Midnight Sun | Evening Whale Watching

Midnight Sun | Evening Whale Watching
The Midnight Whale Watching Tour is a unique nature opportunity.
A whale-watching boat leaves Reykjavík under Iceland's midnight sun.
A Minke Whale very close to the Reykjavík Old Harbour.
A pod of dolphins under Iceland's midnight sun.
Around the summer solstice in Iceland, the sun will never go below the horizon.
A porpoise roostering beneath the midnight sun.
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Witness the whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds of Faxaflói Bay in the most exciting way possible: beneath the Midnight Sun. This tour from Reykjavík should not be missed by those who love wildlife and nature.

You will start this nighttime adventure at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, where your whale watch boat will be awaiting you. You will board, but if you are early, can explore a floating museum first, which is home to several interactive exhibitions on the great creatures of Iceland’s seas.

As soon as you set out, you will get fantastic views of the city and the surrounding nature; you will see Mount Esja, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Whale Fjord, Hvalfjörður. In very clear weather, you’ll also be able to see all the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. While all of these sites are beautiful throughout the year, they are even more special when beneath the midnight sun, which paints the sky vivid oranges and pinks.

Faxaflói Bay has a wealth of life, which peaks in the summer. Both Humpback and Minke Whales use the waters as feeding grounds, and White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises are year-round residents. Puffins bob on the surface of the water, amongst many other species of seabird, while Basking Sharks are, on occasion, seen cruising beneath.

You’ll spend three hours marvelling over this spectacular wealth of wildlife. Even in summer, it can get a little chilly on the seas, but worry not. You can borrow overalls, there is an indoor saloon, and a cafe at which you can warm up with a hot drink or an alcoholic one.

If, by any chance, you don’t see a whale or dolphin, you will be able to join another whale-watch for free until you do.

Marvel over the animals of Faxaflói Bay, under the midnight sun. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: West Iceland , Faxaflói, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 18:15. 19:45,

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.
  • Access to the Whale Watching Centre 

  • Use of blankets and overalls

  • Excellent English guidance

  • Free WiFi on board

  • Live troubadour performance

  • Refreshments

  • Pickup to your accommodation

What to bring:
  • Hats and gloves

  • Camera (if taking photographs)

  • Sunglasses

Good to know:

Dress warm and don't be shy to use our warm overalls.

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It was great. Everyone was really nice. We saw a few whales and the live singer at the end was awesome. 100% would do it again
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今年夏天是很多冰岛人民认为不是特别好的夏天,因为多雨。但是谢谢旅游中心的eisen为我的行程有惊喜祷告。 当天晚上午夜观鲸鱼让我完全被震撼到的,因为我完整地欣赏到了午夜壮丽美好的夕阳和海面上鲸鱼的巨大尾巴。同时还出现了很多海豚。我想说,特别支持冰岛一部分岛民关于观看鲸鱼但是不要吃鲸鱼的做法。这么美丽可爱的大鱼,能够唤起我们对上帝创造自然的美好的敬畏之情,同时也感受到人与自然可以如此的和谐相处。祈祷上帝,愿每一位跟我一样有在夕阳观看美丽海景和鲸鱼海豚海鹦的朋友也拥有一个难忘和感动的午夜观鲸之旅。 午夜金色的雷克亚未克永生难忘。
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Would not do this again ! Should be called puffin and bad music tour . Not worth the money . Too many people so when a whale spotted in far off distance everybody rushes to that side or front and not everybody can see . My husband saw the fin and back of a whale again in distance ! I saw lots of puffins!
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