Family-Friendly 6-Hour Whale Watching and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
6 hours
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
6 years old


Experience two of Iceland's most fascinating natural attractions in this 6-hour whale watching and northern lights tour from Reykjavik. This family-friendly combo tour takes travelers on a boat ride to Faxafli bay to see some adorable marine creatures before hunting the aurora borealis in the evening.

Your action-packed day begins when you meet your friendly tour guide at the charming Reykjavik harbor. You'll then take a boat ride and coast through Faxafloi bay, known for its rich waters and abundant wildlife. The great thing about whale-watching in Faxafloi bay is that it's full of surprises.

You may see different whale species depending on the day's weather conditions. This means no two whale-watching trips are the same. However, humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins make the most frequent appearances on Faxafloi bay. In addition, you'll see a variety of birdlife, such as fulmars, gannets, arctic terns, and puffins during summer.

The boat features a large viewing deck, so you'll also get the finest panoramic views of the bay. The guide will share stories and fun facts about the whales as you enjoy the marine spectacle. Take plenty of pictures not only of the whales and dolphins but also of the surrounding breathtaking scenery.

After cruising along Faxafloi bay, you'll have a few hours to rest and prepare for your northern lights hunting adventure. For this tour, you'll ride a minibus that will take you to the countryside far from the city lights.

The northern lights occur when charged particles from the sun collide with atoms and molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, creating luminous displays primarily around the magnetic poles. Iceland's location near the Arctic Circle makes it one of the best places to witness this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

As the northern lights appear, you'll see vibrant colors dancing and shimmering in the sky. The predominant color you'll see is green, which comes in different shades. The northern lights may also yield various hues of pink, red, violet, and white. Be sure to take pictures or videos of the lights as they change their shape and movement. In addition, your guide will take free photos of you and the northern lights for free.

Take note that the success of your northern lights hunting is not guaranteed. There are nights when the aurora borealis may not appear due to weather conditions. In such cases, you'll get unlimited attempts to retry your hunt for up to three years.

At the end of the tour, the guide will take you back to Reykjavik. You'll bring home not only your photos of the whales and northern lights but also the memories of your Icelandic adventure that will last a lifetime.

Take advantage of this chance to witness two of Iceland's most impressive spectacles with your family in this 6-hour whale-watching and northern lights tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Whale-watching in Faxafloi bay
English-speaking expert guides
Minibus transport
Free Wi-Fi on the minibus
Warm floatable overalls
Souvenirs and cafe on board
Pick up and drop off from Reykjavik
Northern lights photos



Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Warm layers
Waterproof top layer
Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes

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