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 at the edge of the Arctic Circle in late June (30 miles north of Akureyri).  The day of our tour seemed like one of the best weather days of the year – temperature was in the 60s with sunny skies, calm winds, and flat seas. 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 back at the harbor was unbelievably good!  This area was one of our favorite places of the entire trip – it is unbelievably scenic!

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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