Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Jump aboard this whale-watching excursion to see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife just off Reykjavík’s shores. This tour is a must for nature-lovers, and fits perfectly into a busy holiday; you leave straight from the capital city’s Old Harbour and return approximately three hours later.

You will arrive at the harbour in good time for your departure, either by making your way there yourself or through a pick-up you can request during booking. If taking this trip during summer, you will have a choice between two boats, which you can select based on your sense of adventure and the nature of your group.

The first vessel is smaller and faster and promises to get you to the prime whale-watching location in just twenty minutes so that you can immerse yourself in the activity immediately. These express tours are only available during the summer months. Trips on this tour are approximately an hour shorter.

The second vessel, and the only one in winter, is the largest whale-watching boat in Iceland. It has a fantastic educational, interactive feature inside, where one can learn more about the whales, as well as a well-stocked cafe.

On the latter boat, you will spend three hours out on the ocean looking for whales (two hours on the former). As you travel out, your guide will point out the natural features surrounding the capital; in clear weather, you should be able to see both the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as the ‘whale fjord’, otherwise called Hvalfjörður. 

Four species can be regularly seen on these tours: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. It is not at all unheard of, however, to see orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales, Fin Whales, and even Basking Sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably including the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you hunt for and marvel over these majestic creatures. 

Each tour yields entirely different results. The animals’ behaviour change throughout the day; you might catch them breaching, socialising, feeding or just basking near the surface. If by chance, you are not lucky enough to see a marine mammal, you will have another opportunity to take this tour for free until you do.

You will return to Reykjavík after three hours on the sea, hopefully after many exciting sightings and an up-close look at some of Iceland’s marvellous creatures. Because of the convenience and length of this tour, there will still be plenty of opportunities to make the most of the rest of your day, either on another tour or within the capital.

Do not miss your chance to see the magnificent whales, dolphins and porpoises of Iceland. Set sail into Faxaflói bay for your opportunity. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, German
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Keflavík
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00 09:00, 12:00, 13:00, 16:00, 20:00,

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.
Included:
  • Guided Boat Tour

  • WI-FI

  • Warm Overalls

  • WCs On Board

  • Free ticket to try again if there are no sightings!


What to bring:
  • Clothes subject to weather


Good to know:

Tours on the larger whale watching boats run at 13:00 throughough the year, with departures at 09:00 from 1 March - 31 October and at 17:00 from 15 May - 15 September due to the changing daylight hours.

Tours on the smaller whale watching boats run at 10:00 and 14:00 from 1 May to 30 September, with an additional departure at 21:00 from 15 June - 31 July.

German speaking guides are only used on the larger whale watching vessels during the summer months (May 1 - Sept 30). Please note that listed pick up times are for pick up by bus, not boat departure. If you are not using pick up, please be at the harbour 30 minutes before departure.



Reviews

A great experience to join this tour, though I was unable to see a big one, luckily I could see a few appear up to the service for 2-3 seconds , that's really depends on your luck. The guides in the boat will share a bit their whale watching experience n inform you the direction once they see the whale. It is enjoyable but may not be a good one for those who will hv sea sick easily

We got lucky and saw dolphins and whales. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. Make sure you dress warmly and have gloves on because it gets really cold out in the ocean standing around waiting to find sea life.

Me and my 6-year-old had a great time and they gave the kids a certificate of seaworthiness. He was thrilled. The boat Andrea is comfortable and the tour guide did a great job as the tour was informative and fun.

We got lucky and saw white-beaked dolphins , minke whales and fin whales! Our guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. Make sure you dress warmly and have gloves on because it gets really cold out in the ocean standing around waiting to find sea life.

We saw Minky whales and White beaked dolphins :) wrap up well, it's cold ❄

Our tour was fun. The guide, George, was very good and interesting ! The only thing, we saw no whale at all... but we had the chance to see few dolphins. To be able to see the city from a point of view like this was super ! Thanks!

Despite the fact that the bus forgot to pick us up at the hotel, we had a good time on the boat. The agency was also very helpful, they solved the problem very efficiently.

The tourguide on the boat was really friendly and very knowledgeable, and although we didn't see whales, we did get to see a pod of dolphins swim alongside the boat, which was brilliant! Definitely gonna use these guys again next time I'm in Iceland!

Unfortunately, we did not get a good look at any whales or other sea creatures.

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