We take a look at all of the Dalvik whale watching opportunities as well as other incredible things to do in Iceland to make the most of this incredible country!
The Best Dalvik Whale Watching Tours
Dalvik is not as well known for whale watching as the nearby Husavik and Akureyri, however, there are a few Dalvik whale watching tours available for anyone who is keen!
Wherever you end up going whale watching, the north coast is an absolute gold mine for spotting whales (and other wildlife) so you’re sure of an awesome experience!
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#1 – Arctic Whale Watching
This 3-hour journey into the incredible landscape of Eyjafjordur is breathtaking before you even see any whales. The sheer drama of the Icelandic scenery is a joy to behold and is at its absolute peak in the north.
The company boasts a 98% success rate in this area so your chances of seeing whales are pretty darn high. There are a couple of other options below but I think this is the number one Dalvik whale watching experience available right now. Check out prices and availability here.
- Tour Duration: 3 Hours
- Pickup Included: No
- Age Suitable For: All
- Need To Take: Warm Clothing
- Start Time: 10 am
- Tour Pace: Medium
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#2 – Speedboat Whale Watching
This tour is with the same company as above but in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). This means that you are much more exposed to the weather but you’ll be going ALOT faster. This, of course, maximizes your chances of seeing whales even more as you are able to get around much faster.
Now, if it was me, this would be the Dalvik whale watching tour I would choose. It’s not my number 1 recommendation because it might not be suitable for everyone BUT there is no better way to get closer to whales than on a RIB. I also love the thrill and speed of the adventure as well. Check it out in even more detail here.
- Tour Duration: 2 Hours
- Pickup Included: No
- Age Suitable For: All
- Need To Take: Warm Clothing
- Start Time: Lots Of Options
- Tour Pace: Fast
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#3 – Midnight Sun Whale Watching
If you have checked out the tour above and looked at availability, you may have noticed that, at certain times of the year, you can go Dalvik whale watching at 11 pm. This is their midnight sun whale watching experience! You can pick this time in June, but there are other later evening options throughout the summer
During the summer months, there is a time when the sun never fully goes beyond the horizon and you have sun all night long. Imagine going on a whale watching tour during this magical golden period. Well, if that’s something that sounds good to you then just book the 11 pm option!
When To Go Dalvik Whale Watching
You can go whale watching in Dalvik all year round however, the best time to see whales in Iceland is between April – September.
this is because this is the prime feeding time and there are more species and quantity of whales to be seen at this time.
Don’t let that put you off going at another time if you can only visit outside of these months. You will still have a fantastic chance of seeing them and many tour (above included) have free tours available if you do not see a whale.
Where To Stay In Dalvik
Dalvik is a small town and does not have an abundance of accommodation options to choose from. However, we have found 4 of the best options below so check them out now.
What To Take Dalvik Whale Watching
All of the tours above will offer overalls to help protect against the cold, HOWEVER, they are not all in one super suits so you will still have to take warm clothing on your Dalvik whale watching experience. Here is a list of things that we recommend you take with you on your trip.
If you're going to be wearing boots, especially in colder climates, then you need to grab yourself a decent set of cold-weather socks. These thermal socks from HOT FEET don't break the bank and will keep your feet warm in some of the coldest weather. You also get 8 pairs!
If you need a pair of no-nonsense, warm, waterproof, and windproof gloves that will work with your touch devices then we highly recommend checking out these gloves. I recommend getting slightly larger than you think as the sizing is on the small size.
If you are thinking of going into colder climates then you have to make sure you have a suitable jacket to go along for the ride. This ski jacket is waterproof and windproof which helps keep out the cold and a fleece lining which helps to keep in the warmth. The jacket is also extremely affordable compared to other brands meaning your comfort is no longer going to cost you an arm and a leg!
People often buy really good gloves, hats, boots, and jackets when they are going into colder climates but neglect the need for a good pair of waterproof/windproof trousers to go along with it. These brilliant fleece-lined trousers will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable for those long days in the freezing cold.
You can spend an insane amount of money on hiking boots if you want (trust me, I have) but, unless you're planning on travelling to the Arctic Circle, you simply don't have to break the bank. These amazingly diverse and adaptable boots by Columbia will handle everything you throw at them, whilst keeping your feet dry, warm, and pain-free!
What Can You See Dalvik Whale Watching?
You have a very good chance of seeing a humpback whale on any of the above tours. They are absolutely huge and have the quintessential tail raise as they dive deep, you might even be lucky and see a breach! (jump out of the water).
These are much smaller than the humpback but are much more likely to come over to the boat to see super close up!
Not the most common of sight but not completely out of the question. The mighty blue whale is the biggest creature on the planet and it’ll be an incredible day if you get to see one.
Porpoises & Dolphins
Quite a common sight during Dalvik whale watching tours, but still very cool and pretty nonetheless!
This is probably the rarest out of the animals discussed here but there is still a chance! If you get to see an Orca then I’ll be very jealous!
Other Things To Do In Iceland
Hiring A 4×4
If you are going to hire a vehicle in Iceland then we HIGHLY recommend hiring a 4×4. This is especially true for the north of the country which is where Dalvik is. We have written a complete guide to hire a 4×4 in Iceland here and we have the video below to explain it more!
Bath In Beer
Just outside Dalvik is a cool spa where you can literally jump into a bathtub full of beer, PLUS the whole experience comes with unlimited beer on tap! I don’t really know what else to say so click here to book if you’re interested!
You can’t come to Iceland without visiting the Blue Lagoon on the south coast. You will almost certainly be arriving at Keflavik airport so make sure you spend some time on the south coast to visit the Blue Lagoon! Click here for tickets and transport from Reykjavik!
We went snowmobiling in Iceland and it was the single best thing we have ever done. You get to drive up onto the glacier, change into snowmobile clothes and take one of these beasts up onto the perfect snow-capped ice. It is worth every penny. Click here for prices and availability.
Ride Up To A Glacier
If you don’t want to take a snowmobile up onto the glacier then why not visit this ice wonderland in the comfort of a converted superbus? Check out the video below to see our adventure on the glacier bus and click here to book the exact tour we went on!
See The Puffins
If you are going during the summer months then you should definitely go and see the puffin populations that come in for mating. Iceland is home to 60% of all the world’s puffins and their breeding grounds are a sight to behold! Check out the full guide here!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Go Whale Watching In Dalvik?
Yes, there are not many options but the options are good. We think that this is the best all-around Dalvik whale watching experience.
Is Dalvik Good For Whale Watching?
The whole of the north coast of Iceland is great for whale watching and Dalvik whale watching is no exception. The one operator in Dalvik boasts a 98% success rate.
What Is The Best Dalvik Whale Watching Experience?
How Long Are Dalvik Whale Watching Tours?
From 2-3 hours long
How Much Does Whale Watching In Dalvik Cost?
Dalvik whale watching costs from $80-$120 per person depending on the tour.
That’s our whole guide to Dalvik whale watching. If this has been helpful or if there is anything we can do to improve then please let us know in the comments section below!