Seatours offers unique ferry services and cuisine-based trips in captivating surroundings in the Western part of Iceland.
Icelanders have always been a seafaring nation, and as more visitors come to the country, more are seeing the appeal of traversing its waters. While many whale and puffin watching tours can be found across the country, Seatours is unique in the ferry services and cuisine-based trips that it offers.
“We do what we do best,” says Nadine Walter, the Marketing Manager of Seatours. “We have the Viking Sushi Trip and the ferry between the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Stykkisholmur, with a stop by the island of Flatey, where you can go for a day tour or overnight.”
The Viking Sushi Trip is a unique example of an Icelandic experience that combines nature, culture and history, leaving from the historical centre of Stykkisholmur.
“It is a special experience, where you catch scallops fresh from the sea to taste them. We call it Viking Sushi because we offer wasabi, ginger and soya with it, as well as prawns. It’s really more like sashimi.”
“It is a special experience, where you catch scallops fresh from the sea to taste them.”
It was this adventure that started Seatours in 1986. “It was a small company with five or six who worked there. We did what we do now, the same thing, just in a smaller boat. Then they developed to a bigger boat, and the ferry operation started to come around 2001 to the Westfjords, when they took over the ferry Baldur. Then in 2015, Eimskip bought the company.”
The ferry Baldur has long connected the Westfjords to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and has a deck for visitors to bring their cars. “You can relax on the way, it takes a little bit less time and it’s just a different thing. You can drive one way and come back with the ferry. The views are very nice and it’s an experience because a lot of people haven’t ridden a boat in Iceland; it may be their first time altogether.”
The views of Flatey, the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula are all incredible but it is not just the views and the sushi that draw guests to Seatours.
“In our area you can see birds, such as the puffins, cormorants, and the White Tailed Eagle, that nests here,” Nadine says, and though she hastily adds that whales are not common along any route, notes that they are spotted on rare occasions.
“In our area you can see birds, such as the puffins, cormorants, and the White Tailed Eagle, that nests here.”
Those who are unfamiliar with Iceland’s animals and nature will find the captains who operate the vessels more than helpful. “The captain is our guide, and they will talk about the birds, the views, the culture, everything like that.”
On top of having a car deck, a guide, and fresh scallops, Seatours offer other services to those who tread their decks. “We have good seating areas on all our vessels. On the sightseeing boat for the Viking Sushi Tour we have a coffee shop with some small pastries and soup, and on the big ferry we have both a restaurant on board and a coffee shop,” says Nadine.