Winter Sea Adventure | Whale & Dolphin Watching

Winter Sea Adventure | Whale & Dolphin Watching
Some great whales like this humpback stay in the seas surrounding Reykjavík throughout winter.
Majestic orcas surface in Faxaflói Bay in winter in Iceland.
White-beaked dolphins care not if it is summer or winter; you can see them playing all the way through the year in Faxaflói Bay off Reykjavík.
Protective overalls will help keep you warm in winter on a whale watch from Reykajvík.
A Humpback Whale surfaces near the boat on a winter whale watch in Faxaflói Bay.
A Humpback Whale, staying in the waters around Reykjavík for winter, takes a deep dive.
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Hop on board for some of the best whale watching in the world. While setting out to sea in the winter months of Iceland may seem daunting, the reward of seeing the incredible marine mammals that frequent our waters is well-worth the trip.

Faxaflói bay, just off the coast of Reykjavík, is home to many species of cetacean. The most common species in the winter months is the White-beaked dolphin which often forms pods of over thirty individuals, the Harbour porpoise as well as the occasional Minke and Humpback whale. 

One can never know what they will see on a winter whale watching adventure, which is all part of the fun. Outside of these four species, it is not unheard of to see rare creatures (for our area) such as Orcas Long-finned Pilot whales, Fin- or Sei whales.

Winter whale watching also opens up the opportunity to see some of the many seabirds that call Iceland home, including fulmars, guillemots, gannets, cormorants and eider ducks.

Of course, the unpredictable winter weather of Iceland can raise a few challenges when it comes to whale watching. Occasionally, tours will be cancelled if the weather is too rough, and other times the departure point will be moved to another harbour. This means that the tour can last anywhere from 3-5 hrs. total, with transfers to and from our other locations. Normally we spend no longer than 3 hrs. at sea. 

When the tours do set out, however, riding the choppy waves can be quite an exhilarating experience, and the sight of the winter sun against the snow-capped peaks surrounding the bay is simply stunning.

Those who suffer from sea-sickness need not fear, as tablets are available in our ticket office, free of charge. Please ask for them sooner rather than later as they take some time to work.

Should you not see any whales or dolphins on the trip we will offer you complimentary tickets to try again on a future tour (within 2 years). If your tour is cancelled however due to unfavourable weather, we will offer you to come another day or get a full refund for the tour.

Don't miss this opportunity to see Iceland's most magnificent animals in the freezing waters of winter. Check availability by choosing a date on the calendar.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Faxaflói
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:15. 12:15,

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.
  • Access to the Whale Watching Centre

  • Use of warm overalls

  • Excellent guidance

  • Wireless internet on board

What to bring:
  • Bringing along hat, gloves and a scarf is highly recommended.

  • Sunglasses also come in handy as a protection from the rain or wind.

Good to know:

Cetacean abundance varies with the food availability of our shores and thus is very unpredictable. If your whale watch is cancelled or there are no sightings, you will get another chance to try the tour for free.

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We really enjoyed the tour! We got great pictures of dolphins and had some really great views. Plus, if you like being on the water (which I do) the ship rode was very nicely. No whale sighting but hey, they aren’t circus animals. Recommended. 4.5
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Wszystko genialnie dopracowane w szczegółach ... a to co zaskakuje to zasada - nie widziałeś wielorybów czy delfinów - dostajesz bilet otwarty na kolejne dwa lata ...
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L'équipage était très gentil, ils prêtent des vêtements chauds et des couverture, malheureusement nous n'avons pas vu de baleines mais ils nous ont donné des billets pour retourner gratuitement. Je reviendrai avec plaisir.
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Realy food and confortable
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actually winter is not the good season to meet whale. and a big problem was the tour guide had a big accent to follow
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Elding tours were great, funny and friendly tour guides with lots of information. Sadly we didn't get to see the whales when we were out but fingers crossed for next time. Nice little bar on board for snacks etc to keep you going while you wait.
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Not that great. Winter isn't a great time to visit, we went with elding tours. Easy to find, huge boat -over crowded. Didn't see any animals apart from the odd bird. The guide was knowledgeable. I just felt we kept following the other boats around because they thought they had saw something. Wouldn't do this tour in winter again.
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Not great - the weather was appalling and the sea very rough. A lot of people had sea sickness and we didnt see any whales or dolphins. We would have preferred the trip to have been cancelled and done a different trip that wasnt weather dependant.
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