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Gentle Giants Whale Watching

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Husavik, Iceland
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About Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you to join us. Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from Húsavík, in the north of Iceland – often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. Our company is proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjálfandi Bay. Welcome aboard traditional Icelandic oak boats or modern RIB speedboats in search of the giants of the ocean. Your chances of seeing whales are up to 97-99%.
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

Cruise Skjalfandi Bay, one of Iceland’s top whale-sighting spots, on this tour from Husavik. Booking ahead means you avoid ticket-buying hassles and helps ensure your preferred departure time. Travel in a traditional, Icelandic oak boat with plenty of room for great views. Onboard commentary provides background on Iceland’s marine life, plus, enjoy hot chocolate and Icelandic donuts as you sail.
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3 hours
from $92.97

Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

Embark on a speedboat whale-watching excursion that enables you to see more than an average whale-watching cruise. Lead by guides who know the best places to see whales and puffins up close, the speedboat can quickly navigate to the top wildlife viewing locations in Skjálfandi Bay. Ideal for nature lovers, the tour also includes a visit to Puffin Island during the Puffin breeding season (April through August).
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2 hours 30 minutes
from $170.25
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Heike Wedekind wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions
It was great ! Guide was very knowleadge and made the rght decision where to go and whem to see th whales.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Daniel_Annisius_GG, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Heike Wedekind, thank you so much for this amazing review! I am glad to see that you enjoyed the whales and puffins tour and the guiding on board. Thanks for sharing your experience! Best regards, Daniel
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Juraj K wrote a review Oct 2020
Demanovska Dolina, Slovakia53 contributions3 helpful votes
ery nice tour, unfortunately it looks like it was last trip of season for gentle giants, however big thanks to them while they made trip for us even when we were very few people (so it was almost private trip). First over one and half hour was just siting in rainclothes and watching birds and jellyfishes in the rain :D Guide Sara was in meanwhile telling infos about surroundings and whales. Just after all that waiting time we were lucky and saw playing group of porpoises which led as to minke whale. That was already overtime while we were far from harbour, so went bact to port but on the way captain recieved info about possibility of seeing humpback whale so he turn the boat once again and we really have got a chance to see also humpback and just after that we went really back to harbour. So really big thanks to gentle giants team :)
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Daniel_Annisius_GG, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Responded Oct 5, 2020
Dear Juraj K, thank you so much for this amazing review! You were indeed lucky to finally see a humpback whale, along with a minke whale and harbour porpoises. Thanks for nice words towards the team and for sharing your detailed experience of the tour. Best regards, Daniel
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Mamerio73 wrote a review Oct 2020
Turin, Italy4 contributions1 helpful vote
What an experience, pure excitement and fun!!! Perfectly organized by a young and passionate team. We’ll be back
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Daniel_Annisius_GG, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Responded Oct 5, 2020
Thank you very much Mamerio73 for the great review! It is nice to see that you had a good experience and found the tour "Perfectly organized by a young and passionate team". Thanks for sharing your experience and hope to see you back soon! Best regards, Daniel
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KarianneKlovning wrote a review Oct 2020
Svolvaer, Norway1 contribution
Can’t really find the right words to describe this experience as it exceeded all my expectations. We saw four different humpbacks which returned to the surface again and again, and with the amazing surrounding nature it was just absolutely breathtaking. Listening to guide Sarah’s great knowledge on whales while waiting turned the experience complete. Thank you so much GG, I will for sure come back!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Daniel_Annisius_GG, Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Responded Oct 2, 2020
Dear KarianneKlovning, WOW - many thanks for this beautiful review! It really makes us happy to see that this was one of the best experiences of your life! Thanks for very kind words towards the crew and hope to see you again in Húsavík! Best regards, Daniel
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Lulu H wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom13 contributions
The whale watching tour is very nice, you have plenty of space on the boat to roam around, but the captain somehow would mostly put the boat on the left side of the whales so those who were on the opposite side of the deck could barely peak over. What was also super cool was that they had an upper deck where we could see way better. The information provided was super interesting, but they didn't mention the impacts of human activities on whales, which is super important to enhance their protection and conservation. The captain would also leave its engine turned on and get too close to the whales, and because there were other boats, it didn't leave space for the whale to not feel threatened. There was also another tour, where it was a very small boat just speeding to get to whales, and they would literally stop almost on the whale, which is really distressing for whales. Whereas in this tour whales would surface for a minute or two, when I saw some from shore somewhere remote, they stayed about 10-15 minutes on the surface.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Daniel_Annisius_GG, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Responded Sep 24, 2020
Dear Lulu H, Thank you for the honest feedback! I am sorry to hear that you felt disappointed with the tour. Our crew is trained in the Code of Conduct as set forth by the Icelandic Whale Watching Association. There are many factors to consider when around whales, such as whales' behaviour, other boat traffic, weather and sea conditions, visibility and so on. Of course there may come up certain situations and we will take your feedback seriously and will look into our standard operating procedures. Thanks for sharing your experience! Best regards, Daniel
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