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“Amazing Trip”

Gentle Giants Whale Watching
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$87.70*
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Husavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 Husavik, 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 Skjalfandi 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%.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
England
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Amazing Trip”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We booked a Whale watching trip with Gentle Giants Whale Watching and we certainly were not disappointed seeing over 20 Whales on our 3 hour trip.
The staff were very friendly and informative and nice warm clothes are both needed and provided by "GG" as well as a Mug of Hot Chocolate and a doughnut on the trip.
As well as this you are given a lot of information about the Whales that you see and information about the region.Thoroughly recommended.

Visited June 2013
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daniel_gentlegiants, Guide and Ticket Sales at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Thank you for this very nice review!

We are of course really happy that you call your tour with Gentle Giants an "Amazing Trip", and that you mention our whale watching as "Thoroughly recommended". These are strong and important words which we appreciate a lot!

Thank you again!

Lia Askelöf,
Guide and Ticktet Sales.
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“"Sure .....we saw whales"”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

My husband and I went whale watching with Gentle Giants in May. It had rained for most of the day, so we decided to do their 5 pm sailing. The skies stopped raining and the sun came out as we donned the huge suits for the sailing. With the suits, we were never cold. There were only 9 passengers on this trip which made seeing the whales much easier. About half way through, we saw 4 Minke whales about 20 times as they kept surfacing different places.. My husband had our camera and was able to get some pictures....but, the boat was rocking very heavily as I tried to take pictures with my IPhone. Fearing that I would loose my phone, I wisely put it away and just enjoyed watching the whales. Unfortunately, when I sent pictures from my iphone to family and friends about the days event and had no pictures of whales....I got " ah huh....sure you saw whales" from them. But, it was a fun whale watching trip that we would do again with Gentle Giants.

Visited May 2013
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daniel_gentlegiants, Guide and Ticket Sales at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience!

Good that you are satisfied with your experience by us, but sad you did not get the whale photos you wished for. When the weather conditions do not allow, it is sometimes best just to keep the memories.

Thank you again!

Lia Askelöf,
Guide and Ticket Sales.
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Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Whale watch”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Thanks for the great trip! We had a lovely time on the boat. Weather was good, crew was nice and enthusiastic and on top of that we saw a group of white beaked dolphins and some minke whales!
Greetz

Visited May 2013
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daniel_gentlegiants, Guide and Ticket Sales at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you for writing this nice review!

It is great to hear that you are satisfied with your tour by us, and that you appreciated the work of our crew.

Thank you for sharing your experience!

Lia Askelöf,
Guide and Ticket Sales
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful day, so many whales!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

My girlfriend and I picked Gentle Giants after reading all the great reviews on TripAdvisor, and we weren't disappointed. We decided to spend a bit more money and go out on one of their fast RIBs, this involves a 2.5 hr trip to the puffins on their Island and a search for whales. There were twelve of us on board plus Lia the guide and the boat's Captain. Everyone was fitted out with a thermal suit and life jacket before we left, though it was a hot day in Husavik, we really needed them once we were out in the bay. The boat really is fast and we got to the puffins very rapidly, so many birds and some quite close to us, we took some fantastic shots. As for the whales themselves we were lucky enough to see Harbour Porpoises, White beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales. In fact we saw them in the same order Lia showed them to us in her guide book. The Humpbacks were really the stars of the show, it appeared that there were four of them feeding around us. We drove towards one just in time to miss the one behind us rising to the surface. It was a truly exceptional trip, perfect weather, calm sea and so many sights to see.

Visited June 2013
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daniel_gentlegiants, Guide and Ticket Sales at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for writing this review!

Our tour together was very special as we, like you say, encountered all the whales in the exact size order. It was a funny coincidence and I do not think it has ever happened before in my six years at this company.

We at Gentle Giants are very happy to hear that you found this tour worth its extra cost and that you brought both nice memories and pictures with you from us.

Best regards,
Lia Askelöf,
Guide on your tour.
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Helena
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“Fantastic experience”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The crew was very helpful and the main guide, Veronica, offered great educational insights throughout the tour. The slick overalls provided ensure a warm boat ride. We had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of viewing five humpback whales withing a few meters of the boat. Three of the humpbacks we saw together. We got great photos and memories and had a complimentary pastry and hot chocolate on our return trip to Husavik.

Visited May 2013
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daniel_gentlegiants, Guide and Ticket Sales at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience!

Five humpbacks in one tour is great - three together is hard to top. It feels very good for us to hear that you see your tour with us as a "once-in-a-lifetime experience", and that you will bring positive memories and good photos back home.

Thank you again!

Lia Askelöf
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