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. Late winter, spring and early summer are their season mostly. Other species like Minke, humpback, pilot whales are seen also, usually later in summer and autumn. Join our whale watching Snaefellsnes tour from Olafsvik and experience the amazing whales in the wild nature.

Season: February to October

Between Dec and Jan our whale tours start from Grundarfjördur


2-3.5 hours


We recommend warm clothes

February to October

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 between about March and June in deeper water regularly. 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 2021

February 15 to October 15- daily departures 10:00 and 14:00
We are running as many tours as we can but please note minimum numbers are required as well as suitable weather.

If you are very keen to join us, having some flexibility in your schedule is always helpful.

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.

Season 2022

February 15 to October 15 – daily departures 10:00 and 14:00

All trips times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and booking numbers


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


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.