Last weekend, my husband, two daughters (9 and 7) and I did the Gentle Giants Whale Watching Tour. We have been in Iceland for five weeks and have been waiting for a break in the weather so that we could get a couple of good days up North and the day was absolutely perfect weather!
I had emailed the company the week before on the off chance the weather was good that weekend and I was very appreciative of the fact that Peter emailed back letting me know the weather hadn't been great over the last wee while and that they had had to cancel a few outings because of it. He also notified me about the changes in the number of outings they were going to be conducting per day due to the end of the season approaching. I really liked the fact that he managed my expectations perfectly, was completely honest and offered information that was extra helpful - especially given it's a seven hour drive from Reykjavik!
The trip is very good value for money, it is very well run and the boat is a beautiful wooden one, with extra warm overalls for everyone which made the trip very pleasant.
It took us about 45 minutes before we saw a whale but then we had the pleasure of seeing two humpbacks up very close to our boat - one even hit the boat with its tail when it was flapping around! It was the most amazing experience and one all of us will never forget.
Peter did an excellent job of providing information about the whales along the way and the Captain made sure we got close enough to get some brilliant views of the whales lots of times. We stayed around them for about an hour and the whales decided how close we got - and it was even closer than I had expected, which was awesome!
Peter was also good (again) at managing our expectations about the possibility of not seeing whales on the trip as we headed out and although it would have been disappointing if we hadn't, the boat ride was lovely, the mountains were spectacular and the weather was superb.
It was really nice having a hot chocolate and a doughnut on the return trip too - that was a perfect way to end the tour.
Given that we went on the trip at the end of the season, it was fantastic that we got to enjoy the whales as much as we did. I highly recommend the company and the trip from start to finish.
Thanks Gentle Giants!
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