Recent Searches
Clear

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

star-4.5
|
Húsavík, Iceland

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
0 Youths1 Youth2 Youths3 Youths4 Youths5 Youths6 Youths7 Youths8 Youths9 Youths10 Youths11 Youths12 Youths1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults
Free Cancellation
up to 24 hours in advance
Loading available options...


icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
More questions?
(888) 651-9785

Overview

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.
  • 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
Saved to wishlist!
Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Warm safety overalls
Transportation to/from attractions (Tour departure is within walking distance from most accommodations in Húsavík)

Departure Point

Gentle Giants – Húsavík Whale Watching, Garðarsbraut, Húsavík, Iceland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
  • Not allowed for passengers with heart- or back problems or pregnant women
  • The minimum age limit for children on the RIB speedboats is 7 years or minimum 130 cm in height
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th approximately. More focus on whales outside the puffin season
  • A minimum number of passengers is required for all our tours. If the minimum number is not reached, we reserve the right to change or cancel departures, even with short notice. In such cases, customers are offered alternative options or full refund
  • If no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour, passengers can get a voucher to join a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, depending on availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gentle Giants Whale Watching

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík.

Traveler Photos

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
119 Reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
Showing 1-8 of 119 reviews
star-5
So many whales!!!
gracejones
, Jul 2019
We had a great time seeing many whales on this trip. I recommend it completely. Also, the staff at the desk were very friendly and helpful.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Highlight of our Trip to Iceland
girlwhotravels2015
, May 2019
On our tour we saw two different whale species, dolphins, and the playful puffins! Can’t say enough how wowed we were with Gentle Giants! The crew were fabulous and organized. Great excursion!
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
Midnight Whales
kcwojan
, Jun 2018
We originally had a tour scheduled at 7 PM (19:00), but were running behind on our drive from Höfn (word to the wise, don't get that ambitious!) and we were able to easily call and change to the later 9 PM (21:00) trip, the very last of the day. We were the only boat of any kind in the bay that night, and it was rainy. But the protective gear they gave us kept us warm, and we enjoyed the novelty of the sun being out so late and seeing many puffins. As we went farther into the bay, 2 humpbacks appeared, and we actually witnessed them having what the captain called
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
The desk hostess, Ms. Sandra...
Mark B. W
, Nov 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!!!
HelpfulHelpful
star-4
Tour itself was great! The tour...
Sandy S
, Sep 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.
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
This tour was one of our favorites...
Heather V
, Aug 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!
HelpfulHelpful
star-5
This tour exceeded our expectations...
Julie M
, Aug 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!
HelpfulHelpful
star-4
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff...
Mike V
, Aug 2016
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. the whale watching was good not great.
HelpfulHelpful

Product code: 23031P2

Explore Similar Things to Do