Whale Watching Hólmavík
Whale Watching Holmavik can mean humpbacks galore! Be the only boat with humpback whales. A unique whale watching tour in a remote and unspoiled part of Iceland. The most common whales in the fjord around Holmavik are humpback whales. They are the most acrobatic species of all whales. They breach more than any other species, but it is still something you have to be lucky to see.
Season: June 15 till October 15
We recommend warm clothes
Whale Watching Holmavik
Our whale watching tour takes place in a remote, but beautiful and unspoiled part of Iceland, the magical Westfjords. Here you can meet the most acrobatic species of whales. The fjord outside Hólmavík is known to host humpback whales in the summer and autumn. Humpbacks are the favourite species for many whale watchers around the world, as they are the most playful, acrobatic and curious of all whales but in many places there are many boats watching humpbacks. Here you will be just one boat with the whales. During early summer we see humpback whales along with Minke whales and white-beaked dolphins regularly. As summer goes and autumn comes, the fjord usually fills up with larger humpbacks. Up to 30 individuals have been seen in the fjord at any one time between August and October, when the early morning golden light can also be spectacular. Other species we can expect to sometimes see are Minke whales, pilot whales and white-beaked dolphins. Occasional visitors we have occasionally sighted are blue whales, orcas, northern bottlenose whales and fin whales.
Whale Watching in a Sheltered Fjord
The fjord is incredibly sheltered from most wind-directions, meaning we rarely have to cancel tours. Also sea-sickness is almost unheard of in this fjord. If you want to see whales but are concerned about being on the ocean, this is the trip for you. We are the only company operating here so you will almost always be on your own with the humpbacks with no other boats around.
From June to early August this is also a great tour to see puffins with a large colony of many thousands nearby.
ALL OUR BOAT TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Location: Hafnarbraut 14, 510 Hólmavík. GPS: La: 65.705571 Le: -21.672838
PLEASE DRESS WARMLY FOR THIS TOUR. THE WESTFJORDS CAN BE COLD EVEN IN SUMMER AND NO OVERALLS ARE PROVIDED ON THIS TOUR
In the event of no whale or dolphin sighting, passengers will be given a reschedule ticket for another trip on any other day during the season. Please check our terms and conditions for more details.
Daily departures from Hólmavík:
From June 15 to July 1 – daily at 11:00
From July 1 to September 15 – daily at 11:00 and 14:00
From September 15 to October 15 – daily at 11:00
Please note all tours are subject to minimum booking numbers and weather
Booking in advance helps us know we have enough people for a tour. Having some flexibility in your schedule can help ensure you get on a tour if tours have to be cancelled due to weather or low numbers.
Whales sighted on all tours are down to nature. To get an idea of recent sightings we have had you can look on the sightings link above which is updated daily.
No sightings are guaranteed but this gives an honest account of recent activity in the fjord.
Once again, please DRESS WARMLY for this tour.