Exciting 4.5-Hour Whale Watching and Lava Show Combo Tour from Reykjavik

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Geirsgata 11, Reykjavík, Iceland
4,5 hours
All year
Minimum age


Experience two top activities in Iceland in one day by joining this whale watching and lava show excursion from Reykjavik. Nature lovers who want to see whales up close and witness the only live lava show in the world should book this combo tour today.

Your great adventure begins in the scenic old harbor of Reykjavik, just a mile from the city center. You can either walk to this meeting area as it’s near most Reykjavik hotels or avail of the convenient pick-up service for an added cost during booking.

Onboard a spacious boat with comfortable seats and viewing decks, you’ll sail through the beautiful waters of Faxafloi bay. On a clear and sunny day, the picturesque mountains and islands surrounding Reykjavik will entertain you as you travel to your destination.

Faxafloi bay is one of the best areas in Iceland to spot the gentle giants of the sea. Due to its fertile waters, different species of whales and dolphins freely roam in the area, especially during the summer months.

With the right conditions and some luck, your group doesn’t have to wait long to get some action. Humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins are familiar sights that will welcome you. Occasionally, even killer whales would venture into the bay.

While admiring the marine animals, your local guide will share interesting facts and stories about these marine mammals. You can do this while taking and uploading photos with the boat’s free Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, if your whale watching tour adventure fails to have any sightings, you can join the tour again for free.

The second leg of this combo tour takes place in the afternoon in the Grandi harbor of Reykjavik. After sailing through Faxafloi bay, you can take a brief lunch before heading to the Lava Show attraction, where a breathtaking experience awaits.

The Lava Show is an innovative and immersive attraction in Reykjavik that is the only place in the world where you can view a live display of lava. This facility recreates a volcanic eruption using natural lava taken from the 1918 explosion of the notorious Katla volcano.

The lava samples from Katla are superheated until molten before being poured into a spacious showroom. While in the display area, you can take advantage of the rare opportunity to admire the lava just a few feet away from your seat. The experience is engaging as you can hear, smell, and feel the heat radiating from the molten lava.

Besides the live show, the tour includes multimedia presentations discussing Iceland’s rich geological history and volcanism. The guide will also entertain any questions you may have regarding the show.

After nearly an hour of immersive, your lava tour ends, marking the end of your combo tour in Iceland.

Don’t miss out on these back-to-back whale watching and lava show tours from Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Experienced and professional guides
Warm flotation overalls
Free WiFi on board
Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
Complimentary seasickness tablets available
Approximately 50 minutes Lava Show
Experience being close to REAL molten lava
Free ticket to join again in case of no sightings
See, smell, hear and feel the intense heat
Experience the only live Lava Show in the world


Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Cultural Activity
Bird watching

What to bring

Warm clothing with layers
Comfortable closed footwear

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Sighting of whales and dolphins is not guaranteed. In case of no sighting, you can join another whale watching tour for free.

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