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Whale Watching & Puffin Tour from Dalvik

Rib Boat Whale Watching from Dalvik

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!

Boat Tours Whale-Watching

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! 
  • Availability

    Apr. - Oct.

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    14.990 ISK

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

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.

Maximizing the chances: sightings are guaranteed – or get a full refund!

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! 

Observing the gentle giants in their natural habitat

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.

Safety and comfort

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 🙂

Where is Dalvík located?

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.

Where is the meeting location for this tour?

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.

What kind of whales and dolphins are found in Iceland?

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.

What does meet on location entail?

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.

What happens if we don't see any whales or dolphins during the tour?

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!

What does meet on location entail?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during this tour?

Before and during this activity, consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activity is finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer more family friendly tours, for younger children?

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. Puffin watching from Reykjavík with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have an exceptional success rate in seeing puffins (upwards of 99% in the summertime).

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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 on our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the 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.

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