Iceland: Whale Watching Near the Arctic Circle

Scenic Dalvik Marina

Scenic Dalvik Marina

Arctic Ship with Snowflake Design

Arctic Ship with Snowflake Design

Wooden Boat in Harbor

Wooden Boat in Harbor

House Nestled in Valley

House Nestled in Valley

Fjord's Snowy Mountains

Fjord’s Snowy Mountains

Humpback Tail

Humpback Tail

Humpback Surfacing

Humpback Surfacing

White Beaked Dolphins

White Beaked Dolphins

Icelandic Whales Poster

Icelandic Whales Poster

Icelandic Fish Poster

Icelandic Fish Poster

Iceland is a great place for whale watching in summer!  Marine wildlife commonly seen includes humpback whales, minke whales, white beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. We went whale watching out of Dalvik in late June (at the edge of the Arctic Circle – 30 miles north of Akureyri).  The day of our tour seemed to be one of the best weather days of the year – temperature was 65°F with sunny skies, calm winds, and flat seas.

The humpback whales were impressive to see!  Interestingly, humpbacks are widely known for protecting other animals from orcas.  Between 1951-2012 there are 115 scientifically documented cases of humpbacks shielding from killer whale attack various species including Weddell seals, gray whale calves, dolphins, sea lions, and ocean sunfish.   There is even a documented case of a humpback protecting a diver from a shark.  Dolphins are also well known for aiding other species.  The sea holds many secrets and surprises! 

After watching humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins in the fjord, we stopped to fish on the way back. Within 10 minutes there was enough pollack and cod to feed everyone on the boat. That fresh-grilled fish dripping in butter back at the harbor was unbelievably delicious!  This area was one of our favorite places of the entire trip – it is unbelievably scenic!  Info on Arctic Sea Tours is at:  https://www.arcticseatours.is/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Iceland: Whale Watching Near the Arctic Circle

  1. mrsbearfoot says:

    It truly must have been a magnificent trip!

    Lindy

    • Pam says:

      It was amazing! Now that we are home and looking at pictures in detail, it’s hard to believe we were there and packed so much into 10 days.

  2. Pam says:

    It was truly stunning – I’ll treasure that memory forever!

  3. Beautiful, I love going to watch the whales! 🙂

  4. Crooked Tracks says:

    I have heard so many great things about Iceland, I hope to visit someday.

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