whale watching olafsvik

Whale Watching Ólafsvík

Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see two of the ocean’s top predators, sperm whales and orcas, than along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula coastline. Join our whale watching Snaefellsnes tour from Olafsvik and experience the amazing whales in the wild nature.

Season: March 1 to October 31

Between Dec and Feb our whale tours start from Grundarfjördur


2-3.5 hours


We recommend warm clothes


Whale Watching Olafsvik

This unique trip takes us into the water around Snaefellsnes where ocean giants swim in the shadow of the magnificent Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see toothed-whales such as orcas, sperm whales, and pilot whales than along this beautiful coastline.

Best Place to See Orcas in Iceland

The orcas are more often seen in winter, spring, and early summer, February to early July, but there is a chance of seeing them all the way through the summer months.

Sperm Whales and Pilot Whales

Male sperm whales can be seen especially between April and June in deeper water. In July and on into the autumn the chances of seeing pilot whales, often in groups of hundreds of animals, increases. Other whales that can be seen are humpback whales and minke whales as well as white-beaked dolphins. We get as close as we can without disturbing the whales.


Location:   Norðurtangi 9, 355 Ólafsvík.
GPS:   La: 64.895359 Le: -23.710866

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 Ólafsvík

Season 2020
From June 15 to August 31 – daily at 10:00 and 14:00
From September 1 to October 31 – daily at 13:00


Season 2021
March 1 to March 31 – daily at 10:00 and 14:00
April 1 to June 15 – daily at 14:00
June 16 to September 30 – daily at 10:00 and 14:00

For the accurate departure time please check our booking form.


FLEXIBLE CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations 24 hours prior to scheduled departures will be refunded in full. Please check our terms and conditions for more details.

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What makes Olafsvik to one of the best places for whale watching in Iceland

There are numerous features that make Snaefellsnes to one of the best regions for whale watching in Iceland. For many travelers, it is a heartfelt wish to experience orcas in the wild nature. Snaefellsnes is the only place in Iceland where orcas (also known as killer whales) are regularly spotted on whale watching tours.

Unique to Snaefellsnes in summer are also the numerous different whale species that we can see on our whale watching tours. We regularly observe several species of whales on just one tour. On our whale tours from Olafsvik in summer, we regularly see orcas, humpback whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, minke whales, dolphins, and, with great luck, even blue whales.

Sustainable whale watching in Snaefellsnes

Láki Tours offers sustainable whale watching in Snaefellsnes where the whales are disturbed as little as possible. We strictly adhere to the rules for responsible whale watching and only work with very experienced captains and guides. We are also committed to the protection of whales and work closely with the non-profit organization Orca Guardians Iceland.

We are the only whale tour operator in Snaefellsnes and we only use one boat for our whale watching tours in Olafsvik. Therefore, you experience a very authentic trip in the Breidafjordur Fjord and it never happens that several boats surround a single whale. We do not only want to show our guests the whales of Iceland our aim is also to inform all our guests about the whales’ characteristics, abilities, and endangerment.

Are you visiting Iceland in winter? Please check our Iceland winter whale watching from Grundarfjordur by clicking this LINK.