Unforgettable start to the Whale Watching season: Killer whales and Blue whale spotted!
Whale watching season has officially started in Húsavík, and it is an exciting time for all visitors and locals alike! The picturesque Húsavík is known as the whale watching capital of Iceland for a good reason.
Our hometown is located on the shore of Skjálfandi Bay – a unique feeding ground and home to a diverse range of whale species, including humpback whales, minke whales and even blue whales. So let’s jump on board and explore together this year!
Surprise encounter with Killer Whales
The season is off to a great start with stunning spring weather conditions and surprising moments in wild nature! During one of the first tours, we had a fantastic encounter with a big pod of orcas spread across the bay. There’s nothing quite like being in the presence of these incredible creatures and feeling the power of their movements as their dorsal fins gracefully slice through the water. The passengers were excited, and the crew couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear about how excited they were to meet rarely seen killer whales in Skjálfandi Bay. We felt so lucky to have witnessed such a beautiful display of nature at the beginning of the season!
The mighty Blue whale spotted in Skjálfandi Bay
After surprisingly seeing orcas, we were treated by the mighty blue whales on the 3rd of March in Húsavík! And looking into our logbooks, we usually don’t see blue whales that early in the season.
They are rather seen during the spring or early summertime, and most sightings have occurred in April, May and June in recent years. Blue whales and killer whales are a rare and special sight in the bay and are by far not as common as humpbacks, minke whales and white-beaked dolphins. We can’t wait to see what is roaming in the bay tomorrow!
Húsavík is not only an excellent place for whale watching, but it is also a lovely town with plenty to see and do. The town is home to several museums, including the Húsavík Whale Museum, dedicated to whales with many exciting exhibitions. After the tour we highly recommend Gamli Baukur, which is situated in the heart of the harbour, for its delightful menu featuring local seafood and excellent vegetarian options. In addition, there are many coffee houses around the harbour, as well as a geothermal swimming pool that provides an excellent opportunity to unwind and recharge after a full day of whale watching.
Book your whale watching tour today
If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, add Húsavík to your itinerary and experience the thrill of whale watching in perfect surroundings! Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring a camera to capture unforgettable moments in wild nature.