ORCA WHALE WATCHING ON SNAEFELLSNES

Whale Watching

ORCA WHALE WATCHING ON SNAEFELLSNES

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.

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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. 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 November to March the tour starts from Grundarfjörður. From April to September 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:
Daily
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, 10 From the harbor in central Ólafsvík
(Norðurtangi 9, 355 Ólafsvík)
  December, 10 to March, 31 From the harbor in Grundarfjörður
(Nesvegur 5, 350 Grundarfjöður)
 
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

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Grundarfjörður

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Whale Diary – Which whale species were seen recently?

We regularly receive questions from our customers about which whale species can be seen on a specific tour or month. As we are dealing with nature and wild animals, unfortunately, we cannot predict the specifics of each sighting. However, we would like to offer you a few more details from our partner about the recent sightings in the area. Below is an overview of the whale species that were seen in the last couple of weeks on this whale watching tour from Snaefellsnes. Please understand, that tours have to be cancelled from time to time due to unpleasant weather in the area.

Whale Sightings in August 2018

4 August – orcas plus minke whale in the morning, sperm whales plus minke whale in the afternoon
2 August – socialising orcas in the afternoon, white-beaked dolphins plus sperm whale in the morning

Whale Sightings in July 2018

31 July – orcas,sperm whales + a basking shark on both tours plus minke whales on the afternoon tour
30 July – orcas and a sperm whale
29 July – 2 pods of orcas / killer whales
27 July – pilot whales, white-beaked dolphins + minke whale in the morning, no sightings in the afternoon
25 July – orcas, minke whale and sperm whales
24 July – orcas, humpback whale plus sperm whale in the morning, sperm whales in the afternoon
22 July – orcas, sperm whales, humpback whales plus harbour porpoises in the morning, orcas and humpback whales in the afternoon
21 July – orcas, sperm whales and a humpback whale on both tours today
20 July – minke whales, white-beaked dolphins plus pilot whales in the morning and sperm whales in the afternoon
18 July – hundreds of pilot whales plus white-beaked dolphins and a sperm whale

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pilot whales seen on July, 18

17 July – sperm whales in the morning, sperm whales and minke whales in the afternoon
16 July – orcas and a sperm whale in the morning, sperm whales plus harbour porpoises in the afternoon
15 July – orcas and a sperm whale
14 July – sperm whales in the morning and 5 species in the afternoon (humpback whale, minke whale, white-beaked dolphins, pilot whales + sperm whale)
13 July – humpback whale + sperm whales in the morning, orcas, sperm whales and a minke whale in the afternoon
12 July – sperm whales
7 July – sperm whales and a minke whale

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orcas seen on July, 04

5 July – sperm whales on both tours
4 July – orcas + sperm whales in the morning and sperm whales in the afternoon
3 July – sperm whales on both tours
2 July – orcas and sperm whales in the morning, sperm whales and a humpback whale in the afternoon
1 July – sperm whales + white-beaked dolphins in the morning, breaching orcas and sperm whales in the afternoon

Whale Sightings in June 2018

30 June – sperm whales on both tours plus white-beaked dolphins + harbour porpoises in the morning
29 June – orcas and sperm whales on both tours
28 June – sperm whale

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orca seen on June, 24

27 June – humpback whale + sperm whales in the morning and blue whale + sperm whales in the afternoon
24 June – 30 pilot whales + minke whale in the morning and orcas, a humpback whale + sperm whale in the afternoon
20 June – an orca, sperm whales and 2 minke whales
19 June – two tours today – both with orcas and sperm whales
18 June – orcas and sperm whales
17 June – sperm whales on the morning tour, sperm whales and orcas on the afternoon tour
16 June – orcas
13 June – orcas in the morning and orcas + minke whales in the afternoon
10 June – orcas – one whale breached several times in a row
09 June – orcas and sperm whales
08 June – orcas and sperm whales on both tours

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a playful orca seen on the tour on June, 13

07 June – in the morning sperm whales, dolphins and a minke whale, in the afternoon orcas and sperm whales
06 June – orcas and sperm whales on both tours
05 June – orcas and sperm whales on both tours
04 June – orcas, sperm whales and a minke whale
03 June – sperm whales on both tours plus dolphins on the afternoon tour
01 June – minke whale and white-beaked dolphins

Whale Sightings in May 2018

31 May – sperm whales on both tour plus dolphins on the afternoon tour

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orca with baby seen on May, 28

30 May – orcas in the morning and sperm whales in the afternoon
28 May – orcas, white-beaked dolphins and minke whales
27 May – orcas, sperm whales and white-beaked dolphins in the morning & a humpback whale in the afternoon
26 May – sperm whales
24 May – orcas in the morning and orcas and sperm whales in the afternoon
21 May – orcas and sperm whales in the morning and orcas in the afternoon
16 May – orcas and sperm whales

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sperm whale seen on May, 08

13 May – orcas, sperm whales and a BLUE WHALE (the largest animal on Earth)
12 May – in the morning 30 sperm whales and orcas, in the afternoon orcas, sperm whales and white-beaked dolphins
11 May – orcas
10 May – orcas
09 May – cancelled
08 May – a lot of sperm whales
07 May – group of feeding orcas
06 May – cancelled
05 May – humpback whale and a minke whale
04 May – cancelled

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orca seen on May, 02

03 May – cancelled due to strong winds in the area
02 May – orcas and sperm whales
01 May – orcas

Whale Sightings in April 2018

30 April – orcas and white-beaked dolphins
29 April – cancelled due to bad weather
28 April – orcas, sperm whales and humpback whales
27 April – plenty of orcas and sperm whales
26 April – orcas and a humpback whale
25 April – Orcas, sperm whales, humpback whales & a minke whale

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orca seen on May, 01

22 April – orcas and sperm whales
21 April – three different groups of orcas
20 April – orcas and many puffins all around the boat
19 April – orcas, sperm whales and white beaked dolphins
18 April – orcas and white-beaked dolphins
17 April – cancelled due to unfavorable weather
16 April – orcas

15 April – orcas and humpback whales
14 April – orcas, humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins

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orca seen on April, 30

13 April – orcas and humpback whales
12 April – orcas, humpback whales and the first puffin of the year
11 April – ?
10 April – cancelled due to unfavorable weather
09 April – orcas, sperm whales and a humpback whale

08 April – orcas and humpback whales
07 April – orcas and humpback whales
06 April – orcas and humpback whales
05 April – orcas and white-beaked dolphins

 

 

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