Frequently Asked Questions about Whale Watching

We highly recommend you to book your whale watching tour in advance! Because of the great demand for our Húsavik whale watching tours and sailing trips, we recommend booking with few days notice.

Booking online

You can book our whale watching tours through our online booking system.

Booking by e-mail
Send an email to our Travel Help Team with basic information about the tour you‘re interested in, what date you are thinking of and then something about you or those going on the tour. Our travel experts will quickly get back you with information on availability and assist you in making a reservation.

Booking over the phone
Please call Customer Service at: +354 464 7272 where our travel experts will answer all your booking related questions and assist you in making a reservation.

Whales are wild animals that roam freely from place to place covering vast distances in a short amount of time. Seeing whales out in the wild can therefore never be guaranteed in the same sense as seeing whales or dolphins in a water park or an enclosed area. What we can guarantee is that the odds of seeing whales on North Sailing whale watching tours are excellent.

Our success in seeing whales over the past 20 years is outstanding and we invite you to visit our whale watching logbooks where you can browse our whale sightings from season to season back in time. In the unlikely event that you don´t see whales on your trip, we’ll offer you another trip free of charge.

The element of surprise is for sure one of the things that makes watching marine wildlife so exciting. You simply never know what species you might come across. Over the years the humpback whale has been among the most commonly sighted members of the cetacean family which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises.


Minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises are seen quite frequently, and the colossal Blue whale has been a regular guest early in the season.

Between April and August, the Puffin island is the home to over 200,000 Puffins! If you’re interested in seeing the puffin, choose our Whales and Puffins tour, as it’s the only tour that sails by the Puffin island!

All whale watching tours from Húsavík are 3 hours except Whales and Puffins where we spend an extra 30 minutes sailing around Puffin Island.

Prices for our whale watching tours can be seen here.

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Your safety is our priority concern. Our captains and crew are experienced sailors, many of whom have a been local fishermen for years. We rely on their judgement when it comes to weather and conditions and whether tours should be cancelled or not.


If you are travelling long distances on the day of your tour, we strongly advise you contact our booking office to check weather conditions (Tel: +354 464 7272).

When trips are cancelled we will do our outmost to get you out on the next trip which most often is possible. Should your trip be cancelled you have to contact our booking office and ask for your booking to be transferred.

All times are good to go whale watching! Whether it’s in the morning, midday, or afternoon, it all comes down to a little bit of luck since we’re dealing with wild nature. But with 98.6% success rate last summer, the chances are definitely in your favour!

A rule of thumb is to dress as warmly as possible before heading out! If possible, grab a hat and gloves. It can often be quite cold staying out on sea for three hours. We don’t recommend wearing sandals.

Aboard we keep raincoats and warm overalls if necessary.

Yes, we have a 3-day expedition at Summer Solstice. Click here for more info.

Yes, children of all ages are welcome and it’s also fine to take strollers with you on board. We recommend to dress the children warmly.

No, we don’t. We do however offer hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls on the way back. You’re more than welcome to bring your own refreshments though!

No, we kindly ask people not to smoke during the tour.

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