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Help protect whales in Iceland

whale watching

Help protect whales in Iceland

31 reviews
Paused through July 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English
whale watching

Help protect whales in Iceland

whale watching

Help protect whales in Iceland

31 reviews
Paused through July 14. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

"Meet Us Don’t Eat Us" means busting the myth that whale meat is an Icelandic tradition, and opting instead to see and experience the true mystical beauty of these creatures alive. Since 2011, more than 500 participants like you have been crucial in encouraging responsible tourism by helping to inform fellow visitors about the importance of not eating whale meat, and therefore saving the lives of minke whales in Icelandic waters. The demand for whale meat has never been lower, but we still need your help. Our exclusive Airbnb experience makes this awareness and conservation message accessible and fun for all. Come join us in making a difference! Our two-hour itinerary explores the history, challenges, solutions and stunning backdrops that surround whale conservation in Iceland. (1) Guided educational tour of the new Whales of Iceland exhibition, as well as an introduction to Icelandic whale hunting and whale conservation initiatives. (2) Early lunch at the popular Röst Bistro in the Old Harbour. (3) A visit to the Elding information boat, where you will learn more about the whale meat industry and its effect on Iceland’s waters, culture, politics and more. (4) Optional/Seasonal: Hit the streets to help educate and encourage other visitors not to consume whale meat (5) Then you're off on a breathtaking whale watching adventure of your own with a discounted ticket from us!

Your host

Learn more about Ifaw

Ifaw

Meet Sigursteinn and Marvin, two of the most knowledgeable and charismatic whale experts in Reykjavik! We are here to make your experience unique, as you learn about both the history and modern culture of whales off the coast of Iceland. Together with the impact of our global organization, the insight of local partners who protect our shores, and the inspiration of Iceland’s whale watch operators, we look forward to welcoming you here to Reykjavik’s Old Harbor. Welcome to the Meet Us Don’t Eat Us movement!

About the organization

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

IFAW's vision is a world where animals and people thrive together. With offices in 15 countries and projects in more than 40 countries, we rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for a better future. IceWhale is a non-profit organisation; its aim is to be a platform for Icelandic companies offering whale-watching tours and whale education.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

What's included

Food
Early Lunch Whale friendly lunch at Röst Harbour Bistro in the Old Harbour. Vegan and vegetarian options available.
Equipment
All campaigning materials

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Where you'll be

IFAW, IceWhale and the Whales of Iceland exhibition have partnered together to provide an inclusive educational and peer-to-peer campaigning experience that highlights and promotes whale conservation in Iceland. We will be bringing you to the Whales of Iceland Museum, Röst Bistro, the Old Harbour and downtown Reykjavik. You CAN and WILL make a difference!

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear for a day outside. If you have any questions about schedule, dietary restrictions, physical requirements or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Suitable clothing and sturdy footwear for a day outside

More tips

Due to the nature of the experience, a basic level of English is recommended. Participants are expected to sign a volunteer form which will be sent to them after signing up for the experience.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Ifaw
Help protect whales in Iceland
31 reviews
$49/person
31 reviews
$49/person