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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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Husavik Traditional Whale Watching

4.6 average rating | 22 reviews

Husavik Traditional Whale Watching

The tour was exceptional! Saw a group of humpback whales in a very near distance. The view was great and our guide was friendly and professional! Highly recommended! 這個行程真的是棒透了! 看到一大群座頭鯨就在船旁邊噴水然後又潛下去好幾次 海上的風景超美而且導遊非常專業 大推!!

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Jokulsarlon Amphibious Boat Tour

4.9 average rating | 48 reviews

Jokulsarlon Amphibious Boat Tour

What an amazing experience and an incredibly beautiful, unique spot. Definitely a must see in anyones travels to Iceland.

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Jokulsarlon Amphibious Boat Tour

4.9 average rating | 48 reviews

Jokulsarlon Amphibious Boat Tour

This experience was one of the most amazing things I've ever participated in. Words cannot describe how amazing these sights are so you just gotta experience it for yourself. I can't wait to come back and see how the other seasons like again.

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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4.5 average rating | 43 reviews

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

A great experience to join this tour, though I was unable to see a big one, luckily I could see a few appear up to the service for 2-3 seconds , that's really depends on your luck. The guides in the boat will share a bit their whale watching experience n inform you the direction once they see the whale. It is enjoyable but may not be a good one for those who will hv sea sick easily

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Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Great trip around the lagoon! Our guide was informative and patient with those taking photos.

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Ferry to Videy Island | Departure from Reykjavik Old Harbour

5 average rating | 1 reviews

Ferry to Videy Island | Departure from Reykjavik Old Harbour

very lovely trip I went for, nice driver and tour guides. I recommend this to all.

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Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Great tour of a beautiful glacier lagoon. Our local guide was fun and full of interesting information. We were able to pull pieces of glacier ice out of the water and taste it! Zodiac boats were a fun way to experience the lagoon (they go fast!) and you are given flotation jump suits which provided a lot of warmth, as the lagoon temperature is much colder than on land.

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Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We had a wonderful and memorable experience

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Boat Tour on Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon

5 average rating | 4 reviews

Boat Tour on Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Fjallsárlón glicier lagoon is extreamly amazing, and all the stuff are so friendly and nice,Fjallsárlón boat tours is highly recommend .

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Sea Angling Trip from Reykjavik Harbour

4.9 average rating | 8 reviews

Sea Angling Trip from Reykjavik Harbour

This was a great fishing experience. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or experienced fisherman or fisherwoman the guides will show you how to catch fish. You will catch many fish mostly Cod. I highly recommend this tour.

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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4.5 average rating | 43 reviews

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

We got lucky and saw dolphins and whales. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. Make sure you dress warmly and have gloves on because it gets really cold out in the ocean standing around waiting to find sea life.

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Big Whale Safari & Puffins | Boat Tour from Husavik

5 average rating | 5 reviews

Big Whale Safari & Puffins | Boat Tour from Husavik

Very good experience

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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

4.5 average rating | 43 reviews

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Me and my 6-year-old had a great time and they gave the kids a certificate of seaworthiness. He was thrilled. The boat Andrea is comfortable and the tour guide did a great job as the tour was informative and fun.

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Husavik Traditional Whale Watching

4.6 average rating | 22 reviews

Husavik Traditional Whale Watching

Saw many whales! Awesome excursion!

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Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

amazing experience!

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