See Icelandic orcas in their natural habitat on this winter whale watching tour!
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This spectacular whale watching tour takes you on a search for Iceland’s wonderful whales.
Grundarfjordur is popular with orca whales who come to hunt herring in the winter. Seeing these magnificent creatures in person is an experience you’ll never forget!
Between seabirds and marine wildlife, you’ll likely spot other native Icelandic wildlife during the trip. Keep your eyes peeled for soaring white-tailed eagles and white gannets that dive down into the ocean’s waves.
Dec. - Mar.
2 - 3.5 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Grundarfjordur Fjord
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Whale Watching Boat Tour
- Mount Kirkjufell View
- Orcas *
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Guided Boat Tour
- All Required Equipment
- Free WiFi
- Binoculars on Board
Your whale watching adventure begins in Grundarfjordur. Once a busy fishing village, Grundarfjordur is in the northern part of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The town is famous for Kirkjufell Mountain, one of the most photogenic mountains in Iceland. You’ll meet your friendly guide at the town harbor and head out onto the waves of the Atlantic.
We can’t tell you exactly where you’ll go on your tour. The whales don’t stay in one specific place, so we’ll need to seek them out. Your captain will use local expertise and knowledge of migrations to find the best places to spot whales.
Look out for orca fins gliding through the ocean waves. You’ll also have a chance to see other marine life, including dolphins, seals, white-tailed eagles, and gannets.
Arctic Adventures is a proud member of IceWhale, a volunteer organization committed to sustainable whale watching in Iceland. Our captains always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and interfere as little as possible. You’ll get an authentic taste of marine mammals in the wild while still protecting their natural habitats.
The Icelandic Orca
Orcas play an important role in Iceland’s culture because of the country’s rich maritime history. The word for orca in Iceland is “háhyrningur,” which means “high horn.” This is likely a reference to the way their dorsal fins cut through the water.
Icelandic orcas have not been studied as much as other orca populations in the world. Scientists believe that there are more than 400 orcas in Iceland’s waters. The whales use ultrasonic sound to herd herring to the surface and then enjoy a fishy feast.
Orcas are considered the most intelligent animals in the sea. They organize themselves into complex social groups that are dominated by a single matriarch. Seeing these unique whales in the flesh is a breathtaking experience you’ll never forget!
Meet on Location
- We’ll meet on location in Grundarfjordur. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled tour departure.
- The tour takes place in winter, so warm and waterproof clothing is absolutely essential.
- We recommend bringing plenty of warm layers, along with a hat, gloves, and a scarf. It can get pretty cold out at sea!
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 Elding 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 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.
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 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.