With our speedboats we can offer our passengers more area to cover in search for the gentle giants. A RIB is faster than the wind and makes it therefore more likely for us to find the big whales. Normally we do not have to leave our bay to look for whales of any kind, but on this tour we focus on finding the bigger ones – further out. Nothing is guaranteed but on this tour, your chances to encounter some of the world's biggest animals ever increase – BIG TIME!
On this tour we also include a visit to the Puffin Island, where you can experience thousands of puffins, the "Clowns of the Sea", during the nesting period (April 15th – August 20th approximately).
ISK 19990 (incl. 11% VAT)
ISK 13990 (incl. 11% VAT)
Minimum age is 8 years and minimum height 130 cm.
Minimum number of six required in a standard tour, or you can rent a boat for a private trip.
A specialized guide and warm safety overalls.
April 1st – October 31st.
The puffin season is from April 15th – August 20th approximately.
See our timetable below for daily tours.
Approximately 2 hours.
The tour on RIB speedboats is not allowed for passengers with heart- or back problems or pregnant women. Minimum age is 8 years and minimum height 130 cm.
For your safety and comfort, we reserve the right to change schedules, even with short notice, should weather or other conditions change.
Show your Gentle Giants boarding pass and get various discounts by local companies in Húsavík.
The Big Whale Safari & Puffins from Húsavík is an exciting adventure and is the original RIB whale watching tour in Iceland. After you have been equipped with a warm safety overall and a life vest, step aboard a modern RIB speedboat and head out to the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay. Your specialized wildlife guide will demonstrate the safety on board and give you live commentary on the sights encountered throughout the tour. Your RIB speedboat is more spacious than most others in the area thus offering higher comfort and a personal atmosphere for the maximum of 12 passengers on board.
Your first visit is Puffin Island during the nesting period (April 15th – August 20th approximately) where you can observe thousands of colourfully-beaked puffins, often called the "Clowns of the Ocean".
After a short pit stop by the island, your journey continues into the deeper waters of Skjálfandi Bay and it is time to start looking out for whales. With the high speed, your boat can get faster around and the chances increase of spotting some of the bigger whales, such as majestic blue whales and acrobatic humpback whales, although it is good to keep in mind that nature is unpredictable. Watching whales in a respectful way in their wild natural environment from a RIB speedboat is a unique experience.
You will get warm extra clothing before your tour but it is highly recommended to bring own warm and waterproof clothes, footwear and protective bags for cameras as it can be cold and wet out at sea.
Gentle Giants is a truly local family run company with more than 160 years of family history in Skjálfandi Bay.
"The small speed boat is perfect because you can see on both sides and you are close enough to hear the whales move through the water. It was done respectful to the nature and the whales – I would love to do it again!"