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.
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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:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Activities: Caving, Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Faxaflói, Reykjanes, Leiðarendi Cave, Bláfjöll, Reykjavík Harbour
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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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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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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