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  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Sweden



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

During the winter months, herrring gather along the coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland attracting large pods of orca, dolphins and seabirds. On this small group holiday, boat trips can get you close to the orca with expert guides, while at night look out for the northern lights. On the daily boat trips, our guides will explain the orca and dolphin behaviour. Renowned whale and dolphin researcher Erich Hoyt believes this is the best place in the world to see killer whales in winter. Based in the small town of Grundarfjordur, the rural location means dark skies which are ideal for aurora watching and the guides will explain the science behind the mesmerising lights and help you capture them on your camera.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Whale Safari
  • You will visit:
  • Activities:
    Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Reykjavik


  • Included in the trip are two whale watching boat trips in search of orca
  • Look for white-beaked dolphin & seabirds like gannet, fulmar & eider
  • Our award-winning guides will keep you informed about wildlife and the northern lights
  • Enjoy a full-day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes
  • During the dark nights search for the northern lights


  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Breakfast throughout, one evening meal
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide

Orcas, Aurora and Icebergs

For a longer experience join our 7 night Orcas, Aurora and Icebergs small group tour – from £1,825 excluding flights, departs in March – contact us for exact 2020 date and price.


The appearance of the orca to the shores of Iceland is an unpredictable event. Their arrival time has varied from year to year and we can not guarantee sightings. If the orca are not in the region at the time of your visit, alternative arrangements may be made.


Twin from £1,024 per person, based on two sharing standard room with private facilities

Single from £1,157 

Group sizes are maximum 16 people

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Breakfast throughout, one evening meal
  • Two whale watching boat trips
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

What's Excluded

  • Airfares – starting from around £70 per person, airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price, when enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline/airport


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Discover The World
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Discover The World‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On arrival at Keflavik Airport meet your driver and guide and transfer to the small fishing town of Grundarfjordur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula – a drive of around 3 hours. Check into your accommodation for 4 nights. Get acquainted with the group over a delicious welcome dinner (3 course set menu – chef’s choice) before a relaxing evening awaiting the northern lights.

Start the morning with a whale watching boat trip from Grundarfjordur (starting at approximately 10:00 – subject to change locally). The length of the trip depends on whale sightings but usually lasts around 3 hours and if unsuccessful, don’t worry you’ll have another boat trip on day 4! After lunch (payable locally) enjoy a guided village walk around the town and learn about the history of the area.

After breakfast set off on the road for a full day tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the company of a knowledgeable driver and your expert guide. See sweeping lava fields and the mystical Snaefellsjokull; a glacier sitting atop a sleeping volcano. This area was the setting and inspiration for Jules Verne’s famous book ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

Your second morning whale watching boat trip starts at approximately 10:00 (subject to change locally). Don’t forget to look out for white-beaked dolphin & seabirds too! After enjoy an afternoon of lunch (payable locally) and take advantage of some free time to relax at the hotel or to take a short hike around the local area. Your guide can advise on the best routes.

After breakfast, you’ll leave Grundarfjordur and head back to the airport with a stop en-route in Reykjavik which includes time to explore at your leisure. Say your goodbyes to the guide and the rest of the group, then check in for the late afternoon flight.

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