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About Boat Tours in Iceland

Boat tours provide you with opportunities for adventures on the high seas and Iceland's immense and tranquil lakes throughout the year. Explore the majestic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or undertake whale watching excursions and immerse yourself in Iceland's world of aquatic wonders.

1. Can I take a boat tour onto Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

From May to October, you can explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on an amphibious vessel, and in October, you can do so on a zodiac boat.

2. Can I take boat tours to see the northern lights?

Yes, from Reykjavík and many of the towns in North Iceland.

3. Will I see whales and dolphins on my boat tour?

You are not guaranteed to see any whales or dolphins, even on a whale watching tour, but anytime you take a vessel to the sea in Iceland, you have a great chance of doing so. Most whale watching operators have an over 90% success rate in spotting whales.

4. Can I take a private boat tour?

Yes, anything is possible. Contact info@guidetoiceland for further information.

5. Where are the most common ports to take a boat tour from?

You can take boats from Reykjavík, Akureyri, Húsavík and many other coastal settlements. Boat tours also run seasonally onto Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

6. Are seasickness tablets provided on boat tours?

It depends on the tour in question. Most larger whale-watching tours will have tablets on board.

7. What kind of boats are used on boat tours?

Whale watching tours are done on larger vessels, with options to take a zodiac in the summer—many puffin watching tours will be on zodiacs as well. There are specific tours on sailboats from certain ports, and amphibious vehicles are the most used at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

8. Have there been any major accidents on boat tours?

No.

9. Is there an age limit on boat tours?

Most boat tours have no age limit, although there are exceptions. Please view your tour's descriptions or contact your tour provider directly for further information.

10. What kind of fish will I catch on a sea angling tour?

The most common species caught in Iceland’s seas are catfish, cod, haddock, mackerel and pollack.

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