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Big Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

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  • 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour in an RIB speedboat
  • See more of the coast in a speedboat tour
  • Spot whales and porpoises with help from expert nature guides
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Big Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík
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Experience the Big Whale Safari & Puffins tour from Húsavík on board a RIB speedboat, with higher chances of finding the big whales. A visit to Puffin Island is included during the nesting period.
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12:30 GG2 Big Whale Safari
Experience the Big Whale Safari & Puffins tour from Húsavík on board a RIB speedboat, with higher chances of finding the big whales. A visit to Puffin Island is included during the nesting period.
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11:00 GG2 Big Whale Safari
Experience the Big Whale Safari & Puffins tour from Húsavík on board a RIB speedboat, with higher chances of finding the big whales. A visit to Puffin Island is included during the nesting period.
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Overview
Discover Iceland’s most iconic wildlife with a 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour from Húsavík on an RIB speedboat. Enjoy views of the Skjálfandi Bay as you skim along the coast, covering an expansive territory in the high-powered craft. Watch for massive blue whales and acrobatic humpbacks, and learn about life beneath the surface from your experienced guide. During the breeding season of mid-April through mid-August, visit ‘Puffin Island’ to find a thriving colony of brightly-colored birds before returning to Húsavík.
What to Expect
The Big Whale Safari & Puffins is an exciting 2,5-hour tour on a modern RIB speedboat, allowing passengers to explore a wider area of Skjálfandi Bay in search of its gentle inhabitants. With the high speed, the boats can get faster around and increase the chances of spotting some of the bigger whales, such as the majestic blue whale and the acrobatic humpback whale.

For nature lovers, this tour also includes a visit to Puffin Island during the breeding season (April 15th – August 20th). This small island is swarming with thousands of the colourfully-beaked birds, often called "The Clowns of the Ocean".

Your specialized guide will explain the safety and comfort on board as well as give you commentary on the wildlife and sights encountered. At the end of the tour, you will be served a little surprise from a local winemaker.
Reviews (43)
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Reviewed October 30, 2018
Fun Adventure, even though we didn't see many whales

The best whale watching I've ever seen was off the shores of Maui, Hawaii, in March, however this tour in Husavik was really fun. Prepare to don the bright yellow life saving, arctic weather protective suit, which you will be happy you have on later...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MindyS3
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Dear MindyS3, Thank you for the nice review. We are happy to hear that you appreciated the gear that we provide and that you had a fun experience seeing the puffins and whales on your tour with us! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Amazing whale watching!

We splurged for the smaller/longer range boat - definitely worth it! Great views of the fjord on a gorgeous day. The puffin colony was very neat as well. Afterwards, we chased blue whales in the bay - we were very close to them a number...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Dear kd1289, Thank you for the lovely review and for recommending us! We are very happy to hear that you had an amazing time on your RIB speedboat tour seeing the puffins and blue whales! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Choose a RIB tour and thank me later

So this particular day we ended up doing 2 tours in one day. First, in the morning with another operator, and in the afternoon with Gentle Giants, the experiences differed immensely. The tour with Gentle Giants was amazing, and I would recommend this tour to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Dear AndrewG7474, Thank you for the very nice review and for recommending our RIB speedboat tour! We agree that the RIBs are great way to see the whales up close. It is wonderful to hear that you had an experience you will never forget seeing...More

Reviewed October 1, 2018
Loved this tour!

The staff were amazing and this experience exceeded our expectations. The weather was rough that day due to winds and the guides warned every person on our tour that we would get very wet and it would be a bumpy ride. It wasn't as bad...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lisa L
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Dear Lisa L, Thank you for the very nice review and for recommending us! It is wonderful to hear that you found our staff to be amazing and that you loved everything about your RIB speedboat tour with us! Kind regards, Charla

Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile
Great staff, amazing experience

I did today the safari on the speed boat and it was amazing, only "riding" it was very funny (although I was a bit concerned at first, and someone got seasick) The personal at the desk and our guide Aksel were amazing, very professional and...More

Thank Darwin3k
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Dear Darwin3k. Thank you for the lovely review! We are very happy to hear that you found our staff to be professional and nice, and that you had an amazing experience seeing the dolphins and humpback whales on your tour with us! Kind regards, Charla

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