Gentle Giants Whale Watching

Gentle Giants Whale Watching

Harbour-side

Post Box 270

640 Husavik , Iceland

Tel.: +354 464 1500

Fax.: +354 464 1501

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Gentle Giants Whale Watching in Húsavík Iceland

With Gentle Giants you can experience exciting seafaring adventures. We are located in the beautiful fishing village Húsavík, in the north of Iceland. Our town has gained a reputation of being the whale watching capital of Europe – for a reason of course. With a 98% success rate of spotting whales, our aim is to raise general awareness and interest in whales as well as their habitat. Welcome to experience unforgettable adventures with us at Gentle Giants.

Our company is proud of its originality and background and is owned by people with vast experience in the field. We were born by the bay of Skjálfandi and our ancestors too. Way back!

What makes our seafaring adventures so memorable? Maybe the close-up encounters with whales (which you had only dreamt of before) together with stunning nature and personal service onboard? Maybe the great amounts of fresh fish which you can catch with your bare hands and cook the same evening? Maybe the sail around an island with 250.000 puffins above, around and under you. We can offer you experiences that you do not find elsewhere.

GENTLE GIANTS BESTSELLERS

GG1 – WHALEWATCHING

Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea – watching the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vík …

GG6 – PUFFINS EXCLUSIVE

In this one hour Puffins Exclusive Express Tour, we will take you to Puffin Island (Lundey) on our new boat Amma Sigga to see one of the largest puffin colonies in Iceland. This island is only 4,5 nautical miles from Húsavík harbour and with our fast RHIB we will take you there in only a few minutes …

GG7 – BIG WHALE SAFARI

With our new boat Amma Sigga we can offer our passengers more area to cover in search for the gentle giants. This RHIB is faster than the wind and makes it therefore more likely for us to find the big whales (humpback whales and blue whales) …

Elding – Whale-watching

Elding whale watching is located in Reykjavík. Whale watching tours are scheduled from Reykjavík April through September. Coach-pickup provided.

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Whale Watching in Iceland

Scheduled boat trips for whale watching, sea angling and bird watching in Dalvik, 42 km (26 miles) north of Akureyri, Iceland.

Each trip takes about three hours in a beautiful oak boat.

On each boat trip you will experience wild nature in Eyjafjordur, longest fjord in Iceland.

Whale watching, most common humpback whale, minke whale, dolphins and harbour porpoise. Catching fish on angle like real fisherman. Birdwatching in the cliffs and usually sailing around Hrísey island the pearl of Eyjafjordur (depends on the whalewatching). A wonderful adventure for the whole family. In the end of each trip you can taste fresh fish from your boat trip.

The Geysers

The Great Geyser is considered one of the greatest natural attraction in Iceland. In the 19th century the Geyser would shoot up 80-meters in the air, but today it has to be triggered by man.  It used to erupt every 60 minutes until the early 1900s when it became dormant.

Iceland Top Places to visit

Iceland top 10 Palces to Visit

If you are planning to visit Iceland you better be a fan of nature. Iceland’s nature is by far the most popular reason travellers visit the country. It is difficult to make a ranking list of the most interesting places to visit in Iceland but if one was to make such a list the outcome would be something like this:

1.  Asbyrgi

Asbyrgi can certainly be counted as one of nature’s wonders. This wonder of nature is 3 1/2 km long canyon with up to 100 m high walls occupied by fulmars during the breeding season. Asbyrgi is the northernmost section of the National Park Jokulsargljufur.

2.  Glaciers of Iceland

Almost all types of glaciers are found in Iceland, ranging from the small cirque glaciers to extensive glacier caps reminding one of the inland ice of Greenland. The latter are drained by broad lobe-shaped outlets or by valley glaciers of the alpine type.

3. Glacier fjords – Jokulfirdir

The West Fjords may not be one of the hot areas in Iceland. There are no active volcanoes but there are geothermal fields in some places although it’s not enough for house heating. One Glacier, Drangajokull, is on the high plains in the eastern part of the area.

4.  Glacier lagoon – Jokulsarlon

The Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon), a glacial river lagoon in Iceland, is part of one of the shortest rivers in Iceland, Jokulsa at Breidamerkursandi, which is only 1500 meters (4900 feet) long.

5.  Gullfoss and Geysir

Geysir is Iceland’ best known geyser area and includes the infamous geyser of geysers Geysir it self and his little brother Strokkur. Nest stop is Gullfoss, a huge waterfall in a cliff-girded canyon, it’s fall is about 32 meters. It plunges over rock ledges in a series of two cascades over 32 meters down into the deep.

6.  Myvatn

The natural beauty of the area is special and draws a stream of tourists in the summer, though it is not less beautiful in the winter. Popular tourist sites are the lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla, and the geothermal area east of amaskardur.The lake is drained by the Laxa, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in Iceland.

7.  Skaftafell

Skaftafell covers an area of about 1,600 sq km which spreads over three valley glaciers of the glaciers Skeidararjokull, Morsarjokull and Skaftafellsjokull on the southern fringes of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier ice-cap.

8.  South shore

When leaving Reykjavik you first will cross a mountain range to enter the wide plains of the south. In good weather you can see tens of miles to the mountains of the highlands, to the majestic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull that cover two volcanoes.

9.  Westmann Islands – Vestmannaeyjar

Sometimes called „Popeii of the north“ Vestmanneyjar is known for it’s lively volcano activities. The islands are located in a active volcanic area, which erupted last during the Heimaey eruption of 1973. Vestmannaeyjar, the Westmann Islands, are a group of 15 to 18 steep and rocky islands, with green mountain sides and ridges.

10. Thingvellir

The only place in the world were you can easily see the tectonic plates move apart from each other You can stand on the American tectonic plate and look over at the European tectonic plate. This is the only place in the world where it is easy to see it above sea level.

Geothermal Swimming pools

Swimming is popular in Iceland both by Icelanders and visitors. For more than 60 years swimming has been included in school curriculums so every Icelander is required by law to learn to swim. There is a great number of high quality swimming pools in Iceland, mostly due to the wealth of geothermal heat. Most of the pools not located in geothermal areas are indoors. The number of open air pools is far greater and those can be found all over the country.  They are open year-round, regardless of weather. Using open air swimming pools in Iceland is a unique experience, particularly when the outside temperatures are a few degrees below zero.

Swimming is one of the most common of activities in Iceland. Swimming lessons start early and are mandatory in schools and it’s not possible to graduate without passing a swimming test. Iceland in whole is a part of the ESPA, the European Spas Association.  Swimming in Geothermal swimming pools is popular in Reykjavik both by Icelanders and visitors. For more than 60 years swimming has been included in school curriculums so every Icelander is required by law to learn to swim.  There is a great number of high quality swimming pools in the capital area, mostly due to the wealth of geothermal heat. Most of the pools not located in geothermal areas are indoors. The number of open air pools is far greater and those can be found all over the country.  They are open year-round, regardless of weather.  Using open air swimming pools in Reykjavik and the capital area is a unique experience, particularly when the outside temperatures are a few degrees below zero.  There is nothing to beat a refreshing swim and relaxing dip in a hut pot – Hot tub in geothermal swimming pools all around Iceland.

What Makes the Northern Lights

What are the Northern Lights?

Looking up into the black, cloudless, Icelandic night sky the glittering stars are not the only thing that charm and amaze. The bright and colorful illumination that make the Northern Lights such a beautiful spectacle to behold quietly beg the question, What are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis and its sister phenomena in the south the Aurora Australis have been the subject of wonder and speculation for generations.

For decades scientist have studied their source and origin and have come to understand the phenomena. Explaining it however can be a challenge, but simply put, the Northern Lights are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.

These bright lights can best be seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

What makes the Northern Lights?

Scientists have suspected a connection between the Northern Lights and sunspot activity since about 1880. The suspicion was confirmed with research done in the 1950’s which confirmed that the Aurora Borealis is the result of electrons and protons from the sun which are blown towards the earth on what has been called the ‘solar wind’.

These solar winds continuously pushes on the Earth’s magnetic field (the magnetosphere), effecting it’s shape by stretching it into a long leeward tail commonly referred to as the magnetotail.

The Aurora Borealis makes its majestic appearance when energetic particles (protons and electrons) from the Sun enter the Earth’s magnetosphere and are captured in the magnetotail.

The particles are drawn towards the magnetic poles and become more dense there.

As the protons and electrons hit the ionosphere they collide violently with the gas atoms that layer the ionosphere. This adds energy to the gas atoms which in turn will release light and more electrons and the ionosphere starts to glow. The glowing ionosphere is what we call the Northern lights.

 

Colors of the Northern Lights

Auroral displays, especially those seen in Iceland, appear in many colours and the spectrum of colour depends on the distribution of different gases at different altitudes.

Pale green and yellow are the most common colors of the Northern Lights in Iceland but different shades of green and yellow fly by and create a wonderful display of light.
The ghostly green and yellow is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth.
Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet in the Aurora Borealis are rarer, they appear irregularly but can add depth and mystique to the show. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles while nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.

Appearance Of the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights appear in many forms and can be described as anything from small patches or scattered clouds of light to rippling streams, bulging arcs, or curtains flowing in an invisible wind. They can also flash along the dark velvet sky as shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. These shows of light can last for anything between a few minutes and up to hours depending on visibility and solar activity.

You can see Iceland aurora tours right here!

The Volcano Katla

The Katla volcano, located near the southern end of Iceland’s eastern volcanic zone, is hidden beneath the Myrdalsjokull icecap. Katla is one of Iceland’s most active and most dangerous volcanoes, infamous for its large eruptions happening on average every 50-100 years, causing devastating glacial floods.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano

The Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, is one of Iceland’s smallerice caps located in the far south of the island. As one of the more famous Icelandic volcanoes, it’s situated to the north of Skogar and to the west of the larger ice cap Myrdalsjokull.The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano 1,666 metres (5,466 ft) high, which has erupted relatively frequently since the last ice age. The mountain itself, a stratovolcano, stands at 1,651 metres (5,417 ft) at its highest point, and has a crater 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) in diameter, open to the north.

Strokkur – Iceland

Strokkur (Icelandic for „churn“) is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting about every 5–8 minutes to a height of some 30 meters (98 ft.).

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