The Best Spots for Whale-Watching in Iceland

Think Iceland, and you might picture glaciers, volcanoes, and the Northern Lights. But there’s another natural spectacle not to be missed—whale watching. Iceland’s cold waters are teeming with whales, from playful humpbacks to mighty blue whales. Ready to find out where you can spot these ocean giants? Let’s dive into the best whale-watching spots across this stunning island.


Often called the “Whale Capital of Iceland,” you’ll find Húsavík is on the northern coast of the island. This picturesque town is famous for its excellent whale-watching opportunities, with over 90% success rates in sightings. The nutrient-rich waters of Skjálfandi Bay attract a variety of whale species, including humpback whales, blue whales, and occasionally even the elusive narwhal.


If you’re based in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík offers convenient whale-watching tours that depart from the Old Harbour. Although the waters here might not be as crowded with whales as in Húsavík, they still offer significant opportunities to see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and occasionally humpbacks. 


Located in the heart of North Iceland, Akureyri is another excellent base for whale watching. Tours from Akureyri sail into Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, which is known for its beautiful scenery and abundant marine life. 

Mickey L
Mickey L
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