Best Value Whale Watching Trip from Reykjavik

Based on 19 traveller reviews

Embark on an incredible and affordable whale watching excursion from Reykjavík. This ocean adventure grants you a fantastic opportunity to see a wealth of marine and bird life, without taking considerable time away from your holiday.

The vessel you will be travelling in is perfect for spotting whales. It has three separate viewing platforms as well as an indoor saloon equipped with a café, so you can enjoy a hot drink or light refreshments throughout the journey.

You can organise a pick-up from your accommodation for a small cost, or else meet at the departure point most convenient to you: from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, or the pier behind the Harpa concert hall.

Once everyone has boarded, you will head straight out into Faxaflói bay, where the creatures of the deep are waiting. En route, in clear weather, you will get some fantastic views of the nature surrounding Reykjavík—the sight of the whole Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas are stunning to behold.

Summer is the peak season for whale-watching, as it is the prime feeding time for the whales and migratory seabirds such as puffins can be seen. That being said, the winter months still regularly yield excellent results; just expect to see less bird-life.

The four main species you will be searching for are the Minke Whale, the Humpback Whale, the white-beaked dolphin and the harbour porpoise; each of these creatures is unique and fascinating. That is not to say these are the only creatures you may see, however; Fin Whales, Killer Whales (or orcas), Pilot Whales and even Basking Sharks are known visitors in Faxaflói Bay.

You will spend three to three and a half hours on the water, searching for and marvelling over the marine life. Your experienced guide can answer any questions you may have and will tell you about each creature as you see it.

If the weather means this tour is cancelled, or if you are very unlucky and there are no sightings, you get to go again, free of charge, until you see a marine mammal. The ticket you receive for this tour also grants you entry into the fascinating Whales of Iceland exhibition.

So do not hesitate to book; grab your chance to see the majestic animals of the deep at an affordable price! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Whale Watching
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 07:45, 11:45

Pick up starts 60 min before departure
Included:
  • Guided boat tour

  • Warm overalls!

  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi on board

  • Admission to Whales of Iceland exhibition

  • Seasickness tablets available

  • Free parking in front of the boat

  • Pick-up (available for extra charge, please specify during booking)

  • Lunch (snacks can be bought on board)


What to bring:
  • We recommend wearing good footwear and warm clothing.


Good to know:

Whale Watching tour depart from 2 locations:

Hlésgata at 8:45/12:45 and from pier behind Harpa Concert Hall at 9:00/13:00.

Join our Whale Watching tour in the most convenient place for you.

NOTE: It is departure time so please show up at the meeting point around 10 min in advance.



Reviews

Was a fantastic experience even though we didn't see any whales, John our host was awesome and I got to chat with him about Iceland, and the culture and learned a lot about whales and dolphins. Although we didn't see any whales, we did see a bunch of dolphins which my son really liked and just the fact of being on a boat in the ocean with some really cool scenery and great hosts made us happy and we loved the experience. I would recommend going on the tour, but just go into thinking that seeing a whale is a bonus.

Unfortunately We could not see anything because of the bad weather.Most pf the people got seasick because of the waves.I beleive that they tried to do their best and also offered to attend on an other trip.Check the weather before going.

The sailors are so nice and funny! Although the weather was not good and the whale didn't show up in the end, I still felt excited about this trip (Except for my dizzy on the boat... ).

The trip went as well as I hoped: whales weren't spotted but they gave us an opportunity to come back free any other time. I couldn't. We went on a terrible day; weather was right before one of the worst days of the year. The guides told us whales/dolphins leave when storms come. That would have been handy to know, so if you're reading this now: check the weather before you book! The guide himself was great, Spanish-Icelandic and fluent in English, he made the trip entertaining and made it obvious they were actually trying to find the whales. Also, we saw a rainbow there. THAT was a good photo!

Great time with Reykjavik sailor, not that much people as others' so you would have better view. We saw several whale Dolphins, really exciting. We would go further to H city if we had more time.

We spotted two dolphins and three whales. Great! The crew provided us with lots of info on the characteristics and the behaviour of these animals. Really interesting.

We managed to go when the sun was shining in Reykjavik. Spotted playful dolphins and 2 whales. Sadly we only came across the whales towards the end of our tour. A great day all round.

Strongly recommend!

I loved this boat trip! We saw several whales, even though the conditions were not 100% perfect. We saw a minke whale and two humpback whales, and also quite a few dolphins! I liked how we were a very small group of people on the boat, so we could friendly chat with our guide and each other. We had a great time together! Our guide was a biologist who knew a lot and was happy to share his knowledge. I'd recommend Reykjavik sailors to anybody wanting to meet the great mammals!

Good!

We saw some incredibly large and majestic mink whales on this tour. The water was still and the weather was great, which is unusual for Iceland. I can highly recommend this trip!

Was seasick but still had a great time!

Could not have been bette! This as one of the greatest traveling experiences I've ever had. The tour guide and the crew are so nice, welcoming and diligent. It was perfect, do not miss this tour.

I arrived around my pre-booked time but was told the boat broke down. And there was nobody working in the small place beside the boat. No notice neither about the situation. I was asking around and people told me where to find their office which was about 5 minutes walk from the boat. I didn't realize it was such an accident. A lady who was working there told me to come the day after because I had a tour to join in the next day. When I went there after one day, was told there wasn't any tours going on. I was very angry and disappointed by their unprofessional behavior. They were really sorry and because I was leaving the next day so not a chance to go on that time. So they paid me to go whale watching with another neighbor company. But because that day was very rough and we didn't see any whales. Very very disappointed. Also tourists need to notice, they don't use any sona things to tract these animals so it is really something depends on your luck.

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