Whale Watching & Snorkelling Excursion

Humpback Whales are regularly seen around Iceland, particularly in summer when they migrate over.
The blues within Silfra fissure, in Þingvellir National Park, beggar belief.
Due to a filtration process through many kilometres of porous lava rock, the Silfra spring has visibility well exceeding 100 metres (333 ft).
Humpback Whales are not as common as Minke Whales in Faxaflói Bay, but still seen throughout summer regularly.
A Minke Whale before an incredible backdrop.
Minke Whales are the smallest of the great whales, but still about 10 metres (33 ft) long.

Start your day in Iceland with a morning snorkelling tour in the world-renowned Silfra fissure, and end it with an afternoon whale watching excursion. This tour should not be missed by those eager to immerse themselves in pristine nature.

At the beginning of this combo tour, a shuttle bus will pick you up and take you to one of Iceland's most precious natural sites, Þingvellir National Park, which is home to the otherworldly Silfra fissure.

Silfra's crystal clear glacier water allows for over 100 m (328 ft) of visibility and an unmatched view of otherworldly underwater landscapes that make up the continental rift which separates the European and American tectonic plates. Although the water is 2° Celsius throughout the year, you will be equipped with state-of-the-art drysuits to completely protect you from the cold.

After a thrilling and mesmerising excursion, complete with hot chocolate at the end, the shuttle will take you Reykjavík's Old Harbour in time for your whale watch. You'll board a boat with an indoor saloon, café and several outdoor viewing platforms.

The whale-watch will be approximately three hours long, which should be more than enough time to see a wealth of species. Humpback and Minke Whales, alongside White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises, are the most commonly seen, although over twenty species of cetacean frequent Iceland's waters, so no two whale-watches are the same. And that is to say nothing of the many seabirds flying above.

Between sightings, you have the opportunity to observe some incredible nature. Opposite Reykjavík across Faxaflói Bay is the incredible Mount Esja. To the South, you should also be able to spot the Reykjanes Peninsula; in clear weather, you can also see the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the north.

Don't miss out on an opportunity to see both Iceland's beautiful marine animals and one of the world's most magnificent snorkelling spots. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Whale Watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Faxaflói, Þingvellir, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Reykjavík Harbour, Whales of Iceland
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00

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.
  • Pickup/drop off

  • English guidance 

  • All necessary snorkelling equipment 

  • Hot chocolate and cookies after snorkeling

  • Entrance fee into Silfra 

  • Use of overalls on board 

  • WiFi on board

What to bring:
  • Thermal underwear, Thick socks, Sturdy footwear, Appropriate clothing

Good to know:

This tour is not suitable for pregnant women. Please note that should you have any neurological, circulatory or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses or have any physical problems you might have to turn in a physicians allowance to participate in this tour. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.

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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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