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Dalvík to Offer Whale Watching Tours in Submarine?

A young resident of Dalvík in northeast Iceland, Freyr Antonsson, is investigating the feasibility of offering whale watching and undersea tours with a submarine. The submarine could carry up to 36 people and sail both on the ocean surface and below it.

Next summer a two-person submarine will be used to investigate the situation of Icelandic waters to see whether such tours are feasible, Morgunbladid reports.

Antonsson, who is studying economics at the University of Akureyri where he developed his idea, said the project would be very expensive to execute, but if the investigation next summer proves successful, it could be worth the effort.

“It depends on how this product is, to buy a fare with a submarine like this, whether it is a good experience or not. If it proves an amazing experience I think we can sell it and then the cost is manageable,” Antonsson said.

Antonsson said similar operations in other countries have been very popular among tourists and delivered high profits. But such tours are mostly offered in warmer countries like Hawaii, Spain and Japan, and in most cases not an actual submarine is involved but rather an elevator into the ocean.

The submarine Antonsson has in mind for his venture is made in the US as a sort of a yacht for millionaires. It costs about ISK 400 million (USD 5.28 million, EUR 3.33 million) and it would need to attract 15,000 tourists per year to deliver profits.

The submarine runs on diesel oil when it sails on the ocean surface but on electricity when it dives. It can dive down to a depth of 300 meters, so it could travel far and possibly offer tourists the opportunity to watch whales below the ocean surface.

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