Some cetaceans have a special super-sense: echolocation! This natural sonar system allows toothed whales to see with sound. But how does it work?
The bowhead whale - the unrivalled record-breaker of the cetacean world - is our Whale of the Month this July.
June's Whale of the Month is the common bottlenose dolphin, the most well-researched of all cetaceans - but still full of surprises!
Our Whale of the Month this May is the fin whale, the second-largest animal on Earth - with an appetite to match!
April's Whale of the Month is the long-finned pilot whale. These large dolphins live in pods with their families and often beach themselves in mass strandings.
Our Whale of the Month for March, Sowerby's beaked whale, was first discovered over 200 years ago - but to this day remains elusive and mostly unknown.
The harbour porpoise, our Whale of the Month this February, is the smallest cetacean to be found in Iceland.
The beluga whale, or white whale, is our first Whale of the Month for 2023!
Our Whale of the Month this December is the humpback whale, the star of whale watching tours in Iceland.
November's Whale of the Month is the narwhal - an Arctic specialist and a real-life unicorn!
Our Whale of the Month this October is the sperm whale, one of the largest, loudest, and strangest-looking of all cetaceans.
September's Whale of the Month is the largest animal on Earth: the blue whale.
The acrobatic white-beaked dolphin is the most common dolphin to be found in Icelandic seas, and our Whale of the Month for August.
Our whale of the month for July is Cuvier's beaked whale, a record-breaking deep sea diver.
June's Whale of the Month is the fastest of all baleen whales - the sei whale.
Striped dolphins are colourful, gregarious, and lively - and our Whale of the Month for May!
April's Whale of the Month is the North Atlantic right whale: the most critically endangered baleen whale on Earth.
Blainville's beaked whale - a deep-diving, dense-boned whale from warmer waters - is our Whale of the Month for March!
The Atlantic white-sided dolphin, a little-known nomad of the open ocean, is February's Whale of the Month.
Why do whales and dolphins have so many names? And what do they all mean?
January's Whale of the Month, the gray whale, still roamed the seas around Iceland when settlers first arrived here - now, they are only found in the Pacific.
What can we find about whales in the historical Icelandic sources, which describe the exploits of the famous Vikings?
December's Whale of the Month is the northern bottlenose whale, a mysterious deep-diver with a taste for squid.
November's Whale of the Month is the common dolphin, an occasional visitor to Icelandic waters.
October's Whale of the Month is the minke whale, the most numerous whale in Icelandic seas.
Whales and dolphins need to breathe air just like we do. So how do they spend so long underwater?
September's Whale of the Month is the killer whale, the largest species of dolphin on the planet.
June's Whale of the Month is the Bowhead Whale, a baleen whale that lives almost exclusively in arctic and sub-arctic waters.
These highly intelligent cetaceans have been spotted in many places around Iceland's coast!
A few do – and they are the only other known species besides humans to experience it!
We took a brief hiatus with our blog posts due to COVID-19, but are happy to be back! Click to learn about February's whale of the month - the fin whale.
Whales of Iceland continues to follow all COVID updates - this means a few small changes for your visit.
July's whale of the month is the long-finned pilot whale - their nickname is 'pothead' because their head shape reminded sailors of black cooking pots.
June's whale of the month is the Sowerby's beaked whale, a reclusive and mysterious member of the beaked whale family.
Our featured whale for May is the Harbour Porpoise, a small cetacean seen year-round in Iceland.
Whales form strong social bonds that can last for years.
April's Whale of the Month is the beluga whale - also known as the Canary of the Sea
The whale of the month for March is the humpback whale - one of the most common species seen around Iceland.
This month we feature the narwhal - also known as the unicorn of the sea!
They definitely do – but in very different ways!
Orcas, or killer whales, can have a huge impact on marine ecosystems. Their very presence is enough to scare great white sharks away from their hunting grounds!
Each month we will feature one of our favorite whale species from the exhibition – this month is the sperm whale!
Join us while we celebrate the 13 days of Christmas with our Whale Lads!
Some of them, like the humpback whale, certainly do!
Did you know that some whale mothers 'whisper' with their calves to avoid detection?
A new study shows that humpback whale migration can be traced through their songs, and that they share notes with each other!
Whales of Iceland now offers two live-guided tours every day for all ticket holders!
When whales die, they create unique ecosystems that sustain a wide variety of life.
We are proud to announce that our Fin Whale Room is now open to the public!
Our amazing team is from all over the world, and provides a variety of languages for our visitors!
Gray whales have the longest mammal migration in the world!
These cetaceans are the deepest and longest diving mammals in the world!
Some of them, like the bowhead whale, certainly do.
From teeth to baleen - recent research on fossils uncovers evolutionary links between prehistoric toothed whales and modern baleen whales.
Mogul, a North Atlantic right whale, was spotted in Faxaflói Bay last week - an incredibly rare sighting!
Whales of Iceland & Special Tours release a statement on the killing of the hybrid whale by Hvalur hf.
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Join us at Whales of Iceland to celebrate the first ever Reykjavík Whale Day!
The Star of the Free Willy movie was captured in Iceland in 1979. In 1998, he was flown back to Iceland and a plan to return him to the wild was set to action
Only around 400-500 individuals currently exist with fewer than 100 North Pacific right whales remaining.
Typically it makes dives of up to 400 m, but can reach depths of up to 2-3km. It is thought to be able to hold its breath for up to two hours
Blue whales are pregnant for 10-12 months
Iceland Unlimited team visited Whales of Iceland museum in Reykjavik, the largest whale exhibition in Europe.
Forsvarsmenn Hvalasafnsins á Húsavík og Whales of Iceland, Hvalasýningarinnar á Granda, skrifuðu í gær undir samstarfssamning
Í kjölfar umræðunnar um skammarlega stöðu leikskóla ákvað Whales a bjóða leikskólum að koma án gjalds á þriðjudögum í hvalafræðsluð!
Hvalasýningin ætlar að bjóða upp á eldri borgara morgna í vetur
Orca Guardians Iceland is the first Icelandic conservation nonprofit of its kind, dedicated specifically to the protection of orcas in the waters around Iceland
Við erum alltaf að bæta við okkur nýjungum á Hvalasýninguna!
Varstu búin að sjá að við merktum 3 hnúfubaka? Komdu og fylgdust með þeim synda um heiminn!
Whales of Iceland opened its doors for WDC and Erich Hoyt who held an impressive lecture to celebrate 25 years of whale watching in Iceland!
Few pictures that guests have drawn at our drawing-station.
Við vitum fátt skemmtilegra en að taka á móti hóp sem er uppfullur af áhuga og spurningum og sú var rauninn með Hlíðarskóla
Breiðholtskóli kom til okkar og tók þátt í fræðsludagskránni. Krakkarnir voru mjög vel undirbúin, með margar góðar spurningar.
Lækur og tók þátt í fræðsludagskrá Hvalasýningarinnar
Suðurhlíðarskóli tók þátt í fræðsludagsskrá Hvalasýningarinnar
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The museum is open daily all year round(closed on 25th December)10:00 - 17:00
Fiskislóð 23-25, 101 Reykjavík
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Adults3900 ISKChildren 7 - 15 years1950 ISK
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