Water activity

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

Activity provider: Husavik Adventures

Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Speedboat Tour

Activity provider: Husavik Adventures
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From US$ 142.13 per person

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Join a guided whales and puffins boat tour in Húsavík. Get the best views and increase the chance of spotting whales in a RIB boat.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Enjoy 2 hours in a RIB speedboat, covering a great amount of miles making the search much more likely to be a success
  • Get the best view possible
  • Take a look at Puffin Island, filled with the sweet birds in their breeding mode
  • Enjoy warm water resistant overalls while doing the tour
  • Get informed about the wildlife and local facts from the expert guide
Full description

Embark on a guided speedboat tour around Puffin Island. See the thousands of puffins in their natural habitat before heading to Skjálfandi Bay to spot whales with frequent sightings of humpback and minke whales.

After check-in at the ticket office, be escorted to the dressing room to receive warm water-resistant overalls and life vests. Sit back and peel your eyes across the rocking waves of the Atlantic, looking for any sign of life.

Make sure to bring hats and gloves—it's always colder in the bay than in the town. When everybody is ready the guide will show the way to the boat where passengers will find their seats and get informed about safety regulations on board.

The first pit-stop is Puffin Island (during puffin season which is from 1st May- 20th August). Circle around the Island, enjoying the view of thousands of sweet-looking puffins during their breeding period.

The next destination is whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay, an area renowned for its rich wildlife, Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll mountain ranges. There are 20 different species of cetacean in Iceland, the most common being humpback and minke whales.

There is a chance to spot rarer species like Orcas, Harbour Porpoises, Blue Whales, etc. With a smaller vessel like a RIB, your captain can get much closer to where these animals swim as small boats make less noise, and are less likely to deter whales.

After 2 hours of cruising the ocean, begin the return journey back to the harbor. On your way, you will likely pass one of the numerous nesting Puffin colonies that live in the area—just another fantastic reason to come aboard.

  • Access to Skjálfandi
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise, speedboat
  • Rain poncho
  • Warm clothing
  • Life vest
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Húsavík Adventures's ticket office. It is a shared building with the parent company North Sailing.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • There's a 8 year old age restriction or 140 cm height. However, it's totally OK to bring younger kids when the sea conditions are good. Please check out the weather forecast if you're booking in short notice.
    • Seasickness on RIB boats is much less common than on oak boats. That's because the RIB's doesn't roll to the sides when on the move. It can however roll with the waves when stopped and therefore it can be wise for people prone to seasickness to take motionsickness tablets an hour before departure. They can be bought in the nearest pharmacy.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 105 reviews

    Review summary

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    this was not in our itinerary but since we managed to have some spare time, we included this during our day to Husavik. It turned out to be most adventurous activity of our trip. Glad we did!. Instead of taking cruise we opted for speed boat & me being me, volunteered for the 1st seat ‍♀️. It was super fast (60km/hr), super super bumpy & super exciting. I remembered all my Gods, ancestors & what not , in the initial 15 mins, on our way to Lundey island when we rode against the waves. Our RIB was literally in the air in one moment & another moment on the sea, it kept making high jumps. It felt like James Bond riding Glastron GT150 in “Live & Let Die” . Okay that’s exaggerated but the feeling was close enough. If you haven’t seen the movie, watch the below clip from 2.53 to 2.57 & then 3.04 to 3.07. You will get a feel what I am talking about : https://youtu.be/DyaZWs4p8yI Thanks to the tips by our guide Laura, my back is still saved.

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    July 20, 2022

    This was absolutely incredible. We saw about 7 whales, one came really close to the boat many times. This was one of the best days of my life, I would highly recommend it to anyone. I'd recommend you to go later in the evening, apparently this way you'll get a better chance of seeing them. We went at 22:30, our guide was Iñaki who was amazing and the boat driver was Fannar, who is an absolute master at what he does. Truly unforgettable experience. Thank you!

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    July 1, 2022

    I really enjoyed zipping through the ocean on this small boat, with gorgeous views of the mountains the whole way. The guide was obviously passionate about whales and his enthusiasm was contagious. Our group was lucky enough to watch a blue whale for a decent chunk of time before heading back. I would definitely recommend this tour for any adventurous type.

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    June 14, 2022

    Product ID: 142449