Northern lights and whale watching cruise in Iceland

“This small group tour shows off the best of Iceland by land and sea, with a three-day cruise to spot whales by day, and the Northern Lights by night.”


Reykjavik | Stykkisholmur | Snaefellsnes | Westfjords | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Lake Myvatn | Gullfoss | Kjolur Highlands Route | Blue Lagoon | Whale watching in Husavik | Northern Lights spotting

Description of Northern lights and whale watching cruise in Iceland

Combine a whale watching cruise with a guided tour of some of Icelandís most magical landscapes on this seven-day small group tour. The icing on an already very tasty Icelandic cake? The chance to see the Northern Lights at night both from the water and on land.

Your intimate cruise departs Reykjavik, travelling along the west coast towards Icelands north shore, docking regularly at small ports and traditional villages. On the way youíll enjoy ample opportunities to spot Icelandís plethora of whale and dolphin species. A highlight is a trip out on a RIB boat from Husavik, recently voted one of the 10 best places to see whales in the world Ė hopefully Humpback and Minke whales and Orca will make an appearance.

Each evening youíll keep a weather eye out for the Northern Lights Ė donít worry - an expedition windjacket is provided to keep out the cold on deck.

Round off your adventure with a three-day guided tour along the northwest coast and across the central highlands back to Reykjavik taking in some of Icelandís most spectacular landscapes on the way. Youíll enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Lake Mytavn, marvel at Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls and explore historic, and astoundingly beautiful, Thingvellir National Park.

This trip departs in September each year, when Icelandís landscapes are aflame with autumn colours and darker nights are lit up by the Aurora Borealis.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The smaller size of our ship and the smaller passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that donít usually benefit from this form of tourism. Most tourists to Iceland stay (and often donít leave) in the Reykjavik area and in a few other restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.

Whale watching is a growing industry in Iceland and has recently overtaken fishing as a major industry in Iceland, and what better way to protect the whales from the whalers harpoon is there than to make these magnificent beasts a great financial benefit to the local community in such a way that hunting them, as still very occasionally happens, becomes economic madness for the community.

We rely heavily on small local businesses for providing local excursions for our passengers, providing an income to several smaller local firms.

Much of the food on board is bought locally, especially fish and lamb, and increasingly fruit & vegetables are all locally grown in hot houses powered with naturally sourced warm air taken from underground.

By combining a coach and cruise holiday, we make sure that neither the cash nor the ship travels empty, thus maximizing their efficiency.

The Impacts of this Trip

We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. By visiting some of the more outlying communities we will spread the financial benefit of our visit to some rarely visited areas of the country.

The shipís managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and we will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local delicacies (often fish based), you will support the economy, it will be better for you and, who knows, you might enjoy it too.

We endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.

We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Iceland.

By visiting outside of the peak tourist season, we utilise many of the tourist facilities that only usually get used in peak season.


1 Reviews of Northern lights and whale watching cruise in Iceland

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The thrill of such a variety of remarkable landscapes. It was like being on another planet and truly wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you know exactly what is paid for. e.g. just because the trips are on the itinerary don't assume they are included. Also I was told of various ways I could get from the airport to the ship and I booked and paid for a return bus but at the last minute was told Pro-Ocean had arranged for pick-up at the airport. A little lack of organisation.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I would say it did as the guides were local and the hotels were family owned.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I have already recommended the holiday and a visit to Iceland to several people and can't wait to go back myself so I rate highly.

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