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Gentle Giants Whale Watching | Whale & Dolphin Watching

Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you to join us.

Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from Húsavík, in the north of Iceland - often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe.

Our company in proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjálfandi Bay.

Welcome aboard traditional Icelandic oak boats or modern RIB speedboats in search of the giants of the ocean. Your chances of seeing whales are up to 97-99%.


April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November


Short (1-3 hours) • Half-day (3-6 hours) • Full day (6-9 hours) • Multi-day

Vessel types

Large boat (50+ passengers) • Rigid inflatable • Small boat (0-50 passengers)

Times and prices

Húsavík Whale Watching - Our Bestsellers

GG1 Whale Watching

Experience the traditional tour from Húsavík. Our birthplace is often considered by visitors as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. It is a unique adventure at sea - watching the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vík.

GG2 Big Whale Safari & Puffins

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. On this tour we also include a visit to the Puffin Island, where you can experience thousands of puffins, "The Clowns of the Ocean", during the nesting period (April 15th - August 20th).

About our skippers and naturalist guides

We are very proud of our staff which consists of both local and international people of all ages with various backgrounds and experiences.

Get to know our team.


Access to wheelhouse • Deck with 360?vision • Disabled access • Hands-on materials (bones, shells etc) • Naturalist guide(s) as well as skipper • On-site visitor center / museum • Onboard research • PA system • Posters / displays / maps • Public participation in research • Reading material available • Restrooms / toilets on board • Snacks / drinks • Support conservation • Use a code of conduct

We frequently

See a whale's tail • See leaping dolphins • See leaping whales • Showered by whale blows • Watch dolphins only • Watch whales and dolphins • Watch whales only

Baleen Whales

Blue Whale • Fin Whale • Humpback Whale • Minke Whale • Sei Whale

Toothed Whales

Killer Whale / Orca • Long-finned Pilot Whale

Beaked Whales

Northern Bottlenose Whale

Ocean Dolphins

White-beaked Dolphin


Harbour Porpoise

Other wildlife and points of interest

Diverse bird life in our bay. Approximately 300.000 puffins, arctic terns, gannets, fulmars etc. Seals are also spotted occasionally. For more information about our most common sightings:

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+354 464 1500
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2013 Responsible Whale Watch Partnership:Click here to read more about the partnership