Whales & Northern Lights | Double Boat Tour

A couple of whales breaching the surface water in Faxaflói bay.
Northern Lights tours by boat will normally take to the ocean for about 2 hours.
One of the top oceanic predators, the Killer Whale, lives in the waters around Iceland.
Even if Northern Lights fail to appear, there is always the chance to see a gorgeous blanket of starlight.
There are around twenty different types of whale species that live around Iceland.
Seeing the Northern Lights from the sea is often advantageous given the overwhelming darkness.

Hop aboard for two of Iceland’s most popular winter activities, of both whale watching and Northern Lights hunting from a boat. This adventure should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife who want a chance to see the ethereal Aurora from the open seas. 

Your adventure starts from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour in the city centre, where your whale watching vessel awaits. On the following 3-4 hour cruise around Faxaflói bay, your expert guide will provide you with in-depth information about the surrounding landscapes and the magnificent marine animals of the bay.

The most common species of whale in our waters are Minke Whales, White-beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpback Whales. You can also expect to witness rich birdlife such as Arctic terns, Guillemots, Cormorants and many more.

You return to the harbour area in the afternoon, in good time to have dinner and prepare for the electrifying Northern Lights hunt. All guests get a discount at a nearby harbour restaurant which they can make use of, or they can use their free voucher to explore the Whale Exhibition Centre. 

The evening voyage departs begins when night has fallen. Meet the crew in the Visitor Centre and prepare for an unforgettable experience. Once you've boarded the boat, you can stay inside the heated indoor cabin or get warmed up in comfortable overalls and head upstairs to the main deck to get ample views of the vast starry sky.

Leaving behind the bright city lights, you start the search. Your excellent guide will tell you all about the Auroras and how they form, and if you have any questions or need help setting up your camera gear, please don’t hesitate to contact the crew. You can expect to be back in the city a couple of hours later, or around midnight.

Sighting success is quite high and to optimise your chances your guides carefully go over the weather-, cloud- and sea conditions beforehand. However, in the unlikely event that you don’t see any wildlife or Auroras on the tours, you will receive a free ticket to try again on a different night.

Don't hesitate in jumping aboard and exploring the wonders off the coast of Reykjavík, from the gentle giants swimming below to the majestic Northern Lights dancing above. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Apr.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Whale Exhibition Center, Northern Lights, Sun Voyager, Reykjavík Harbour, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 12:15

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.

  • English guide

  • Free WiFi onboard

  • Entry to Visitor Centre / Whale Exhibition

  • Warm overalls

  • Heated indoor saloon

  • Harbour restaurant discount

  • Dinner

  • Pickup

What to bring:
  • Appropriate clothing

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be guaranteed to appear on any given night. To avoid disappointment, this tour is weather and conditions dependent.

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GENERAL: These terms apply to purchases of service(s) from the web address www.elding.is, which is run by Elding Whale Watching. The terms identify on the one hand Elding’s rights and duties and on the other the service buyer’s rights and duties. All communication regarding reservation of services, changes and cancellations shall be in writing and may be sent using e-mail or fax, or through the postal service, if time permits.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations we ask you to send us a notification as soon as possible, and not later than 24 hours before departure in order to receive a full refund. In case of cancellation on our behalf we notify you with as much notice as possible using the contact details provided in the booking process and naturally refund the tour price.

VALIDITY OF PRICES: All rates quoted are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in our price lists without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government taxes, or any other cost increases that are outside our control. Any eventual changes in rates will not be made with less then 4 weeks’ notice before scheduled departure.

CHILDREN: Discounts for children are subject to the nature of the services and our service partners terms.

TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

LIABILITY: Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables, change or cancel tour dates should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather. The tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are spotted during the tour we do not refund the tour price but offer a complimentary whale watching tour valid for two years. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to sea conditions. All activities are undertaken entirely at clients own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Elding Whale Watching guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All tours and outdoor activities carry inherent risks and Elding Whale Watching does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions or are caused by factors outside of human control (Force majeure). Elding Whale watching, it’s managers and staff accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of passenger’s property on our boats. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation during your tour.

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Whales & Northern Lights | Double Boat Tour

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