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.

Season: June 1 till October 15


2-3 hours


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 many large 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 are blue whales, orcas and possibly even sperm 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 August this is also a great tour to see puffins with a large colony of many thousands nearby. 


Location: Hafnarbraut 14, 510 Hólmavík. GPS:      La: 65.705571 Le: -21.672838

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 1 to July 15 – daily at 11:00 and 14:00
From July 16 to August 15 – daily at 10:00, 13:00 and 16:00
From August 16 to October 15 – daily at 11:00 and 14:00

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 during COVID with reduced tourist numbers in Iceland. 

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.