Whale Watching & Reykjavik Grand Excursion

On still days, you have a better chance of seeing whales, dolphins and porpoises from a distance on whale watching tours.
The Sun Voyager is the most defining sculpture in Iceland, facing from Reykjavík out into Faxaflói Bay.
Minke Whales arch their backs and reveal their fins clearly before a dive.
A Minke Whale, breaking the surface behind a whale watching vessel.
White-beaked dolphins are curious creatures that will often approach whale-watching boats.
White-beaked dolphins breaching in Faxaflói Bay.

Join this unmatched excursion of whale watching and Reykjavík sightseeing. This tour is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature and culture without going far from the city.

You will start the day with the whale-watching component. A shuttle bus will escort you to the Old Harbour of the capital, where a boat is waiting for you. This vessel has several outdoor viewing platforms, a heated indoor area, and a cafeteria. You can borrow warm overalls if need be, and there will be several staff members who can answer your questions.

One of these will tell you all about your surroundings as you travel out into Faxaflói Bay. In clear weather, you'll see both the Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes Peninsulas, Mount Esjan and the fjord Hvalfjörður. They will also be watching for whales and dolphins, and tell you about each species that you encounter.

You are most likely to see Minke Whales and White-Beaked Dolphins, but have a decent chance of also seeing Humpbacks and Harbour Porpoises, amongst many other species. Whale-watchers between May and September also have a great shot at spotting puffins bobbing on the surface.

If you do not see any whales, you will be able to take the tour again for free until you do. 

After returning to the harbour, you will jump onto the sightseeing component of this excursion. Reykjavík is a stunning, fascinating cultural capital, with a wealth of street art, historical sites, and architecture. 

Over three hours, you'll learn all about destinations such as Hallgrímskirkja Church, Perlan, Harpa Concert Hall and Höfði House. You'll also be able to appreciate the city's colourful houses, many sculptures, and beautiful surrounding nature.

This tour should be on the must-do list of anyone thirsting for in-depth knowledge about Reykjavík City and Iceland's wildlife. Don't let it pass you by. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - May.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Hallgrímskirkja, Höfði, Reykjavík Harbour, Capital Region
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:15

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.
  • Excellent guidance 

  • Free WiFi 

  • Use of overalls on board

What to bring:
  • Sturdy footwear Appropriate clothing

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Terms & Conditions:

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.

ONLINE: Service buyers can book all Elding Whale Watching’s tours until 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure. When booking a tour online, a confirmation and booking number will be sent to the e-mail provided in the booking process stating departure time and date. Paying online entitles service buyers to a 5% discount. Upon receipt of full payment, a service voucher will be sent to the e-mail provided in the booking process stating departure time and date. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to safeguard the voucher and present it to the relevant service partner as payment for each service rendered.*Please make sure that you fill in correctly all the specific fields.

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CHANGE OF RESERVATION: If you need to make changes to your reservation we ask you to send us a notification as soon as possible, and not later than 12 hours before departure. Changes received less than 12 hours before departure may be subject to levy according to Elding Whale Watching’s current tariffs and the policy of our service partners.

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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