Friday, April 11, 2008

Whale Watching in Iceland

One of the most popular green travel adventure activities in Iceland is whale watching.

Tours are available from April to October and are ready to take you within an arm’s reach of a breaching humpback or a minke whale, and often dolphins, too.

Iceland's capital of whale watching is Húsavík, North Iceland. Whale-watching operator North Sailing owns three ships there, including an old-fashioned schooner.

After a whale watching trip, stop off at the Húsavík Whale Centre, run by Ásbjörn Björgvinsson, named one of Time magazine’s European Heroes of the Year for his environmental and conservation work.

Or, begin your whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik, Iceland's charming capital city, with Elding Tours. Their large cruiser holds 150 passengers with 3 viewing platforms. But I would choose the smaller yacht, carrying up to 38 passengers which is more maneuverable, so it can turn around more quickly to follow the breaching whales.

For more information about Iceland, including the world-famous Blue Lagoon, check the Iceland Tourist Board website.