Whale Watching & Lava Cave Exploration

Whale Watching & Lava Cave Exploration
A humpback raises its flukes before the beautiful Mount Esjan.
Humpback Whales feed in Iceland's fertile waters throughout summer, but a few stragglers remain through winter.
Humpback Whales are one of the largest creatures in the world, and Iceland is one of the most reliable places to spot them.
The red colouration in Iceland's lava comes from iron deposits in the rock.
One of the best things about whale watching in Iceland is the backdrops the nature provides for your sightings.
Although whale watching tours focus on finding the bigger species, you will also be seeking out smaller animals like harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.

Combine two excellent Icelandic experiences into one day, with this opportunity to go both lava caving and whale watching. Those seeking an action-packed nature holiday should not overlook this tour.

The tour begins when you are picked up from Reykjavík, and driven twenty minutes out of the city to the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The lava fields here are ominous and beautiful, and hold a hidden world beneath their surface.

You will be equipped with a helmet and light, before walking a short distance with your guide to the entrance of a cave called Leiðarendi, which translates to 'The End of the Road'; you'll find out the reason why when exploring. After a quick safety briefing, you'll descend into its dark depths.

Iceland's lava tubes are unique, spectacular places that few get to visit. They are formed when a river of molten lava cools from the outside, forming a thick crust over running liquid; when this liquid flushes out, a cave is left behind.

You will spend an hour marvelling over the lava features, scrambling and climbing your way through, as you guide tells you about the scientific processes that created the unusual formations and the local folklore.

After your caving tour is complete, you'll be dropped off at Reykjavík's Old Harbour in time for your whale watch. You'll board the modern vessel, with an indoor saloon, many viewing areas and a bar, and set off into Faxaflói Bay.

Minke Whales and White-Beaked Dolphins are the most frequently seen species from Reykajvík, but you also have a good chance of seeing Humpback Whales and Harbour Porpoises; Blue Whales, Orcas and less common species are also spotted on occasion. If you take this tour between May and September, you are also very likely to see puffins.

A guide on board will tell you all about the different animals, as well as the surrounding landscapes. In clear weather, you'll see Mount Esja, the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, and even the incredible Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

If you are not lucky enough to see a whale, dolphin or porpoise, or if your tour is cancelled due to weather, you will be able to reschedule another tour free of charge.

Don't miss this awesome combo of lava caving and whale watching. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

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 / Dropoff

  • 3 hr. Whale Watching tour

  • Overalls to wear onboard

  • Free WiFi on board

  • Excellent guidance on both tours

  • Excellent guidance on both tours

  • 1 hr. Lava Cave Exploration

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Good sturdy shoes

  • Warm clothing

Good to know:

We recommend packing light lunch since this is a full day combo tour.

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Whale Watching & Lava Cave Exploration
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