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Whale Watching in Iceland

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Why Whale Watching in Iceland is Breathtaking and Majestic. What is the best time of year to see whales in Iceland?, Where to see whales in Iceland?, What to bring? 

Can you see whales in Iceland?

Whale visit the Icelandic coast every year, showing off for tourists and locals alike. Iceland offers the best whale watching in Europe.

  • Whale watching tours in Iceland have an incredible success rate
  • Whales often swim pretty close to the whale watching boats
  • There are more than20 different species of Cetacea including the Orca, Minke, Humpback, and Blue Whale you can see off the coast of Iceland. For more info on when to see whales around Iceland click here.
  • The most common whale to spot during the summer season is the sperm whale, but if you are lucky you may also see pilot whales, minke whales, humpbacks, dolphins, and killer whales.

Can you see narwhals in Iceland?

Sightings of the largest toothed whale, the mighty Sperm Whale, are not uncommon off Iceland's west coast in spring and summer. In the northern waters, groups of belugas and narwhals, which can usually only be sighted above the Arctic Circle, have also been spotted.

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What is the best time of year to see whales in Iceland?

The best time of year to see whales around Iceland from April to October with the peak season in June, July and August. Whale watching tours from Reykjavik are operated all year. In Husavik and Akureyri tours are operated from the end of March to the end of November.

Where to see whales in Iceland

Here's a look at some of the best whale watching spots and tours in Iceland. We definitely recommend planning your trip around whale watching in Iceland in advance here are the best places and whale watching tours in Iceland:

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What should I wear on a whale watching trip?

Make sure to wear warm clothing, but know that you will get a comfy warm suit to wear over your clothes. The boat ride will be really cold. Wear gloves and a beanie if you have them.

What to bring while whale watching in Iceland

When you go whale watching in Iceland, you're going to want to make sure you bring the right gear to spot whales in Iceland but also to stay warm. Even if you visit Iceland in summer, you'll get pretty cold.

Don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars with you so you can spot whales from a distance. You'll also want a camera to capture your whale watching adventure.