Lets face it, when it comes to booking a whale watch, you’re on a boat and no tour operator can guarantee that you will see whales. There were a few different options to book online but we went with North Sailing as they had the time slot we wanted and had good reviews. I’m so glad we booked with them though as the tour operators were great, super knowledgeable as they’d been doing it for years, and really passionate about the whales. One of the photographers on the boat was so genuinely excited every time a whale was spotted, and kept giving us interesting whale facts.It was sooooo cold so even though we wore as many layers as we could pack on, these stylish jumpsuits were a life saver.When we saw our first whale everyone on the boat went nuts, and little did we know it would be a very regular occurrence. The humpback whales were out in full force feeding and playing, and we even got to see two together a couple times. On the way back at the end of our tour, we got to have hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun which really hit the spot after a couple hours on the ocean in the freezing cold.
One of the things that we definitely wanted to do when we booked to visit Iceland was to go on a whale watch. We put together a tentative schedule to drive around and figured Húsavík in the North would be the perfect spot. We booked our whale watch the week we booked our tickets to be sure we got a spot, and it was completely worth it.
We booked the Original whale watching tour with North Sailing because of time constraints, but they also offer a whales, puffins and sales trip which takes you close to puffin island and you get to have a more hands on experience with the sailing. The Original tour is 59 Euros for three hours, and four hours and an extra 20 Euros to go to puffin island. They have a two day sailing trip that would be incredible. Maybe next time.
We seem to have really good luck on whale watches and have managed to see whales now in New Zealand and Iceland. Sometimes the whales don’t cooperate on a trip, it is the wild after all.
Have you ever been on a whale watch? Where have you gone?