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.

  • 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

1 recommended trip. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Orcas and Northern Lights

Enjoy an exciting four nights on the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula watching orca by day and the Northern Lights by night.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 5 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.


  • 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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