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Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour
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Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour

By Husavik Adventures
Recommended by 96% of travelers
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$148.82
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$148.82
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Ages 8-80, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2h
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Mobile ticket
English


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • 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!
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 34418P1

  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour?
Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour price starts from $148.91. Discover and book Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour cancellation policy?
Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour?
Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour is hosted by Husavik Adventures. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Husavik Adventures on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 34418P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

776hilaryh
776hilaryh
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The BEST whale watching experience!
I booked the 7pm spot for the whale and puffin tour in July 2022 and it was an amazing experience. I felt super saf
N9434XCdavidp
N9434XCdavidp
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Amazing whale watching
Amazing experience, really well organised and friendly. Knowledgeable crew who ensured we had a great chance to se
capucinejnn
capucinejnn
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Beautiful Trip !!!
Beautiful trip on a zodiac, which allowed to be closer to the whales! a great team who accompanied us well explaine
756jog
756jog
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Best whale watching ever
Had an amazing trip out today, saw so many hump back whales and amazingly were actually so close to one whale we co
suehN7208HC
suehN7208HC
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Awesome
Just had the most spectacular experience whale watching with Husavik Adventures. We booked online last night and ar
itsasecret1974
itsasecret1974
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Slightly disappointed
Back from an 11 day trip to Iceland. We booked the whale and puffin tour for when we passed through Húsavík. The ch
CalSara
CalSara
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Fantastic Family Adventure - One of the highlights of our trip!
We took the 10am RIB boat on June 30th with our 8yo and 10yo daughters. The weather was a bit rough, and they warn
carmentoip
carmentoip
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Puffin island and whale watching
Our tourist guide, Sofía, was spectacularly friendly and nice. In the tour we saw puffins, a curious seal and a wha
K708RNchrish
K708RNchrish
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Puffin island and whale watching
My daughter and I did the evening puffin island and whale watching tour with Sofia as the guide. There were only f
BrendaLong
BrendaLong
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This is the group to go with
This is the group to go with they are friendly and very informative. We absolutely loved our whale watching advent
Ada N
Ada N
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Amazing trip
I want to thank Laura for perfect trip.I heard a lot of curiosities from her. It was great experience to saw two bl
Paul B
Paul B
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Whale watching on a speed boat
Went whale and puffin watching on a two hour rip boat, I feel it was good value for money as I had a craw that made
_estrella_muller
_estrella_muller
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Humpback frenzie
Had an amazing time on the speedboat! It was a lovely calm and sunny day. We saw 3 humpback whales, very satisfying
Robin C
Robin C
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Speed whale watching
This was an amazing adventure, where we sped up the fjord with no promise of whales but we saw several and quite cl
Wawrzyniec S
Wawrzyniec S
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Great whale watching opportunity
Husavik is doubtlessly the great place to see whales so there are a few companies offering whale watching trips. Du
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393samanthad
Southampton, UK99 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Fantastic trip - we did the "whale and puffin" rib tour (although the website made it clear we were too late in the year for puffins, so we got more time with the whales instead). We saw three different whales, and got multiple viewings of some of them, which was amazing. Our guide was brilliant at explaining the whale behaviours and keeping us updated on their plans to maximise our chances of a sighting and I would highly recommend the rib boat over the bigger vessels. We were the first ones there every time the whales surfaced, and because there were only 12 people in the boat we got a really good view of each whale. When we boarded the guide explained it didn't matter where you sat as the boat would turn sideways so everyone could see, and she was absolutely correct - no problems at all getting a good view, and some lovely photos to remember them by.
Written September 9, 2022
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HusavikAdventures
Thank you for this fantastic review! The best advantage of our RIB boats is the speed, we can reach areas faster as well as the whales when they surface. We are very happy to hear that you learned a lot from our guide about whales and their behaviour, most of our crew are trained marine biologists and very passionate about marine life. Greetings from Husavik! Aleks
Written September 11, 2022
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meenu8388
London, UK32 contributions
Jul 2022
I'd recommend getting a balaclava or something to protect the face, since although weather is nice it can get super windy during the ride especially in the fort. These guys are amazing, the rib boat was super well made and seating was very comfortable. We were mesmerised seeing the whales and the landscape, an epic trip to remember.
Written July 23, 2022
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HusavikAdventures
Thank you so much for the warm review! We do our best to provide the best trip possible! Warm regards from Húsavik, Iñaki
Written July 31, 2022
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gazter
Carlisle, UK49 contributions
Oct 2022
Incredible. Just incredible. There was about four different humpback whales in the bay. We got incredibly close. The host was excellent, we were all well wrapped up with waterproof over clothes.
I was phoned the day before to say that the earlier trip (we had booked for the morning) wasn’t running but would we be able to do the 1pm instead, no problem. We were out for about two hours.
Don’t forget to visit the whale museum nearby, there’s a discount, and the restaurant opposite, also a discount and the geothermal pools up the hill, also a discount as part of the ticket.
Written October 28, 2022
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HusavikAdventures
Dear gazter Thank you very much for this great review! It makes us very happy to read your positive feedback :) First of all, we apologize for having rescheduled your reservation, but unfortunately, we did not have enough passengers for it. Sometimes happens by the end of the season. However, as I can read from you, it seems it was totally worth the wait! We can promise that having four difference humpback whales around by end of the season is certainly not common :) Geosea, Gamli Baukur and the Husavik Whale Museum are definitely a must visit in town, and always good to use our discounts! Best regards from the HA team, Laura
Written December 4, 2022
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Rosalind69
London, UK29 contributions
It was a fantastic trip, the guy at the desk told us the whales were not out much today so i wasnt expecting to see any, but thought it would be a nice day out anyway. The boat was the best, seats were 2x2 so with no middle seat and only 12 on the boat, jostling for views was kept to a minimum. The seats were very comfy. We saw a shoal of pilot whales with excellent views ! We followed them for a bit but the guide was also very respectful of the whales not to go too close which was really nice too. Really amazing day, you also get 10% discount off local businesses with your ticket so afterwards we went to gamli baukar and had fish soup and seafood tagliatelle, another to highly recommend. If you are thinking about booking with this company..stop and just do it! :)
Written September 10, 2021
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HusavikAdventures
Thank you for joining us on our tour! It sounds like you been quite lucky on your tour, pilot whales are a rare sight in the area! We do prioritize the safety and comfort of the animals and try to keep respectful distance. The whales come to the bay to feed and build up resources for the summer, when they don´t eat for up to 6 months. Therefore, it is important for us not to disturb them with our presence. We are very happy to hear that you understand and appreciate our approach. Greetings from Husavik, Aleks
Written July 12, 2022
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Nuo Chen
Lancaster, UK1 contribution
What a nice trip! We’ve seen a family of dolphins, which kept jumping out of the water surface when we approached. And there were two or three whales who showed their big tales when they diving. This trip wasn’t as bumpy as I thought it would be, the boat was really fast and steady.
Written August 12, 2022
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Thank you very much for this amazing review! We are happy to know that you spend a good time on board and saw so many whales. Best regards, Daniel G.
Written August 20, 2022
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Catherine R
Bryantown, MD152 contributions
We drove up to Husavik exclusively to do the whale tour . We were not disappointed. The tour company took good care of us, everyone was given a snowmobile suit to wear over their clothing for the trip. The lady announcing the tour did a great job explaining the behavior of the hump back whales. We had to go out quite far to see the whales, and we were lucky enough to see 3 humpbacks.
Written June 17, 2022
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Dear U6980THcatherine , thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Daniel G.
Written June 23, 2022
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Al17
1 contribution
Jun 2021
One of the best tours I've been on! Very quickly after leaving the harbor we spotted a breaching humpback whale and managed to get pretty close to admire the show! The captain did an amazing job getting us close to the animal but also respecting the whale's personal space. The guide Laura was very professional and knowledge, she had no problem answering any of our questions. She spent a lot of time telling us about the whales and the area which made the tour so much better as we learned about the dynamics of the bay. Would definitely recommend the company, if you are ever in Husavik make sure to join one of their trips!
Written July 1, 2021
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Lucas G
5 contributions
The 2h tour was absoluetly amazing! Daniel and Robert (our guides) spotted the whales very well and also gave some very interesting information about the sealife in Iceland while waiting for the whales to come up again. It was truly a special tour that was worth every penny. Also they extended our trip a bit so that we could enjoy another whale that came to the surface on our way back. :-)
Written July 8, 2021
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cat_rum
Prague, Czech Republic23 contributions
Sep 2022
We recommend to book this activity with Húsavík Adventures as they use speed boats for trips so captain is able to react more quickly and go further on open sea than big boats during the trip. Moreover the group includes only 12 passengers at maximum.
During the trip we saw several dolphins but unfortunately no whales. But this is a wild nature so even if you see no animals, the trip on the speed boat is worth it!
We got a warm water-resistant overall suit and a life vest.
Our guide was very friendly.
Written October 22, 2022
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HusavikAdventures
Dear cat_rum, Thank you very much for this review. It is true that speed boats manage to cover more distances than other slower boats, and sometimes that really makes a difference! Unfortunately, some days we do not have that many whales vising the bay, but dolphins are always fun to watch :) We appreciate your understanding of wild nature, and we hope you visit us again for a second chance! Best regards, Laura
Written December 4, 2022
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Bára J
3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We a family of 5, went on a rib boat tour yesterday, amazing tour. We saw some Humpbacks and dolphins playing in Skjálfandi bay. It was a great experience. Both the captain and the guide were great and we stayed a bit longer to watch the dolphins play with the Humpback. Would definately recommend this tour.
Written July 4, 2021
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