Join us on this Rib whale watching safari & puffin day tour. This is your opportunity to get a lot closer to the whales in a rib boat with suspension seats for increased comfort!
This arctic rib boat whale watching tour combines the adrenaline generating the experience of going fast on the water with the exhilaration of searching for whales. The speed of the rib boat gives us the opportunity to search over a wider area in our quest to find those giants of the deep, the largest mammals on the planet. Imagine the sheer thrill of going fast on the water around Eyjafjörður coupled with the excitement of seeking whales. On our sail, we are almost guaranteed to see puffins as well!
Guaranteed whale or dolphin sightings. Full refund if you don’t see one!
Apr. - Oct.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Rib Boat Adventure
- Whale Watching
- Puffin Watching
- High Whale Watching Success Rate
- Whale Watching Tour
- Puffin Watching Tour
- Expert Guide
- All Necessary Safety Equipment
The scenery on this tour is a real feast for the eyes. Your trip begins in Dalvík, which is on the picturesque ford of Eyjafjörður, surrounded by some of the steepest mountains in Iceland. The name Eyjafjörður means island fjord and the tiny island of Hrísey is within Eyjafjörður. From the water, you will see some really special and unique views of the fjord. This tour makes it possible for you to see much more scenery than you would ever have thought possible in just two hours.
As soon as we leave the harbor at Dalvík we head at speed in the direction where we are most likely to find the whales, so our direction will vary from day to day. Our search could take us towards Akureyri, closer to Hrísey, or almost to the island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle. We always take the option which local wisdom indicates will be best. Whichever direction we take the scenery will be spectacular. The speed of the Rib boat really does give us the most tremendous advantages when it comes to finding whales! It is our ability to get to those more distant places which give us our great success rate!
The safety and comfort of our guests are always of the utmost importance to us. We are the only tour operator offering suspension seats to increase comfort, reduce fatigue and also lower the risk of any injury. These seats have been scientifically tested and are proven to have better shock mitigation factors than any other seats. We provide warm overalls and life vests.
If you want to see whales and puffins and you crave adrenaline generating excitement, then this is the tour for you!
Meet on Location
Meeting point: Arctic Sea Tours ticket office. Click here for a map.
Address: Hafnarbraut 22, 620 Dalvik
We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before departure.
Good to Know
Bring with you: Warm clothes (hats and gloves) and a sense of adventure 🙂
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
There is a large range of sea life found in the oceans that surround Iceland. The most common species of whale found in Iceland are Orcas, Humpback, Fin and Blue. The Whale watching guide will tell you everything you need to know.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.