Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour

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From $148.72

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


Sometimes whale watching cruises on huge boats make it hard to be able to actually see the ocean life unless you board first and claim the best spots. This whale watching tour from Husavik is on board an RIB boat limited to just 12 passengers, so you’re never in competition for the best vantage points. Plus, its easy to stay warm and safe with an included warm suit and life jacket.
  • Catch sight of ocean life during this whale watching tour from Husavik
  • RIB boat seats up to 12 passengers with plenty of room for good views
  • A guide is separate from the boat’s driver so you get their full attention
  • Choose from multiple tour times to find what best fits your schedule

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Garðarsbraut 6
    Garðarsbraut 6, 640 Húsavík, Iceland

    The tour begins in our ticket office at Garðarsbraut, only 50 meters from the famous Húsavík church, where you'll get your boarding pass and further instructions. Please note that we share the office building with North Sailing. The meeting time is no later than 30min before the tour departure!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Age limit is 8 years old
  • Your tickets will be held at the Takn shop office for collection on the day of the trip
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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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172 reviews
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Even better than I expected
Bryan_R, Oct 2022
Saw three different species of whales and puffins. Most of the trip was spent actually seeing whales.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Brian for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour and managed to see three different whale species, sounds like a quite lucky tour! Greetings from Husavik, HA team
Ivan_N, Sep 2022
Boat ride was enjoyable. Tour guide is extremely enthusiastic. Didn't see whales. All attendees were a bit disappointed, but a bunch of dolphins fixed the mood a bit. All in all - fun ride.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Ivan for your review! The bay is a very dynamic marine ecosystem and the situation here changes quickly. Some days we have many whales in the area and some days we don't. Whales come here to feed therefore, they just follow the food in and out of the bay. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the boat ride and managed to spot some dolphins in the end! Greetings from Husavik, HA team
RIB boat all the way!
Mindy_F, Sep 2022
Great captain and guide!! It was obvious they had good experience and loved the animals and knew where to go find the whales. We saw 2 different humpbacks several times. The small RIB boat setting made for great view and was a fun ride even when not watching whales
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for this amazing review! Indeed, most of our crew are trained and passionate marine biologist so they have quite a good idea of what is going on in the water. We are also very glad to hear you enjoyed the ride as well! Greetings from Husavik! Aleks
Great crew and experience
Alaa_K, Aug 2022
Great crew and whale watching experience , skip the puffins they’re useless .. the whales are awesome
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for joining the tour and leaving us a review! We are glad that you enjoyed the whales! Greetings from Husavik! Aleks
Stunning day!
Atsje_W, Jul 2022
We saw humpback whales and dolphins! The guide was great! Absolutely an experience you don’t want to miss!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much for this nice review! We are always glad to hear that you had a good trip with us. We hope that you enjoyed your trip in Iceland aswell. Warm regards, Iñaki
We saw 5 whales in...
Susan_W, Jul 2022
We saw 5 whales in different locations. We had a great tour guide and a fun group on the boat. Flying puffins. Biting rains didn't damper the experience. Loved it!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for joining our tour and leaving us a review! Sounds like you been very lucky indeed, 5 different whales on one tour! Very glad that the rain didn´t discourage you, the whales and puffins definitely don´t mind a bit of rain. Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Our family went on the...
Megan_S, Jun 2022
Our family went on the RIB boat, it ended up being just the 6 of us which was quite nice. The crew was phenomenal - knowledgeable, fun and attentive. We saw lots of puffins and we’re lucky to see 4-5 different whales in the bay all breaching at different times. Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so much Megan for your wonderful review. We don´t get to see the whales breach everyday so when they do, it always feels special! Warm regards from Husavik. Iñaki.
Seeing and following a...
Cary_J, Jun 2022
Seeing and following a ginormous hump back whale with two small ones. It came to within 10 feet of the boat.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Cary for your review! The captains always try to approach the whales as respectful as possible and sometimes they decide to come close to the boat. Warm regards from Husavik. Iñaki.
Definitely recommended
Cheryl_P, Jun 2022
We left the Harbor and went to puffin rock, where we received an excellent education on puffins and see birds in general. Shortly there after we spotted our first whales, a mother hump back and her calf. We spent a reasonable amount of time watching them feed before heading off in search of additional whales. We did find three other whales who were less stationary, but we got to see a few glimpses of each before heading back to Port. The seas were calm and, although it was cloudy and overcast, it was a beautiful day on the water. Our guide, Laura, was friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The rib boat was speedy, agile, and a lot of fun. Surprisingly, we all stayed pretty dry compared to what I was expecting. It was a great time. We highly recommend this trip!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so much Cheryl for this amazing review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed and we will certainly give our best to keep it good! Warm regards from Husavik. Laura.
This was a nice...
wilfred_v, May 2022
This was a nice experience! Satly whe did not see walls but they give us a return ticket for free. On our day the see was very rough and windy
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Wilfred for your review. As we always say, this is nature and we can´t never guarantee to see whales. Nevertheless almost every trip we manage to see them. We really hope to see you again :) Warm regards from Husavik. Iñaki.
Awesome Rib ride
Stephen_M, Apr 2022
Really friendly crew who took time to make the experience memorable. Weather was perfect and whilst we didn’t see whales we did see puffins and dolphins. Great trip👍
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Stephen for your review. We are glad to you enjoyed the trip! We send you warm regards from Husavik. Iñaki.
So good
cameron_k, Oct 2021
The expertise of the guides meant we were surrounded by whales at one point, it was hard to know where to point the camera. Even without seeing whales, the experience of the RIB was fantastic.
A fabulous experience
Ioannis_C, Oct 2021
What a wonderful trip. I would highly recommended this to anyone. The staff and crew were knowledgeable friendly and really professional. We loved it!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your review! Our crew will be very happy to hear your feedback and that you enjoyed your time onboard with us! Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Unfortunately we did not...
Kathelijne_D, Oct 2021
Unfortunately we did not get to spot any whale. But the view of the Orka family completely made up for it.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for joining our tour! It actually sounds like you been very lucky on your tour, orcas are very rare in the area. They are incredible animals so we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour! Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
No whales sighted, but still fun
stephryan61, Sep 2021
We unfortunately didn’t get see any whales, but the company did offer another tour to try and make up for it. We were out there for quite some time so you could tell that they really did make an effort to try and find them. Being on a rib boat was quite the experience within itself so 4/5. Would recommend bringing a change of clothes.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for your honest review! The nature is unpredictable and we are not always successful on our tours. Thank you very much for understanding. But of course you book the tour to see whales thus we do offer a return ticket to all passengers that were unable to spot any marine mammals on the tour. Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Andrea_W, Sep 2021
We loved this tour so much. We're glad that we took a RIB Boat Tour as we were able to go faster, get closer to potential sightings, and have a smaller group. The boat itself felt extremely safe even though we were going quite fast. We were able to see a whale on the tour and the team did a great job of explaining what was happening/what we were seeing. They do provide gear to wear on the boat so you don't get wet/stay warm.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for joining our tour and leaving us a review! Indeed the boats are very safe, they are actually similar to those used by the coast guard. It can get bumpy and cold depending on the weather but definitely safe. Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Great tour!
Rebecca_S, Aug 2021
We got about 10ft from a humpback whale which was awesome. Our guide was really knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information. And I appreciated that they kept in mind the well-being of the whales and not just happy tourists
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for the review and joining our tour! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience as well as the time with our crew! Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Best experience on our holliday.
Weboth, Aug 2021
It was amazing. Everything was just perfect. The weather, the sunset, the wales, the fast small boat, so close to everything. The guide and the driver. Huge compliment. Thank you guys.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for your review and joining us on the tour! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Despite the fact that it started...
Emma H, Aug 2017
Despite the fact that it started raining hard during this trip and we got quite wet, we still really enjoyed it. We saw humpback whales, one was fin slapping and jumping, enjoying himself and at the end we saw two whales swimming together. We were well looked after by this company and would recommend them.
Excellent trip. The guide was very...
Sally L, Aug 2016
Excellent trip. The guide was very knowledgable and the boat captain was patient and very nice. We saw several humpback whales on our trip. I chose the RIB boat because I get sea sick. I did not feel nauseous at all on the trip. It was great to have a fast boat so they we could speed towards a water spout when we saw it. Also, having a small group on the boat we were 4 was so much better than having 40 people as seen on the bigger ships. Would highly recommend despite the higher price.