Husavik is a charming fishing village in the Northeast of Iceland, just some 50 km south of the Arctic Circle. This small lovable town is situated along the coastline of picturesque Skjalfandi Bay and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Cheek Mountains and the pristine waters of the bay. Known as the whale watching capital of Iceland, Husavik has become a popular tourist destination over the years.

Visitors can embark on a breathtaking journey out on Skjalfandi Bay to watch the gentle giants of the ocean in their natural habitat, surrounded by untouched nature.

During season, some of the largest animals on our planet can be found in the waters of the bay, such as the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorstrata), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangeliae) and even the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). Along that, also dolphins are sighted frequently.

The area is evenly great for birdwatchers as it attracts a variety of seabirds and migratory bird species during the summer months, most famously of course the puffin (Fratercula arctica). These clowns of the sea nest on Puffin Island (Lundey), which is less than five nautical miles away from Husavik harbour.

Once across the bay, but only a short boat ride away, lies the paradise of Flatey Island. A truly hidden gem, this island is a unique pearl of nature, a heritage, which provides home to over 30 different migratory bird species during summer and invites its visitors to experience pure nature combined with remarkable cultural history.


Code of Conduct Skjalfandi Bay Iceland Whale Watching

The crew of Gentle Giants is trained to follow the Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching set by IceWhale, the Icelandic Whale Watching Association.



Common Whale Surface Behaviours

Whales of Skjálfandi Bay Húsavík, Iceland - Common surface behaviour
Húsavík Research Center - Marine Mammal Research Skjálfandi Bay

Supporting Academic Research

Gentle Giants has good cooperation with the University of Iceland's Research Centre in Húsavík, offering our boats as a platform for marine biology research. Feel free to ask about their research if you see them on board.

Húsavík Research Center - Marine Mammal Research Skjálfandi Bay

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to see whales?
There is no time of the day when we are more likely to encounter whales. Nature is unpredictable and no two tours are the same – every trip is a new adventure.

Are whales seen on all tours? 
Our whale watching tours take place in wild nature, which is very unpredictable. The chances of seeing whales are very high, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. If no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour, passengers are welcome to join a GG1 Whale Watching tour free of charge, depending on availability. Passengers can get a voucher for a free GG1 Whale Watching tour that is valid for the passengers of the original booking. The voucher is valid on tours where availability and bookings in advance cannot be made. The voucher is valid unlimited. We do not refund tickets if no whales (dolphins included) are seen on the tour.  

Which are the most common whales in Skjálfandi Bay?
Our most common whale species are harbour porpoise, white-beaked dolphin, minke whale, humpback whale and blue whale.

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