Creatures of the sea | Fishing and whale watching tour from Reykjavik

Leave for an ocean adventure and taste the catch of the day straight from the sea.

The tour begins in the scenic Vesturbugt Harbour located in downtown Reykjavík and sails into Faxaflói bay. During the tour, you will get up-close-and-personal with the marine animals living in the frigid waters off Iceland’s shores. With fresh air in your lungs and the ocean spray on your cheek, you get to take in the views and see whales and other unique wildlife of the North-Atlantic in their natural habitat. Aboard the boat, you will have the chance to enjoy the fish you catch yourself from the icy depths after a quick stop on our onboard barbecue. Things simply don’t get any fresher than that.

Fishing originated as a lifeline for the people who call this isolated island home but grew into a vibrant industry in the 1800s. With over 340 fish species having been recorded in the sea around Iceland, fishing remains a vital part of the Icelandic economy. This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the long-standing tradition firsthand.

The crew of experienced fishermen and ocean guides will take you in the direction of Viðey and sail around the island. Next, the boat sets sail for Hvalfjörður, as the name means ‘Whale Fjord’, the odds of catching a glimpse of those gentle giants are ever in your favour. Hvalfjörður plays host to minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and harbour porpoises, in addition to fish such as cod, halibut, catfish, and haddock. Next, you will have a chance to try your hand at some sea angling. The Faxaflói Bay has been an integral part of Icelandic fishing for centuries for a reason, so the odds are that the cod will be on your side. 20 people can go sea angling at the same time, and on the trip back everyone on board will get a chance to taste the catch of the day.

The Creatures of the Sea tour is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the North-Atlantic ecosystem, sustainable fishing traditions, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Reykjavík from Faxaflói bay.

Catch the first fish of the day or the first of a lifetime. Check availability now by choosing a date!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip, Fishing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Reykjavík , Faxaflói , Hvalfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 16:00

Pick up starts 60 min before departure. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

Disclaimer for pick ups

Pick-ups must be booked with a minimum of one hour before the tours departure time, all pick-ups booked after that will be discarded.

  • Experienced and professional guides

  • Taste of the catch of the day

  • Warm overalls!

  • Free Wi-Fi on board

  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities

  • Seasickness tablets available

  • Free parking in front of the boat

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

Good to know:

The Creatures of the sea tour departs from :

From Hlésgata at 17:00

Note that these are exact departure times, so please show up at your meeting point at least 10 minutes in advance.

Snacks and refreshments are sold on board.

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