Whale Watching on Faxafloi Bay | RIB Boat Express

Whale Watching on Faxafloi Bay | RIB Boat Express
This RIB Boat Express tour will last two hours, providing you plenty of chances to see whales, dolphins and the Icelandic birdlife.
A whale's tail fin sinks into the waters just off Reykjavík city's shore.
A humpback whale fully breaches the water.
RIB boats are known for their smooth ride and thrilling speeds.
A cheeky whale breaches from the still water's surface.
Getting close to the animals provides for amazing photography opportunities.
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Hop aboard this thrilling 2-Hour RIB Express boat tour to experience whale watching as it should be done. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for guests to Iceland looking to see this island’s most amazing aquatic mammals up close, all the while avoiding the larger crowds so typical of larger whale watching vessels. 

Your tour will begin at by Reykjavík's old harbour where you will be provided with warm overalls, a flotation device (for added safety), a pair of goggles and gloves. This full kit is sure to keep you protected from the elements throughout your time on the water. Before stepping onto the boat, your friendly, experienced and professional guide will also present a safety briefing, ensuring that everyone is aware of protocol whilst on board. 

You will head out from the harbour on the 12-metre long vessel, Dagmar, the latest edition to the operator’s fleet, and the only one capable of providing a smoother, more comfortable ride than expected. This is down to the special shock-suspension seating, keeping guests content as they speed over the waves, ever on the look out for whales, porpoise or dolphins. 

The most common sightings on this tour are Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and White-Beaked dolphin, though there is always the chance to see one of the other 16 species that call Icelandic coastal waters their home, including Orcas and the mighty Blue Whale. 

Aside from the whales, you will also be privy to an abundance of birdlife, including such species as Arctic Tern, Guillemots and even the iconic Atlantic Puffin. During the summer months, during the Puffins’ breeding season, your boat captain will also make a stop at the island of Akurey where you can look upon thousands of these colourful critters nesting amid the rocks. 

So what’s the hold up? Hurry now and you too can experience the thrills, chills and delights that come with whale watching on a custom RIB boat! Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Faxaflói
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00. 10:00, 13:00, 15:00,

Pick-up starts 60 minutes prior to departure, so we kindly ask that you be ready at your designated pick-up location at this time. 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.

  • Guided boat tour

  • Warm floatable overalls provided for your comfort & safety

  • Lifevests, gloves & goggles

  • A visit to the Puffin Island in the summertime

  • English guidance & expert guides

  • Scenic route along the Reykjavík coastline

  • Suspensions seats for extra comfort

  • Snacks and Beverages

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good Footwear

  • Sunscreen

  • Your Camera

Good to know:

Please note that this tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or severe heart conditions, children under 10 years or people under 130 cm.

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Our whale watching adventure was one of the highlights of our trip! From the comfortable seats, the kind guides, the warm outfits,?to the fun boat ride out, the entire whale watching adventure was such a fun time. We saw many whales, and although we didn’t get to see them breech, as we were hoping to, and the weather wasn’t optimal, we still had an amazing time!
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