Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

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From $156.58

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover Iceland’s most iconic wildlife with a 2 - 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour from Húsavík on an RIB speedboat. Enjoy views of the Skjálfandi Bay as you skim along the coast, covering an expansive territory in the high-powered craft. Watch for massive blue whales and acrobatic humpbacks, and learn about life beneath the surface from your experienced guide. During the breeding season of mid-April through mid-August, visit ‘Puffin Island’ to find a thriving colony of brightly-colored birds before returning to Húsavík.
  • 2 - 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour in an RIB speedboat
  • See more of the coast in a speedboat tour
  • Spot whales and porpoises with help from expert nature guides
  • Visit 'Puffin Island' during breeding season
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Warm safety overalls
  • Transportation to/from attractions (Tour departure is within walking distance from most accommodations in Húsavík)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gentle Giants – Húsavík Whale Watching
    Garðarsbraut, 640 Húsavík, Iceland

    Meeting Point: Gentle Giants Ticket Center Directions: Look for the big blue flags in Húsavík

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
  • Not allowed for passengers with heart- or back problems or pregnant women
  • The minimum age limit for children on the RIB speedboats is 8 years or minimum 130 cm in height
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th approximately. More focus on whales outside the puffin season
  • A minimum number of passengers is required for all our tours. If the minimum number is not reached, we reserve the right to change or cancel departures, even with short notice. In such cases, customers are offered alternative options or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unfortunately, if no whales or dolphins are sighted whist on tour, passenger refunds are not permitted. However, customers can receive a voucher to join a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, depending on availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great Day and Experience
Kenneth_M, Oct 2022
Sarah was a great guide and Captain Matt zipped us around the rib boat to get close ups of the whale. You feel right next to the whales. Highly recommend
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you very much for this great feedback! I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the whale watching safari and liked the work of the crew on your tour! Best regards, Sarah
Definitely worth the detour!
Massilia_A, Sep 2022
It was one of the best experiences in my life. We saw a whale from afar which was disappointing at first but then we saw a huge group of dolphins swimming around us and it was a magical experience!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for your comment. We are really happy to know you enjoyed the trip so much. We never know how the animals are going to behave around the boat. But it is true that some sightings are magical. We are glad you got one of those. All the best, Joséphine.
Read the fine print- trip stacked against you
Anne_D, Aug 2022
got jerked around w/ it being cancelledb/c of weather, company wouldn’t tell us one way or another ” they reserve the right to cancel up to 20 min before trip”…. we were an hour away… so had to go- arrived & they told us our time slot people didnt come so we had to wait another hour…went out, guide was nice although nothing to see- a bunch of puffins far away flying & one humpback- shallow swimming & deep diving-not worth 300$- plus weather was cold( not their fault). Go to Massachusetts to see whales-
Response from Host, Sep 2022
We are sorry to read you were disappointed by your experience. As you know this is Iceland and the weather conditions can change pretty quickly that is why there is a possibility for the trip to be canceled prior departure, as your safety is our priority. We also need a minimum of passengers on board to be able to run the tour. As you mentioned, we always try to accommodate you and find you another trip on which you can go. Regarding the sighting, as you know whales are wild animals and we cannot predict there behavior toward the boat. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Regards, Joséphine.
We had a beautiful sunny...
Christine_P, Aug 2022
We had a beautiful sunny day! Justine was a wonderful guide and gave us great information. The puffins were so cute. We got to see 2 types of whales and a pod of dolphins. Great trip:)
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for your nice review. Justine will be very happy to know you enjoyed her explanations and spend a good time seeing the puffins, the dolphins and whales. All the best, Joséphine.
Katrina_K, Aug 2022
This was an amazing tour!! Koen makes you feel like you are on a National Geographic expedition! Worth every penny!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for your kind review. Koen will be really happy to know you enjoyed the trip ! Best regards, Joséphine.
Excellent, exciting tour!
Stacey_H, Aug 2022
This tour exceeded my and my family's expectations! Thankfully we were blessed with good weather. And were able to see copious amounts of those cute puffins! Along with many dolphins and humpbacks up close and personal. The boats were comfortable and allowed good viewing for all. Our guide (Torge, I think) and captain were fabulous...very fun, funny and informative!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write us this nice review. Thorge will be happy to know you enjoyed the tour so much! All the best, Joséphine.
It was a great...
Thomas_P, Jul 2022
It was a great experience, we saw 4 or a 5 whales very close and for a long time as well as maybe 50 dolphins playing into the water close to the whales. Would definitely recommend it.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for your nice recommendation ! We are glad you are such an amazing trip with the whales and dolphins. Best regards, Joséphine.
Whale of a Time
Howard_B, Jul 2022
Maybe the highlight of the trip? Jaw-dropping nature at its finest. RIB boats are the only way to go!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for this very kind review. We are very happy to know you enjoyed the trip so much ! All the best, Joséphine.
SOHEE_Y, Jul 2022
Beautiful weather… we watched a lot dolphins, minke whales and humpbackwhale. Awesome! Although it was a bumpy ride, it was great!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for your review. We are glad to know you enjoyed the trip despite the waves and you saw so many different species ! All the best, Joséphine.
Lifetime memory
andrewj_m, Jul 2022
We saw about 20 humpback, 3 up very close ie within 10 metres of the RIB. The guide was very friendly and informative also
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for this great review. We are glad you got the chance to see so many whales and you enjoyed the explanations of your guide. All the best, Joséphine.
WOW! Better than Moby Dick
edward_w, Jun 2022
We saw some amazing breeches and the head / mouth of the pushing out the water Josephine was a great guide- very knowledgeable. The captain was also very good getting us to the whales We would love to do it again o w day.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you very much for your review. It was a splendid trip ! It was a pleasure to have you onboard! Kind regards, Joséphine.
5* from me
Lukas_N, May 2022
Promised whales and puffins … DELIVERED ! … Its a question of how long will it take to find whales more that anything else , puffins always there … dress , THE FUDGE, up … its cold
Fantastic trip!
NaiChi_C, Oct 2021
We saw three humpback whales. The crew was super professional and we could follow the whales and made some good pictures and video. The guide told some interesting stories and facts about the bay and whales. The clothes they provided were really warm. Excellent trip!
Sabine_G, Sep 2021
Good guide, good boats and thermo suits. All arranged like it should be! We were lucky enough to also encounter orcas. I'd recommend gentle giants any day.
Unique experience.
Elise_T, Aug 2021
Good equipment and good team for this experience. The boat was good with good sensation with speed. We could see whales even Dolphins ! The team explain also all birds we Saw. We expect to see more whales but it was an unique experience
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Dear eliseth, thank you for the wonderful review! Glad that you enjoyed it and saw whales. Best regards, Daniel
Wonderful Evening!
Rhona_J, Aug 2021
I was a little nervous...but we were incredibly lucky with the weather and it was a fabulous experience. Our guide - Miro - did a great job and we saw humpbacks, dolphins, minke and puffins! Wrap up though - we had a couple of layers on under our 'overalls' and by the time we got back (9pm-ish) it was a tad chilly :) Definitely a highlight of our Iceland visit.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks Rhona_J for this wonderful review! Highlight of your Iceland visit indeed says it all, great to hear! All the best, Daniel
Great experience!
Geert_V, Aug 2021
A tourist griendhout whale, what more can we expect? Also thankful for the warm overalls. Miro gave good informatie and was helpful
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks for the great review! Glad to see that you enjoyed the tour and the service on board. Best regards, Daniel
Wonderful time on the water
James_G, Jun 2021
The guides were knowledgeable and they made every effort to ensure we saw whales. They turned the boat to ensure we were all able to take pictures. I recommend!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thanks James_G for this wonderful review! Glad to hear that you saw whales and enjoyed the tour. Thanks for recommending the tour! Best regards, Daniel
So many whales!!!
gracejones, Jul 2019
We had a great time seeing many whales on this trip. I recommend it completely. Also, the staff at the desk were very friendly and helpful.
Highlight of our Trip to Iceland
girlwhotravels2015, May 2019
On our tour we saw two different whale species, dolphins, and the playful puffins! Can’t say enough how wowed we were with Gentle Giants! The crew were fabulous and organized. Great excursion!