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Enjoy whale watching in Grundarfjörður, Iceland! About Boat: Láki SH55 which is a traditional oak fishing boat, giving an elegant ride. This charming boat is excellent for whale watching and bird watching with its slow rocking motion and open deck. It is a quiet boat that can get up close to the cliffs where the seabirds nest and has enough room for passengers to move around, getting the optimum view of what they are watching. Whale Watching: We offer a unique whale watching tour from Snæfellsnes from 15th November to 15th September. Nowhere else in Iceland is there a better chance to see two of the ocean’s top predators, sperm whales and orcas, than along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula coastline. The orcas are more often seen in winter and early in the summer, during April and June, but there is a chance of seeing them all the way through the summer months. Male sperm whales can be seen especially in June in deeper water. We also regularly see Minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. On some rare occasions we have the privilege of watching pilot whales migrating past the peninsula in large aggregations. The landscape is magnificent around the glacier Snæfellsjökull, and even more so from sea. Duration: Approx. 3 hours Prices: - Adults (16+): $95 USD - Youths (12 - 15): $50 USD - Children (0 - 11): Free
We are a thriving family-owned company in Grundarfjörður which specializes in whale watching and birdwatching tours. We offer first-class boat trips that allow all our passengers to enjoy what is on offer. Our aim is to bring our customers as close to the whales as possible, without impacting negatively on them and their magnificent environment. Our policy of responsible whale watching involves respecting the world of the whale by approaching them slowly and carefully, by not encroaching on their space and by making sure that we never outstay our welcome.
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Frequently Asked Questions: When is the best time to see orcas with you? - As we are dealing with nature and wild animals, we cannot predict orca sightings for the future. Orcas swim up to 120 km per day, and if they want to leave the area quickly, they can certainly do so – in return, they can also appear as unexpectedly. December and March have proven to be good months for winter sightings; in the summer we often see them in May and June. However, this all can change in the future! When is the best time to see sperm whales with you? - Again, we are dealing with wild animals, and sperm whale sightings cannot be predicted either. In the past, we have often seen sperm whales in June, but have recently discovered that they can be observed during the winter months as well. Can we see blue whales on your trips? - We have not sighted any blue whales in the last two years, so chances of seeing blue whales with us are not very high. What other whales or dolphins can be seen around Snæfellsnes? - We encounter white-beaked dolphins all year round, as well as Minke whales (but they are more numerous in the summer), humpback whales (rather unpredictable – can appear both in winter and summer), pilot whales (on rare occasions in the late summer months), and harbour porpoises (both in summer and winter). Do you use sonar to search for the whales? - No, we do not. There is no equipment we can use to find whales and dolphins. We use our profound knowledge of the area, and our eyes and binoculars to spot the animals. We always have experienced spotters on board that will constantly search for the animals. How close will I get to the whales? - How close you will get is up to the animals. We never force a close encounter, and we follow strict whale watching guidelines on how to approach the animals as part of our company’s ecofriendly policy – this includes going really slow once we encounter the animals or shutting down the motor completely, keeping a distance and leaving the animals their space, approaching them from the side and following them parallel to avoid any interference with their natural behavior. It is always on the animal’s terms how close they want to come. What clothes should I wear for the tour? - You need to dress warmly for all our tours! In the winter, several layers of clothes are strongly advised, as well as gloves, scarf, hat, and winter shoes. On our winter trips, we will provide you with overalls to put over your winter clothes. In the summer you also need to dress warmly, and bring gloves, hats, and scarves as well. We sometimes go out on an open boat with no major indoor facilities, so it is your responsibility to dress according to three cold hours on sea. Do you have toilet facilities on board? - Yes, we do. Do you sell snacks and drinks on board? - No. Our winter whale watching passengers are offered a cup of hot chocolate, but that is included in the tour price. Can I smoke on the boat? - No. Smoking is not allowed on any of our boats. In the summertime, we let our passengers board next to a boat gas station, so you do not want to come anywhere near the boat with a cigarette. I get seasick easily. What can I do? - There is medication that you can take, but you need to take it at least one hour before the trip starts. We do not sell seasickness pills of any kind on board. If you want to prevent getting seasick during the tour, the best place for you is at the back of the boat where it’s not shaking so much, and standing up outside in the fresh air, looking towards the horizon and balancing the movements of the boat with your legs. Few passengers that follow these instructions actually get seasick.