Whale Watching


Go on a whale watching tour on Snaefellsnes peninsula and watch orcas also called killer whales only meters away from the boat. This is the perfect opportunity to watch these massive mammals, to hear them as they blow and to take wonderful photos. Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see killer whales than along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula coastline.


Tour Description Orca Whale Watching:

iceland killer whalesIceland is a wonderful place to go whale watching and this tour is promising both in summer and also in winter. Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see orcas also called killer whales.

When planning your trip, please consider that different species can be seen during the year. The best chances to see orcas are in winter and early in summer (April, May and June). For the past years, the herring have chosen the fjords around Grundarfjörður as their wintering grounds. This phenomenon provide a golden opportunity to see big group of orcas in this area which feed on the herring. During winter, white-beaked dolphins are also regular guests in this area.

iceland whale watchingDuring summer, chances to see orcas are good as well but not as regularly as during winter. Other whale species that live or feed in this area in summer are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. 

Other wildlife seen on this tour include gannets, white-tailed eagles, grey and common seals and other seabirds (both in winter and summer). From December to March the tour starts from Grundarfjörður. From April to October the boat departs from Ólafsvík. Both fishing villages are located on the North side of Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Book your orca whale watching tour:

Season: December to September
Departure Days:
Duration of the Tour: Approximately 3 hours
Included: Whale watching tour, professional guiding, warm overalls
Requirements of the tour: It is very important to dress WARMLY! Please bring warm clothes, hat and cloves

Start of the tour:  April, 01 to October, 07 From the harbor in central Ólafsvík
(Norðurtangi 9, 355 Ólafsvík)
  December, 10 to March, 31 From the harbor in Grundarfjörður
(Nesvegur 5, 350 Grundarfjöður)
Unfortunately, there are no tours available between October 08 and December 09
Please contact us if you have any question regarding this tour. Please include the tour code (WW-05). This orca whale watching tour is operated by one of our reliable partners.
Please note that pick up from Reykjavik is not available for this tour. We recommend to read on our blog about the best options to reach Snaefellsnes (especially during winter season). 


Ólafsvík – summer tours


Grundarfjörður – winter tours


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