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Whale Watching

Big Whale RIB Safari & Puffins

A Rib Safari Adventure with Whales and Puffins, Departing from the Whale Watching Capital of Húsavík.

2.5 Hours
What to expect
With our speedboats, we can offer our passengers more area to cover in search of the gentle giants. A RIB is faster than the wind and makes it, therefore, more likely for us to find the big whales. Normally we do not have to leave our bay to look for whales of any kind, but on this tour, we focus on finding the bigger ones – further out.
Nothing is guaranteed but on this tour, your chances to encounter some of the world's biggest animals ever increase – BIG TIME! On this tour we also include a visit to the Puffin Island, where you can experience thousands of puffins, the "Clowns of the Ocean", during the nesting period (April 15th – August 20th). 
What's included?
  • A specialized guide.
  • Warm safety overalls.
  • A little surprise from a local winemaker.
What you should bring
We offer warm extra clothing on board our boats. We still highly recommend that passengers bring their own warm and waterproof clothes, footwear and protective bags for cameras, as it can be cold and wet out at sea.
Good to know
For your safety and comfort, we reserve the right to change schedules, even with short notice, should weather or other conditions change.
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Reviews from other people
Marcos Romero

Great scenery and trip was good. Not too many whales to see this time. Spotted only 3.

Mathieu Samet

Amazing trip with Gentle Giants. Nice crew which give a lot of explications and who made their best to give you the best experience they can. Go on without doubt :)

Koppány Tuba

Very enjoyable excursion. Fast boats. Great guides. And we saw whales!!!

James Phillips

Great tour guide! Saw a 2 Humpback whales and 1 Minke whale. We have only good things to say about this company and the people.


Highlight of our trip in Iceland! Aksel was a great guide and made everyone feel relaxed and excited at the same time. Definitely pay extra for the rib / speed boat package as we got to whale spotting area much faster than the bigger boats, and also got closer to the whales.

Enjoyed all of the amazing sights. Secret Lagoon was a good experience - a natural pool in a thermal area and uncrowded. There was a viewing walkway surrounding the lagoon , even could see a very small geyser while bathing. Disappointed that there was no information shared re: history, culture, geology ( i.e. it wasn't a guided tour) - driver only drove the mini van which was not in good condition ((broken entry step, worn interior/exterior). Too much time was allotted at Geysir ( 2 1/2 hours) and not enough time at Gullfoss ( 1/2 hour). Recommend this itinerary but with another vendor.

Over an hour was spent picking up people...some didn't show so the driver Viktor had to go back again to pick people up. Viktor was very nice and friendly but he is not a good driver - drove way too fast, was constantly checking his phone. He made me and several others very nervous!! The planning seemed off - we went to the Hidden Lagoon first. Had almost 2 hours there...when we got to the geysers we had 2 hours there...and the frustration was when we got to the beautiful waterfalls, we had 20 minutes!!!!! It didn't make sense...the geyers should have been an hour...and at least an hour at the waterfall.

Everything worked well, even the refund for a cancalled tour because of the weather worked well and fast...!

I got an awesome experience with Arctic Adventures! The snorkeling is just unbelivably and breathtaking. But I would recommend it to anyone to rent a car and drive around iceland, because the tours are more expensive than a car and you don't have as much time as you want at one place!

A funny and nice experience in iceland! If I have more time, I would like to participate longer tour like 5hrs or more to hike on glacier.