Húsavík is the whale-watching capital of Iceland and of Europe, and it is considered among the 10 best places in the world to spot whales. If there is an activity you can’t absolutely miss during your Diamond Circle visit , that activity is a whale-watching tour.
In Húsavík three companies operate whale-watching excursions. 2015 season goes from March 15 to the end of November but whales can be found in Skjálfandi bay throughout the whole winter.
The whale-watching tour give the chance to spot several different species of cetaceans, including Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises, Blue Whales, Sei Whales and, occasionally, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales and Pilot Whales. Anyway such tours offer even more: the magnificent scenery of Skjálfandi Bay, various species of birds (Puffins, Arctic Terns, Skuas, Fulmar) and, sometimes, Harbor Seals.
North Sailing was established in 1995 and it was the first company in Iceland operating whale-watching tours. North Sailing’s fleet include 4 traditional oak boats (Knörrinn, Bjössi Sör, Náttfari, Garðar), 3 schooners (Haukur, Hilður and Opal) and the recently added two masts oak ship Donna Wood.
Gentle Giants was the second company that started to offer whale-watching tours in town, in 2002. Gentle Giants’ fleet include 2 traditional oak boats (Sylvía, Faldur), 2 RIB boats (Amma Kibba, Amma Sigga) and the motor ship Athena.
Salka is the company that most recently started to offer whale-watching trips in Húsavík, in 2013. Salka’s only ship is Fanney, a traditional oak boat.
All the operators of whale-watching in Húsavík decided to adopt, in February 2015, the Code of Conduct for responsible whale-watching recently developed by IceWhale.