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Whale Watching Icelandic Holiday

Break Available: May - end Sept (Core June - End August)
5 Night Break

Price per person: From £1,725

You may ask why go to Husavik for Whale Watching. There are three reasons!

1) With a 98% incidence of whale sightings, Husavik is not called the European Capital of Whale Watching for no reason!
2) The scenery is simply breathtaking with superb volcanic landscapes of lava fields and craters
3) You have the opportunity to whale watch whilst sailing on a traditional restored schooner!

Highlights

  • Stay in Husavik; the Whale Watching Capital of Europe with one whale watching boat trip
  • Golden Circle SuperJeep Tour including; Gullfoss waterfall, Pingvellir, Geysers
  • Blue Lagoon visit
  • Explore spectacular volcanic scenery of the north including Dimmuborgir, Krafla caldera, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss and Dettifoss Waterfalls
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik. Transfer to Blue Lagoon

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik. Transfer to Blue Lagoon

Fly to Reykjavik where on arrival take the Flybus to the Blue Lagoon, Icelands most famous attraction.

Enjoy bathing and relaxing in the geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. In addition to bathing there is a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam bath with white walls that resemble silica mud, and a cosy steam bath carved into a lava cave.

Take a FlyBus transfer to overnight in Reykjavik.

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DAY 2
SuperJeep Golden Circle Tour

DAY 2
SuperJeep Golden Circle Tour

This guided SuperJeep Tour is a must for anyone that has not been to Iceland before. You will walk in the dramatic Pingvellir mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins. If you are lucky and the weather conditions are right the guide sometimes take you up in the SuperJeep for a short drive actually on the Glacier.

Finally time allowing the guide will also add a visit to the stunning blue-green volcanic basalt lake Kerid, before your return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon (Between 5-6pm depending upon the conditions) to overnight.

Please note the maximum number of passengers in the SuperJeep is 6 in order to give you a very personal and individual tour. This is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, or the very large SuperJeep Tours with 12 people in.

Evening at leisure and overnight in Reykjavik.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Snowmobiling as part of the Golden Circle Tour
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Snowmobiling as part of the Golden Circle Tour

For those of you looking for a bit more adventure there is the option to add on the optional extra of a 1 hour snowmobile thrilling ride over the Langjokull Glacier. You will share one snowmobile between two and you will have the chance to swop and change so you can both drive. Arctic overalls, thermal boots and gloves and Helmets are provided for the Snowmobiling, but please ensure you have a good warm base layer on beneath as it is always colder on the Glacier. For the snowmobiling tour drivers need to present a valid driver’s licence.The minimum age for passengers is 10 years old.

Shared Snowmobile: Price Per Person: From £155 (A further £65 per person for solo snowmobiles)
 

Snowmobile on the glacier, Iceland
Snowmobile

DAY 3
Fly to Akureyri, Godafoss Waterfall, Whale Watching Adventure.

DAY 3
Fly to Akureyri, Godafoss Waterfall, Whale Watching Adventure.

This morning you will fly to Akureyri to pick up your hire car and drive to Husavik (1 hour) to start your whale watching experience.

On the way stop to see the dramatic Godafoss Waterfall which you can get right up close to to appreciate its power and beauty.

The charming town of Husavik is an authentic fishing town filled with colourful houses and a restaurant right on the harbour serving fresh local seafood. We would recommend you visit the excellent Whale museum with its fascinating insights, many huge whale skeletons and gain an insight into the whale research in the area.

This afternoon venture out in a traditional oak fishing boat on a 3 hour trip in search of Humpback, Orcas, Blue and Minke Whales. All the skippers have over 10 years of whale searching under their belts and have an incredible 98% success rate since 1995!

The Whale Watching tours run through the day so you can choose a different time if you prefer. For example between June – mid August you can take a very evocative evening Whale Watching 3hr trip under the Midnight Sun!

On all trips seafaring overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry. Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls as well as the “Captains Privilege” are all on hand!

Return to your cottage and you may wish to wander along the little trails infront of your cottage towards the sea, or take a dip in the hot tub which is constantly fed by the geothermal stream and is beautifully warm!. This is a beautiful spot and we would recommend you open a bottle of wine and sit on your private terrace and enjoy soaking up the magnificent view.

Overnight in the cabin just outside Husavik.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Whale Watching on Sail Boat
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Whale Watching on Sail Boat

This is a unique 3 hr sailing tour on a gaff rigged traditional wooden schooner that combines whale watching, puffin bird watching and a sailing adventure. On board you will experience the past by setting sails and assisting the skipper in helming.

A Sailing outfit will be lent to you to keep you warm and dry, as will the Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and the “captains privilege”!

Price per person: From £15 (Upgrade and instead of Standard Whale Watching tour). Available from 1st June -15th Sept

Whales at Husavik, Iceland
Schooner Haukur
Leaping Humpback whale, Iceland

DAY 4
Visit Lake Myvatn, Hverir, Dimmuborgir, and the Krafla Caldera Area

DAY 4
Visit Lake Myvatn, Hverir, Dimmuborgir, and the Krafla Caldera Area

Today we would also recommend you self drive to visit to the beautiful Lake Myvatn created 2300 years ago by a basaltic lava eruption and now teeming with bird life. Geothermal activity abounds and fascinating lava shapes and lava pillars can be seen in all directions.

Dimmuborgir is a geologist heaven full of lava formed into many weird and wonderful shapes.

Krafla with its dramatic 800m high Caldera and 10km diameter should not be missed, and go and see the bubbling mud pools in Hverir. In fact the region abounds with natural wonders!

Overnight in the cabin just outside Husavik

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DAY 5
Visit Dettifoss waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon, Fly Reykjavik

DAY 5
Visit Dettifoss waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon, Fly Reykjavik

Today in your hire car self drive and explore some more of Northern Iceland’s stunning Nature. The area is littered with volcanic wonders. Particularly recommended is Dettifoss considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and the dramatic Asbyrgi Canyon.

Drive back to Akureyri, and take the last flight to Reykjavik to overnight.

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Day 6
Flight Home to the UK.

Day 6
Flight Home to the UK.

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Whale Watching Break in Iceland

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Husavik Cabins

Husavik Cabins, Husavik, Iceland
Husavik Cabins, Husavik, Iceland
Husavik Cabins, Husavik, Iceland
Husavik Cabins, Husavik, Iceland

Husavik Cabins

Eighteen newly built timber cabins, each with their own big private terrace with an outstanding view of wetlands, sea and snow capped mountains. Geothermal Hot Tub with probably the best view in Iceland!

Breakfast is served in the old stables and Husavik is less than 2 km away for dinner, or you can self cater dinner if you would prefer.

These authentic bijoux cabins are nestled in nature allowing you to enjoy the peace and silence of Icelandic nature in private enjoying the most stunning view.

You have wetlands in front of you teeming with bird life (the latest count was 92 species), followed by the sea estuary beyond and the Snow capped Mountains. It really is stunning and a birds watchers paradise.

The cottages are very well equipped and have everything you could need including binoculars!

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Hotel, Iceland
Double standard room at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

The hotel is in the heart of Reykjavik and located in one of its oldest streets. The hotel renovated in 2005 dates to 1764, though it also spreads into new buildings constructed in the style of 1900 buildings.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found - now on display. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities and all rooms have an ensuite bathroom.

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Optional Extras
Snowmobiling as part of the Golden Circle Tour
Snowmobile on the glacier, Iceland

For those of you looking for a bit more adventure there is the option to add on the optional extra of a 1 hour snowmobile thrilling ride over the Langjokull Glacier. You will share one snowmobile between two and you will have the chance to swop and change so you can both drive. Arctic overalls, thermal boots and gloves and Helmets are provided for the Snowmobiling, but please ensure you have a good warm base layer on beneath as it is always colder on the Glacier. For the snowmobiling tour drivers need to present a valid driver’s licence.The minimum age for passengers is 10 years old.

Shared Snowmobile: Price Per Person: From £155 (A further £65 per person for solo snowmobiles)
 

Whale Watching on Sail Boat
Whales at Husavik, Iceland

This is a unique 3 hr sailing tour on a gaff rigged traditional wooden schooner that combines whale watching, puffin bird watching and a sailing adventure. On board you will experience the past by setting sails and assisting the skipper in helming.

A Sailing outfit will be lent to you to keep you warm and dry, as will the Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and the “captains privilege”!

Price per person: From £15 (Upgrade and instead of Standard Whale Watching tour). Available from 1st June -15th Sept

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

“Oh my goodness. A wildlife sighting that was extraordinary and definitely in my top life experiences. I will never forget the Humpback surfacing near the boat and rising out of the water again and again slapping the sea 7 or 8 times. And I should also mention the other fluking whales we saw, and the pod of white beaked dolphins and seal infront of puffin island”

"We had a wonderful break in Iceland. It was very well organised and all party members commented on how much they enjoyed the trip. All of our guides were extremely hospitable. Many Thanks for organising a truly memorable experience”

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Price per person: From £1,725
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK with one hold bag per person
  • 5 nights Accommodation with breakfast (Husavik Cabins, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • 1 Whale Watching Tour
  • 1 Guided SuperJeep Tour
  • Car Hire with one named driver
  • Transfers to international airport
  • Departure Airport
  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester

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