If you are planning your trip to Iceland, one of the things to check off your list is to experience whale watching in Iceland. We missed out on it when we were in Reykjavik back in 2014 due to the weather condition.
When we were back for the second time, whale watching in Iceland was definitely in our list of things to do. We wanted to explore more of the North and Westfjords and chose to do whale watching in Akureyri.
Akureyri is located in the Eyjafjordur area and apparently the region has an incredibly high probability of spotting whales, especially the humpbacks. Sounds good to us!
There were a few options to choose from and we went with Ambassador. We had a good experience with them and will recommend them to anyone who wants to do whale watching in North of Iceland. Many will chose to go to Husavik but Akureyri is just as good for whale watching.
We went around early September and the weather was slightly chilly but still pleasant. The boat wasn’t too crowded and everyone had space to walk about.
It will take some time before the boat reaches the sighting spot. In the meantime you can soak in the breathtaking view around you.
Once you reach the sighting area, the boat will slow down and you might see another whale watching boat nearby. We waited for about 10 minutes before we saw our first whale. It was an incredibly surreal experience to be so close to these sea creatures.
Our boat crew told us we were extremely lucky because we managed to see a whale flip and the whales don’t do it often! The above picture is not the flip by the way 😉 the flip was captured in our video here.
Tips for whale watching in Iceland
- Do bring a thick jacket even if the sun is shining bright. The boats do go at a high-speed and can get really cold especially when you are out waiting to see the whales.
- Be patient. The chances of sighting the whales are very high especially on a clear day.
- Just in case, bring motion sickness pills. I get bad motion sickness on buses, boats, trains, planes you name it. But I was fine throughout the whole whale watching experience.
How to get to Akureyri
We rented a car for all our travels in Iceland. This time, we rented a car from the airport and drove all the way up from Keflavik to Akureyri. It took us about five and a half hours to get there with a rest stop in between.
If you are only travelling around Reykjavik and the South of Iceland, you can also do whale watching in the capital.
Are you planning your trip to Iceland? Let me know in the comments!