Close up | Whale Watching Tour with Puffins & Reykjavík Coast

Based on 17 traveller reviews

With only 12 persons on each boat, this is the most intimate and personal whale watching tours Reykjavík has to offer, the whale watching experience of a lifetime.

Specially made for arctic waters, our RIB boats give you a chance of getting closer to the whales and puffins than any other ship can offer. These quick, steady and safe boats have the potential to cover more area in search of the wild life, thus increasing your likelihood of locating the whales, dolphins and birdlife.

This whale watching tour leaves from the old harbour in Reykjavík and the first stop is with the puffins on the islands just of the Reykjavík coast.

Next we head out into the Faxaflói Bay in search of the whales. Few things will prepare you for the adventure of viewing the whales and dolphins as up close as you can from our RIB boats.

After our whale watching tour we ride back towards the city, where we will take ride along the Reykjavík coast line, taking a look at it from the water.

We will see the Sólfar sculpture (The Sun Voyger) and visit the harbour side of Iceland's most famous house, the impressive Harpa Concert Hall.

Reserve this trip for a small group and personal whale watching tour from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík , Sun Voyager , Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 10:00 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 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. If you wish to arrive on location yourself, the tour starts from Reykjavík's Old Harbour at Ægisgardur 5, 101 Reykjavík.
  • Expertly guided whale safari and puffin watching tour in a 12 seater RIB boat. Trip also includes Reykjavík sightseeing and a stop at the Harpa Concert Hall. We supply warm overalls, gloves, goggles and all necessary safety equipment.

What to bring:
  • Dress warmly for our northern ocean, so if you have it, bring warm outdoor clothing like a  wool or fleece sweater, some warm headgear and gloves. Sturdy shoes are recommended.


Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 17

This was THE MOST FUN THING I'VE EVER EVER DONE ON THIS PLANET. I'm serious. It's 2 days later and I'm back in Chicago now and I still can't stop smiling from it. This boat was WILD. If you like adventure, this is a must. We sat in the front on the way out (when you're going against mother nature's waves!) and it was gut-droppingly awesome. A thousand times better than the most terrifying rollercoaster you've been on. And I mean that in the best way! If you don't want all that action - just sit in the middle/back and it's a lot softer. We did on the way back and it was a really pleasant experience (although it's still pretty intense to sit anywhere on that boat if you're not used to the sea- I don't think this is for young kids, elderly people, or people who don't like a little edge in their vacations). It was exhilarating, and we were ALIVE feeling the power of the ocean. It was worth it if just for the ride itself - And then we got to see a bunch of dolphins and had a fun speed boat tour along the still harbor coastline of Reykjavik. This was the absolute best thing I've ever done on a trip. I may change careers. The guide and captain were delightful and spirited. Our Spanish guide with a long red/brown beard (I hate to say we forgot his name because he was the BEST). He taught us a lot about the whales and dolphins and birds. A totally rewarding, crazy fun experience. It's a MUST! Skip the big boat - get raw and real and feel the power of the sea in the rib boat!

The speed boat was pretty awesome and we got to see some whales from a distance. Everything was as advertised but I would recommend you skip the pickup and meet them by the harbour, it´´s very close to downtown where most of the hotels are. We paid around 10 bucks for a pickup which we could have walked in 5 minutes. Wish we had known that beforehand but that was not their fault. The tour itself was again, great!

I could barely believe how close we got to the whales during this trip. Being so close to such magnificent creatures was mindblowing. Being on a rubber boat made this very special. The other tours were done on fishing vessels so I think this is the best whale watching tour in Iceland.

This was so awesome! Super friendly guides and such a thrill! Way more fun than the 'regular' slow boat tours I have been on, because of the added spice of the Rib boat. Never been on one before, and it was just amazing. We went on a wonderful and sunny day, saw a bunch of puffins too! Highly recommended!

This whale watching and puffin tour is a must do when staying in Reykjavík. It was so much fun and so exciting. The guides were also very professional. We went out on a very sunny day so the view was amazing and we saw a lot of puffins. Highly recommended for people that are in for an excited experience.

I've been on several whale watching tours around Iceland but this one takes the crown, never been on a RIB boat before and it's truely amazing! Really fun and adventurous although we haven't seen whales we saw a lot of puffins flying around us. If you want to experience the ocean life on a funny and unique way this tour is the right thing. Highly recommend it.

This tour is a must do in Reykjavík! I had never been on a RIB boat before and that in itself was such a blast, and the views were so stunning it was like we'd travelled to Middle-earth! The guides were friendly and the puffins were flying all around us. Definitely a 5-star experience!

I can honestly say I enjoyed this tour. I was a bit afraid that whale watching might be boring.... as being on a boat alone is not the greatest fun. Especially if it´s a whale watching tour and you don´t see whales. This tour though was fast and exciting, so in a sense it was like being on a roller coaster. And although we didn´t see any whales, we saw a lot of puffins.

What a great experience! Went out on a lovely sunny day, got to see puffins and the breathtaking skyline of Reykjavik. Adrenaline, cool boats and fun guides! What a great way to experience nature and Iceland! 5 stars all the way!

Did this tour on a great sunny day and it was truly awesome! e saw puffins flying around us and the guides made sure that we would enjoy the ride. This is by far the best way for doing the whale and puffin watching in Reykjavik!!! To bad I can only give 5 stars, as it deserves a lot more :)

If not the best, then definitely among the best experiences ever, not just in Iceland! Make sure you take the first two seats...great visibility, tons of adrenaline (at least for someone who doesn't plunge into the ocean on a daily basis), and the views are simply amazing! Not only did we get to see the whales and the puffins, but also got a chance to see the Snæfellsjökull volcano from far, far away (that's because we were lucky enough to catch an astonishingly sunny day, with clear skies and calm waters). And the guide...she was not only well prepared and constantly pointing us in the right directions, but also funny, witty, always making sure everyone was ok with the speed, boat pitching, etc. So when in Iceland: this whale watching tour is a definite must! Consuela

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