We originally planned to depart from Husavik, but the staff firmly discouraged us from doing so due to very rough waters. We had pre-paid, and I was impressed by the options that they offered--go (and risk a miserable trip), try later in the afternoon, drive to calmer waters in Hjalteyri, or get a refund. It worked for us to go to Hjaltyri and we had a very pleasant and successful day. We had repeated, very close looks at 2 humpbacks and one distant view of 2 bottlenose--a rarer event.Tips: If you are in the front of the boat, and near the rail, you will be sprayed. They move the boat to try to optimize views for all people in the boat. If you can take cold winds and standing for the whole trip, your best view might be at the very top--you will need to be in the front of the line to secure a spot there. Its a long, and for us uneventful ride out to where whales are likely to be. If you would rather drive than travel by boat, you might look for a vendor farther north. The staff were great--organized, friendly, informative, and they serve good cocoa!
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