Whales

Whales

Icelandic waters cover areas from the cold Arctic sea in the north, to the warmer north Atlantic ocean in the south. The two mixing currents, the long summer daylight combined with the relatively shallow waters, makes an extremely favorable feeding area for the whales. Around Iceland it is possible to find over 20 different species, 8 of which are frequently seen on whale watching tours. Whale watching excursions are available widely around the country. Most excursions and whale watching vessels are small and personable. Tours in the Skjálfandi and Eyjafjörður bays in particular are isolated, calm and scenic. No matter where you depart from, the tours offer a rare and stunning opportunity to observe whales in their natural environment alongside white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, seals, basking sharks, and various sea birds—including puffins, Gannets, gulls, Arctic Terns and others—depending on the season. You can also visit them on land at Whales of Iceland museum.