Whale watching in Iceland

Whale watching in Iceland

Whale watching in Iceland is one of the country's main tourist attractions. Find out where and when is best to see the incredible creatures!

Where to see whales in Iceland?

While it is possible to find the marine creatures practically anywhere around the island, the best places to see whales in Iceland are in the north of the country. The cities of Akureyri and Húsavík are ideal base camps for whale watching, making them essential stops for any nature lover travelling around Iceland.

In other areas of the country, like around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Reykjavik, different species of whale can be found, but usually in fewer numbers.

When to see whales in Iceland?

The best time to see whales is in the summer, when the weather is milder and the sea is calmer, allowing for smoother sailing trips in search of the creatures. During the months of June, July and August, more than twenty different species of whale swim around the Icelandic coast.

Having said this, whales can be found off the Icelandic coast all year round, so there's a chance you'll see them whenever your trip is.