Killer whales Orcinus orca surfacing towards the camera in rough water Olafsvik, Iceland
Tom Walmsley/© Tom Walmsley
Iceland’s arctic location draws all manner of impressive marine life, including 20 species of whale. Between April and September, the ocean becomes a feeding ground for these enormous mammals, and it’s possible to spot orca, humpback, minke and blue whales, as well as dolphins, porpoises and puffins. Head out on a boat trip from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor.