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Gentle Giants Whale Watching

#2 of 19 things to do in Husavik Features Animals
| Harbour Side, Husavik 640, Iceland
+354 464 1500
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USD 91.94*
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík
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Big Whale Safari and Puffins Tour from Húsavík
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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 Husavik, in the north of Iceland – often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. Our company is proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjalfandi 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%.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 07:30 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Harbour Side, Husavik 640, Iceland
+354 464 1500
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Reviewed yesterday

We followed two humpback whales around as they enjoyed their lunch. Great views. Knowledgeable staff. Good hot chocolate and pastry. A great excursion!

Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited Husavik in the beginning of August and took Big Whale Safari & Puffins tour by Gentle Giants. It took approx. 2,5 hours and the weather during the trip was awesome. Thanks to RIB boats and cooperation among the captains we could find the...More

Thank Dzmitry M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good trip! Saw whales several times, the captain was very quick to spot them and rush over. Staff were really nice and knowlegable, and the hot chocolate was tasty! Not crowded so we could move around quite a bit, would definitely recommend!!

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took an authentic boat cruise for 3 hours. Spotted 2 hump backs and watched them for 40 minutes. Been on two other cruises in Nz and California and not spotted like this. Great time had by all of us.

Thank JimGillett
Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously every trip is different and whale sightings cannot be guaranteed so my rating is based on overall experience. For us, the weather was lovely, the sea was calm and we had high hopes. The tour was on an old fishing boat which isn't the...More

Thank Fruit_Tart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gentle Giants uses zodiac inflatable boats, which gives them a lot of maneuverability to get near a whale quickly. The boat holds about 15 people, and we were all fully outfitted in waterproof, fleece-lined suits with goggles, gloves, and rubber boots. We first went to...More

Thank SKFM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit pricy but worth taking the speedboat, since more fun while waiting for whales to pop up. Seen quite a few as also this type of boats go faster from one sighting to the other. Recommended!

Thank FnnF
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rib boats are big, fast and quite comfy if you are used to a zodiac. The whale watching is spectacular with a lot of humpbacks right in the bay so you don't have a long ride. The big boats do get to the whales...More

1  Thank marekw
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awesome experience. The skipper really knew his stuff. It was a rough day on the sea but we had some great viewing due to his calm control of the boat and knowledge of the animals. It was one of those memorable experiences...More

Thank JoRata
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Richardo was our leader. He was fun and informational. We saw many puffins next to the bird island. We saw two whales and dolphins feeding. Got many great photos. They take good care of us and the speed boat was fast. Great fun.More

Thank kenneth h
Charla_Basran, Researcher/Guide at Gentle Giants Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Kenneth H, Thank you for the very nice review! Wonderful to hear that you appreciated your guide Ricardo, and you took many great photos on your whale and puffin tour with the RIB speedboat! It is indeed a fun way to see the wildlife...More

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connie f
22 April 2017|
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Response from Charla_Basran | Property representative |
Dear connie f, It is possible to make a tour without booking in advance. However, we do recommend booking before at least a few days in advance, especially during the high season from June to August. You can always change... More
30 September 2016|
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Response from as2016101 |
Thanks for your thoughtful input and observations.
29 August 2016|
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Response from MemiMemole | Reviewed this property |
Hello Gioske, I'm sorry but we took the tour on August 20th, therefore we weren't together. We were offered an alcoholic drink made of local herbs. Very good!
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