Overview

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!

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Rib Boat Adventure
  • Whale Watching
  • Puffin Watching
  • High Whale Watching Success Rate

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.

In the summertime, we are almost guaranteed to see puffins as well! Between April 15th and August 15th, puffins are abundant in the bay and we are very likely to see them on our tour. If you are planning to join our tour in the summertime, please select the version with puffin watching in our booking widget!

Guaranteed whale or dolphin sightings all year round. Full refund if you don't see one! 

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Apr - Oct
Duration 1,5 hours
Departs From Dalvik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 10 years
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

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Per Adult(16+)
  • Flexible cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Fast & secure payment
  • Best Price Guarantee

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What's included

Included

  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Puffin Watching Tour
  • Expert Guide
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment

What to bring

  • Warm clothes (hats and gloves) and a sense of adventure

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Magnificent fjord scenery

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! Guaranteed whale or dolphin sightings. Full refund if you don’t see one! 

Whales tend to love the waters around Eyjafjörður bay. Their unique characteristics make this feeding grounds especially rich and easy to survive in. The mixing of warm and cold currents; the fissure in the deep which allows heat to filter up from deep in the ocean floor; the long summer daylight period in which zooplankton and krill flourish; and the relatively shallow oceans and fjord attract whales of many kinds.

Humpbacks, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and harbor porpoises are the most commonly spotted species in Dalvík, but sightings of the majestic blue whales are not rare, either.

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!

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.

FAQ

Dalvík is located at the Tröllaskagi peninsula in the Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland. It is about 411 kilometers (255,3 mi) from Reykjavík, 43,5 kilometers (27 mi) from Akureyri and 291 kilometers (180,8 mi) from Egilsstaðir. Learn more about Dalvík here.

Our ticket office is located just above the harbor on a street that leads through Dalvik, called Hafnarbraut, next to the petrol station N1.

On the ticket office building, there is a big "whale watching” sign that will lead you to us. If you can not find it you can call us at 00 354 771 7600

Address: Hafnarbraut 22, 620 Dalvík. Click here for a map of the meeting point.

In total, there are more than 24 species of whale (or cetacean) species, including dolphins and porpoises, found in Icelandic waters.

With such a diverse range of aquatic life, it’s no surprise that Iceland is one of the top whale watching locations in the world.

The most common species are Humpback and Minke whales, Orcas, White-beaked dolphins, Harbor porpoises, and we occasionally see Fin and Blue whales. Whale watching guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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.

As this is a wildlife experience, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, for the past 3 years, our success rates have been up to 99.8% so the chances are very good!

On this tour, we offer a full refund if there are no sightings!

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