the Largest whale
exhibition In europe

Whales of Iceland

The exhibition consists of 23 man-made life size models of the various whale species found in Icelandic waters throughout its natural historyA 25 m. (82 ft.) long blue whale, a full size sperm whale, the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and many more! See them all in their actual size!In cooperation with the Marine Research Institute of Iceland, Whales of Iceland exhibition is not only an adventure for the whole family; it's also an information center about the whales in the North Atlantic

Animated illustration is projected onto the minke whale model.

VR EXPERIENCE

Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality device developed by Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus VR. Put on the glasses and enter a virtual reality world where you encounter the giants of the sea. Discover what it is like to swim with a pod of killer whales alongside a magnificent blue whale – it is an experience unlike any other.

Try your hand at drawing your Whales Of Iceland experience in our drawing book. 

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real size
whales exhibiton

WHALES 

BELUGA

WEIGHT

1-2 tons

LENGTH

3-6 m

LIFE SPAN

25-30 years

NECK

Has the unusual ability to turn its head up,
down and side-to-side.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

narwhal

WEIGHT

1 - 2 tons

LENGTH

3 -5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 52 years

real life unicorn

The males sport a 2-3 m spiral tusk
(as do some females).

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

Harbour Porpoise

WEIGHT

60 kg

LENGTH

1.5 m

LIFE SPAN

10-20 years

little one

The smallest marine mammal in Iceland.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

white-beaked dolphin

WEIGHT

180-350 kg

LENGTH

2 -3 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 40-50 years

SPEED

Can reach up to 25 mph.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

atlantic white-sided dolphin

Male – weight and length

230 kg & 2.5 m

Female – weight and length

180 kg & 2 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 27 years

Social behavior

Shows sympathy towards
an injured individual.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN

MALE – WEIGHT & LENGHT

120 kg & 2.3 m

Female – weight and length

135 kg & 2.6 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 30-35 years

population in the N-Atlantic

400,000 individuals.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

COMMON BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN

Male – weight and length

300-500 kg & 4 m

Female – weight and length

260-300 kg & 2.5-3.5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 40-50 years

individual names?

Each individual has a
special call sound.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

STRIPED DOLPHIN

WEIGHT

150-165 kg

LENGTH

3-6 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 58 years

POPULATION size

2.8 million individuals in the Pacific.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

KILLER WHALE / ORCA

Male – weight and length

10 tons & 10 m

Female – weight and length

7 tons & 8 m

life span MALE / FEMALE 

60 years / 90 years

social structure

The grandmother
leads the pod.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

LONG FINNED PILOT WHALE

Female – weight and length

1.3 tons - 5.8 m

Male – weight and length

2.3 tons - 7.6 m

life span FEMALE / MALE

59 years / 46 years

diet

Feeds on squid.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

NORTHERN BOTTLENOSE whale

Female – weight and length

5.8 tons & 7.5 m

Male – weight and length

7.8 tons & 9 m

life span FEMALE / MALE

27 years /37 years

pods

2-4 animals of
the same age &
sex live together.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE

WEIGHT

2.5 tons

LENGTH

5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 30-40 years

diving & swimming

Can dive to a depth of 3,000m
and can hold its breath for 140 min.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BLAINVILLE'S BEAKED WHALE

weight

1 ton

LENGTH

3-5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 20-30 years

DIVING & SWIMMING

After deep diving the whale rests on the surface
up to 90 min. before diving again.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALE

WEIGHT

1 - 1.5 tons

LENGTH

4 - 6 m

LIFE SPAN

Unknown

diet

Sucks food into mouth,
mostly small deep sea fish, 4-30 cm long.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SPERM WHALE

Male – weight and length

45 tons & 16 m

Female – weight and length

13 tons & 11 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 60-70 years

sperm whales & iceland

Only old or immature
males are found
around Iceland.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BOWHEAD WHALE

Female – weight and length

70-100 tons & 19 m

Male – weight and length

70-100 tons & 17 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 130-211 years

grandpa

Probably the most
long-lived whale.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

NORTH-ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE

WEIGHT

44 - 77 tons

LENGTH

13 - 16 m

LIFE SPAN

70 years+

name

The name "right whale" indicated
the right whale to hunt.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

GRAY WHALE

WEIGHT

45 tons

LENGTH

15 m

LIFE SPAN

80 years +

long distance miigration

The gray whale travels 20,000 km each year!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

HUMPBACK WHALE

Female – weight and length

40 tons & 18 m

Male – weight and length

40 tons & 16 m

LIFE SPAN

50 years +

"fingerprint"

Each individual can be
recognized by its unique
fluke pattern.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BLUE WHALE

Female – weight and length

190 tons & 33 m

Male – weight and length

160 tons & 28 m

LIFE SPAN

90 years

Giant

The largest animal that has
ever existed!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

MINKE WHALE

Female – weight and length

7 tons & 8.5 m

Male – weight and length

5.7 tons & 7.5 m

LIFE SPAN

40-50 years

IDENTITY

White stripe on flippers

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SEI WHALE

Female – weight and length

20-40 tons & 14-19 m

Male – weight and length

20-30 tons & 13-15 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 60 years

speed

Can reach up to 25 mph.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

FIN WHALE

Female – weight and length

75 tons & 23 m

Male – weight and length

62 tons & 21 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 90 years

speed

The fastest swimmer
– reaches up to 28 mph!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

educational
AUDIO GUIDE APP

Language: Icelandic, English, German

AUDIO GUIDE TOUR
TAKES APpROX. 30 MIN.

schools groups

- The student program includes, 90 min guided tour of the exhibit, where the group learns about different whale species. The group learns the differences between a baleen whale and tooth whale and bones and teeth are examined
- It is also possible to book the education center where the group can watched a short animated film for an introduction to whale evolution
- Students and teachers can also download the Whales
of Iceland App which contains information about the whales, their biology, social behavior and much more!
- We offer a whale watching addition to the education program

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