5 Days from$1,345 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
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.
Safari types:Guided Safari, Whale Safari
You will visit:Reykjavik, Snæfellsjokull National Park, Grundarfjordur
Wildlife:Birds, Orca, White-Beaked Dolphin, Arctic Fox
Activities:Boat Cruise, Nature Walk
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
- Learn about local history on a guided village walk
Experienced guides Cathy Harlow and Alexa Kershaw have been leading this holiday since 2012. Both have been highly commended in Wanderlust magazine’s World Guide Awards and add something extra special to an already thrilling itinerary. With their in-depth knowledge, good humour and meticulous attention to detail you can be sure they will go the extra mile to make this a holiday to remember.
Northern Lights Watching
You are in a prime location for witnessing the northern lights in this rural location, away from the city lights. If the aurora borealis appears, you may only need to step outside to witness the shimmering curtains of green and white light. And travelling in the period around the spring equinox often means more active aurora. Seasoned aurora hunters and photographers, our guides will explain the science behind the magic, and help you capture the phenomenon with your camera.
Highlights of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Not just for whale enthusiasts or aurora seekers, this holiday is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of Iceland’s most dramatic scenery. Dominated by the snow capped peak of a 1,446m-tall volcano, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula has black-sand beaches, blowholes and basalt sea stacks. Wildlife includes Arctic foxes (tricky to spot in their white winter coats) and white-tailed eagles, while the region is rich in culture, with everything from troll legends to turf-roofed houses.
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.
Price Per Person – GBP
Twin from £1,099 per person, based on two sharing standard room with private facilities
Single from £1,237
This escorted group requires a minimum of 10 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 16. Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details
Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- Breakfast throughout, one evening meal
- Expert guide throughout
- Two whale watching boat trips
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Services of driver
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection
- Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport
- Lunches as per itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- 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! Afterwards 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.