The Whale Watching Express tours are operated during the summer months from June 15th-September 30th. There are two types of boats used for the Express tours (Lilja and Rósin). Both boats have high cruising speeds, which allows you to sail out to the feeding grounds in no time. This lets you spend the same amount of time in the whale watching area as the longer Classic tours, while saving you roughly 1 hour in travel time going out and back.
You depart from Reykjavik‘s Old Harbour (near the city center) for your whale watching adventure. Your expert guide will help you to spot whales and tell you all about the wildlife and surrounding area. The four most common species we see are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. You can also expect to see a variety of bird life out at sea. Feel free to ask your guide questions throughout the tour – they are marine biologists and full of knowledge!
Warm overalls are provided for every passenger, and both boats have restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating areas and a snack bar on board for your convenience. Grab a pair of warm overalls and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we sail out to Faxaflói Bay!
We focus on comfort, unique experiences and personal service for our customers on every tour. We also work hard to protect and respect the environment and proudly follow the IceWhale code of conduct regarding how we approach and view these beautiful marine mammals.
The Express tours are perfect for those who want a more fast-paced trip or are short on time but still want to have a big adventure during their visit to Reykjavik. Discounted tickets to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition, located 10 minutes away, can also be added to your tour.
Please note that sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. If nothing is seen on your tour, you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again (valid indefinitely).