Orca Watching Iceland - Join our 2 Day Guided Winter Tour to see Orcas in Iceland


Orca Watching Iceland – Join our 2 Day Guided Winter Tour to see Orcas in Iceland

Iceland is one of the best locations to watch orcas (also called killer whales) and that is why many of our guests on a self-drive tour use the opportunity to join an orca watching tour on Snaefellsnes. Chances to see these black and white beauties are especially high during winter and early summer. The orcas can be found around Snaefellsnes all year round, but during winter they swim closer to the fjords, feasting on herring that occupies the area in large groups.

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In general, it is possible to drive all the way from Reykjavik and back in one day, but in winter, this might be quite risky. The weather in Iceland is pretty much always unpredictable, especially during winter. Snow, ice and heavy winds can make the drive very challenging.

Furthermore, Snaefellsnes is simply too special and beautiful to only drive by without making any stops along the way. Therefore, I highly recommend spending at least 2 days/1 night in the area. Travelers who are interested in a self-drive tour should check out our 10 days South and West winter tour where an orca whale watching tour can easily be integrated.

For travelers looking for a guided winter tour, I highly recommend our guided two day tour of Snæfellsnes. You can easily include this tour in our 8 day guided winter tour but we can also prepare a customized tour for you.

Orca Watching Iceland – Join our 2 Day Guided Winter Tour to see (not only) Orcas in Iceland

Here you can read more about our very unique 2 day winter tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. You can either book this tour directly here on our website or you can contact us to get a complete tour package with this whale themed 2 day guided tour included.

Orca Watching Iceland – Itinerary for the First Day

snaefellsnes day tourYour guide picks you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik in the morning and you will travel along the coastline of West Iceland in the direction of Snaefellsnes. Your first stop will be at a beach close to the charming farm Ytri Tunga. This light sandy beach is well known for its seal colony and seals can often be spotted either sticking their heads up from the water or lying on the rocks just a few meters off the coast.

Your next highlight of the day are the beautiful cliffs in Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Walk along the sea and enjoy the interesting cliffs and stone formations. Then, you will visit the amazing Vatnshellir lava cave. This cave tour takes you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the Snaefellsnes day tourlava cube Vatnshellir. This cave was created by a volcanic eruption 7,000 years ago and is simply breathtaking.

Later, you will visit the gorgeous black beach of Djúpalónssandur. This black iconic pebble stone beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland. At the end of the day you will drive to the charming fishing town Stykkishólmur, where you will stay for the night. Have you seen Ben Stiller’s movie Secret life of Walter Mitty? We recommend watching it (again) before joining this tour since Stykkishólmur was a major filming location.

Orca Watching Iceland – Itinerary for the Second Day

orca watching icelandAfter your hotel breakfast, it is finally time for your orca watching tour. You will join a 2-3 hour orca whale watching tour from Grundarfjörður, and most likely you will get to witness the orcas right next to the boat. Orcas live and hunt in groups, so with any luck you will probably see a group of orcas including males, females and probably also a calf during the tour.

Once the whale watching tour is over, your next stop will be the beautiful Kirkjufell Mountain. It is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland (for a reason). So be sure to get a picture for your own collection! You will also visit the Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum. There you have the opportunity to taste traditional fermented Icelandic shark, as well as inspecting hundreds of fishing- and boating artifacts.

iceland-winter-holidaysOn the way back to Reykjavík, you will also stop Gerðuberg (long wall of huge basalt columns), Hraunfossar waterfalls (countless collection of small waterfalls streaming out of the lava over a distance of about 900 metres) and Deildartunguhver (Europe’s most powerful hot spring)

After 2 days with (hopefully) great orca sightings and countless wonderful photos, you arrive back in Reykjavik in the evening.


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Book your Guided 2 Day Orca Watching Iceland Tour

Season: November to April
Departure Days:
On selected days
Duration of the Tour:
2 days – 1 night
Requirements for the tour:
Good walking shoes, warm clothing recommended, minimum age 8 years

Included: Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavik, English-speaking guide, tour takes place in a minibus (maximum 15 participants), accommodation for 1 night in a double or single room with private bathroom and breakfast, entry to Vatnshellir lava cave, orca whale watching tour, entry to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum

Start of the tour: From Reykjavik – pick up from your guesthouse or hotel included

Important information: It can happen that the whale watching tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then your guide will find other activities when possible or you get a partial refund. It is only possible to bring small carry on luggage such as backpacks for the tour!

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