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Whale watching in Iceland


The best time for whale watching in Iceland is during the summer months of June - September. Whales in Iceland are migrating animals. Although a considerable number of whales are in Icelandic waters during the winter months, most of them are here in the summer and staying in warmer seas over winter. Also, whale watching is very dependent on weather and sea conditions. The winters can be harder in this respect and, of course, there are more tour cancellations during the winter months when the weather can be bad. However, many of the best tours are in the winter months where the sun is low and the mountains are white with snow in the background. But the best chance of seeing whales is, as mentioned, June through September. with the exception of seeing Orca's and Sperm whales (early spring) and the blue whale (early spring)

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The incredible humpback whale

"If the Killer whales spot the newly born calf, they will, much like a pack of wolfs, try to separate the calf from its mother, whereby it will become extremely vulnerable."

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The flying whale

The publicity from his role in Free Willy led to an effort by Warner Brothers Studio to find him a better home.

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Whale Watching in Iceland

There have been major changes in Icelandic waters for the passed century. This has had a direct impact on migration routs of some whales to Iceland.

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Icelandic Humpbacks

The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft)

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Minke whales: The smallest one

You will never see a minke whale fluke-up but you may see the side of the fluke cutting the water’s surface as they generally turn their bodies when surface feeding.

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Baleen whales feeding behavior

The volume of the water + the food absorbed by the whale can be huge and sometimes more than the volume of the whale itself.

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Do some dolphins have names?

Unlike most mammals, marine mammals cannot rely on vision and smell as their main senses. The vision is compromised under slow physical movement of the water.

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South Iceland - Reykjavik capital

Reykjavík city is the most popular whale watching area. Whale watching from Reykjavik takes up to 3 hours and is mostly done in open waters in Faxaflói bay, just outside Reykjavik city

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West Iceland - Snæfellsnes peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula the home of the Orca. Whale watching in Snæfellsnes peninsula can be a life changing experience. Seeing orca's in the wild does something to people, orca's always called out a strong emotions from people

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Westfjords

Westfjords is an ideal destination, one of Iceland's most beautiful and secluded places. You never forget your trip there. Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords peninsula, with some 2600 inhabitants and Hólmavík is the largest town in the Strandir region, an area with an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery.

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North Iceland - Eyjafjörður

Eyjafjörður (island fjord) has recently become one of the best places for whale watching in Europe. Last year, sightseeing success in the fjord has been 90% -100% with a lot of incredible humpback sightings. You can sail from Dalvík, Hauganes and Akureyri.

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North Iceland - Skjálfandi bay

Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Iceland and Europe. This small town lives and breath for whales. Húsavík is the only place in Iceland that have a whale museum with whale bones and skeletons, they even have the skeleton of the great blue whale! Húsavík is a popular town for whale watching and for a good reason.

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Everything you need to know about whale watching in Iceland

We are an independent information center about whales and whale watching in Iceland. We do our own research and blogs. We closely follow all whale watching companies in the country and write about interesting facts about their tours and work. Among our own research and blog writing, we closely follow the latest research on whales in Icelandic waters. We also keep an Facebook page and an Instagram page with pictures Whale watching Iceland is the whale information center of Iceland

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