Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Exhibition

Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Exhibition
Keep your eye out for the playful whales on a whale watching tour.
Learn about Iceland's largest residents at the Whales of Iceland exhibition.
The Whales of Iceland exhibition has life size models of the whales found in Icelandic waters.
Learn all about the different species of whales at the Whale of Iceland exhibition.
Learn all about the whales that are found in the ocean around Iceland at the Whales of Iceland exhibition.
Get a closer look at whales at the Whales of Iceland exhibition.

Get to know the largest inhabitants of Iceland with this fantastic tour where you'll explore the Whales of Iceland exhibition and go on a whale watching excursion. This tour is a must for all nature-lovers visiting the country.

You can choose to begin your adventure either by visiting the Whales of Iceland exhibition or by taking a whale watching tour. You can also choose to be picked up from your accommodation or meet the staff on location. The whale watching tour departs from Reykjavík's old harbour, and the exhibit is located in the Grandi area, a short walking distance from the pier.

The Whales of Iceland Exhibition features 23 life-size, handmade models of all of the different whale species that have been found in Icelandic waters. Enjoy seeing just how big these giants of the sea actually are, including the magnificent 25 m (82 ft) long blue whale, a fantastic sperm whale and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. 

Experience the interactive features of this exhibit, including virtual reality headsets and a free audioguide app (available in English, German & Icelandic). The app will give you an abundance of information about all of the different species in the exhibition. 

After touring the exhibition, you can relax in the café while enjoying a coffee and pastry beneath the whales. You can read one of the many whale books while listening to whale sounds in soft, underwater lighting. Whales of Iceland is a dreamy adventure for the whole family, and a perfect way to see how big these creatures actually are (and how small we are in comparison!)

For the second part of the combo tour, you will head to the Old Harbour – a quick and easy walk from the exhibition. There you will join your next adventure, sailing out to the beautiful Faxaflói Bay to search for some of the most commonly spotted species: minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales!  

The classic tour is 3-3.5 hours in duration and has an educational and interactive focus on board. You can look at whale bones and teeth, baleen plates and even investigate sea specimens under a microscope with your expert guide. Your guide will be there to help you spot the whales and answer any questions you might have during the tour.

During the summer months, you can also choose to take the express tour on a faster boat for no extra cost. This tour is 2-2.5 hours, but spends the same amount of time out in the whale watching area – perfect for those with a busy schedule who want to make the most of their time in Reykjavík! 

Learn about the wealth of marine life in Iceland's ocean with this fantastic combination tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói
Pickup information:
  • Pickup 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.

  • A ticket to the Whales of Iceland exhibition

  • A whale watching tour in Faxaflói Bay

  • Transport between activities

  • Pickup (can be added during the booking process)

  • Meals and refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good footwear

Good to know:

Please note that we can never guarantee sightings of wildlife, but if nothing is seen on your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again, valid indefinitely!

Loading best prices
Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees