The sheer abundance in whales of Iceland waters makes it an ideal destination for whale watching. A whale is one of the biggest water mammals ever. It is also the mammal with the deepest dive capability and longest migration journey.
One of the aspects that attract whales to the North Atlantic Ocean surrounding the Iceland region is because the area is rich in a variety of food for the whales. The region has plenty of white-beaked dolphins and minke whales too.
There are currently 23 species of cetaceans in Icelandic waters. One of the most exciting whales in the area is the Orca or Killer Whale.
Whale watching in Iceland
Húsavík is the most common whale watching port in North Iceland. More ports where tourists can begin their whale watching adventures include Höfn in the southeast and Ólafsvík in the Midwest. The capital areas of Reykjavík is also a popular whale watching departure port.
Not surprisingly, whale watching is one of the most desired tourist activity in Iceland. Guests also get the chance to see the seabirds and puffins whilst out on a whales of Iceland tour.
Whilst whale watching, you may even spot some seals. Since Iceland has a vast unsettled coast, it provides a good area for seal species to breed and give birth.
There are tens of thousands harbour seals, and they are the most popular type. Most of the other species can be spotted around Iceland’s shoreline, however, many species are quite rare to see.
Icelandic waters comprise of the colder Arctic Ocean on the northern side as well as parts of the warmer North Atlantic Ocean to the south. Ocean currents meet in the area bringing food and creating viable conditions for food for both the whales and seals.
The hot, summer period provides excellent conditions for crustaceans and krill to breed which are the primary food in the oceans for the whales of Iceland as well as lots of fish for the seals.