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Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík
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Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

By Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Recommended by 92% of travellers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
Embark on a speedboat whale-watching excursion that enables you to see more than an average whale-watching cruise. Lead by guides who know the best places to see whales and puffins up close, the speedboat can quickly navigate to the top wildlife viewing locations in Skjálfandi Bay. Ideal for nature lovers, the tour also includes a visit to Puffin Island during the Puffin breeding season (April to mid August).
from
RM 649.61
per adult
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RM 649.61
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 7-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:2h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • See the whales and puffins of Iceland on a speedboat tour
  • Maximize your time by traveling by speedboat
  • Warm overalls are provided for your comfort and safety
  • A guide shares details about the wildlife and sights along the way

  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Warm safety overalls
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions (Tour departure is within walking distance from most accommodations in Húsavík)


Departure details
  • Gentle Giants – Húsavík Whale Watching, Garðarsbraut, 640 Húsavík, Iceland Meeting Point: Gentle Giants Ticket Center Directions: Look for the big blue flags in Húsavík
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23031P2

  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please bring warm and waterproof clothing
  • Not allowed for passengers with heart- or back problems or pregnant women
  • The minimum age limit for children on the RIB speedboats is 7 years or minimum 130 cm in height
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th approximately. More focus on whales outside the puffin season
  • A minimum number of passengers is required for all our tours. If the minimum number is not reached, we reserve the right to change or cancel departures, even with short notice. In such cases, customers are offered alternative options or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unfortunately, if no whales or dolphins are sighted whist on tour, passenger refunds are not permitted. However, customers can receive a voucher to join a traditional whale watching tour free of charge, depending on availability
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík
  • No refreshments served on board due to COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík price starts from RM 701.75. Discover and book Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík on Tripadvisor
What is the Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík cancellation policy?
Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík is hosted by Gentle Giants Whale Watching. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gentle Giants Whale Watching on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23031P2

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Fjasmi
Fjasmi
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Great Experience!
The Iceland whale season was coming to an end when visiting Gentle Giants, however I still had a great experience!
L2376FAinfo
L2376FAinfo
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Island expedition all around
The visit to Iceland and our expedition for our clients had a clear goal, whales, and when it comes to whales, only
Jamie B
Jamie B
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Whales!
10+ whale sightings the day we went out. Humpback and Minke. The day was perfect. It was phenomenal!
ronald1728
ronald1728
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fantastic trip
we were lucky to see whales in our trip several times. All the process were smooth and the guide (Jennifer) is ver
MarkandJanetG
MarkandJanetG
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Great activity to experience
We were late arriving to Husavik and the staff at Gentle Giants were very accommodating. Getting us processed and
Alice W
Alice W
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Great crew & minke whales
Whale watching for two in September. The weather was beautiful and we were lucky enough to see some minke whales. T
Amber B
Amber B
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Great tour!
It's as important to me that the tour is ethical, doesn't disturb the whales, as it is to see them. The captain wa
showmespfld
showmespfld
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Beautiful scenery and lots of whales!
A very good experience. The rib boat is the best way to see these amazing creatures because you are able to get clo
leonsawafta
leonsawafta
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A whole new experience
At first I was sceptical about this trip because of the price. But it was an amazing feeling to see the whales comi
jonasdaswede
jonasdaswede
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Great experience in beautiful surroundings
We had a great afternoon with Gentle Giants on Skjalfandi. Nature has no guarantees, but we saw a couple of humpba
ashleyat87
ashleyat87
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Awesome experience!
This was one of our favorite experiences in Iceland! We saw a few humpback whales multiple times. We saw them right
heronstudio88
heronstudio88
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Excellent trip!
Seeing whales is a priority equal to not disturbing them. The captain was great at getting us near the whale while
Ters317
Ters317
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Most enjoyable outing
We had a great day with Gentle Giants. It was cold, but the protective clothing helped for that. We saw a humpback
Hoevelmm
Hoevelmm
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Nice whale watching on a RIB
We really enjoyed the RIB tour by sunny weather. With a nice and experienced guide as well the best skipper we saw
Mrsnickyj
Mrsnickyj
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Lucky Icelandic day
We had a beautiful sunny September day with calm waters. And a beautiful encounter with a humpback whale. It also
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Carl Chegwin
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
From beginning to end the whole trip was flawless. The young lady who was our guide was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. She helped everyone into their gear and rather than just handing stuff out gave little tips on how to make the trip more comfortable.

Although late in the Puffin season we still got to see lots of them. As for whales we were lucky enough to see and follow two, a Minky and Humpback. The guide was good enough to move my young kids round the boat so that they didn't get splashed too much when the boat was travelling around the bay.As the trip stayed in the bay the sea wasn't too choppy even though it was quite windy.

The advantage of being in the rib boats was their speed. As soon as a whale was spotted the boat could race over. The larger more typical sailing boats are much slower so there is the risk by the time these have caught up the whale has dived back down again.

It's better to pay that little bit extra and go in the rib boats as it gives you more chance of seeing the whales up close.

My kids were a little unsure and nervous before going out by the end they loved it.

It would have been nice to see a few more different species though clearly it all dependent on what is out there in the forst place, and at least we got to see some in their natural habitat..
Written 18 August 2022
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write us this great review. We are very happy that you spend such a good time with our team and the whales. All the best, Joséphine.
Written 20 August 2022
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Whitney
9 contributions
Jun 2021
If I could give this a higher rating I definitely would! We went about a week ago and it did not disappoint. For June it was definitely freezing cold but we lucked out and got perfect weather (the day before it snowed). Seeing the puffins was just an incredible experience (please note they are a bit afraid of the boat so you won't get super close). Then we drove around looking for whales. There was like 15-20 min where I got sad that we wouldn't see any but then out of nowhere 2 humpbacks (a baby and a mom or dad) were spotted. After we saw dolphins and a few more whales. Koen our guide (I honestly forget his name but I remembered he mentioned something about being from the Netherlands) was super kind and informative, he even thanked me after for being so excited about seeing the animals (not sure why others werent freaking out as much because it was just so cool to see whales in nature vs seaworld depressed).

I definitely recommend splurging and getting the rib boat ticker, we flew by every other boat and were able to get to the whales and see so much more than everyone else. Bring gloves, warm socks and shoes & overall just a great attitude. Also bring a good camera (and not your iphone because I can promise your pictures wont be that great if the whale is 30-50 ft away).
Written 25 June 2021
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WOW! Thank you for your fantastic review and sharing your detailed experience! It makes us very happy to see that you "LOVED IT" and saw humpbacks, dolphins and puffins on the tour. Thanks for kind words towards the guide on board. It can indeed be cold so good tip to bring warm extra clothes as you mention. Thanks and best regards, Daniel
Written 25 June 2021
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Lars Roland Krieger
Frederikssund, Denmark3 contributions
Aug 2022
There were four of us who had booked the trip from home, and had been looking forward to getting out on the North Atlantic to see whales. Our Portuguese guide Diana was fantastic and the captain of the rib boat was very skilled and present and responsive to our sightings. We saw both puffins and whales, so in our eyes the trip was an absolute success. Gentle Giants get my/our warmest recommendation, and if you are in Húsavik, a trip with them is an absolute must.
Written 14 August 2022
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Thank you very much for this amazing review. Diana and the captain will be thrilled to know you spend such a good time on board with them seeing the whales and puffins. Thank you kindly for this beautiful recommendation. All the best, Joséphine.
Written 15 August 2022
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Charlestongynonc
Charleston, SC46 contributions
I have no problem not seeing a single creature that lived beneath the waves, but I do think these operators abused their confidence in taking us out. We were offered the 21:30 tour; seemed late but we were assured it should still be a good time to go out. As we were staying 75 minutes away in Akireyri, we called twice more to make sure the weather was not too poor to go out; both times we were assured all would be fine. We bundled up in 5-6 layers and they provided heavy overalls and a rain slicker, after which we roared out after a quick safety demo. Within minutes, it became apparent that this might be ill fated. We did see puffins on the ride out, although we had to stay out so far from the island it was impossible to make out much. Then the real misery started; we punched around in the rain and slop of 4-6’ seas for 2 more hours; the only ones more miserable than the 4 of us was the unfortunate young man behind me who upchucked from about 30 in until we touched the dock at 12:01 am. We almost came in 45 min earlier, but even though our tour naturalist had vocally given up, clearly somebody at headquarters was not having us come in completely skunked, at least not early! So they turned us around to try to see minke whales closer to shore; still in whitecaps and driving rain, so we indeed did return completely empty handed and drenched. No hot chocolate or cookies for us; vouchers would not be available until 9 am the next day if we “wished to try again”. I do think this crap weather could have lead to recommendations to not go out; even my crappy Apple Weather predicted this was not the kind of weather anyone should be out in. I really don’t think the tour operators had any illusion we would see anything, and should have offered us something different than this miserable experience
Written 15 July 2022
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Thank you very much for your honest feedback! We are deeply sorry to heard you spend such a bad moment with us on board. We always want you to be confortable and spend a good moment. Weather and whales can be quite umpredictable. We are glad you took time to give us your opinion as it is important for us to improve. Regards, Joséphine
Written 17 July 2022
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MargaretG2012
9 contributions
I felt very safe in the RIB boat and was glad I had selected that option. We had an excellent Icelandic captain and knowledgeable French marine biologist as our guide. We were extremely lucky to see a humpback whale three times and also a blue whale that our captain tracked. We know there was some luck involved in our visit. Gentle Giants had advised that we postpone from the day prior due to poor weather, which we did. Recommend scheduling a few days in or near Husavik to get the best possible weather and chance of whale sightings.
Written 12 September 2022
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write us this review. We are very glad you enjoyed the trip and had the luck to see a humpback but also a blue whale. As you said we never know what we are going to encounter in the bay, as those animals are wild and free to roam where they want. We are happy also to know you enjoyed the work of our captain and guide. It was a pleasure to have you on board with us. All the best to you, Joséphine.
Written 23 September 2022
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Andrew G
28 contributions
Aug 2021
Very thankful for the chance to see some humpbacks and dolphins in the wild! We went for the 19:00 tour, which we felt was right as we didn't see many other boats out on the water. We saw two humpbacks and a group of maybe 6-10 white-beaked dolphins! The guides were knowledgeable and were definitely on the lookout for more. We got here too late in the season to see puffins, but the whales and dolphins made it well worth it. You'll be bundled up in provided suits, but still bring layers as these jumpsuits are more for wind protection as you will go fast!!

There are fewer whales in the waters now in general as water temperatures rise, so be sure to set your expectations accordingly. You have a very high chance of seeing whales, but if you are expecting to see a very high number of whales, you might be disappointed. Humpbacks also are solitary creatures, which is another reason why we only saw a few. I thought it was a blast of a time!!
Written 28 August 2021
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Thank you for joining our tour and leaving us a review! I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and saw both whales and dolphins! On our whale watching excursions we are dealing with wild animals out in pure and unspoilt nature. Whales come here to Skjálfandi Bay to feed mainly on plankton and krill, which makes sightings dependant on the food status. Sometimes the bay is rich of food, which makes more whales choose to visit the bay. Sometimes there is less food, which makes fewer or no whales come into the bay. The situation can change very fast. Whales come and go and no two tours are ever the same even on the same day. Every tour is a complete new adventure, even for the crew onboard. Most of the baleen whales are indeed solitary animals so we usually only have a few in the area. Best regards, Aleks
Written 3 October 2021
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BJspyjamas
231 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We went in early September after the puffins had left for the winter. We already knew they'd gone but Gentle Giants also informed us, which meant more time for whale watching.

The weather was glorious and the sea was very calm, not your typical day in Husavik but we'll take it. Now it's not guaranteed that you will see any whales as it's nature and if they're there, they're there. We were in luck and saw 3 whales in total, sailing alongside them, but respectfully keeping our distance, as they swam and dived for food. We saw each of the whales dive maybe 4 or 5 times. It was incredible. Our German guide, Thorsten ? was very knowledgeable and funny and the captain of the rib, Halle ? did a great job at the wheel, quickly taking us near to the whales once each of them had been spotted. He also took us to see some seals and a lovely cliff waterfall.
Thoroughly recommended.
If you do go, please help out in trying to look for the whales, they could be anywhere around you. The more eyes the better.
Written 2 October 2022
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Dear Andrew, thank you very much for taking the time to write us this great review. We are glad you had such a good moment on the boat. Thorge and Halli will be happy to know you enjoyed going out with them and enjoyed their work. All the best, Joséphine.
Written 7 October 2022
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Matthew W
17 contributions
The rib boat was perfect for this trip. We were all soon laughing as we traveled over calm waves. We were fortunate enough see dolphins, puffins and several whales. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the ships captain was fantastic at manoeuvring the boat quickly when a whale was spotted. Take hats and gloves.
Written 28 August 2022
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Thank you very much for your very nice review. We are happy to know you had such a great time on board with us. All the best, Joséphine.
Written 5 September 2022
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Madgnats
Stuttgart, Germany93 contributions
This is the way to see the whales and the Puffins! It was a short ride to reach Puffin Island where there were thousands and thousands of Puffins. Our guide was knowledgeable and told us what we needed to know about them. Than we went looking for whales. After only 10-15 minutes we spotted our first Minke whale and in just a few minutes more we were onto the first of several Humpbacks. We got very close to some of them including a pair of them. We even felt the spray from one of them. Highly recommend the Whale Safari and Puffins tour!
Written 2 June 2021
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Dear Madgnats, thank you so much for this fantastic review! Very glad to hear that you enjoyed the Big Whale Safari & Puffins tour. You were indeed lucky seeing several humpbacks close up and a minke whale, and a lot of puffins. Thank you for recommending the tour! All the best, Daniel
Written 2 June 2021
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Nielsen7
Denmark14 contributions
Jul 2020
We are a family of four with two kids (13 and almost 8 years old) who went on the Big Whale Safari and Puffins RIB boat tour.
On beforehand we were much in doubt about choosing the RIB boat or the traditional boat, mostly because our youngest is almost 8 years old and 130 centimeters long and thus on the edge of the Gentle Giants minimum requirement of 7 years old/140 centimeters. It is not very clear if the requirement is "AND" or "OR". Hence we asked and were told it would be OK if the weather was calm.
Luckily, the weather was calm and we were clear to go. On the boat the size requirement played a role since my daughter could not reach the floor from the seat. Hence we were asked to move to the very back of the boat (fortunately we were able to get one row distance to a big guy who would otherwise have blocked most of our view).
Gentle Giants do a really good job taking care of the whales (not getting too close, not following the same whale too long and not approaching the whale in an aggressive way) and our guide provided lots of interesting information. We first passed Puffin Island which is true to its name. There are plenty of puffins which are fun and fascinating to watch. Soon after we spotted a couple of dolphins and then started searching for a whale. In total we saw about 10 dolphins and 4 different humpback whales, but no other species of big whales.
We are still unsure if we made the right choice of tour. The RIB boat is fast and thus increases the chances of seeing more different whales. However, it is also flat so it is only possible to see the part of the whale which is above the surface of the water. A traditional boat maybe gives a better view. There is also a substantial price difference. In theory, the RIB boat could get closer to the whales, but luckily Gentle Giants value the well-being of the whales and do not go closer in the RIB boats than the traditional boats.
All in all, the adults had a great tour while the children had an average experience. Even though they are very interested in animal life, I have to be honest and say they got slightly bored towards the end of the tour. If/when we are going whale watching again we will try the traditional boat to see if that works better with children and perhaps gives a better view of the whales.
While we were very happy to experience the care for the well-being of whales, we were less impressed with the Covid precautions. All passengers were asked to spray their own floatation suit after use. This by itself was no problem, but I would feel safer knowing that disinfection was done by responsible staff rather than the last guest who used the suit.
Written 15 July 2020
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Dear Nielsen7, thank you very much for your thorough feedback! It is good to see that all in all, you and your family enjoyed the experience. The well-being of the whales is very important and we try our best to follow the Code of Conduct as set by the Icelandic Whale Watching Association. Reggarding the COVID-19 precautions, we have taken several measures for the safety of our passengers and crew to limit the spread of the virus as recommended by local authorities. We are monitoring the status constantly as the situation is rapidly changing. Thank you for your feedback on this. Best regards, Daniel
Written 16 July 2020
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