SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, Vestmannaeyjar

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Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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The Sanctuary is operated by the SEA LIFE Trust, a charity registered in England and Wales and CAF America approved. All money raised from ticket sales helps us to provide the best possible care for Little White and Little Grey, as well as the other animals we look after here at the Sanctuary.

Our brand new Visitor Centre located in Vestmannaeyjar Harbour is now open and houses:

Our native species aquarium allowing you to get up close to the other animals that share the belugas’ new home.

Our Puffin Rescue Centre – learn all about these amazing birds that inhabit the Vestmannaeyjar islands and hear about how we, along with the islanders, are helping to protect them.

The story of the Sanctuary and its resident beluga whales – learn all about why Heimaey is home to the belugas through interactive displays and information.

Klettsvik Bay

Klettsvik Bay is across the harbour from our Visitor Centre and is the new home for the resident belugas. During the summer months, we run carefully managed boat trips to visit the bay from Vestmannaeyjar Harbour which allows you to view the belugas home from a discreet distance.

In the summer, you´ll be able to choose what you see when you visit:

Visitor Centre Only (All Year Round)

Visitor Centre and Bay trip (Summer Months Only)

Bay Only (Summer Months only)
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  • We visited the Sea Life Trust as the entry was included in our tour round the island. The highlight of our visit was the 2 beluga whales who roamed incessantly around their large tank pressing...  more »
  • I love that "Free Willy" and the Beluga whales are or have been cared for at SEA LIFE. We learned so much about the puffins and whales. My kids loved it so very much!  more »
  • They have rescued puffins there in the winter and you can watch them play, swim and eat. This was amazing as we were not able to see puffins anywhere else since we visited in the winter. The Beluga whales were also an incredible surprise. They are so interactive and come up to greet you and pose for pictures, it was amazing how they knew you were at the window and wanted to put on a show for us. I thought they would be sad and just float around, but they were so happy and fun to watch. Some people say this place is expensive and commercialized but this is a sanctuary for rescued animals. They run on donations and do a good thing. I was very happy with my visit and the people where very nice and passionate about their work.
  • I understand what is disappointing because it is not really a "classic" aquarium. It is a centre for the rehabilitation of marine life. Indeed they should be clearer on that. I had the chance to see the belugas and I hope they will be happy in their bay. I think it's a shame there's not a guided tour that explains how they save the puffins caught in the oil, etc. Concerning the entrance fee, it is a bit like what is practiced in Iceland.
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