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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Borea

Borea is a fully licensed adventure guiding company based in Ísafjörður in the heart of the Westfjords of Iceland.

The founders of Borea have always recognized the great potential of adventure tourism surrounding their home, yet little was being done to encourage it. They wanted to let people enjoy their home environment in the same way they had done since they were young.

Borea was created in 2006 and focuses on both short day trips for everyone and exclusive expeditions to remote corners in the Arctic.

The company is operated by sailors, climbers, skiers, and sea kayakers that find their inspiration in the unique wilderness that surrounds them.

All our guides are local Icelanders and good friends that have designed each trip to operate in full harmony with nature.

Borea Adventures is run by Rúnar Karlsson and Nanný Arna Guðmundsdóttir. They are both born in Ísafjörður and living there. They have years of experience in all sorts of outdoor activities in Iceland and know the Westfjords like the back of their hand. The company only hires guides with thorough knowledge in backcountry skiing, sea kayaking, hiking and that have great respect for the natural environment.

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Rib Safari Vestmannaeyjar

We at Ribsafari are islanders and have lived and worked in Westman islands (Vestmannaeyjar) all our lives. Since birth we have been going on trips on RIB boats and visited the islands all surrounding the main island Heimaey. We are extremely proud of our beautiful islands. And of course we want you to experience them as a local.

Join us in terrifc trips sailing around the islands, we will introduce the islands to you and the life we live here. Just check out our Tripadvisor Reviews as you can see our customers have really enjoyed our trips. You can choose from various trips all dependent on your interest and time. We have scheduled trips from 15. april to 1. september but are opened really at all hours so you just need to contact us or drop by at the harbour in Vestmannaeyjar.

Let’s have a spendid time togehter.

Looking forward for seeing you.

Office:
Vestmannaeyjar Harbour

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Viking Tours

The History

 

875
The islands are named after Gaelic slaves who had been captured into slavery by Norsemen. The Old Norse word Vestmenn, literally „Westmen“, was applied to the Irish, and retained in Icelandic even though Ireland is further east than Iceland. (In contrast, the Norse Gaels often called themselves Ostmen or Austmenn – „East-men“.)

Not long after Ingólfur Arnarson arrived in Iceland, his blood brother Hjörleifur was murdered by the slaves he had brought with him. Ingólfur tracked them down to the Vestmannaeyjar and killed them all in retribution, hence the name Vestmannaeyjar (the islands of the west men). This is speculated to have occurred in AD 875.

1627
On 16 July 1627, in an event known as the Turkish abductions, the islands were captured by a fleet of three ships of Barbary Pirates from Algiers, who stayed there until 19 July under the control of Ottomans. They had earlier raided the east of Iceland and Murat Reis from Salé in Morocco had commanded another raid in Grindavík in June of that year. The pirates captured 234 people from the islands and took them on a 27-day voyage to Algiers, where most of them spent the rest of their lives in bondage.[6] One of the captives, Lutheran minister Ólafur Egilsson, managed to return in 1628 and wrote a book about his experience.[7] In 1636, ransom was paid for 34 of the captives, and most of them returned to Iceland. After this, a small fort was built on Skansinn (that is, ‘the bastion’), and an armed guard was established to keep watch from the mountain Helgafell for the approach of ships.

1904
For centuries, the people of the Vestmannaeyjar had a hard struggle for existence, living from fishing and wild birds and their eggs, which they gathered in the cliffs and rock stacks offshore. At the end of the 19th century, when the population was about 600, great changes took place in the lifestyle of the islanders. In 1904, the first motorised boat was purchased, and more followed soon afterwards.

1930
By 1930, the population had risen to 3,470. The Vestmannaeyjar have always been at the forefront of developments in fishing and sea food processing, and are the most productive fishing centre in the country.

1968
Shortage of fresh water was also a problem for a long time, but a great improvement took place in 1968 when a pipeline was laid.

1973
The area is very volcanically active, like the rest of Iceland. There were two major eruptions in the 20th century: the eruption in 1963 that created the new island of Surtsey, and the Eldfell eruption of January 1973, which created a 200-metre-high mountain where a meadow had been, and caused the island’s 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland.

2000
In 2000, Heimaey stave church, a replica of the Haltdalen Stave Church containing a replica of the St Olav frontal, was erected at Skansinn as a gift from the Norwegian government to Iceland, commemorating the conversion of Iceland to Christianity a thousand years before.

Husavik Adventure

Husavik Adventures provides you with one of the most exciting adventures Iceland has to offer. We are located in the best region to experience whales in their natural environment alongside various seabirds, including puffins as well as other beautiful scenery. Our area has also a great variation full with history, making our Buggy tours thrilling, yet historical at the same time

We offer you a memorable experience with a passionate crew. Our whale watching tours are made in one of the country’s most innovative RIB boats, that will take you as close as possible to the whales, dolphins and puffins in Husavik. Our Buggy cars are brand new 800 cc cars that will rock your world in the wilderness around Húsavík.

Office:
Húsavík Harbour

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Ambassador Sea Tours Iceland

Ambassador was founded by the whale watching enthusiast, captain Magnus Gudjonsson in 2013 in the town of Akureyri in northern Iceland. The company soon gained very good reputation and in early 2017 we also started tours from the Reykjavik harbor.

FIRST CLASS TOURS

Our goal has always been to deliver first-class tours, where safety and quality are the key factors. All our tours are constructed with passion by wildlife experts to deliver the ultimate whale watching experience for you and your companions.

The Ambassador team is a perfect mix of professionalism and passion and we strive to make your tour unforgettable while respecting the delicacy of the environment in which we operate. We love whale watching, and we want to share our wealth of knowledge and provide you with a genuine and entertaining whale watching experience.

Our vessels are specially designed for whale watching. They are fast, stable and safe, designed to give you the best possible viewing angles while complying with the strictest safety standards for comfort and cleanliness. Since we get excellent reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor, we are confident that once you set your foot on board you will agree.

Office:
Torfunesbryggja
Akureyri

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Salka Whale Watching

The Family
Salka is a family owned company. The family has years of experience in the tourist business: running restaurants since 1997 and Salka whale watching since 2012.

Our Crew
Our captains are expert fishermen and whale watching captains, so they know their ways on boats and how to steer them pleasantly across the sea and around the animals.
Our guides have excellent wildlife and nature knowledge and are more than happy to share information and their experience with our guests.

Enjoy the Ride
Our goal is to give every passenger sufficient space and to ensure complete comfortable on board, allowing them to enjoy the wildlife, while nature is impacted as little as possible.
We encourage our passengers to ask the crew as many questions during the tour as they like.
We Respect the Nature and our Environment
As part of our responsible whale watching policy we support the campaign Meet Us Don’t Eat Us and recommend the Whale Friendly restaurants to our customers.
Salka Whale Watching follows IceWhale’s Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching!
We believe in responsible tourism and we encourage you to take the Icelandic pledge, you could even win a trip to Iceland.

Office:
Garðarsbraut 7

 

Reykjavík Sailors Whale Watching

Reykjavik Sailors offer all sorts of sea adventure like whale watching – Northern lights and our special Creatures of the sea tour.

Our experienced team will guide you through an adventure that’s hard to find elsewhere.
Our ship has three outdoor viewing plat- forms and a large indoor saloon always full with light snacks, beer and soft drinks. This ship is great for dinner cruises for both large and exclusive groups. Our whale watching ship Gullfoss has three outdoor viewing platforms and a large indoor saloon always full with light snacks, beer and soft drinks.

Office:
Hlésgata, Vesturbugt F
101 Reykjavík

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Whale Safari

Whale Safari was founded in 2006 under the name of Sea Safari. We are pioneers in whale watching on RIB boats in Iceland, the first ones on the water. Ingólfur Guðlaugsson founded the company with the ambition to bring nature lovers and adventurers closer to the wildlife of Faxaflói Bay, including its whales, dolphins and birds.

In 2015 Torfi G Yngvason bought the company and took over the reigns. Mr. Yngvason has worked in the outdoor guiding industry for his entire adult life, having founded Arctic Adventures, Glacier Guides, Arctic Rafting and worked as a guide for more then a decade.

Our aim is to provide outstanding tours in harmony with nature.

We use our fast RIB boats with the utmost respect for the wildlife. The capability, manoeuvrability and speed of RIB boats means that we can cover a larger area then the standard whale watching ships. This increases our odds of viewing whales, dolphins and puffins in their natural habitat. When we do find our marine mammal friends you will be closer to them and the ocean than ever possible on the larger ships. Viewing these magnificent beings from a RIB boat is a once in a lifetime experience not soon to be forgotten.

REYKJAVIK’S ORIGINAL & ONLY RIB BOAT WHALE WATCHING OPERATOR

We are proud to be the first and only small group whale watching company as well as being the first operator in Reykjavík that uses RIB boats along side bigger ships for whale watching. Whale Safari (and its former name Sea Safari) is a family owned company that began with a keen and real passion for wildlife, boats and people. In our mind whale watching and puffin tours are a great way to unite these interests while giving locals and foreign visitors to Iceland the chance to view Iceland’s marine life.

The company was founded in 2006, and over the years our tours and services have changed and progressed a great deal; from the humble beginnings of seasonal tours to a year-round operation. It´s not hard to imagine why whale watching has become one of the top three tourist adventures in Iceland.

EXPERIENCE AND PASSION AT WHALE SAFARI

We believe that our experience and passion enable us to deliver the best tours humanly possible. We truly put great care and detail into our services and customer care. We have profound respect and love for nature as it has become a lifestyle for us. As our tours are authentic wildlife tours each trip can be remarkably different then the previous. We wish all our guests the best of luck!

Office:
Ægisgarður 5
101 Reykjavík
Hof Cultural Center
600 Akureyri

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Special Tours Iceland

Special Tours was founded in 1996 as a Puffin Watching & School Trip Sea Tour Operator. We are very proud to be the first company in our marketplace to offer these unique tours from Reykjavik & for being able to have expanded into offering all the other sea adventures we offer today.

Special Tours Wildlife Adventures is known amongst passengers and partners for its ambitious & hard working team, aiming for great adventures for every tour and for every client. Our staff excels in running the operation of Whale Watching Tours, Puffin Tours, Sea Angling and Northern Lights Excursions.

Special Tours’ main focus is comfort and personal service, while making sure we protect and respect the environment. We have a skilled & friendly crew, as well as an experienced guide on every tour.

Special Tours offers sea adventures all year around, both to individuals and groups. We offer competitive prices and put a great emphasis on excellent service and a great experience on our tours. We are continuously developing our service and range of products, as well as finding new ways to excel in whatever we offer.

Our employees all cherish the company’s environmental policy and together we are working towards sustainable tourism.

As a part of our social responsibility policy we support the local community as well as focusing in building a good relationship with our fellow colleagues in the sector, our neighbors, suppliers and customers.

Special Tours main goal is to be a leading company in sustainable tourism in Iceland along with providing excellent customer service and great variety of tours to our customers.

Office:
Reykjavík´s Old Harbour
101 Reykjavík

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