Even on a sunny day once we got out to sea we were very grateful for the warm overalls provided. It was a while before we saw our first humpback but when we did it was an unforgettable experience. To be so close to these amazing creatures in their own environment was incredible. We were lucky enough to see several... More 

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. Great to hear that you appreciated the warm overalls we provide, and you had "an amazing whale watching experience". Thank you for the feedback about the number of people on the boat and the audio equipment, since we are always looking for ways to make our tours better. It sounds like you truly had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Booked online the night before we went on the trip. Comfortable to travel on. Knowledgeable guide and managed to spot and follow a Humpback Whale for most of the trip, getting very close on numerous occasions, closer than other boats that were out on the water at the same time as us. Added bonus of Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Doughnuts... More 

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review So happy to hear that you felt we had "the best boat tour in town", and you appreciated the hot chocolate and pastry on the way home. It sounds like you had a very nice tour seeing the humpback whale up close! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Very friendly guide on the boat and we saw a lot of humpbackwhales. It was just amazing. We would do it again!

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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Wonderful to hear that you found your guide to be very friendly and you had an amazing tour with the humpback whales! All the best, Charla Basran Researcher/Guide More 

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