• Killer whales and ice caves, Iceland

Itinerary Summary

8 Days
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £3335 Mar Iceland Small Group Safari
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Killer Whales, Northern Lights & Ice Caves

Iceland is a natural paradise and this is a unique experience in which you can witness the best it has to offer, including colossal killer whales in their wild habitat, northern lights and ice caves. Very few people have the opportunity to see killer whales up close, but Western Iceland is fast becoming the world’s top destination to see these amazing marine mammals.

The group size is so small you will have Patrick Dykstra’s undivided attention and with his instruction will have the best chances of seeing and spending as much time as possible with the whales. In addition to getting up close to killer whales in our privately chartered zodiac, you will be taken to the amazing ice caves as well as the other highlights of Iceland. Each night you will seek out the best locations for seeing the Northern Lights.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Close encounters – an exclusive chance to come face to face with killer whales.
  • Spot the wonderful northern lights.
  • Be dazzled by incredible glacial ice caves.
  • Snorkel or dive the Silfra Rift; a crack between the North American and Eurasian Continental plates.
  • Learn photography skills for both wildlife and nature.
  • Have an entire week to utilise Patrick Dykstra’s amazing expertise.

A stunning journey into Iceland for some unique experience, from seeing wild killer whales, to exploring ice caves, and spotting the northern lights.

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An exclusive 8 day safari led by Patrick Dykstra; search for killer whales, explore Ice caves, and touch two continents at once – from £3,335 per person excluding international flights.

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Day by day

Day by day

Day 1


Today you will arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland, where you can settle into your hotel and, time permitting, visit some city sites.

Day 2

Reykjavik - West Iceland

Today you will travel to the small town of Grundarfjordur in the west of Iceland. Later, you head to Silfra Rift for a unique chance to dive or snorkel (no experience necessary) in a crack between the North American and Eurasian Continental plates. Swim between the two continents surrounded by breath-taking scenery of icy waterfalls and historic sites. You will travel towards the Western fjord where hopefully you will have incredible orca, whales and northern lights sightings.

Days 3-4

Orca Research Boat

Over the next two days you will step aboard our privately chartered orca research boat. Hopefully you will see a number of different whales including the orcas. You will be able to meet the orca research team themselves and have plenty of time to ask them questions about their research. In the evenings you will go in search for the perfect spot to see the dancing aurora borealis.

Day 5

West - South Iceland

Today you travel to the south of this beautiful country. During this journey you will be able to spot Gullfoss waterfall, bursting geysers as well as boiling mud pools. You will end the day with a light hike towards the Glymur waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Europe.

Day 6

Ice Cave Tour

Today you will venture inside some incredible enchanted ice caves on your own private tour, where you can discover their history. You will also have the opportunity to visit an enormous lake filled with icebergs, complete with a volcanic, black sand beach.

Day 7

South Iceland - Reykjavik

You will transfer back to Reykjavik today and there will be plenty to keep you entertained en-route; huge glaciers, historical churches and number of locations with impressive panoramas of the dramatic landscape including Blue Lagoon.

Day 8

Depart Reykjavik

This is your final morning in Iceland, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flights.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group safari in Iceland limited to just 6 guests per departure. You will be travelling with Patrick Dykstra who has carried out this trip since 2011, this covers almost the entire time that these impressive creatures have been tracked in Iceland’s waters.

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