ABOUT WHALES OF ICELAND

Making of the models

Whales of Iceland

Whales of Iceland audio guided app

You can prepare your visit to Whales of Iceland
by downloading the Whales of Iceland audio guided app to your phone or tablet. The app is a multilingual guidance throughout the exhibition, it also contains
alot of information about the whales in the North Atlantic, their biology, social behavior and fun facts. The app is free and accessible on both Appstore and Googleplay. You can also download the app on site.      We offer freewifii and headphones.

Location

Whales of Iceland is located at Grandi erea, Fiskislóð 23. Which is close to the old harbor and about 15 minutes’ walk from the city center. The Grandi area was previously a place for the fishing industri, where fisherman fixed theyr fishing nets and fishing vessels brought their catches. Today, Grandi is becoming one of Reykjavik's most sought after areas, where you can find many of Iceland's best restaurants, small shops selling Icelandic design mixed with supermarkets. Grandi is also home to museums that are suitable for everyone. Whales of Iceland is also a short walk to the whale watching area, which makes it easy to book a whale watching tour after a visit to Whales of Iceland. City
bus nr. 14 stops outside the exhibit as well as the Reykjavik sight seeing bus. Free parking

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Research and Education

Whales of Iceland, Marine Research Institute of Iceland and Elding, a family-run whale watching company, have worked together to on one of the most powerful whale research and education programs in Iceland. The research work is f.ex. carried out with satellite tracking on whales around Iceland, and guest can monitored they're swimming behavior at interactive station at Whales of Iceland, designed by Gagarín, a company that
develops highly interactive media solutions that allow people to uniquely experience and understand research informations. Elding has for decades kept
track recordings of whales around Iceland with photographs and whale identity
registration. Together, Whales of Iceland and Elding offer education to students all over the world and receive tens of thousands of students annually.

Whale Café & The Whale Souvenir Shop 

Inside the exhibition there is a beautiful and relaxing beach where we serve coffee and freshly baked pastries. The café can seat more than 70 people and there is also a sofa area. There you can enjoy the restfullness with a tasty pastry and watch a beautiful whale video or read Moby Dick... The perfect haven when Icelandic weather shows its right face and the right place for good editation before continuing the journey

We are very proud of our souvenir shop. The shop is growing, but it always will be our little whale-souvenir shop. What's unique about it is that we sell quite a wide range of local handmade products. We are working with individuals who send us products from home, all around our little / big island. Knitting grandmothers, families who work artwork from nature and small businesses selling Icelandic design. Of course, we also offer traditional products that all, regardless of nationality, need to by when traveling, like a magneton the fridge!

history

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August 2014

To make the models for the exhibition, we created detailed blueprints based on close study of the 23 species found in Icelandic waters. We sent the blueprints to experts in China, who custom built each model. In August 2014, the whales arrived. The larger
models were too big to fit in either a shipping container or through the entrance, and had to be shipped in sections and assembled in their new home. Each model was then carefully hand painted to match real life individuals. The scars and scratches on our sperm whale thus tell the story of deep water battles that were really fought and the fluke pattern on our humpback represents the unique fingerprint of a real animal.

January 2015

We added a new addition to the exhibition: An interactive multi-user installation, created for Whales of Iceland by Gagarin. The installation, which focuses on the minke whale's anatomy, is user-friendly, immersive and offers an exciting new way to learn about the many fascinating aspects of whale biology.

November 2015

Whales of Iceland joined forces with the Marine Research Institute of Iceland for an excursion to Eyjafjörður in the north of Iceland. Tags were placed on three humpback whales, which allow us to track their movements and migration routes. A new interactive installation, again by Gagarin, was added to the exhibition, giving our visitors an opportunity to explore the lives and travels of real life whales as they migrate, mate and go about their business.

February 2016

We added a free app. The Whales of Iceland App was developed in collaboration with ENNEMM and the Whales of Iceland biologist Ástrún Eva Sívertsen.
It features an audio guide narrated by our partner and wildlife advocate Sigursteinn Másson.

purpose and preparation

Our purpose is to educate the public about the fragile and fascinating world of whales and
dolphins. The exhibition is a space where amateurs and connoisseurs alike can experience marine life at its greatest and explore more intimately the wild and extraordinary creatures we meet while whale watching.

ideology

The team behind Whales of Iceland is guided by a deep sense of respect and dedication to whales and their habitat. We believe our work will help spread and increase this respect, both in Iceland and abroad.

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