Whale Watching on board a luxury yacht

Whale Watching on board a luxury yacht
Travellers heading out for whalespotting on the luxury yacht on Faxaflói bay.
A view form inside the yacht, where you can travel in great luxury to see the whales.
A woman assisting at the bar on the whale watching tour on a lovely luxury yacht from Reykjavík.
You might spot a few orcas, also known as killer whales, on a whale watching tour from Reykjavík city.
See the beautiful whales of Iceland on a whale watching tour.
You might see minke or humpback whales as well as dolphins and porpoises on a whale watching tour.
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Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. Nature lovers looking to see some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but who wish to do so in a small group, should grab this chance now.

The ship sets sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour and during your journey, you'll sail among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with a fantastic view of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water.

The most common sights are minke and humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. However, there is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. The professional team onboard is very experienced in spotting whales and are dedicated to making sure their passengers leave with a smile! 

This tour is conducted on a beautiful yacht known as the Amelia Rose. With three panoramic deck areas, the vessel provides every passenger with a good view of the surrounding area as well as an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing pictures. The decks are partially covered, providing some shelter from wind and rain, and you can easily circle them to enjoy the best views.

Amelia Rose is designed as an offshore vessel, making it better adapted to take on the turbulent waves of Iceland's waters, ensuring a smoother sail with less probability of passengers experiencing nausea or seasickness. 

If that's not enough, on this tour, you don't have to worry about overcrowding or not getting a right spot to see the whales. You'll be sailing on Faxaflói in a small group which will make your experience personal, meaningful and memorable! 

So don't hesitate! Book now to enjoy whale watching in both style and comfort on this small group whale watching tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:15. 12:15,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. We like to pick people up at their hotel or accommodation not at bus stops.  The pick up service will be there 30 minutes before departure of the tour.

  • Guidance

  • Triple observation deck

  • Free Wifi

  • Seasickness tablets

  • Panoramic view

  • Warm blankets

  • Luxury inside area

  • Bar & Café

  • Pick Up / Drop Off (Available to add)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good footwear

  • Camera


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Really welcoming team on board- and very enthusiastic young lady- sorry I forgot your name, who accompanied everyone who wanted too watch- and gave information and details of what we saw- dolphins and minke whales- a lovely yacht and the baileys coffees were very delish Thank you for a fab afternoon
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My family joined the whale watching tour on July 12,2019. It was definitely a good experience for my kids. We saw a minke whale, some lovely dolphins and surely, puffins. The owner and his crew were very welcoming. The owner, who looks like Kevin Costner, is very passionate about whale watching. The number of participants for each tour is controlled so that we really enjoyed ourselves on the yacht and found a nice spot for whale watching. This is very important especially when I am travelling with young children. My kids loved to explore the yacht. Ameila Rose is a nice yacht, stable and nice decors with cool craftmanship. Travelling to Reykjavík without hopping on Amelia Rose is definitely a mistake!
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The crew were amazing, the views were spectacular and the luxury yacht was exactly that, luxurious. Unfortunately we only got to see a couple of porpoises but that’s purely down to nature which can’t be controlled, will definitely be recommending to any friends and family that visit Iceland
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Great! We did not see any whales and the weather wasn't optimal but our guide made us feel at home and we had a good time. He picked me up AND dropped me at hotel, as well as other guests too ... without asking anything in return. All the guests were invited for other trips as substitute. I would do this again next time I visit Reykjavik.
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We had a great time on the Ameila Rose and our guide Mar was great with all of us! We went on a whale watching tour and did not see any whales (luck of the draw) but Mar invited us to come see the northern lights tour later that evening at no charge. Unfortunately we were not able to see the northern lights either but Mar made us feel like we were always welcome to come see them again at no charge till we saw what we came to see. He was entertaining and upbeat and positive even when the outcomes seemed dismal. Hopefully we will make it back to Iceland someday in our futures and be able to take the trip and see whales and the northern lights.
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The trip was ok, however I wish they would have stated that most of the species of whale were gone for the year. We got to see Minke whale's off in the distance, however there were no other whale breeds around this time of year...again, this was mentioned to us on the tour, not before.
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I booked this tour specifically to be in a small group (as is described) and was surprised that we were over 40 on the boat. We tried asking to be switched to a tour the following morning, but was assured we wouldn't notice the number of people. I could tell Mar was trying to make things right by inviting everyone to come back for the evening northern light tour. After doing research it seems that chances of whale sightings are low before April - should have done my due diligence.
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Having wanted to go whale watching during our trip to Iceland, this tour appealed to me as it wasn’t selling the “mass market” tour which other companies were selling however I have come away feeling very disappointed. This isn’t due to the fact that we didn’t see any whales as I fully understand that you cannot command nature but due to other factors listed below. The boat is lovely and has lots of areas where you can get a good view of the sea and doesn’t feel crowded and I also love the comfy area to sit inside out of the cold. The crew are a credit to the boat and are very friendly and welcoming however I was disappointed that there wasn’t more information given voluntarily at the start of the tour regarding the types of whales in the area and what signs to look out for to spot them. I did have a conversation with a lady ( I’m sorry, I can’t recall her name) who did provide this information when I asked and she was very helpful. I can only compare my experience to whale watching trips which I have taken here in Ireland, which are small tours but there’s is lots of information provided. I really just felt this was more of an expensive scenic cruise around the Harbour. Since returning home I discovered that some people are offered a further chance to see the northern lights or come whale watching again if no whales are seen on the tour. This is what really disappointed me as nobody communicated this with us on our tour. Towards the end of the tour, I did see a one of the crew giving a talk at the front of the boat to some of the passengers however when I made down he was talking to one of the other passengers. I would have loved the opportunity to see the northern lights from the boat ( We had seen them the previous night on a bus tour) but as we were returning home the following day, we would not have been able to go out whale watching but nobody advised us of this option. Lastly, with all of the plastic and rubbish that is in our seas and oceans it might have be helpful to remind passengers of this and about disposing of their waste. There was an empty Viking beer can left on the top deck with cigarette ash and butts in it. There was also a glass rolling around there too. I emailed my concerns directly to the company but unsurprisingly I received no response. Communication doesn’t seem to be a priority for them. If I were returning to Iceland again, I would use a different company.
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