Wildlife locations

2 recommended locations. 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.

  • Where: Snaefellnes Peninsular
  • Ideal for viewing: Orca, Atlantic puffin, Eider duck, Fulmar, Purple sandpiper
  • Excellent for: Whale watching

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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.

  • Where: Borgarfjörður
  • Ideal for viewing: Orca, White-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern, Kittiwake, Rsven
  • Excellent for: Whale watching, Dolphin watching

Wildlife trips

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.

Orcas & Northern Lights

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.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,157 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

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.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration exc. flights: 13-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,740 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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.


  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Endless days as the sun barely sets. The lowlands are carpeted with wild flowers. Peak season for outdoor activities.
  • Autumn

    Sep to Oct: Days remain long, temperatures start to drop
  • Winter

    Nov to Mar: Killer whales (orcas) come to the fjord off Grundarfjordur to feed on herring; prime time to see the aurora borealis.
  • Spring

    Apr to May: Migrant birds return; over 200 species nest, including puffins, so great birdwatching. Lakes and rivers full of fish.

Wildlife events

  • Aug to Apr: Aurora borealis visible.
  • Jan to Mar: Killer whales feed off herring in fjord off Grundarfjordur.



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