Whale Watching & Videy Island

Viðey Island is most famously where one can find the Yoko Ono Imagine Peace Tower.
A Minke Whale, pictured at the surface of Faxaflói Bay.
Harbour Porpoises are the smallest cetacean found around Iceland.
Minke Whales are usually shy, but, as this picture taken in Faxaflói Bay shows, they are occasional show-offs.
The tail flukes of a mighty Humpback Whale off the coast of Reykjavík.
Humpback Whales are the acrobats of the sea.

Jump aboard and join an incredible tour that combines whale watching in Faxaflói Bay and a visit to the fascinating Viðey Island. This is a perfect excursion for those based in Reykjavík who want a sea-based adventure.

You will start the tour at Reykjavík's Old Harbour, where you will board a boat heading to Viðey Island, which is less than a kilometre from shore. Once here, you will walk smooth paths through the island's pristine natural setting, seeing one of the oldest houses in the city, exploring beautiful beaches and enjoying stunning artworks, such as Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and Richard Serra's piece titled 'Áfangar.'

The Viðeyjarstofa café is open every day in summer, serving refreshments between 11 am and 6 pm, so you can eat before setting out on your whale watch.

When your whale watch departs, you will set out into Faxaflói Bay. You will be surrounded by beautiful features, such as Mount Esjan, and in clear weather, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You can enjoy these surroundings until the whales and dolphins of Iceland begin to appear.

The most common species seen are Minke Whales and White-Beaked Dolphins, although you also have a great chance to spot Humpbacks and Harbour Porpoises. It is not unheard of, however, for around twenty other species to appear, including Blue Whales and Orcas.

You will also see a wealth of seabirds, that in summer will include puffins. 

Experienced guides on board will be looking out for any tell-tale signs of whales, such as their blows or the 'footprints' they leave when diving. They will also tell you all about each species you see, your surroundings, and are happy to answer any questions.

Don't miss your opportunity to explore Viðey Island and witness whales from Reykjavík. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Sep.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Viðey, Reykjavík Harbour, Whales of Iceland
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 10:00, 11:50,

You meet us at the departure location.
Ægisgarður Old Harbour, Reykjavík
  • Guided whale watching tour 

  • Viðey ferry (return ticket)

What to bring:
  • Sturdy footwear

  • Appropriate clothing

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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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