Whales of Iceland

Research and Education

Whales of Iceland, Marine Research Institute of Iceland and Elding, a family-run whale watching company, have worked together to on one of the most powerful whale research and education programs in Iceland. The research work is f.ex. carried out with satellite tracking on whales around Iceland, and guest can monitored they’re swimming behavior at interactive station at Whales of Iceland, designed by Gagarín, a company that
develops highly interactive media solutions that allow people to uniquely experience and understand research informations. Elding has for decades kept
track recordings of whales around Iceland with photographs and whale identity
registration. Together, Whales of Iceland and Elding offer education to students all over the world and receive tens of thousands of students annually.

Whales of Iceland audio guided app

You can prepare your visit to Whales of Iceland
by downloading the Whales of Iceland audio guided app to your phone or tablet. The app is a multilingual guidance throughout the exhibition, it also contains
alot of information about the whales in the North Atlantic, their biology, social behavior and fun facts. The app is free and accessible on both Appstore and Googleplay. You can also download the app on site.      We offer freewifii and headphones.

Whale Café & The Whale Souvenir Shop

Inside the exhibition there is a beautiful and relaxing beach where we serve coffee and freshly baked pastries. The café can seat more than 70 people and there is also a sofa area. There you can enjoy the restfullness with a tasty pastry and watch a beautiful whale video or read Moby Dick… The perfect haven when Icelandic weather shows its right face and the right place for good editation before continuing the journey

We are very proud of our souvenir shop. The shop is growing, but it always will be our little whale-souvenir shop. What’s unique about it is that we sell quite a wide range of local handmade products. We are working with individuals who send us products from home, all around our little / big island. Knitting grandmothers, families who work artwork from nature and small businesses selling Icelandic design. Of course, we also offer traditional products that all, regardless of nationality, need to by when traveling, like a magneton the fridge!

Location

Whales of Iceland is located at Grandi erea, Fiskislóð 23. Which is close to the old harbor and about 15 minutes’ walk from the city center. The Grandi area was previously a place for the fishing industri, where fisherman fixed theyr fishing nets and fishing vessels brought their catches. Today, Grandi is becoming one of Reykjavik’s most sought after areas, where you can find many of Iceland’s best restaurants, small shops selling Icelandic design mixed with supermarkets. Grandi is also home to museums that are suitable for everyone. Whales of Iceland is also a short walk to the whale watching area, which makes it easy to book a whale watching tour after a visit to Whales of Iceland. City
bus nr. 14 stops outside the exhibit as well as the Reykjavik sight seeing bus. Free parking

 

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Elding Whale Watching Iceland

DECADES OF EXPERIENCE AND YEAR-ROUND TOURS

Elding Whale Watching offers the most talked-about whale watching and sea adventure tours in Iceland. With decades of experience, we provide responsible whale watching tours, year round. Our other tours include incentive and exclusive tours, and the ferry to Viðey Island.

We also have seasonal tours. In summer we offer puffin watching and sea angling, and in winter our tours include Northern Lights Cruises and Imagine Peace Tours.

REYKJAVIK’S ORIGINAL WHALE WATCHING OPERATOR

We are proud to be the original whale watching operator in Reykjavík. Elding is a family owned company that began with a personal interest in wildlife, boats and people. Whale watching tours were the perfect way to unite these interests while giving locals and tourists the chance to experience Iceland’s marine life.

We started in 2000, and over the years our products and services have developed a great deal; from small-scale seasonal tours to year-round products, and whale watching is now one of the top three tourist activities in Iceland.

EXPANDING THE ‘ELDING’ BRAND

In early 2016 we began operating out of the heart of Akureyri in North Iceland where we now have two types of vessels and thus experiences to choose from (one 200 passenger catamaran and two 12 seater RIB’s). Our first year we had 100% whale sightings and we continue to see multiple whales daily! The unbeatable closeness to nature and wildlife is unlike any other.

As an added bonus – our complimentary tickets (in case there are no sightings on our tours) are now valid in either Reykjavík or Akureyri.

RESPONSIBLE WHALE WATCHING

We follow IceWhale’s codes of conduct for responsible whale watching as well as following our own stricter guidelines. We take part in international cooperation on the future of whale watching, e.g. IWC and Planet Whale. To advance our knowledge we participate and support marine biologists reserach on wildlife in our area. Elding also is the first and only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland.

Office:
Ægisgarður 5
101 reykjavík

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Gentle Giants

Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you aboard with us.

Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from the famous whale watching town Húsavík by Skjálfandi Bay, in the north of Iceland.

Our company was founded in 2001 when eleven experienced and diverse individuals in Húsavík decided to combine their years of expertise in a variety of fields to establish a new travel and tourism company in Húsavík. They restored an old oak boat, originally used for fishing and whale hunting, and put it back into use sailing visitors around Skjálfandi Bay searching for whales – not for hunting but for watching. The huge effort grew into a giant success and Gentle Giants has ever since employed great staff and enjoyed a rapidly increasing number of passengers.

The company is proud of its originality and background, owned by Stefán Guðmundsson and his family. He is also the CEO, marketing manager and a captain. Stefán has strong roots in the bay and has been a fisherman since childhood. We were born by the bay of Skjálfandi and our ancestors too. Read more about our 150 years of family history in the bay.

Gentle Giants operates a fleet of traditional Icelandic oak boats, modern RIB speedboats and a fiberglass boat. This gives us the possibility to offer you all kinds of adventures at sea, whether scheduled or private tours. Our staff consists of both local and international people of all ages with various backgrounds and experiences.

Gentle Giants’ goal is to make every guest a happy one. We are proud to receive the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the sixth consecutive year: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. It confirms and underlines that we are surely on the right track in outstanding service and delivering a great experience.

Office:
Habour Side
640 Húsavík

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Arctic Sea Tours

Arctic Sea Tours offers whale watching from Dalvik close to Akureyri in North Iceland. There are two option to go out whale watching, with and old traditional fishing boats where you can also fish on the same tour or in a fast and safe Rhib whale watching boat. Arctic Sea Tours is the only operator offering suspension seats on a rhib which are scientifically proven to provide better Shock Mitigation than any other seats.

We also have a variety of other sea adventures such as sea angling (fishing), and day tours out to the Arctic island Grimsey! Our location is 66°N close to the Arctic circle which lies just north of Iceland and through Grimsey island.

We operate licensed oak passenger boats, equipped according to strict standards set by the Icelandic Maritime Administration. We emphasize on personal service and small groups of passengers. We do our best to make your tour a special one and provide you with an unforgettable experience. We care greatly about the environment and animals around us and treat them with respect and caution, and ask that our visitors do the same.

LOCATION

Arctic Sea Tours ticket office is located just above the harbor on a street through Dalvik called Hafnarbraut 22 next to the petrol station N1 – when you drive through the town of Dalvik you will see our ticket office on the main road just above the harbor close to petrol pumps of N1, on the house there is a big orange sign with “Arctic Sea Tours logo and whale watching” that will lead you to us. If you can not find it you can call us at 00 354 7717600

Office:
Hafnarbraut 22
620 Dalvík

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