Whale Watching in Ólafsvík

Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see the ocean's top predators—sperm whales, pilot whales, and orcas—than along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula coastline. So, join a whale-watching tour from the town of Ólafsvík on the peninsula's northern side (about 2.5 hours from Reykjavik) and experience these amazing creatures in their wild habitat.

This unique trip takes you into the sea around Snaefellsnes, where ocean giants swim in the shadow of the magnificent Snæfellsjökull Glacier. There's a better chance of seeing orcas in the winter, spring, and early summer (February to early July), but they're also in the area through the summer months.

You can view male sperm whales between March and June in deeper water. In July and into autumn, the chances of seeing pilot whales, often in groups of hundreds of animals, increase. Other whales in the area include humpback whales and minke whales, plus white-beaked dolphins. You'll get as close as the tour can without disturbing the animals.

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