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Whale watching on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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Whales come to feed off Olafasvik and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula off Iceland’s west coast during the summer months. North Atlantic whales like humpbacks, but mostly blue whales come visiting in the summer but the usual inhabitants are minkes, sperm whales, orcas, basking sharks and dolphins. During the main season larger animals are spotted closer in to the land and in recent years the number of sperm whale and blue whale sightings has increased as water temperatures change. The glacial backdrop is also spectacular, especially on a lovely bright day and makes for pleasant views while you wait for a fin.

Written by  Frida Elba.

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whale watching is a wonderful experience one can have in ones life.I have been to shark watching but never had the opportunity to watch whales.

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Where did you have your shark watching experience? Did you go out in a boat in the same way that whale watchers do or was it from the shore? Is it dangerous?

If you are looking for activities in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula area we recommend the Unique Adventure Tour from Stykkisholmur: A fantastic bird and nature watching tour with fresh scallop tasting.

For whale watching I recommend Elding in Reykjavik and North Sailing in Husavik,

Enjoy Iceland!


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Thanks Kristrun - did you want to write a review of the experiences you're recommending so we can add them to the list of 'Things to do in Iceland'?

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