Gentle Giants Whale Watching
Gentle Giants Whale Watching Husavik Reviews
Down To Luck Jul 04, 2008
We headed into Husavik and looked along the hrbour at the various whale watching tours and decided to go out on the Gentle Giants boat.
Just bought the tickets at the kiosk at the end of the pier, and it was about £120 for the four of us.
The boat, Sylvia, was clean and well maintained. Not a lot of people on it ,so you could wander the deck or go down into the cabin with ease.
A good commentary, in English, and in the cabin and around the boat there were information points with pictures and descriptions of the wildlife in the area.
Out in the bay we were soon surrounded by loads of Harbour Porpoises, and plenty of birs to see, though mainly puffins.
On thing though, even in July, it was really cold being out at sea. They did give you 'free' tea and coffee while out on the boat to try and heat you up :D
The boat sailed around for about 3 hours, and unfortunately we never came across any whales, which was a big disappointment. Not the fault of the tour operators as the whales are free to roam where they will, not in some seaworld theme park. A couple, from Inverness, we had met at Jokulsarlon had gone out here and seen Humpback and Blue whales, so really it is a lot down to luck.
Part of the Iceland June/July 08 travel blog
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Gentle Giants Whale Watching Jul 04, 2008
Húsavík is a small town in the north of Iceland on the shores of Skjálfandi bay. It is an easy drive from Myvatan and a good stopping point off the A1.
Húsavík has become a centre of whale watching in the north due to whales of different species that frequently enter the bay. It is also home to the Icelandic Phallological Museum,which contains specimens from every mammal that lives in Iceland. We didnt view this one!
We chose Gentle Giants for our tour and can highly recommend them.
The boats are well looked after and it is clearly a well regulated industry here with plenty of safety equipment with lots of recent test dates ;)
The tour itself was good .. nearly 2 hrs long and of course we got to see some whales.
The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about the whales and get us well briefed through out the tour.
refreshments were served mid trip and with a boat not too packed it was highly enjoyable.
We also took in the whales and horses ticket and enjoyed an icelandic horse ride ... the same comments fit for the well run stables.
worth visiting and enjoying the trips!
Part of the Nordic Expedition 2008 - Part 2 - Iceland travel blog