2 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Grundarfjorur is sited on the north shore of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a two hour drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Set on the shore of a half-moon bay, the town is backed by beautiful mountains, including steeple-shaped Kirkjufell, and provides the perfect location for whales watching trips to observe orca.
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a 90km stretch of coastline comprising a world of diversity and inludes the Snaefellsnes National Park at its western most end. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs and superb whale watching opportunities.
Ideal for viewing: Orca, White-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern, Kittiwake, Rsven
Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching
Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans merge, this island nation has the world’s northernmost capital city. The sparsely populated interior consists largely of a plateau covered by mountains and glaciers, with areas of intense volcanic activity, and the surrounding seas are rich in marine life.
2 recommended trips.Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Join this short group trip to experience the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula, heading out on boat trips for close up encounters with large groups of orca. Iceland's rugged beauty is complemented by excellent bird watching, and there are excellent chances to view the Northern Lights at night.
Trip type: Group tour
Duration exc. international flights: 5 days
Sailing amid awe inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers, this comprehensive itinerary starts in Spitsbergen, home to the world's highest population of polar bears. Continuing across the Greenland Sea, orcas and dolphins follow in your wake, and there are chances to see walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox.
Trip type: Group tour
Duration exc. international flights: 13-14 days
When to go
Although it may not seen an obvious time to visit Iceland, January and February are the months to see orcas off the Snaefjellsness Peninsula on the east coast.
Jun to Aug: Endless days as the sun barely sets. The lowlands are carpeted with wild flowers. Peak season for outdoor activities.
Sep to Oct: Days remain long, temperatures start to drop
Nov to Mar: Killer whales (orcas) come to the fjord off Grundarfjordur to feed on herring; prime time to see the aurora borealis.
Apr to May: Migrant birds return; over 200 species nest, including puffins, so great birdwatching. Lakes and rivers full of fish.
Aug to Apr: Aurora borealis visible.
Jan to Mar: Killer whales feed off herring in fjord off Grundarfjordur.
1 recommended place to stay.
Occupying a waterfront spot in the fishing village of Grundarfjordur, this charming traditional hotel is perfectly located for whale watching and northern lights sightings on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It offers 29 rooms with mountain or sea view, as well as a fantastic restaurant and outdoor hot tubs.