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Orcas & Auroras in Iceland

Wildlife Worldwide client Edward Butler shares his incredible encounters from a recent trip to Iceland, where the weather was kind and his group saw both orcas and the northern lights.

We couldn't have asked for more, though we got it in the form of a white-tailed eagle, white-beaked dolphins and an early sperm whale! 

In winter, enormous shoals of herring can be found of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. These are the favoured food of Icelandic orca, large numbers of which can gather to gorge themselves on this seasonal feast. {img_alt}

Our guide Alexa was excellent: very informative, had great local knowledge and always went out of her to make sure everyone was happy. We also liked the way the trip made use of a local tour bus from the Snaefellnes Peninsula, rather than Reykjavik - our driver was superb.

Our hotel was also very good: clean, comfortable rooms with excellent food and incredible dark skies and a dramatic coastal location on its doorstep. {img_alt}

Having never travelled on a small group escorted tour before, we were really pleasantly surprised by how rewarding the experience was. We certainly saw far more than we could have done on our own in such a short space of time.

 
All images by Edward Butler

 

Edward travelled on our Orcas & Nothern Lights trip, which operates between January and March - the best time to experience both highlights.