Whale Watching in Snaefellsnes

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Láki Tours is the only tour operator that offers whale watching tours in Snaefellsnes. In winter, we operate our tours from Grundarfjordur – in summer our tours start from Olafsvik. In this blog, we want to describe the unique features of our whale watching tours in comparison to other locations in Iceland. Read more about the reasons to go whale watching in Snaefellsnes.

Whale species around Snaefellsnes

Watching Orcas in Iceland

Snaefellsnes is the only area in Iceland where orcas are seen on a regularly base. If seeing orcas in the wild nature is on your bucket list you should add a whale watching tour in Snaefellsnes to your holiday in Iceland.

In the last couple of years, the best months to see orcas were December, March, April, May, and June. However, this all can change in the future. Therefore we recommend to regularly check our facebook page or whale diaries where we share photos of our whale sightings.

Watching Sperm Whales in Iceland

Another unique species around Snaefellsnes are sperm whales. Sperm whales are the largest toothed whales in the world and one of the deepest diving whales. The best time for sperm whales seems to be late spring and early summer, around April to June, but they have been seen late winter and in July sometimes also. There is no other place around Iceland where sperm whales are seen.

Many more Whale Spezies

Apart from orcas and sperm whales, a variety of other whale species is regularly seen around Snaefellsnes. Often we see humpback whales, minke whales, and dolphins. Rarely also blue whales and pilot whales are seen. It regularly happens that we see 3 or even more species on one tour. This makes whale watching in Snaefellsnes so special since we never know in advance what we can expect.

Whale Watching in Snaefellsnes with Láki Tours

We are sure most travelers have heard of Husavík who advertises itself as the most famous place for whale watching in Iceland. But this also means there are plenty of boats in the bay. It rarely happens that only one boat is watching a whale. Currently, 4 companies offer whale watching tours from Husavik and all of them have several boats. In contrast, there is Láki Tours, the only whale watching company around Snaefellsnes. We work only with very experienced guides on our boats and we always do our very best to offer a very unique experience for our guests. We are also proud about our cooperation with Orca Guardians,  an independent conservation nonprofit dedicated to the protection of orcas in Iceland.

For us, it is very essential that our guests do not experience only a unique whale watching tour but that they also learn something about these impressive animals.

Our Whale Watching Location

Snaefellsnes is only a short drive away from Reykjavik (you need approximately 2.5 hours to reach Grundarfjordur or 3 hours to reach Olafsvik). Therefore, we have many guests coming by rental car to our place. Even if you are staying only a few days in Reykjavik it is worth to leave town for a unique whale watching tour. Plus, Snaefellsnes has so many impressive natural sights to offer that it is absolutely worth to spend at least one night in the area. Why not check if our cozy guesthouse in Grundarfjordur still has availability for your travel dates? In case you spend more than a day on Snaefellsnes we highly recommend to schedule your whale watching tour on the first day. In case of unpleasant weather where we might have to cancel our tour, you would be able to easily reschedule it to the next day.


So here is a quick summary of why Snaefellsnes is THE place for whale watching in Iceland

  • Best place to see orcas in Iceland
  • The only place in Iceland where sperm whales are seen
  • Three or more species are regularly seen on only one tour
  • No other boats in the area
  • Very experienced guides on our boats

By clicking the buttons below you can learn more about our whale watching tours from Olafsvik (summer) and Grundarfjordur (winter).

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