Whale Watching In Iceland
Article by HolidaysIceland.com
The cool clear North Atlantic encircling Iceland is teeming with whales of various sizes and species. Already thousands of tourists have enjoyed whale watching from various sites around the country. The whale watching ports are all around the coastline of Iceland.
Whale Watching in Iceland is enjoyed by many thousands of visitors to Iceland each year. In the surrounding North Atlantic waters there are many different types of whales; Minke Whales, Killer Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales and of course the Humpback Whales. Witnessing a humpback whale leaping out of the water, can only be described as breath taking and an experience you will want to do again and again.
The North-east Iceland offers whale-watching trips on usually old fishing boats. Minke whales and white-beaked dolphins are regularly seen and occasionally humpback and blue whales. Husavik’s can boast the amazing Whale Museum, offering information on the history of whales in Iceland, ranging from full size skeletons to original whaling items as used by whalers from days gone by. Not to be missed if in Husavik
The climate does play a massive part in the whale watching industry, as many people will know, the Icelandic weather conditions can change in minutes. Also the recent reintroduction of commercial whaling in Iceland has also introduced further hazards for the whale watching industry.
Icelanders on the whole do not consume a great deal of whale meat, with many of the caught whales going abroad or the whale meat that remains in Iceland, being served up to tourists. However during celebrations such as Þorrablót (pronounced: Thorablot) whale is eaten as well as many other specialist dishes such as rúgbrauð – a rye-based bread, Hákarl – fermented shark meat all aprt of the famous Icelandic Cuisine
However, whale watching is something that should not be missed and will only enhance any holidays to Iceland
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