Best Places For Whale Watching in Iceland
Iceland is becoming an increasingly popular destination for whale watching with frequent sightings and experienced local outfits operating out of larger cities and towns. Whales and dolphins are more commonly found in the north, south and west waters, and these three destinations are where you should head to if whale watching is on your agenda.
Húsavík - Located on the north coast of the island fronting the Greenland Sea, the picturesque harbour town of Húsavík is considered the whale watching capital of Iceland. During the summer months you're practically guaranteed to see up to 11 different species of whale and dolphin. Whale watching excursions take place between April and October with June and August the best time to see whales. Visitors have the choice of traditional oak schooners or modern Zodiac-style boats for their trip. There's also the fascinating Húsavík Whale Museum in town where you can learn all there is to know about these gentle giants.
Akureyri - Iceland's second city is not only a buzzing cosmopolitan centre home to cool eateries and late-night entertainment, it's also a great place for a whale watching excursion. Sat at the head of Eyjafjörður - Iceland's greatest fjord, between May and October it's possible to see humpback and minke whale along with white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoise against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks.
Reykjavik - The capital city is an easy option for visitors with year-round boat trips departing from the old harbour. Marine wildlife is most prolific in the summer months but even outside of this you might be lucky enough to spot orca, blue whale and white beaked dolphin. Here you can also visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition for interactive displays and life-sized models of various whale species.
Other good options for whale watching are the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the west coast and the Vestmannaeyjar islands located off the south coast of Iceland.