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Gentle Giants Whale Watching

#2 of 18 things to do in Husavik Features Animals
| Harbour Side, Husavik 640, Iceland
+354 464 1500
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“gentle giants” (128 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Harbour Side, Husavik 640, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Gentle Giants are great. Beginning to end they made our experience enjoyable. The location is easy to find in Husavik right on the main road. Stepping aboard we were given our warm suits and once safety precautions were explained, we got underway. We had a...More

Thank Corbin D
Reviewed yesterday

The speedboat tour was well worth the upgrade. Our boat was able to maneuver quickly to whale/orca sightings that other boats could not do. Tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Would highly recommend sitting near the front of the boat for better views if...More

Thank GrnMstg
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on the G2 tour on the higher speed boats. The crew were friendly and knowledgable. The day we went out (early May) was extremely foggy and didn't clear up. We first stopped at Puffin Island and saw tons of puffins. For a brief...More

Thank DogMom75
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear DogMom75, Thank you for your honest review! Icelandic weather is unpredictable and I am glad to see that you still managed to see a humpback whale despite the thick fog. I understand your hope to see more whales but I assume that given the...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great few hours spent in Husavik & the bay! Lots of whales to see,fantastic view,speeding boat & crew.

Thank HappRoadtripper
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you very much HappRoadtripper for this great review! Wonderful to read that you enjoyed the whole experience – the whales, the nice view, the speedboat and the crew. Thanks for your feedback! Best regards, Daniel Annisius Assistant Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did that tour on a cloudy Saturday, but anyway, we saw some whales and enjoyed a hot chocolate afterwards. The crew was very experienced and friendly. If you like to go for a whale watching tour, we can recommend this one.More

Thank Carol R
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Carol R, Thank you very much for your nice review! It is great to see that despite the cloudy weather, that you saw some whales on your tour. The hot chocolate is indeed a nice treat on the way back. Thanks for kind words...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a successful trip with Gentle Giants on a beautiful sunny day in Husavik. The crew were very friendly and accommodating of our 1 year old daughter who was a pro at spotting the "whale tails". The boat was a good size in that...More

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Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review! Very happy to see that you enjoyed the tour on board our traditional oak boats. You seem to have been lucky with "a beautiful sunny day" and many whales. Great that your young daughter enjoyed it too and was...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to wear too many clothes. Follow the advice. After being kitted out in survival suits on top of all our layers and welly boots. We set off st great speed across the bay. Within minutes we were glad of all our layers!...More

Thank Elspeth B
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Elspeth B, Thank you for taking your time to write a review! You are completely right regarding the clothing, it can be very cold out at sea and therefore all our passengers on the speedboats are equipped with a warm floatation overall and a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked our whale watching tour months in advance and over the weeks slowly counted down the days until we eventually arrived in Iceland. Situated in the harbour of Husavik, gentle giants is easy to find, with ample parking available too. Once on the boat...More

1  Thank Mark S
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Mark S, Thank you so much for this amazing review! WOW – I am delighted to read about your experience from the whale watching tour with us. Seeing a blue whale is unique, and especially in April, so early in the season. And even...More

Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

They provide you with everything you need, watm clothes and raincoats, and really warn you to dress warmly so you dont freeze out there :) enough places to sit and to walk around the boat, although thats another challenge. Really informative talk, we saw some...More

Thank Fidessa D
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Fidessa D, Thank you for this nice review! Good that you felt well prepared for the tour regarding clothing. It can be very cold out at sea and we offer all passengers warm overalls. Happy that you liked the guiding on board and that...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely snowy trip out whale watching. Would go again! We only saw minke whales that day which ive seen a few times before but in the bay during our 2day stay there were fin whales sperm whales and orcas. Great staff and the hot chocolate...More

Thank Sarah M
Daniel_Annisius, Assistant Manager at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this review

Dear Sarah M, Thank you for this nice review! Good that you had a "lovely snowy trip" and saw minke whales. April has indeed been interesting with whale sightings; some days have been difficult but then we have also had very uncommon sightings such as...More

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connie f
How far in advance do you recommend booking an excursion?
21 April 2017|
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Response from Daniel_Annisius | Property representative |
Dear connie f, It is possible to make a tour without booking in advance. However, we do recommend booking before at least a few days in advance, especially during the high season from June to August. You can always change... More
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as2016101
What can be done to lessening the crowding/harrassing by the noisy RIB boats (when we were there, 3 RIBs right on top of the whale at the same time-- as the whale came up to breathe). We also noticed that there is/will be a study on the effect on the RIB boats on the whales. We hope the results will cause some regulation. We were impressed with the wooden boats, which quiet its motors and were respectfully of the live creatures.
30 September 2016|
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Response from as2016101 |
Thanks for your thoughtful input and observations.
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GIOSKE
Hi there. We had a wonderful trip with you on the 10th of July 2016. We can't remember the drink that our guide treated us on board. What is it's name? Thanks
29 August 2016|
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Response from MemiMemole | Reviewed this property |
Hello Gioske, I'm sorry but we took the tour on August 20th, therefore we weren't together. We were offered an alcoholic drink made of local herbs. Very good!
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