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Best Value Whale Watching Trip from Reykjavik
Embark on an incredible and affordable whale watching excursion from Reykjavik. This ocean adventure grants you a fantastic opportunity to see a wealth of marine and bird life, without taking considerable time away from your holiday. The vessel you will be travelling in is perfect for spotting whales. It has three separate viewing platforms as well as an indoor saloon equipped with a café, so you can enjoy a hot drink or light refreshments throughout the journey. You can organize a pick-up from your accommodation or designated bus stop if staying in Reykjavik City center for a small cost, or else meet at the departure point most convenient to you: from Reykjavik Old Harbour. Once everyone has boarded, you will head straight out into Faxaflói bay, where the creatures of the deep are waiting. En route, in clear weather, you will get some fantastic views of the nature surrounding Reykjavik—the sight of the whole Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas are stunning to behold. Summer is the peak season for whale-watching, as it is the prime feeding time for the whales and migratory seabirds such as puffins can be seen. That being said, the winter months still regularly yield excellent results; just expect to see less bird-life. The four main species you will be searching for are the Minke Whale, the Humpback Whale, the white-beaked dolphin and the harbour porpoise; each of these creatures is unique and fascinating. That is not to say these are the only creatures you may see, however; Fin Whales, Killer Whales (or orcas), Pilot Whales and even Basking Sharks are known visitors in Faxaflói Bay. You will spend two to three and a half hours on the water, searching for and marvelling over the marine life. Your experienced guide can answer any questions you may have; and will tell you about each creature as you see it. If the weather means this tour is cancelled, or if you are very unlucky and there are no sightings, you get to go again, free of charge, until you see a marine mammal. So do not hesitate to book; grab your chance to see the majestic animals of the deep at an affordable price! Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter.
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Jump aboard this whale-watching excursion to see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife just off Reykjavík’s shores. This tour is a must for nature-lovers, and fits perfectly into a busy holiday; you leave straight from the capital city’s Old Harbour and return approximately three hours later. You will arrive at the harbour in good time for your departure, either by making your way there yourself or through a pick-up you can request during booking. If taking this trip during summer, you will have a choice between two boats, which you can select based on your sense of adventure and the nature of your group. The first vessel, and the only one operated year-round, is one of the largest whale-watching boats in Iceland. It has a fantastic educational and interactive focus on board, where you can learn more about the whales, as well as a café. The second vessel is one of our newest additions to the fleet, a fast-cruising catamaran. It promises to get you to the prime whale-watching location in just twenty minutes so that you can immerse yourself in the activity immediately. These express tours are only available during the summer months. Trips on this tour are approximately an hour shorter. On the first boat, you will spend roughly three hours out on the ocean looking for whales (approx. two hours on the second). As you travel out, your guide will point out the natural features surrounding the capital; in clear weather, you should be able to see both the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as the ‘whale fjord’, otherwise called Hvalfjörður. Four species can be regularly seen on these tours: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. It is not at all unheard of, however, to see orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales, Fin Whales, and even Basking Sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably including the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you hunt for and marvel over these majestic creatures. Each tour yields entirely different results. The animals’ behaviour change throughout the day; you might catch them breaching, socialising, feeding or just basking near the surface. If by chance, you are not lucky enough to see a marine mammal, you will have another opportunity to take this tour for free until you do. You will return to Reykjavík after three hours on the sea, hopefully after many exciting sightings and an up-close look at some of Iceland’s marvellous creatures. Because of the convenience and length of this tour, there will still be plenty of opportunities to make the most of the rest of your day, either on another tour or within the capital. Do not miss your chance to see the magnificent whales, dolphins and porpoises of Iceland. Set sail into Faxaflói bay for your opportunity. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Winter Sea Adventure | Whale & Dolphin Watching
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.
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Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri
Whale watch from the ‘capital of the North’, Akureyri, and witness the unbelievable wealth of marine life in Eyjafjörður (Island fjord). No one who loves nature and wildlife, planning to travel to Iceland’s North, should give this tour a miss! The excursion departs from Akureyri’s floating pier, which you can arrange a drop-off to, but walking is relatively easy due to closeness to town. Here, you will board your high-speed vessel, a sleek ship with a large indoor area, outdoor viewing platforms, a bar and a room of overalls you can borrow to keep warm in. As soon as the departure time arrives, you will set off into the fjord in search for wildlife. Watching the beautiful town of Akureyri shrink behind you, and the amazing mountains of Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) loom over you, is a lovely way to start the tour. You will continue sailing until you reach the feeding grounds of the whales. Humpback whales are the most common species sighted in the North of Iceland, especially during the summer months although they are also seen in winter. These gregarious acrobats are well-known surface performers, entertaining guests by breaching, fluke diving and feeding. You also have the chance to see white-beaked dolphins in abundance throughout the year, as well as harbour porpoises and even seals. Other species previously reported in the fjord are the Blue whale, Orcas and Fin whales, although they are not a permanent resident in the area and quite a rare sighting on our tours. If taking the tour in summer, you may get so lucky to see Puffins that reside in Iceland to breed during the summertime as well as countless other seabirds. While this species in particular is gone come winter, many others remain. The surroundings are as beautiful in either season, although the landscapes when covered in snow are particularly mesmerising. For three hours, you will sail into the longest glacial fjord in all of Iceland on our comfortable and specially modified catamaran, hopefully catching sighting after sighting. It would be very unusual not to see a single whale, dolphin or porpoise on your trip, as our sighting success over the past couple of summers is 100%, but if that is indeed the case, you will be able to join another tour free of charge. And of course, if the tour is cancelled due to weather, you’ll be able to get on the next trip that fits into your schedule. See the whales of North Iceland during an unforgettable experience. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Northern lights | 2-Tour Deal
Jump aboard, for two essential Icelandic experiences. With this offer you can combine Whale watching and Northern Lights. During the day you will take a boat tour to explore beautiful Reykjavik coastline while the on-board crew will be searching for whales and other ocean mammals that live in Faxaflói bay year round. The most common species which are spotted are the Minke and Humpback whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. While sailing out to the ocean you can relax and enjoy your time in the cosy indoor saloon with some refreshments and snacks available on board. The experienced guides will provide you with a unique tour and tell you all about each species you might see, so be sure to ask them all the questions you may have. At night, it is time for another fabulous boat tour, just away from the city lights where you can see Northern Lights dancing in the sky. It is a unique experience to see the Aurora Borealis from the sea, partnered with the incredible view of the lights of Reykjavík city behind you. Guides will provide you all the auroras stories and legends from around the world, so you will also learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon. Remember to take a good camera with - use the long exposure settings and you will take amazing shots. Both tours will depart from the Old Harbour, located in downtown of Reykjavík. The vessel has three viewing platforms, full toilet facilities, and a heated indoor saloon where you can purchase both snacks and refreshments. You'll be provided with complimentary warm flotation overalls and sea sickness tablets, and there is free Wi-fi on board so you can share your experiences on the tour. If there will not be any sightings on either of the tours, you will have a chance to join us another time, free of charge. Take a chance on our combination deal to experience the best Iceland has to offer. Do not hesitate to book. Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter. Northern Lights: Northern Lights tour last for approx. 2-2.5 hours 1 - 30 September: 22:00 1 October - 14 March: 21:00 15 March - 15 April: 22:00
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Reykjavik - Whale Watching
Come meet the gentle giants of Faxaflói Bay! Departing from Reykjavík old harbour, this roughly three-hour tour takes you out cruising through prime whale watching areas in first-class comfort on board The Ambassador; a fast, stable and safe whale watching boat. Leaving Reykjavík harbour you will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful sea view of Reykjavík city including one of its most famous landmarks: Harpa concert hall and conference centre. On our way from the harbour, we will sail past Engey and Viðey islands as well as Esja mountain, providing you with beautiful views. As soon as we leave the harbour area we will start looking for whales and dolphins. Especially during the summertime, Faxaflói Bay is full of marine wildlife, including many species of whales and dolphins as well as numerous seabirds. The most common sightings are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. During the summer, we also often spot puffins on our tours. Our knowledgeable guides will provide you with the full whale watching and wildlife experience, explaining all the sights, the bay‘s ecosystem, history and folklore. They are always happy to chat with you, answer your questions and make your tour special. You might even take your chance and visit the captain for a quick chat and explanation of navigation at sea. Our whale watching boat, the Ambassador, was built in Germany in 1971 and served as a police boat for 23 years. When we acquired it, we customized it with additional viewing platforms for whale watching. It is equipped with plenty of comfortable seating, both inside and outside, as well as a small bar to make your tour especially enjoyable. This tour is the perfect tour for travellers in Reykjavik. We are located right in the old harbour area, which is within convenient walking distance from downtown Reykjavík. Just jump on board to enjoy this marine wildlife experience with us! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whales & Puffins | Combo Tour
Collect new life-lasting memories in Iceland by joining this whale and puffin watching adventure from Reykjavík. This tour should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife that are willing to take a picturesque boat ride to the open waters of Faxaflói Bay. Your excursion begins as you meet with your friendly local guides at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík’s city centre. There, you will board the vessel of your venture, and embark on a boat ride out to Faxaflói bay to witness the teeming wildlife of the coast. You’ll be sailing towards three idyllic islands in the scenic bay, being the location of prime breeding grounds for the adorable North Atlantic puffin. Seeing these cute creatures up close is unforgettable, as you’ll no doubt fall in love with their colourful beaks and smiling eyes. In addition to the puffins, avid bird watchers will be thrilled to find out that many other species inhabit these islands and the water around them, including Eider ducks, Arctic terns, Guillemots and Cormorants. If the weather is still enough, your captain might even turn off the boat engine so you can enjoy listening to the unique songs of these stunning seabirds. Returning to dock at the harbour, you’ll get some free time to find your footing on land, exploring either the charming Old Harbour or the nearby city centre, before boarding another vessel and heading out for the whale watching segment of the tour. During your second adventure of the day, you can expect to see the likes of Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises, and sometimes even the enormous Humpbacks or Orcas. All these water giants belong to the most majestic animal species on the planet, and seeing them up-close is an unforgettable experience. The puffin watching boat trip takes approximately one hour, while the whale watching lasts around three hours. Both experiences should leave you reeling with your love for nature, and don’t forget your camera for all the amazing wildlife photo opportunities. Secure your spot now on this fantastic combo-tour and get to know the animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Westfjords Bird Watching | Puffins and More
Get up close and personal with the North Atlantic Puffin on this bird watching tour of the Westfjords. This adventure is a must for anyone travelling through this desolate part of Iceland and should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife or nature. The tour departs from the charming town of Patreksfjörður, where you will meet your friendly local guide who will take you to the best spots to feast your eyes and point your camera. You will travel in a large jeep that is well suited to the gravel and dirt roads of the Westfjords. In the Westfjords of Iceland, the bird watching season begins in April. There is nothing like exploring these beautiful fjords in the summer when the area comes to life with lush green landscapes, and fair-feathered visitors come to nest, breed and play. During the height of the Icelandic summer, the phenomenon that is the midnight sun guarantees near unlimited daylight hours, when the sun doesn’t set and the nights are coloured with red and gold. This means, that within different stages of the season, there is always plenty of time to enjoy the sceneries at hand and take wonderful photos that will last you a lifetime. On your excursion, you will be visiting the bird cliff Látrabjarg, the largest seabird colony in the whole of the North Atlantic Ocean. What’s more, puffins haven’t been hunted at this location for decades, which results in the little fellows being especially relaxed towards human visitors. Besides from puffins, the species of bird to be found at Látrabjarg include razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, cormorants and guillemots, just to name a few. Sometimes you can even spot Great Northern Divers or the White Tailed Eagle. Rest assured that any avid bird watchers out there will cross off more than a few new sightings in their books. Don’t hesitate any longer in booking your Westfjords bird watching adventure now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Husavik Traditional Whale Watching
Come aboard a traditional Icelandic boat for an incredible whale-watching excursion. See the magnificent marine life that dwells in the waters near the Arctic Circle on this fully guided adventure. This is the perfect tour for all nature-lovers travelling in North Iceland. The tour departs from the town of Húsavík which sits on the banks of Skjálfandi Bay, northeast Iceland. Húsavík has been branded the whale-watching capital of Iceland due to its many different species of whales that frequently enter the bay. Your adventure starts at Húsavík harbour, where you will board a traditional Icelandic oak boat. This boat was originally built as a fishing vessel and was used as such for many years before it was rebuilt into a whale watching boat. Now, instead of fishing, it sails the ocean, disturbing nature as little as possible. You will spend about three hours on the water, searching and marvelling over the rich marine life in the bay. Your expert guide will look out for signs of the wonderful whales as well as answer any questions you might have. Skjálfandi bay is the home of around 24 species of whales. The four most common ones are the minke whale, the harbour porpoise, the white-beaked dolphin and the humpback whale; each of these is unique and fascinating. The biggest animal on earth, the blue whale, has also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay quite often. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature as well as others, such as killer whales (or orcas), fin whales and pilot whales. You could even spot some puffins from May to August. Nature is unpredictable, and no two tours are exactly the same, so every trip is a new adventure. You might catch the whales jumping out of the ocean, socialising or feeding, and the cheerful dolphins riding the bow of the ship as you sail along the waters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the magnificent whales and the rich wildlife of Skjálfandi bay. Check availability by choosing a date.
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ATV & Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Combine two Icelandic adventures into a single day, with this ATV and whale watching excursion. This tour should not be missed by nature-lovers or those who like to get their adrenaline pumping. You’ll be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and driven just fifteen minutes out of the city to the ATV base camp. Here, you will be equipped with a helmet, gloves and overalls, and introduced to your vehicle. To operate a quad bike you need a driver’s license, but those as young as six can join as a passenger. Your ATV ride will take you Úlfarsfell, a stunning mountain just outside the city, which you will ascend via rocky trails. You can expect to see beautiful lakes, expanses of lava, ranges of volcanoes and stunning countryside. At the peak, you will have a marvellous photo opportunity, and if you are sharing your ATV, can switch driver if you want. After you return your quad-bike to the base camp, you will return to your van and be whisked to Reykjavík harbour. You’ll have time for lunch here, where you can admire the marina and glistening ocean. Once the time comes, you will board your whale watching vessel, and set out into Faxaflói bay. The surrounding nature, of tabletop mountains and rows of volcanoes, will captivate you until the great whales begin to surface. The most common species seen from Reykjavík are the minke whale, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, but humpback whales are very common in summer, as are puffins. You may also see orcas, blue, fin and sei whales, and a wealth of other seabirds. While sightings are expected on every tour, if you are not lucky enough to spot a whale you can try again for free. The same applies if weather stops you leaving the harbour. Mash up two great Icelandic tours with this ATV and whale watching combo. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Original Whale Watching Adventure from Reykjavík
Hop aboard and sail out on Faxaflói Bay to meet the largest inhabitants of Iceland, the whales. Faxaflói Bay is the home to many different species of whale throughout the year, and they are more than willing to say hello to you. This is a tour perfect for any lovers of wildlife and authentic natural wonders. You will meet with the tour provider by the Old Reykjavík Harbour, where you will turn in your voucher in exchange for a ticket to the whale watching boat, and visit the Whale Watching Centre which is facilitated onboard an old fishing vessel that is permanently docked by the pier. In the centre, you can enjoy interactive multimedia shows about whales and marine wildlife around Iceland. Your guide will meet you there and show you to your boat. Then it is time to head out to the vast Faxaflói bay armed with binoculars—and, of course, your camera. As this tour takes place on the open water, it can get mighty cold and windy, even in summer, so please take care to dress warmly and bring a hat and gloves. Windbreaker jackets are recommended, as well as waterproof underlayers in the case of rain. There are overalls on board you can use. Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke and humpback whales are the most abundant. The white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, however, are residents year round. Occasionally, other species are spotted such as the enormous fin whale, the orca or killer whale, and even blue whales, the largest mammal in the world. The chances of spotting whales vary in accordance with food availability of the shores, but the sighting success of this tour exceeds 90%. If no whales or dolphins are seen on your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket valid for two years, so if you're in a hurry, there is no need to worry. Don't miss out on this opportunity to behold the gentle giants of the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3-Day North Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Daily Activities
See Iceland’s beautiful north without renting a car, by booking this three-day tour to Akureyri and Mývatn from Reykjavík. This excursion is perfect for those who want to see a wealth of Iceland’s natural sites in one of its most beautiful regions. This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík by a friendly, experienced guide, and whisked up to ‘the Capital of the North’, Akureyri. En route, you can expect to make several stops at some fascinating locations, such as Hvammstangi, which is home to a seal centre and seal-watching beach. At Akureyri, you can expect a wealth of cultural attractions, as it boasts great restaurants, bars, boutiques and museums. You will also have an opportunity to whale watch from here in summer for an excellent chance to witness the creatures of the deep. In winter, you'll go northern lights hunting. On your second day, you’ll see a wealth of attractions in the north, such as the Waterfall of the Gods, Goðafoss; the Lake Mývatn Area; and the geothermal Námaskarð Pass. You will also get to bathe in Iceland’s beautiful, naturally heated waters at the luxurious Mývatn Nature Baths. Though your third day will involve travelling back from the north, it will still be packed full of attractions, with visits to waterfalls and an exploration of the world’s only man-made ice tunnel that is accessible to the public. If you would rather not be driven, you can organise domestic flights to and from Akureyri from Reykjavík and be picked up from the airport. Pack your holiday full of exciting adventure by booking three days travelling to the north. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Northern Lights & Wintry Landscape | 15 Day Ring Road Package with Snaefellsnes
Dive into the wonders of Iceland by joining this 15-day package around the country. On this adventure, you’ll be driven around the entire Ring Road, with added stops at the Blue Lagoon and Snæfellnes Peninsula, all without worrying about organising accommodations, extra activities or driving. Those looking for a comfortable way to discover the beautiful Icelandic nature need to look no further. Amongst the highlights of Iceland you will see, are the sites of the famous Golden Circle, the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on the South Coast, the remote Eastfjords, and the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area in the North. During the booking process, you will have the option to add on a wealth of diverse excursions, all at a discounted price, including whale-watching, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Of course, you will also get plenty of time to enjoy the history, art and attractions of the country’s capital, Reykjavík as you'll spend 7 nights in this vibrant city. This package is available from September to April, meaning that you will avoid the majority of the crowds that come in the height of summer, and have a chance to hunt for the Northern Lights every night. Come along on this fantastic journey. Whether travelling to Iceland for adventure, serenity, culture or nature, the 15-day winter package will not disappoint. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3 in 1 Family Friendly Bundle Discount Tours | Golden Circle, South Coast & Whale Watching
Embark on this fun-filled tour combo for three days of adventure to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions, the Golden Circle and South Coast, and get the chance to spot a whale in the wild. This discount offer is perfect for families, and the smaller group size promises you will get more time with your guide as well as your fellow passengers. You will get to see both the Golden Circle and the South Coast from the comfort of a minibus, admiring the many locations on offer including waterfalls, geysers and cultural sites. Don't miss your opportunity to walk behind a waterfall and even between two tectonic plates as they pull apart. Your final day sees you whisked away by boat from the Reykjavík harbour to look for the gentle and majestic giants of the sea, whales, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on even the youngest animal lovers. This combo deal offers you and your family three separate tours so you have a different activity each day. Starting off from Reykjavík each day means it's not necessary to change accommodation or spend your holiday time repacking, providing relaxation alongside adventuring. Don't wait! This combo doesn’t just combine the most popular day trips in Iceland; it does so in a family-friendly way, so if you are travelling with children, you will want to book this tour. So grab your camera and come along on this genuine adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching on Faxafloi Bay | RIB Boat Express
Hop aboard this thrilling 2-Hour RIB Express boat tour to experience whale watching as it should be done. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for guests to Iceland looking to see this island’s most amazing aquatic mammals up close, all the while avoiding the larger crowds so typical of larger whale watching vessels. Your tour will begin at by Reykjavík's old harbour where you will be provided with warm overalls, a flotation device (for added safety), a pair of goggles and gloves. This full kit is sure to keep you protected from the elements throughout your time on the water. Before stepping onto the boat, your friendly, experienced and professional guide will also present a safety briefing, ensuring that everyone is aware of protocol whilst on board. You will head out from the harbour on the 12-metre long vessel, Dagmar, the latest edition to the operator’s fleet, and the only one capable of providing a smoother, more comfortable ride than expected. This is down to the special shock-suspension seating, keeping guests content as they speed over the waves, ever on the look out for whales, porpoise or dolphins. The most common sightings on this tour are Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and White-Beaked dolphin, though there is always the chance to see one of the other 16 species that call Icelandic coastal waters their home, including Orcas and the mighty Blue Whale. Aside from the whales, you will also be privy to an abundance of birdlife, including such species as Arctic Tern, Guillemots and even the iconic Atlantic Puffin. During the summer months, during the Puffins’ breeding season, your boat captain will also make a stop at the island of Akurey where you can look upon thousands of these colourful critters nesting amid the rocks. So what’s the hold up? Hurry now and you too can experience the thrills, chills and delights that come with whale watching on a custom RIB boat! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Exhibition
Get to know the largest inhabitants of Iceland with this fantastic tour where you'll explore the Whales of Iceland exhibition and go on a whale watching excursion. This tour is a must for all nature-lovers visiting the country. You can choose to begin your adventure either by visiting the Whales of Iceland exhibition or by taking a whale watching tour. You can also choose to be picked up from your accommodation or meet the staff on location. The whale watching tour departs from Reykjavík's old harbour, and the exhibit is located in the Grandi area, a short walking distance from the pier. The Whales of Iceland Exhibition features 23 life-size, handmade models of all of the different whale species that have been found in Icelandic waters. Enjoy seeing just how big these giants of the sea actually are, including the magnificent 25 m (82 ft) long blue whale, a fantastic sperm whale and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Experience the interactive features of this exhibit, including virtual reality headsets and a free audioguide app (available in English, German & Icelandic). The app will give you an abundance of information about all of the different species in the exhibition. After touring the exhibition, you can relax in the café while enjoying a coffee and pastry beneath the whales. You can read one of the many whale books while listening to whale sounds in soft, underwater lighting. Whales of Iceland is a dreamy adventure for the whole family, and a perfect way to see how big these creatures actually are (and how small we are in comparison!) For the second part of the combo tour, you will head to the Old Harbour – a quick and easy walk from the exhibition. There you will join your next adventure, sailing out to the beautiful Faxaflói Bay to search for some of the most commonly spotted species: minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales! The classic tour is 3-3.5 hours in duration and has an educational and interactive focus on board. You can look at whale bones and teeth, baleen plates and even investigate sea specimens under a microscope with your expert guide. Your guide will be there to help you spot the whales and answer any questions you might have during the tour. During the summer months, you can also choose to take the express tour on a faster boat for no extra cost. This tour is 2-2.5 hours, but spends the same amount of time out in the whale watching area – perfect for those with a busy schedule who want to make the most of their time in Reykjavík! Learn about the wealth of marine life in Iceland's ocean with this fantastic combination tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Luxury Whale Watching on board a yacht
Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. Nature lovers looking to see some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but who wish to do so in a small group, should grab this chance now. The ship sets sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour and during your journey, you'll sail among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with a fantastic view of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water. The most common sights are minke and humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. However, there is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. The professional team onboard is very experienced in spotting whales and are dedicated to making sure their passengers leave with a smile! This tour is conducted on a beautiful yacht known as the Amelia Rose. With three panoramic deck areas, the vessel provides every passenger with a good view of the surrounding area as well as an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing pictures. The decks are partially covered, providing some shelter from wind and rain, and you can easily circle them to enjoy the best views. Amelia Rose is designed as an offshore vessel, making it better adapted to take on the turbulent waves of Iceland's waters, ensuring a smoother sail with less probability of passengers experiencing nausea or seasickness. If that's not enough, on this tour, you don't have to worry about overcrowding or not getting a right spot to see the whales. You'll be sailing on Faxaflói in a small group which will make your experience personal, meaningful and memorable! So don't hesitate! Book now to enjoy whale watching in both style and comfort on this small group whale watching tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Combination Tour | Buggy Ride & Whale Watching
Get ready for this exciting tour opportunity combining two of the most popular activities in Iceland; Buggy-riding and whale watching! This is a great opportunity for those travellers staying in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, who are looking to balance their day between adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a relaxed boat trip discovering the country’s eclectic wildlife. You will begin the day with your designated tour guide picking you up at your designated pick-up location before taking you to the Buggy base, only a short drive away from the city centre. At the buggy base, you will gear up in all the necessary equipment; coveralls, balaclava, rubber boots, gloves and a helmet. Your guide will also provide you with a brief safety briefing and demonstration, ensuring your confidence operating the buggy. Once you are ready, it is time to have some fun! You’ll start off on a dirt road and play around in some fun molehills, before heading further into the valley. Here, you will be driving under the foothills of the Reykjavík city mountain, Mt. Esja; this diverse landscape is something you would never have imagined could be found this close to the city! Aside from the specific trails, you’ll splash through riverbeds, mud puddles and play around on dirt tracks and maybe even snow! After the buggy tour, you’ll be driven to Reykjavík's Old Harbor, where you’ll have some time to have lunch if you choose before your Whale Watching tour begins. When you finally head aboard, you’ll find the boat comfortable and cosy, with a fantastic interior, large outdoors viewing platforms and a safe family environment. The expert guides will take you out on the open water and ask for your help in spotting the majestic whales that can be found in Faxaflói Bay. There are over twenty cetacean species that call Iceland’s coastal waters home. Hopefully, the wait will not be too long, but this is nature so you can never be too sure. The guides will entertain you with fun facts about whales, marine life and the Icelandic people, as you sail and search. A fun exhibit on whales can be found indoors if you want a little shelter from the elements, and there is an open bar with coffee, tea and other refreshments on board. After the whale watching tour, you can join the transfer back to your meeting point, or take this opportunity to walk back to your hotel, through the city. So don’t delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the delights of riding a buggy and whale watching in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6-Day Untamed Tour | Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes, Highlands, Northern Lights and Animal Round-Up
Come along on this epic journey and witness the unique combination of untamed Icelandic nature and wildlife. Visit the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Highlands and take part in the traditional annual event of the gathering of both sheep and horses. This is the perfect tour for all nature admirers, and a photographers delight. During this amazing six-day tour you will get a good introduction to Icelandic geology, as you'll start by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage and National Park of Þingvellir before driving the harsh highland desert of Kaldidalur. It is the complete opposite of the National Park, with phenomenal views of Langjökull glacier that feeds powerful rivers and waterfalls. After witnessing the aftermath of past volcanic eruptions, you will travel to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. Circling the jewel Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will hike along the tall ocean cliffs, visit black and white beaches, travel through a diverse volcanic terrain, and see the monumental mountain Kirkjufell. To complete the day, you will go on a whale watching expedition hoping to see some of the amazing wildlife that surrounds our island. Every day will be enjoyed and remembered for its own natural beauty and uniqueness, with fluctuating weather and winds and the special arctic light that will make the most ordinary surroundings look extraordinary. In northern Iceland, you will attend and take part in the annual gathering of sheep and horses were the local farmers come from the mountains with animals that have spent the summer grazing free in nature. It's a wonderful experience, where locals come together honouring old traditions and enjoying local food. Driving though Kjölur route is again another example of our diverse landscape, with black deserts, glacially carved out mountains and colourful geothermal hotspots. The tour cannot be completed without visiting the last two Golden Circle sites, the roaring waterfall Gullfoss and the erupting Geysir. Immerse yourself in nature, culture and traditions, and spend the nights searching for the elusive Northern Lights on this all-encompassing 6-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Whale Watching Tour
Combine two essential Icelandic experiences with this fantastic day tour where you ride the friendly Icelandic horse in the morning and watch the playful whales in the afternoon. Nature lovers looking to spice up their holiday should not miss this tour. Your adventure begins in the morning when you are picked up and driven to the stables on the outskirts of the city where you will meet your riding guide and your horse. There is no prior experience needed for the tour; your guide will show you the ropes and Icelandic horses are mild-mannered and friendly, making them a perfect companion for both beginner and expert riders alike. Then it is time to saddle up and head on out to the beautiful Icelandic nature. Where you go depends on the experience of the group. You might ride on the smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar hills which are made of red volcanic rocks, or through a forested area by the scenic lake Rauðavatn. Both routes provide natural riding paths and spectacular scenery. After your ride, you’ll return to the stables to board a vehicle heading to the city’s centre where the next leg of your adventure begins. At Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, you’ll hop aboard a boat that will take you out on Faxaflói Bay which is home to a wealth of marine life. In the summer, you might encounter minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins, and in the winter, you can expect to see larger species such as humpback whales and even orcas. On board the boat you can stay inside the cabin where you’ll find a café, or you can go out on the deck and help spot these magnificent creatures. After the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations or bus stop. Do not miss your chance to see Iceland's most magnificent animals. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Express Puffin Tour
Explore the rich birdlife just outside of Reykjavík on a RIB boat with this small group fun-filled puffin-watching tour. Those wanting to get to know Iceland´s spectacular nature, and do so with a little thrill, should not let this opportunity pass them by. Puffins are fascinating little creatures that flock to Iceland during the summertime to breed and feed before heading south for the winter. They dig burrows and nest in the hills of three islands just off the coast of Reykjavík and stay there with their little pufflings until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The puffins are often seen flying about or splashing in the sea with a bill full of sand-eel or other prey found in the waters of Faxaflói Bay. You'll meet your guide at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík where you will be given overalls. They will then assist you with putting on life vests and other necessary equipment before walking you down to the floating pier where your captain awaits you onboard a RIB boat, also known as a Zodiac. The fast boat can get you quicker and closer to the islands than any other, and therefore you'll have both an optimal view of the puffins, and get more time marvelling at the fantastic birdlife. If the conditions are just right, the captain might turn off the engines completely, so you'll get a pleasant and peaceful experience with the birds by the shores of the nesting islands. Among other birds frequently spotted on the tour are Auks, Guillemots, Skuas, Arctic terns and Gannets but a variety of other seabirds can often be seen as well. Your specially trained, professional guides will tell you all about the islands, the birds and wildlife seen on the tour, as well as other interesting sights you may come across - and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! This is a relatively short, small-group-tour and therefore perfect for those who have limited time in the city or those who want to venture further than the city centre. Book now to secure your spot! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Whales & Imagine Peace
Come along on this fantastic combination tour of nature and culture where you spend the afternoon watching the wealth of marine life in Faxaflói Bay and visit the tiny island of Viðey in the evening to get an insight into the artwork of Yoko Ono at the Imagine Peace Tower. At Reykjavík's Old Harbour, you'll board a boat to sail the seas of Faxaflói Bay, where Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and Humpback whales are a frequent visitors. You'll be provided with warm overalls and a blanket so that you can stand out on the deck, trying to spot the first of these magnificent creatures. You could also have a seat in the indoor lounge with a warm cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the commentary and views ahead. Onboard, you will learn all about the wildlife and marine mammals of the Icelandic waters, as well as the areas surrounding the bay. After the excursion, you will have some free time to dine or shop before heading out again for the next leg of the combination tour. Back at the Old Harbour, you will meet your guides and crew who will and take you onboard another boat where you can watch a screening of the official introduction video to the Imagine Peace Tower narrated by Yoko Ono herself. The Imagine Peace Tower is situated on the nearby island of Viðey, and it only takes several minutes to get there by boat. The tour takes you into the mysterious and wonderful world of calm and serenity. Walk over to Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and get acquainted with the artwork and the history of the piece and why this particular island of this specific country was chosen to host this pillar of light. The light from the tower can be seen from anywhere within the Reykjavík city on a dark evening, but it is best explored up close. Under the right conditions, the Northern Lights can even be spotted! Your guide can help you set up your camera gear if you are interested in photographing the vast starry sky, the Peace Tower or Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in art, history, culture and nature on this fantastic tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavik
Witness the marvellous wildlife in the waters just outside Reykjavík with this adventurous Speedboat adventure. This tour is perfect for those seeking out both adrenaline and spectacular nature. Your RIB speedboat will be waiting for you at the beginning of the tour at the Old Harbour of Reykjavík. There are twelve seats and one guide, guaranteeing a personalized experience, and the suspension in the seats guarantees comfort. Once you are all boarded, you will set out into Faxaflói bay. Before going out in hunt of whale, dolphins and birdlife, you will rush by some of the major attractions of Reykjavík. The most notable of these are the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre and the Sun Voyager, a coastal sculpture that represents adventure into the unknown. The animals that you can hope to see on this tour are numerous and plentiful. In terms of whales, minkes and humpbacks are both regularly spotted, the latter being a species noted for its acrobatic surface activities. White-beaked dolphins are also a common sight, and entirely unafraid of boats, as are harbour porpoises, although they are much more cautious. While cetaceans are undoubtedly the highlight of this trip, you can also expect to see many seabirds, including the charming puffin; this species nest on the islands in Faxaflói bay, which you will head to, with one having so many that the translation of its name is ‘Puffin Island’. It is also not at all unheard of to see seals in the water, and even basking sharks. For up to an hour and a half, you will zip across the bay, getting much closer to the animals than the larger whale-watch boats. To keep the experience as comfortable as it is exciting, you will be equipped with waterproof overalls, a scarf, a life jacket and goggles. Even while you are waiting for sightings, riding a RIB speedboat is a great experience, as it is able to achieve adrenaline-pumping speed. The surrounding nature will also be spectacular in clear weather; you’ll have great views of the capital, Hvalfjörður (also called ‘Whale Fjord’), the Reykjanes Peninsula and even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Once you have enjoyed your trip, with sightings of both whales and birds, you’ll return to the Old Harbour. If you weren’t lucky enough to see anything, another trip can be rearranged for you. Witness Iceland’s awesome marine wildlife by booking this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour | Small Groups from Reykjavik
Get up close to Iceland’s most beloved animal with this puffin watching tour from Reykjavík harbour. This excursion should appeal to anyone who loves animals, being on the sea, and spectacular scenery. This great excursion begins when you board a small fishing vessel at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour; the size of this boat will not only allow you to get close to the puffins, but will also ensure you have much more opportunity to ask your friendly guides questions than you would on a larger ship. Once everyone has boarded, you’ll set out into the beautiful Faxaflói Bay. You’ll get some fantastic views of the capital, and its features such as the Harpa Concert Hall, as well as the surrounding nature. In clear weather, you’ll be able to see Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord; Mount Esjan; the Reykjanes Peninsula; and possibly even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Your destination is one of two uninhabited islands, Lundey and Akurey; which one you go to will depend on weather conditions. Both, however, are home to thousands of adorable puffins from May to September. Binoculars on board will allow you to see them up close, as they nest in their pairs on the rocks and bob with the waves on the sea. Many will be flying overhead, and watching them take off from the water is a delight; their small wings require them to clumsily run across the surface before they are able to become airborne. While this tour focuses on these beautiful birds, the Icelandic waters are pregnant with life. Though there are no guarantees, you may also see creatures such as seals, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and even humpbacks. One very rare occasions, other marine mammals such as orcas and blue whales are spotted. Of course, you are likely to sea a wealth of other seabirds. After an hour, you will be whisked back to Reykjavík’s harbour. As this experience does not take long, and drops you back off right in the centre of the city, you have the rest of your day to do whatever you like. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see puffins from the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula
See the country’s most adorable creature, the North Atlantic Puffin, as you cruise Breiðafjörður Bay on a traditional oak fishing boat. This puffin tour around Melrakkaey Island is perfect for all nature lovers who are travelling the Snæfellsnes peninsula and want to add an adventure to their holiday. At the town of Grundarfjörður, you will board a traditional Icelandic fishing boat and head on out to sea. You will get to discover the rich and spectacular wildlife of Snæfellsnes as you sail towards the small and uninhabited island of Melrakkaey. Located just off the shores of Grundarfjörður, this lush island is edged by white cliffs of basalt rocks. Several species of nesting birds make Melrakkaey its home and to preserve the pure nature, the island is now protected as a nature reserve. Perching on the island’s cliffs, you will find the charming puffins. Due to their distinctive look, and the black 'jacket' on their backs, locals have a nickname for the bird: 'Prófasturinn' - The Preacher Man. With a black crown and back; pale grey cheeks; orange legs and boldly marked red and black beak, these beautiful birds spend most of their life on the open ocean, only coming to shore annually to find a mate and nest. On the island, you will also find other species of birds, such as Glaucous Gulls, the second biggest species of gulls found in Iceland; the looming and dark Cormorants, and Eiders, large and stunning sea-ducks. You will cruise around the island, enjoying not only in the rich birdlife but also the stunning landscape around. Dominating the scenery is Kirkjufell Mountain, arguably the most beautiful mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as being the most photographed mountain in Iceland. This tour is every nature photographer’s dream, and you will be given plenty of opportunities to capture the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on film. Don’t hesitate, book now to explore Iceland’s incredible birdlife on this puffin tour around Melrakkaey island. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Best Value Whale Watching Trip from Reykjavik
Embark on an incredible and affordable whale watching excursion from Reykjavik. This ocean adventure grants you a fantastic opportunity to see a wealth of marine and bird life, without taking considerable time away from your holiday. The vessel you will be travelling in is perfect for spotting whales. It has three separate viewing platforms as well as an indoor saloon equipped with a café, so you can enjoy a hot drink or light refreshments throughout the journey. You can organize a pick-up from your accommodation or designated bus stop if staying in Reykjavik City center for a small cost, or else meet at the departure point most convenient to you: from Reykjavik Old Harbour. Once everyone has boarded, you will head straight out into Faxaflói bay, where the creatures of the deep are waiting. En route, in clear weather, you will get some fantastic views of the nature surrounding Reykjavik—the sight of the whole Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas are stunning to behold. Summer is the peak season for whale-watching, as it is the prime feeding time for the whales and migratory seabirds such as puffins can be seen. That being said, the winter months still regularly yield excellent results; just expect to see less bird-life. The four main species you will be searching for are the Minke Whale, the Humpback Whale, the white-beaked dolphin and the harbour porpoise; each of these creatures is unique and fascinating. That is not to say these are the only creatures you may see, however; Fin Whales, Killer Whales (or orcas), Pilot Whales and even Basking Sharks are known visitors in Faxaflói Bay. You will spend two to three and a half hours on the water, searching for and marvelling over the marine life. Your experienced guide can answer any questions you may have; and will tell you about each creature as you see it. If the weather means this tour is cancelled, or if you are very unlucky and there are no sightings, you get to go again, free of charge, until you see a marine mammal. So do not hesitate to book; grab your chance to see the majestic animals of the deep at an affordable price! Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter.
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Jump aboard this whale-watching excursion to see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife just off Reykjavík’s shores. This tour is a must for nature-lovers, and fits perfectly into a busy holiday; you leave straight from the capital city’s Old Harbour and return approximately three hours later. You will arrive at the harbour in good time for your departure, either by making your way there yourself or through a pick-up you can request during booking. If taking this trip during summer, you will have a choice between two boats, which you can select based on your sense of adventure and the nature of your group. The first vessel, and the only one operated year-round, is one of the largest whale-watching boats in Iceland. It has a fantastic educational and interactive focus on board, where you can learn more about the whales, as well as a café. The second vessel is one of our newest additions to the fleet, a fast-cruising catamaran. It promises to get you to the prime whale-watching location in just twenty minutes so that you can immerse yourself in the activity immediately. These express tours are only available during the summer months. Trips on this tour are approximately an hour shorter. On the first boat, you will spend roughly three hours out on the ocean looking for whales (approx. two hours on the second). As you travel out, your guide will point out the natural features surrounding the capital; in clear weather, you should be able to see both the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as the ‘whale fjord’, otherwise called Hvalfjörður. Four species can be regularly seen on these tours: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. It is not at all unheard of, however, to see orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales, Fin Whales, and even Basking Sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably including the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you hunt for and marvel over these majestic creatures. Each tour yields entirely different results. The animals’ behaviour change throughout the day; you might catch them breaching, socialising, feeding or just basking near the surface. If by chance, you are not lucky enough to see a marine mammal, you will have another opportunity to take this tour for free until you do. You will return to Reykjavík after three hours on the sea, hopefully after many exciting sightings and an up-close look at some of Iceland’s marvellous creatures. Because of the convenience and length of this tour, there will still be plenty of opportunities to make the most of the rest of your day, either on another tour or within the capital. Do not miss your chance to see the magnificent whales, dolphins and porpoises of Iceland. Set sail into Faxaflói bay for your opportunity. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Winter Sea Adventure | Whale & Dolphin Watching
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.
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Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri
Whale watch from the ‘capital of the North’, Akureyri, and witness the unbelievable wealth of marine life in Eyjafjörður (Island fjord). No one who loves nature and wildlife, planning to travel to Iceland’s North, should give this tour a miss! The excursion departs from Akureyri’s floating pier, which you can arrange a drop-off to, but walking is relatively easy due to closeness to town. Here, you will board your high-speed vessel, a sleek ship with a large indoor area, outdoor viewing platforms, a bar and a room of overalls you can borrow to keep warm in. As soon as the departure time arrives, you will set off into the fjord in search for wildlife. Watching the beautiful town of Akureyri shrink behind you, and the amazing mountains of Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) loom over you, is a lovely way to start the tour. You will continue sailing until you reach the feeding grounds of the whales. Humpback whales are the most common species sighted in the North of Iceland, especially during the summer months although they are also seen in winter. These gregarious acrobats are well-known surface performers, entertaining guests by breaching, fluke diving and feeding. You also have the chance to see white-beaked dolphins in abundance throughout the year, as well as harbour porpoises and even seals. Other species previously reported in the fjord are the Blue whale, Orcas and Fin whales, although they are not a permanent resident in the area and quite a rare sighting on our tours. If taking the tour in summer, you may get so lucky to see Puffins that reside in Iceland to breed during the summertime as well as countless other seabirds. While this species in particular is gone come winter, many others remain. The surroundings are as beautiful in either season, although the landscapes when covered in snow are particularly mesmerising. For three hours, you will sail into the longest glacial fjord in all of Iceland on our comfortable and specially modified catamaran, hopefully catching sighting after sighting. It would be very unusual not to see a single whale, dolphin or porpoise on your trip, as our sighting success over the past couple of summers is 100%, but if that is indeed the case, you will be able to join another tour free of charge. And of course, if the tour is cancelled due to weather, you’ll be able to get on the next trip that fits into your schedule. See the whales of North Iceland during an unforgettable experience. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Northern lights | 2-Tour Deal
Jump aboard, for two essential Icelandic experiences. With this offer you can combine Whale watching and Northern Lights. During the day you will take a boat tour to explore beautiful Reykjavik coastline while the on-board crew will be searching for whales and other ocean mammals that live in Faxaflói bay year round. The most common species which are spotted are the Minke and Humpback whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. While sailing out to the ocean you can relax and enjoy your time in the cosy indoor saloon with some refreshments and snacks available on board. The experienced guides will provide you with a unique tour and tell you all about each species you might see, so be sure to ask them all the questions you may have. At night, it is time for another fabulous boat tour, just away from the city lights where you can see Northern Lights dancing in the sky. It is a unique experience to see the Aurora Borealis from the sea, partnered with the incredible view of the lights of Reykjavík city behind you. Guides will provide you all the auroras stories and legends from around the world, so you will also learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon. Remember to take a good camera with - use the long exposure settings and you will take amazing shots. Both tours will depart from the Old Harbour, located in downtown of Reykjavík. The vessel has three viewing platforms, full toilet facilities, and a heated indoor saloon where you can purchase both snacks and refreshments. You'll be provided with complimentary warm flotation overalls and sea sickness tablets, and there is free Wi-fi on board so you can share your experiences on the tour. If there will not be any sightings on either of the tours, you will have a chance to join us another time, free of charge. Take a chance on our combination deal to experience the best Iceland has to offer. Do not hesitate to book. Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter. Northern Lights: Northern Lights tour last for approx. 2-2.5 hours 1 - 30 September: 22:00 1 October - 14 March: 21:00 15 March - 15 April: 22:00
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Reykjavik - Whale Watching
Come meet the gentle giants of Faxaflói Bay! Departing from Reykjavík old harbour, this roughly three-hour tour takes you out cruising through prime whale watching areas in first-class comfort on board The Ambassador; a fast, stable and safe whale watching boat. Leaving Reykjavík harbour you will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful sea view of Reykjavík city including one of its most famous landmarks: Harpa concert hall and conference centre. On our way from the harbour, we will sail past Engey and Viðey islands as well as Esja mountain, providing you with beautiful views. As soon as we leave the harbour area we will start looking for whales and dolphins. Especially during the summertime, Faxaflói Bay is full of marine wildlife, including many species of whales and dolphins as well as numerous seabirds. The most common sightings are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. During the summer, we also often spot puffins on our tours. Our knowledgeable guides will provide you with the full whale watching and wildlife experience, explaining all the sights, the bay‘s ecosystem, history and folklore. They are always happy to chat with you, answer your questions and make your tour special. You might even take your chance and visit the captain for a quick chat and explanation of navigation at sea. Our whale watching boat, the Ambassador, was built in Germany in 1971 and served as a police boat for 23 years. When we acquired it, we customized it with additional viewing platforms for whale watching. It is equipped with plenty of comfortable seating, both inside and outside, as well as a small bar to make your tour especially enjoyable. This tour is the perfect tour for travellers in Reykjavik. We are located right in the old harbour area, which is within convenient walking distance from downtown Reykjavík. Just jump on board to enjoy this marine wildlife experience with us! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whales & Puffins | Combo Tour
Collect new life-lasting memories in Iceland by joining this whale and puffin watching adventure from Reykjavík. This tour should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife that are willing to take a picturesque boat ride to the open waters of Faxaflói Bay. Your excursion begins as you meet with your friendly local guides at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík’s city centre. There, you will board the vessel of your venture, and embark on a boat ride out to Faxaflói bay to witness the teeming wildlife of the coast. You’ll be sailing towards three idyllic islands in the scenic bay, being the location of prime breeding grounds for the adorable North Atlantic puffin. Seeing these cute creatures up close is unforgettable, as you’ll no doubt fall in love with their colourful beaks and smiling eyes. In addition to the puffins, avid bird watchers will be thrilled to find out that many other species inhabit these islands and the water around them, including Eider ducks, Arctic terns, Guillemots and Cormorants. If the weather is still enough, your captain might even turn off the boat engine so you can enjoy listening to the unique songs of these stunning seabirds. Returning to dock at the harbour, you’ll get some free time to find your footing on land, exploring either the charming Old Harbour or the nearby city centre, before boarding another vessel and heading out for the whale watching segment of the tour. During your second adventure of the day, you can expect to see the likes of Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises, and sometimes even the enormous Humpbacks or Orcas. All these water giants belong to the most majestic animal species on the planet, and seeing them up-close is an unforgettable experience. The puffin watching boat trip takes approximately one hour, while the whale watching lasts around three hours. Both experiences should leave you reeling with your love for nature, and don’t forget your camera for all the amazing wildlife photo opportunities. Secure your spot now on this fantastic combo-tour and get to know the animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Westfjords Bird Watching | Puffins and More
Get up close and personal with the North Atlantic Puffin on this bird watching tour of the Westfjords. This adventure is a must for anyone travelling through this desolate part of Iceland and should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife or nature. The tour departs from the charming town of Patreksfjörður, where you will meet your friendly local guide who will take you to the best spots to feast your eyes and point your camera. You will travel in a large jeep that is well suited to the gravel and dirt roads of the Westfjords. In the Westfjords of Iceland, the bird watching season begins in April. There is nothing like exploring these beautiful fjords in the summer when the area comes to life with lush green landscapes, and fair-feathered visitors come to nest, breed and play. During the height of the Icelandic summer, the phenomenon that is the midnight sun guarantees near unlimited daylight hours, when the sun doesn’t set and the nights are coloured with red and gold. This means, that within different stages of the season, there is always plenty of time to enjoy the sceneries at hand and take wonderful photos that will last you a lifetime. On your excursion, you will be visiting the bird cliff Látrabjarg, the largest seabird colony in the whole of the North Atlantic Ocean. What’s more, puffins haven’t been hunted at this location for decades, which results in the little fellows being especially relaxed towards human visitors. Besides from puffins, the species of bird to be found at Látrabjarg include razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, cormorants and guillemots, just to name a few. Sometimes you can even spot Great Northern Divers or the White Tailed Eagle. Rest assured that any avid bird watchers out there will cross off more than a few new sightings in their books. Don’t hesitate any longer in booking your Westfjords bird watching adventure now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Husavik Traditional Whale Watching
Come aboard a traditional Icelandic boat for an incredible whale-watching excursion. See the magnificent marine life that dwells in the waters near the Arctic Circle on this fully guided adventure. This is the perfect tour for all nature-lovers travelling in North Iceland. The tour departs from the town of Húsavík which sits on the banks of Skjálfandi Bay, northeast Iceland. Húsavík has been branded the whale-watching capital of Iceland due to its many different species of whales that frequently enter the bay. Your adventure starts at Húsavík harbour, where you will board a traditional Icelandic oak boat. This boat was originally built as a fishing vessel and was used as such for many years before it was rebuilt into a whale watching boat. Now, instead of fishing, it sails the ocean, disturbing nature as little as possible. You will spend about three hours on the water, searching and marvelling over the rich marine life in the bay. Your expert guide will look out for signs of the wonderful whales as well as answer any questions you might have. Skjálfandi bay is the home of around 24 species of whales. The four most common ones are the minke whale, the harbour porpoise, the white-beaked dolphin and the humpback whale; each of these is unique and fascinating. The biggest animal on earth, the blue whale, has also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay quite often. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature as well as others, such as killer whales (or orcas), fin whales and pilot whales. You could even spot some puffins from May to August. Nature is unpredictable, and no two tours are exactly the same, so every trip is a new adventure. You might catch the whales jumping out of the ocean, socialising or feeding, and the cheerful dolphins riding the bow of the ship as you sail along the waters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the magnificent whales and the rich wildlife of Skjálfandi bay. Check availability by choosing a date.
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ATV & Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Combine two Icelandic adventures into a single day, with this ATV and whale watching excursion. This tour should not be missed by nature-lovers or those who like to get their adrenaline pumping. You’ll be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and driven just fifteen minutes out of the city to the ATV base camp. Here, you will be equipped with a helmet, gloves and overalls, and introduced to your vehicle. To operate a quad bike you need a driver’s license, but those as young as six can join as a passenger. Your ATV ride will take you Úlfarsfell, a stunning mountain just outside the city, which you will ascend via rocky trails. You can expect to see beautiful lakes, expanses of lava, ranges of volcanoes and stunning countryside. At the peak, you will have a marvellous photo opportunity, and if you are sharing your ATV, can switch driver if you want. After you return your quad-bike to the base camp, you will return to your van and be whisked to Reykjavík harbour. You’ll have time for lunch here, where you can admire the marina and glistening ocean. Once the time comes, you will board your whale watching vessel, and set out into Faxaflói bay. The surrounding nature, of tabletop mountains and rows of volcanoes, will captivate you until the great whales begin to surface. The most common species seen from Reykjavík are the minke whale, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, but humpback whales are very common in summer, as are puffins. You may also see orcas, blue, fin and sei whales, and a wealth of other seabirds. While sightings are expected on every tour, if you are not lucky enough to spot a whale you can try again for free. The same applies if weather stops you leaving the harbour. Mash up two great Icelandic tours with this ATV and whale watching combo. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Original Whale Watching Adventure from Reykjavík
Hop aboard and sail out on Faxaflói Bay to meet the largest inhabitants of Iceland, the whales. Faxaflói Bay is the home to many different species of whale throughout the year, and they are more than willing to say hello to you. This is a tour perfect for any lovers of wildlife and authentic natural wonders. You will meet with the tour provider by the Old Reykjavík Harbour, where you will turn in your voucher in exchange for a ticket to the whale watching boat, and visit the Whale Watching Centre which is facilitated onboard an old fishing vessel that is permanently docked by the pier. In the centre, you can enjoy interactive multimedia shows about whales and marine wildlife around Iceland. Your guide will meet you there and show you to your boat. Then it is time to head out to the vast Faxaflói bay armed with binoculars—and, of course, your camera. As this tour takes place on the open water, it can get mighty cold and windy, even in summer, so please take care to dress warmly and bring a hat and gloves. Windbreaker jackets are recommended, as well as waterproof underlayers in the case of rain. There are overalls on board you can use. Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke and humpback whales are the most abundant. The white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, however, are residents year round. Occasionally, other species are spotted such as the enormous fin whale, the orca or killer whale, and even blue whales, the largest mammal in the world. The chances of spotting whales vary in accordance with food availability of the shores, but the sighting success of this tour exceeds 90%. If no whales or dolphins are seen on your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket valid for two years, so if you're in a hurry, there is no need to worry. Don't miss out on this opportunity to behold the gentle giants of the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3-Day North Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Daily Activities
See Iceland’s beautiful north without renting a car, by booking this three-day tour to Akureyri and Mývatn from Reykjavík. This excursion is perfect for those who want to see a wealth of Iceland’s natural sites in one of its most beautiful regions. This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík by a friendly, experienced guide, and whisked up to ‘the Capital of the North’, Akureyri. En route, you can expect to make several stops at some fascinating locations, such as Hvammstangi, which is home to a seal centre and seal-watching beach. At Akureyri, you can expect a wealth of cultural attractions, as it boasts great restaurants, bars, boutiques and museums. You will also have an opportunity to whale watch from here in summer for an excellent chance to witness the creatures of the deep. In winter, you'll go northern lights hunting. On your second day, you’ll see a wealth of attractions in the north, such as the Waterfall of the Gods, Goðafoss; the Lake Mývatn Area; and the geothermal Námaskarð Pass. You will also get to bathe in Iceland’s beautiful, naturally heated waters at the luxurious Mývatn Nature Baths. Though your third day will involve travelling back from the north, it will still be packed full of attractions, with visits to waterfalls and an exploration of the world’s only man-made ice tunnel that is accessible to the public. If you would rather not be driven, you can organise domestic flights to and from Akureyri from Reykjavík and be picked up from the airport. Pack your holiday full of exciting adventure by booking three days travelling to the north. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Northern Lights & Wintry Landscape | 15 Day Ring Road Package with Snaefellsnes
Dive into the wonders of Iceland by joining this 15-day package around the country. On this adventure, you’ll be driven around the entire Ring Road, with added stops at the Blue Lagoon and Snæfellnes Peninsula, all without worrying about organising accommodations, extra activities or driving. Those looking for a comfortable way to discover the beautiful Icelandic nature need to look no further. Amongst the highlights of Iceland you will see, are the sites of the famous Golden Circle, the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on the South Coast, the remote Eastfjords, and the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area in the North. During the booking process, you will have the option to add on a wealth of diverse excursions, all at a discounted price, including whale-watching, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Of course, you will also get plenty of time to enjoy the history, art and attractions of the country’s capital, Reykjavík as you'll spend 7 nights in this vibrant city. This package is available from September to April, meaning that you will avoid the majority of the crowds that come in the height of summer, and have a chance to hunt for the Northern Lights every night. Come along on this fantastic journey. Whether travelling to Iceland for adventure, serenity, culture or nature, the 15-day winter package will not disappoint. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3 in 1 Family Friendly Bundle Discount Tours | Golden Circle, South Coast & Whale Watching
Embark on this fun-filled tour combo for three days of adventure to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions, the Golden Circle and South Coast, and get the chance to spot a whale in the wild. This discount offer is perfect for families, and the smaller group size promises you will get more time with your guide as well as your fellow passengers. You will get to see both the Golden Circle and the South Coast from the comfort of a minibus, admiring the many locations on offer including waterfalls, geysers and cultural sites. Don't miss your opportunity to walk behind a waterfall and even between two tectonic plates as they pull apart. Your final day sees you whisked away by boat from the Reykjavík harbour to look for the gentle and majestic giants of the sea, whales, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on even the youngest animal lovers. This combo deal offers you and your family three separate tours so you have a different activity each day. Starting off from Reykjavík each day means it's not necessary to change accommodation or spend your holiday time repacking, providing relaxation alongside adventuring. Don't wait! This combo doesn’t just combine the most popular day trips in Iceland; it does so in a family-friendly way, so if you are travelling with children, you will want to book this tour. So grab your camera and come along on this genuine adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching on Faxafloi Bay | RIB Boat Express
Hop aboard this thrilling 2-Hour RIB Express boat tour to experience whale watching as it should be done. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for guests to Iceland looking to see this island’s most amazing aquatic mammals up close, all the while avoiding the larger crowds so typical of larger whale watching vessels. Your tour will begin at by Reykjavík's old harbour where you will be provided with warm overalls, a flotation device (for added safety), a pair of goggles and gloves. This full kit is sure to keep you protected from the elements throughout your time on the water. Before stepping onto the boat, your friendly, experienced and professional guide will also present a safety briefing, ensuring that everyone is aware of protocol whilst on board. You will head out from the harbour on the 12-metre long vessel, Dagmar, the latest edition to the operator’s fleet, and the only one capable of providing a smoother, more comfortable ride than expected. This is down to the special shock-suspension seating, keeping guests content as they speed over the waves, ever on the look out for whales, porpoise or dolphins. The most common sightings on this tour are Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and White-Beaked dolphin, though there is always the chance to see one of the other 16 species that call Icelandic coastal waters their home, including Orcas and the mighty Blue Whale. Aside from the whales, you will also be privy to an abundance of birdlife, including such species as Arctic Tern, Guillemots and even the iconic Atlantic Puffin. During the summer months, during the Puffins’ breeding season, your boat captain will also make a stop at the island of Akurey where you can look upon thousands of these colourful critters nesting amid the rocks. So what’s the hold up? Hurry now and you too can experience the thrills, chills and delights that come with whale watching on a custom RIB boat! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Exhibition
Get to know the largest inhabitants of Iceland with this fantastic tour where you'll explore the Whales of Iceland exhibition and go on a whale watching excursion. This tour is a must for all nature-lovers visiting the country. You can choose to begin your adventure either by visiting the Whales of Iceland exhibition or by taking a whale watching tour. You can also choose to be picked up from your accommodation or meet the staff on location. The whale watching tour departs from Reykjavík's old harbour, and the exhibit is located in the Grandi area, a short walking distance from the pier. The Whales of Iceland Exhibition features 23 life-size, handmade models of all of the different whale species that have been found in Icelandic waters. Enjoy seeing just how big these giants of the sea actually are, including the magnificent 25 m (82 ft) long blue whale, a fantastic sperm whale and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Experience the interactive features of this exhibit, including virtual reality headsets and a free audioguide app (available in English, German & Icelandic). The app will give you an abundance of information about all of the different species in the exhibition. After touring the exhibition, you can relax in the café while enjoying a coffee and pastry beneath the whales. You can read one of the many whale books while listening to whale sounds in soft, underwater lighting. Whales of Iceland is a dreamy adventure for the whole family, and a perfect way to see how big these creatures actually are (and how small we are in comparison!) For the second part of the combo tour, you will head to the Old Harbour – a quick and easy walk from the exhibition. There you will join your next adventure, sailing out to the beautiful Faxaflói Bay to search for some of the most commonly spotted species: minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales! The classic tour is 3-3.5 hours in duration and has an educational and interactive focus on board. You can look at whale bones and teeth, baleen plates and even investigate sea specimens under a microscope with your expert guide. Your guide will be there to help you spot the whales and answer any questions you might have during the tour. During the summer months, you can also choose to take the express tour on a faster boat for no extra cost. This tour is 2-2.5 hours, but spends the same amount of time out in the whale watching area – perfect for those with a busy schedule who want to make the most of their time in Reykjavík! Learn about the wealth of marine life in Iceland's ocean with this fantastic combination tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Luxury Whale Watching on board a yacht
Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. Nature lovers looking to see some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but who wish to do so in a small group, should grab this chance now. The ship sets sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour and during your journey, you'll sail among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with a fantastic view of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water. The most common sights are minke and humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. However, there is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. The professional team onboard is very experienced in spotting whales and are dedicated to making sure their passengers leave with a smile! This tour is conducted on a beautiful yacht known as the Amelia Rose. With three panoramic deck areas, the vessel provides every passenger with a good view of the surrounding area as well as an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing pictures. The decks are partially covered, providing some shelter from wind and rain, and you can easily circle them to enjoy the best views. Amelia Rose is designed as an offshore vessel, making it better adapted to take on the turbulent waves of Iceland's waters, ensuring a smoother sail with less probability of passengers experiencing nausea or seasickness. If that's not enough, on this tour, you don't have to worry about overcrowding or not getting a right spot to see the whales. You'll be sailing on Faxaflói in a small group which will make your experience personal, meaningful and memorable! So don't hesitate! Book now to enjoy whale watching in both style and comfort on this small group whale watching tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Combination Tour | Buggy Ride & Whale Watching
Get ready for this exciting tour opportunity combining two of the most popular activities in Iceland; Buggy-riding and whale watching! This is a great opportunity for those travellers staying in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, who are looking to balance their day between adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a relaxed boat trip discovering the country’s eclectic wildlife. You will begin the day with your designated tour guide picking you up at your designated pick-up location before taking you to the Buggy base, only a short drive away from the city centre. At the buggy base, you will gear up in all the necessary equipment; coveralls, balaclava, rubber boots, gloves and a helmet. Your guide will also provide you with a brief safety briefing and demonstration, ensuring your confidence operating the buggy. Once you are ready, it is time to have some fun! You’ll start off on a dirt road and play around in some fun molehills, before heading further into the valley. Here, you will be driving under the foothills of the Reykjavík city mountain, Mt. Esja; this diverse landscape is something you would never have imagined could be found this close to the city! Aside from the specific trails, you’ll splash through riverbeds, mud puddles and play around on dirt tracks and maybe even snow! After the buggy tour, you’ll be driven to Reykjavík's Old Harbor, where you’ll have some time to have lunch if you choose before your Whale Watching tour begins. When you finally head aboard, you’ll find the boat comfortable and cosy, with a fantastic interior, large outdoors viewing platforms and a safe family environment. The expert guides will take you out on the open water and ask for your help in spotting the majestic whales that can be found in Faxaflói Bay. There are over twenty cetacean species that call Iceland’s coastal waters home. Hopefully, the wait will not be too long, but this is nature so you can never be too sure. The guides will entertain you with fun facts about whales, marine life and the Icelandic people, as you sail and search. A fun exhibit on whales can be found indoors if you want a little shelter from the elements, and there is an open bar with coffee, tea and other refreshments on board. After the whale watching tour, you can join the transfer back to your meeting point, or take this opportunity to walk back to your hotel, through the city. So don’t delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the delights of riding a buggy and whale watching in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6-Day Untamed Tour | Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes, Highlands, Northern Lights and Animal Round-Up
Come along on this epic journey and witness the unique combination of untamed Icelandic nature and wildlife. Visit the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Highlands and take part in the traditional annual event of the gathering of both sheep and horses. This is the perfect tour for all nature admirers, and a photographers delight. During this amazing six-day tour you will get a good introduction to Icelandic geology, as you'll start by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage and National Park of Þingvellir before driving the harsh highland desert of Kaldidalur. It is the complete opposite of the National Park, with phenomenal views of Langjökull glacier that feeds powerful rivers and waterfalls. After witnessing the aftermath of past volcanic eruptions, you will travel to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. Circling the jewel Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will hike along the tall ocean cliffs, visit black and white beaches, travel through a diverse volcanic terrain, and see the monumental mountain Kirkjufell. To complete the day, you will go on a whale watching expedition hoping to see some of the amazing wildlife that surrounds our island. Every day will be enjoyed and remembered for its own natural beauty and uniqueness, with fluctuating weather and winds and the special arctic light that will make the most ordinary surroundings look extraordinary. In northern Iceland, you will attend and take part in the annual gathering of sheep and horses were the local farmers come from the mountains with animals that have spent the summer grazing free in nature. It's a wonderful experience, where locals come together honouring old traditions and enjoying local food. Driving though Kjölur route is again another example of our diverse landscape, with black deserts, glacially carved out mountains and colourful geothermal hotspots. The tour cannot be completed without visiting the last two Golden Circle sites, the roaring waterfall Gullfoss and the erupting Geysir. Immerse yourself in nature, culture and traditions, and spend the nights searching for the elusive Northern Lights on this all-encompassing 6-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Whale Watching Tour
Combine two essential Icelandic experiences with this fantastic day tour where you ride the friendly Icelandic horse in the morning and watch the playful whales in the afternoon. Nature lovers looking to spice up their holiday should not miss this tour. Your adventure begins in the morning when you are picked up and driven to the stables on the outskirts of the city where you will meet your riding guide and your horse. There is no prior experience needed for the tour; your guide will show you the ropes and Icelandic horses are mild-mannered and friendly, making them a perfect companion for both beginner and expert riders alike. Then it is time to saddle up and head on out to the beautiful Icelandic nature. Where you go depends on the experience of the group. You might ride on the smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar hills which are made of red volcanic rocks, or through a forested area by the scenic lake Rauðavatn. Both routes provide natural riding paths and spectacular scenery. After your ride, you’ll return to the stables to board a vehicle heading to the city’s centre where the next leg of your adventure begins. At Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, you’ll hop aboard a boat that will take you out on Faxaflói Bay which is home to a wealth of marine life. In the summer, you might encounter minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins, and in the winter, you can expect to see larger species such as humpback whales and even orcas. On board the boat you can stay inside the cabin where you’ll find a café, or you can go out on the deck and help spot these magnificent creatures. After the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations or bus stop. Do not miss your chance to see Iceland's most magnificent animals. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Express Puffin Tour
Explore the rich birdlife just outside of Reykjavík on a RIB boat with this small group fun-filled puffin-watching tour. Those wanting to get to know Iceland´s spectacular nature, and do so with a little thrill, should not let this opportunity pass them by. Puffins are fascinating little creatures that flock to Iceland during the summertime to breed and feed before heading south for the winter. They dig burrows and nest in the hills of three islands just off the coast of Reykjavík and stay there with their little pufflings until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The puffins are often seen flying about or splashing in the sea with a bill full of sand-eel or other prey found in the waters of Faxaflói Bay. You'll meet your guide at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík where you will be given overalls. They will then assist you with putting on life vests and other necessary equipment before walking you down to the floating pier where your captain awaits you onboard a RIB boat, also known as a Zodiac. The fast boat can get you quicker and closer to the islands than any other, and therefore you'll have both an optimal view of the puffins, and get more time marvelling at the fantastic birdlife. If the conditions are just right, the captain might turn off the engines completely, so you'll get a pleasant and peaceful experience with the birds by the shores of the nesting islands. Among other birds frequently spotted on the tour are Auks, Guillemots, Skuas, Arctic terns and Gannets but a variety of other seabirds can often be seen as well. Your specially trained, professional guides will tell you all about the islands, the birds and wildlife seen on the tour, as well as other interesting sights you may come across - and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! This is a relatively short, small-group-tour and therefore perfect for those who have limited time in the city or those who want to venture further than the city centre. Book now to secure your spot! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Whales & Imagine Peace
Come along on this fantastic combination tour of nature and culture where you spend the afternoon watching the wealth of marine life in Faxaflói Bay and visit the tiny island of Viðey in the evening to get an insight into the artwork of Yoko Ono at the Imagine Peace Tower. At Reykjavík's Old Harbour, you'll board a boat to sail the seas of Faxaflói Bay, where Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and Humpback whales are a frequent visitors. You'll be provided with warm overalls and a blanket so that you can stand out on the deck, trying to spot the first of these magnificent creatures. You could also have a seat in the indoor lounge with a warm cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the commentary and views ahead. Onboard, you will learn all about the wildlife and marine mammals of the Icelandic waters, as well as the areas surrounding the bay. After the excursion, you will have some free time to dine or shop before heading out again for the next leg of the combination tour. Back at the Old Harbour, you will meet your guides and crew who will and take you onboard another boat where you can watch a screening of the official introduction video to the Imagine Peace Tower narrated by Yoko Ono herself. The Imagine Peace Tower is situated on the nearby island of Viðey, and it only takes several minutes to get there by boat. The tour takes you into the mysterious and wonderful world of calm and serenity. Walk over to Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and get acquainted with the artwork and the history of the piece and why this particular island of this specific country was chosen to host this pillar of light. The light from the tower can be seen from anywhere within the Reykjavík city on a dark evening, but it is best explored up close. Under the right conditions, the Northern Lights can even be spotted! Your guide can help you set up your camera gear if you are interested in photographing the vast starry sky, the Peace Tower or Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in art, history, culture and nature on this fantastic tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavik
Witness the marvellous wildlife in the waters just outside Reykjavík with this adventurous Speedboat adventure. This tour is perfect for those seeking out both adrenaline and spectacular nature. Your RIB speedboat will be waiting for you at the beginning of the tour at the Old Harbour of Reykjavík. There are twelve seats and one guide, guaranteeing a personalized experience, and the suspension in the seats guarantees comfort. Once you are all boarded, you will set out into Faxaflói bay. Before going out in hunt of whale, dolphins and birdlife, you will rush by some of the major attractions of Reykjavík. The most notable of these are the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre and the Sun Voyager, a coastal sculpture that represents adventure into the unknown. The animals that you can hope to see on this tour are numerous and plentiful. In terms of whales, minkes and humpbacks are both regularly spotted, the latter being a species noted for its acrobatic surface activities. White-beaked dolphins are also a common sight, and entirely unafraid of boats, as are harbour porpoises, although they are much more cautious. While cetaceans are undoubtedly the highlight of this trip, you can also expect to see many seabirds, including the charming puffin; this species nest on the islands in Faxaflói bay, which you will head to, with one having so many that the translation of its name is ‘Puffin Island’. It is also not at all unheard of to see seals in the water, and even basking sharks. For up to an hour and a half, you will zip across the bay, getting much closer to the animals than the larger whale-watch boats. To keep the experience as comfortable as it is exciting, you will be equipped with waterproof overalls, a scarf, a life jacket and goggles. Even while you are waiting for sightings, riding a RIB speedboat is a great experience, as it is able to achieve adrenaline-pumping speed. The surrounding nature will also be spectacular in clear weather; you’ll have great views of the capital, Hvalfjörður (also called ‘Whale Fjord’), the Reykjanes Peninsula and even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Once you have enjoyed your trip, with sightings of both whales and birds, you’ll return to the Old Harbour. If you weren’t lucky enough to see anything, another trip can be rearranged for you. Witness Iceland’s awesome marine wildlife by booking this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour | Small Groups from Reykjavik
Get up close to Iceland’s most beloved animal with this puffin watching tour from Reykjavík harbour. This excursion should appeal to anyone who loves animals, being on the sea, and spectacular scenery. This great excursion begins when you board a small fishing vessel at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour; the size of this boat will not only allow you to get close to the puffins, but will also ensure you have much more opportunity to ask your friendly guides questions than you would on a larger ship. Once everyone has boarded, you’ll set out into the beautiful Faxaflói Bay. You’ll get some fantastic views of the capital, and its features such as the Harpa Concert Hall, as well as the surrounding nature. In clear weather, you’ll be able to see Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord; Mount Esjan; the Reykjanes Peninsula; and possibly even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Your destination is one of two uninhabited islands, Lundey and Akurey; which one you go to will depend on weather conditions. Both, however, are home to thousands of adorable puffins from May to September. Binoculars on board will allow you to see them up close, as they nest in their pairs on the rocks and bob with the waves on the sea. Many will be flying overhead, and watching them take off from the water is a delight; their small wings require them to clumsily run across the surface before they are able to become airborne. While this tour focuses on these beautiful birds, the Icelandic waters are pregnant with life. Though there are no guarantees, you may also see creatures such as seals, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and even humpbacks. One very rare occasions, other marine mammals such as orcas and blue whales are spotted. Of course, you are likely to sea a wealth of other seabirds. After an hour, you will be whisked back to Reykjavík’s harbour. As this experience does not take long, and drops you back off right in the centre of the city, you have the rest of your day to do whatever you like. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see puffins from the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula
See the country’s most adorable creature, the North Atlantic Puffin, as you cruise Breiðafjörður Bay on a traditional oak fishing boat. This puffin tour around Melrakkaey Island is perfect for all nature lovers who are travelling the Snæfellsnes peninsula and want to add an adventure to their holiday. At the town of Grundarfjörður, you will board a traditional Icelandic fishing boat and head on out to sea. You will get to discover the rich and spectacular wildlife of Snæfellsnes as you sail towards the small and uninhabited island of Melrakkaey. Located just off the shores of Grundarfjörður, this lush island is edged by white cliffs of basalt rocks. Several species of nesting birds make Melrakkaey its home and to preserve the pure nature, the island is now protected as a nature reserve. Perching on the island’s cliffs, you will find the charming puffins. Due to their distinctive look, and the black 'jacket' on their backs, locals have a nickname for the bird: 'Prófasturinn' - The Preacher Man. With a black crown and back; pale grey cheeks; orange legs and boldly marked red and black beak, these beautiful birds spend most of their life on the open ocean, only coming to shore annually to find a mate and nest. On the island, you will also find other species of birds, such as Glaucous Gulls, the second biggest species of gulls found in Iceland; the looming and dark Cormorants, and Eiders, large and stunning sea-ducks. You will cruise around the island, enjoying not only in the rich birdlife but also the stunning landscape around. Dominating the scenery is Kirkjufell Mountain, arguably the most beautiful mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as being the most photographed mountain in Iceland. This tour is every nature photographer’s dream, and you will be given plenty of opportunities to capture the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on film. Don’t hesitate, book now to explore Iceland’s incredible birdlife on this puffin tour around Melrakkaey island. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Best Value Whale Watching Trip from Reykjavik
Embark on an incredible and affordable whale watching excursion from Reykjavik. This ocean adventure grants you a fantastic opportunity to see a wealth of marine and bird life, without taking considerable time away from your holiday. The vessel you will be travelling in is perfect for spotting whales. It has three separate viewing platforms as well as an indoor saloon equipped with a café, so you can enjoy a hot drink or light refreshments throughout the journey. You can organize a pick-up from your accommodation or designated bus stop if staying in Reykjavik City center for a small cost, or else meet at the departure point most convenient to you: from Reykjavik Old Harbour. Once everyone has boarded, you will head straight out into Faxaflói bay, where the creatures of the deep are waiting. En route, in clear weather, you will get some fantastic views of the nature surrounding Reykjavik—the sight of the whole Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas are stunning to behold. Summer is the peak season for whale-watching, as it is the prime feeding time for the whales and migratory seabirds such as puffins can be seen. That being said, the winter months still regularly yield excellent results; just expect to see less bird-life. The four main species you will be searching for are the Minke Whale, the Humpback Whale, the white-beaked dolphin and the harbour porpoise; each of these creatures is unique and fascinating. That is not to say these are the only creatures you may see, however; Fin Whales, Killer Whales (or orcas), Pilot Whales and even Basking Sharks are known visitors in Faxaflói Bay. You will spend two to three and a half hours on the water, searching for and marvelling over the marine life. Your experienced guide can answer any questions you may have; and will tell you about each creature as you see it. If the weather means this tour is cancelled, or if you are very unlucky and there are no sightings, you get to go again, free of charge, until you see a marine mammal. So do not hesitate to book; grab your chance to see the majestic animals of the deep at an affordable price! Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter.
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Jump aboard this whale-watching excursion to see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife just off Reykjavík’s shores. This tour is a must for nature-lovers, and fits perfectly into a busy holiday; you leave straight from the capital city’s Old Harbour and return approximately three hours later. You will arrive at the harbour in good time for your departure, either by making your way there yourself or through a pick-up you can request during booking. If taking this trip during summer, you will have a choice between two boats, which you can select based on your sense of adventure and the nature of your group. The first vessel, and the only one operated year-round, is one of the largest whale-watching boats in Iceland. It has a fantastic educational and interactive focus on board, where you can learn more about the whales, as well as a café. The second vessel is one of our newest additions to the fleet, a fast-cruising catamaran. It promises to get you to the prime whale-watching location in just twenty minutes so that you can immerse yourself in the activity immediately. These express tours are only available during the summer months. Trips on this tour are approximately an hour shorter. On the first boat, you will spend roughly three hours out on the ocean looking for whales (approx. two hours on the second). As you travel out, your guide will point out the natural features surrounding the capital; in clear weather, you should be able to see both the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as the ‘whale fjord’, otherwise called Hvalfjörður. Four species can be regularly seen on these tours: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. It is not at all unheard of, however, to see orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales, Fin Whales, and even Basking Sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably including the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you hunt for and marvel over these majestic creatures. Each tour yields entirely different results. The animals’ behaviour change throughout the day; you might catch them breaching, socialising, feeding or just basking near the surface. If by chance, you are not lucky enough to see a marine mammal, you will have another opportunity to take this tour for free until you do. You will return to Reykjavík after three hours on the sea, hopefully after many exciting sightings and an up-close look at some of Iceland’s marvellous creatures. Because of the convenience and length of this tour, there will still be plenty of opportunities to make the most of the rest of your day, either on another tour or within the capital. Do not miss your chance to see the magnificent whales, dolphins and porpoises of Iceland. Set sail into Faxaflói bay for your opportunity. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Winter Sea Adventure | Whale & Dolphin Watching
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.
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Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri
Whale watch from the ‘capital of the North’, Akureyri, and witness the unbelievable wealth of marine life in Eyjafjörður (Island fjord). No one who loves nature and wildlife, planning to travel to Iceland’s North, should give this tour a miss! The excursion departs from Akureyri’s floating pier, which you can arrange a drop-off to, but walking is relatively easy due to closeness to town. Here, you will board your high-speed vessel, a sleek ship with a large indoor area, outdoor viewing platforms, a bar and a room of overalls you can borrow to keep warm in. As soon as the departure time arrives, you will set off into the fjord in search for wildlife. Watching the beautiful town of Akureyri shrink behind you, and the amazing mountains of Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) loom over you, is a lovely way to start the tour. You will continue sailing until you reach the feeding grounds of the whales. Humpback whales are the most common species sighted in the North of Iceland, especially during the summer months although they are also seen in winter. These gregarious acrobats are well-known surface performers, entertaining guests by breaching, fluke diving and feeding. You also have the chance to see white-beaked dolphins in abundance throughout the year, as well as harbour porpoises and even seals. Other species previously reported in the fjord are the Blue whale, Orcas and Fin whales, although they are not a permanent resident in the area and quite a rare sighting on our tours. If taking the tour in summer, you may get so lucky to see Puffins that reside in Iceland to breed during the summertime as well as countless other seabirds. While this species in particular is gone come winter, many others remain. The surroundings are as beautiful in either season, although the landscapes when covered in snow are particularly mesmerising. For three hours, you will sail into the longest glacial fjord in all of Iceland on our comfortable and specially modified catamaran, hopefully catching sighting after sighting. It would be very unusual not to see a single whale, dolphin or porpoise on your trip, as our sighting success over the past couple of summers is 100%, but if that is indeed the case, you will be able to join another tour free of charge. And of course, if the tour is cancelled due to weather, you’ll be able to get on the next trip that fits into your schedule. See the whales of North Iceland during an unforgettable experience. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Northern lights | 2-Tour Deal
Jump aboard, for two essential Icelandic experiences. With this offer you can combine Whale watching and Northern Lights. During the day you will take a boat tour to explore beautiful Reykjavik coastline while the on-board crew will be searching for whales and other ocean mammals that live in Faxaflói bay year round. The most common species which are spotted are the Minke and Humpback whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. While sailing out to the ocean you can relax and enjoy your time in the cosy indoor saloon with some refreshments and snacks available on board. The experienced guides will provide you with a unique tour and tell you all about each species you might see, so be sure to ask them all the questions you may have. At night, it is time for another fabulous boat tour, just away from the city lights where you can see Northern Lights dancing in the sky. It is a unique experience to see the Aurora Borealis from the sea, partnered with the incredible view of the lights of Reykjavík city behind you. Guides will provide you all the auroras stories and legends from around the world, so you will also learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon. Remember to take a good camera with - use the long exposure settings and you will take amazing shots. Both tours will depart from the Old Harbour, located in downtown of Reykjavík. The vessel has three viewing platforms, full toilet facilities, and a heated indoor saloon where you can purchase both snacks and refreshments. You'll be provided with complimentary warm flotation overalls and sea sickness tablets, and there is free Wi-fi on board so you can share your experiences on the tour. If there will not be any sightings on either of the tours, you will have a chance to join us another time, free of charge. Take a chance on our combination deal to experience the best Iceland has to offer. Do not hesitate to book. Check availability by choosing a date. Whale Watching: January - May & 16 September - December: 13:00 June - 15 September: 14:00 March - 15 November: 9:00 Whale Watching tour last for: Winter - approx. 3-3,5 h Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3h at 9:00 & 14:00 - will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same, just sailing to that point and back to harbour would be shorter. Northern Lights: Northern Lights tour last for approx. 2-2.5 hours 1 - 30 September: 22:00 1 October - 14 March: 21:00 15 March - 15 April: 22:00
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Reykjavik - Whale Watching
Come meet the gentle giants of Faxaflói Bay! Departing from Reykjavík old harbour, this roughly three-hour tour takes you out cruising through prime whale watching areas in first-class comfort on board The Ambassador; a fast, stable and safe whale watching boat. Leaving Reykjavík harbour you will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful sea view of Reykjavík city including one of its most famous landmarks: Harpa concert hall and conference centre. On our way from the harbour, we will sail past Engey and Viðey islands as well as Esja mountain, providing you with beautiful views. As soon as we leave the harbour area we will start looking for whales and dolphins. Especially during the summertime, Faxaflói Bay is full of marine wildlife, including many species of whales and dolphins as well as numerous seabirds. The most common sightings are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. During the summer, we also often spot puffins on our tours. Our knowledgeable guides will provide you with the full whale watching and wildlife experience, explaining all the sights, the bay‘s ecosystem, history and folklore. They are always happy to chat with you, answer your questions and make your tour special. You might even take your chance and visit the captain for a quick chat and explanation of navigation at sea. Our whale watching boat, the Ambassador, was built in Germany in 1971 and served as a police boat for 23 years. When we acquired it, we customized it with additional viewing platforms for whale watching. It is equipped with plenty of comfortable seating, both inside and outside, as well as a small bar to make your tour especially enjoyable. This tour is the perfect tour for travellers in Reykjavik. We are located right in the old harbour area, which is within convenient walking distance from downtown Reykjavík. Just jump on board to enjoy this marine wildlife experience with us! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whales & Puffins | Combo Tour
Collect new life-lasting memories in Iceland by joining this whale and puffin watching adventure from Reykjavík. This tour should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife that are willing to take a picturesque boat ride to the open waters of Faxaflói Bay. Your excursion begins as you meet with your friendly local guides at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík’s city centre. There, you will board the vessel of your venture, and embark on a boat ride out to Faxaflói bay to witness the teeming wildlife of the coast. You’ll be sailing towards three idyllic islands in the scenic bay, being the location of prime breeding grounds for the adorable North Atlantic puffin. Seeing these cute creatures up close is unforgettable, as you’ll no doubt fall in love with their colourful beaks and smiling eyes. In addition to the puffins, avid bird watchers will be thrilled to find out that many other species inhabit these islands and the water around them, including Eider ducks, Arctic terns, Guillemots and Cormorants. If the weather is still enough, your captain might even turn off the boat engine so you can enjoy listening to the unique songs of these stunning seabirds. Returning to dock at the harbour, you’ll get some free time to find your footing on land, exploring either the charming Old Harbour or the nearby city centre, before boarding another vessel and heading out for the whale watching segment of the tour. During your second adventure of the day, you can expect to see the likes of Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoises, and sometimes even the enormous Humpbacks or Orcas. All these water giants belong to the most majestic animal species on the planet, and seeing them up-close is an unforgettable experience. The puffin watching boat trip takes approximately one hour, while the whale watching lasts around three hours. Both experiences should leave you reeling with your love for nature, and don’t forget your camera for all the amazing wildlife photo opportunities. Secure your spot now on this fantastic combo-tour and get to know the animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Westfjords Bird Watching | Puffins and More
Get up close and personal with the North Atlantic Puffin on this bird watching tour of the Westfjords. This adventure is a must for anyone travelling through this desolate part of Iceland and should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife or nature. The tour departs from the charming town of Patreksfjörður, where you will meet your friendly local guide who will take you to the best spots to feast your eyes and point your camera. You will travel in a large jeep that is well suited to the gravel and dirt roads of the Westfjords. In the Westfjords of Iceland, the bird watching season begins in April. There is nothing like exploring these beautiful fjords in the summer when the area comes to life with lush green landscapes, and fair-feathered visitors come to nest, breed and play. During the height of the Icelandic summer, the phenomenon that is the midnight sun guarantees near unlimited daylight hours, when the sun doesn’t set and the nights are coloured with red and gold. This means, that within different stages of the season, there is always plenty of time to enjoy the sceneries at hand and take wonderful photos that will last you a lifetime. On your excursion, you will be visiting the bird cliff Látrabjarg, the largest seabird colony in the whole of the North Atlantic Ocean. What’s more, puffins haven’t been hunted at this location for decades, which results in the little fellows being especially relaxed towards human visitors. Besides from puffins, the species of bird to be found at Látrabjarg include razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, cormorants and guillemots, just to name a few. Sometimes you can even spot Great Northern Divers or the White Tailed Eagle. Rest assured that any avid bird watchers out there will cross off more than a few new sightings in their books. Don’t hesitate any longer in booking your Westfjords bird watching adventure now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Husavik Traditional Whale Watching
Come aboard a traditional Icelandic boat for an incredible whale-watching excursion. See the magnificent marine life that dwells in the waters near the Arctic Circle on this fully guided adventure. This is the perfect tour for all nature-lovers travelling in North Iceland. The tour departs from the town of Húsavík which sits on the banks of Skjálfandi Bay, northeast Iceland. Húsavík has been branded the whale-watching capital of Iceland due to its many different species of whales that frequently enter the bay. Your adventure starts at Húsavík harbour, where you will board a traditional Icelandic oak boat. This boat was originally built as a fishing vessel and was used as such for many years before it was rebuilt into a whale watching boat. Now, instead of fishing, it sails the ocean, disturbing nature as little as possible. You will spend about three hours on the water, searching and marvelling over the rich marine life in the bay. Your expert guide will look out for signs of the wonderful whales as well as answer any questions you might have. Skjálfandi bay is the home of around 24 species of whales. The four most common ones are the minke whale, the harbour porpoise, the white-beaked dolphin and the humpback whale; each of these is unique and fascinating. The biggest animal on earth, the blue whale, has also been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay quite often. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of this magnificent creature as well as others, such as killer whales (or orcas), fin whales and pilot whales. You could even spot some puffins from May to August. Nature is unpredictable, and no two tours are exactly the same, so every trip is a new adventure. You might catch the whales jumping out of the ocean, socialising or feeding, and the cheerful dolphins riding the bow of the ship as you sail along the waters. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the magnificent whales and the rich wildlife of Skjálfandi bay. Check availability by choosing a date.
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ATV & Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Combine two Icelandic adventures into a single day, with this ATV and whale watching excursion. This tour should not be missed by nature-lovers or those who like to get their adrenaline pumping. You’ll be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and driven just fifteen minutes out of the city to the ATV base camp. Here, you will be equipped with a helmet, gloves and overalls, and introduced to your vehicle. To operate a quad bike you need a driver’s license, but those as young as six can join as a passenger. Your ATV ride will take you Úlfarsfell, a stunning mountain just outside the city, which you will ascend via rocky trails. You can expect to see beautiful lakes, expanses of lava, ranges of volcanoes and stunning countryside. At the peak, you will have a marvellous photo opportunity, and if you are sharing your ATV, can switch driver if you want. After you return your quad-bike to the base camp, you will return to your van and be whisked to Reykjavík harbour. You’ll have time for lunch here, where you can admire the marina and glistening ocean. Once the time comes, you will board your whale watching vessel, and set out into Faxaflói bay. The surrounding nature, of tabletop mountains and rows of volcanoes, will captivate you until the great whales begin to surface. The most common species seen from Reykjavík are the minke whale, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, but humpback whales are very common in summer, as are puffins. You may also see orcas, blue, fin and sei whales, and a wealth of other seabirds. While sightings are expected on every tour, if you are not lucky enough to spot a whale you can try again for free. The same applies if weather stops you leaving the harbour. Mash up two great Icelandic tours with this ATV and whale watching combo. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Original Whale Watching Adventure from Reykjavík
Hop aboard and sail out on Faxaflói Bay to meet the largest inhabitants of Iceland, the whales. Faxaflói Bay is the home to many different species of whale throughout the year, and they are more than willing to say hello to you. This is a tour perfect for any lovers of wildlife and authentic natural wonders. You will meet with the tour provider by the Old Reykjavík Harbour, where you will turn in your voucher in exchange for a ticket to the whale watching boat, and visit the Whale Watching Centre which is facilitated onboard an old fishing vessel that is permanently docked by the pier. In the centre, you can enjoy interactive multimedia shows about whales and marine wildlife around Iceland. Your guide will meet you there and show you to your boat. Then it is time to head out to the vast Faxaflói bay armed with binoculars—and, of course, your camera. As this tour takes place on the open water, it can get mighty cold and windy, even in summer, so please take care to dress warmly and bring a hat and gloves. Windbreaker jackets are recommended, as well as waterproof underlayers in the case of rain. There are overalls on board you can use. Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke and humpback whales are the most abundant. The white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises, however, are residents year round. Occasionally, other species are spotted such as the enormous fin whale, the orca or killer whale, and even blue whales, the largest mammal in the world. The chances of spotting whales vary in accordance with food availability of the shores, but the sighting success of this tour exceeds 90%. If no whales or dolphins are seen on your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket valid for two years, so if you're in a hurry, there is no need to worry. Don't miss out on this opportunity to behold the gentle giants of the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3-Day North Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Daily Activities
See Iceland’s beautiful north without renting a car, by booking this three-day tour to Akureyri and Mývatn from Reykjavík. This excursion is perfect for those who want to see a wealth of Iceland’s natural sites in one of its most beautiful regions. This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík by a friendly, experienced guide, and whisked up to ‘the Capital of the North’, Akureyri. En route, you can expect to make several stops at some fascinating locations, such as Hvammstangi, which is home to a seal centre and seal-watching beach. At Akureyri, you can expect a wealth of cultural attractions, as it boasts great restaurants, bars, boutiques and museums. You will also have an opportunity to whale watch from here in summer for an excellent chance to witness the creatures of the deep. In winter, you'll go northern lights hunting. On your second day, you’ll see a wealth of attractions in the north, such as the Waterfall of the Gods, Goðafoss; the Lake Mývatn Area; and the geothermal Námaskarð Pass. You will also get to bathe in Iceland’s beautiful, naturally heated waters at the luxurious Mývatn Nature Baths. Though your third day will involve travelling back from the north, it will still be packed full of attractions, with visits to waterfalls and an exploration of the world’s only man-made ice tunnel that is accessible to the public. If you would rather not be driven, you can organise domestic flights to and from Akureyri from Reykjavík and be picked up from the airport. Pack your holiday full of exciting adventure by booking three days travelling to the north. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Northern Lights & Wintry Landscape | 15 Day Ring Road Package with Snaefellsnes
Dive into the wonders of Iceland by joining this 15-day package around the country. On this adventure, you’ll be driven around the entire Ring Road, with added stops at the Blue Lagoon and Snæfellnes Peninsula, all without worrying about organising accommodations, extra activities or driving. Those looking for a comfortable way to discover the beautiful Icelandic nature need to look no further. Amongst the highlights of Iceland you will see, are the sites of the famous Golden Circle, the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on the South Coast, the remote Eastfjords, and the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area in the North. During the booking process, you will have the option to add on a wealth of diverse excursions, all at a discounted price, including whale-watching, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Of course, you will also get plenty of time to enjoy the history, art and attractions of the country’s capital, Reykjavík as you'll spend 7 nights in this vibrant city. This package is available from September to April, meaning that you will avoid the majority of the crowds that come in the height of summer, and have a chance to hunt for the Northern Lights every night. Come along on this fantastic journey. Whether travelling to Iceland for adventure, serenity, culture or nature, the 15-day winter package will not disappoint. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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3 in 1 Family Friendly Bundle Discount Tours | Golden Circle, South Coast & Whale Watching
Embark on this fun-filled tour combo for three days of adventure to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions, the Golden Circle and South Coast, and get the chance to spot a whale in the wild. This discount offer is perfect for families, and the smaller group size promises you will get more time with your guide as well as your fellow passengers. You will get to see both the Golden Circle and the South Coast from the comfort of a minibus, admiring the many locations on offer including waterfalls, geysers and cultural sites. Don't miss your opportunity to walk behind a waterfall and even between two tectonic plates as they pull apart. Your final day sees you whisked away by boat from the Reykjavík harbour to look for the gentle and majestic giants of the sea, whales, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on even the youngest animal lovers. This combo deal offers you and your family three separate tours so you have a different activity each day. Starting off from Reykjavík each day means it's not necessary to change accommodation or spend your holiday time repacking, providing relaxation alongside adventuring. Don't wait! This combo doesn’t just combine the most popular day trips in Iceland; it does so in a family-friendly way, so if you are travelling with children, you will want to book this tour. So grab your camera and come along on this genuine adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching on Faxafloi Bay | RIB Boat Express
Hop aboard this thrilling 2-Hour RIB Express boat tour to experience whale watching as it should be done. This is a fantastic tour opportunity for guests to Iceland looking to see this island’s most amazing aquatic mammals up close, all the while avoiding the larger crowds so typical of larger whale watching vessels. Your tour will begin at by Reykjavík's old harbour where you will be provided with warm overalls, a flotation device (for added safety), a pair of goggles and gloves. This full kit is sure to keep you protected from the elements throughout your time on the water. Before stepping onto the boat, your friendly, experienced and professional guide will also present a safety briefing, ensuring that everyone is aware of protocol whilst on board. You will head out from the harbour on the 12-metre long vessel, Dagmar, the latest edition to the operator’s fleet, and the only one capable of providing a smoother, more comfortable ride than expected. This is down to the special shock-suspension seating, keeping guests content as they speed over the waves, ever on the look out for whales, porpoise or dolphins. The most common sightings on this tour are Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and White-Beaked dolphin, though there is always the chance to see one of the other 16 species that call Icelandic coastal waters their home, including Orcas and the mighty Blue Whale. Aside from the whales, you will also be privy to an abundance of birdlife, including such species as Arctic Tern, Guillemots and even the iconic Atlantic Puffin. During the summer months, during the Puffins’ breeding season, your boat captain will also make a stop at the island of Akurey where you can look upon thousands of these colourful critters nesting amid the rocks. So what’s the hold up? Hurry now and you too can experience the thrills, chills and delights that come with whale watching on a custom RIB boat! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Exhibition
Get to know the largest inhabitants of Iceland with this fantastic tour where you'll explore the Whales of Iceland exhibition and go on a whale watching excursion. This tour is a must for all nature-lovers visiting the country. You can choose to begin your adventure either by visiting the Whales of Iceland exhibition or by taking a whale watching tour. You can also choose to be picked up from your accommodation or meet the staff on location. The whale watching tour departs from Reykjavík's old harbour, and the exhibit is located in the Grandi area, a short walking distance from the pier. The Whales of Iceland Exhibition features 23 life-size, handmade models of all of the different whale species that have been found in Icelandic waters. Enjoy seeing just how big these giants of the sea actually are, including the magnificent 25 m (82 ft) long blue whale, a fantastic sperm whale and the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Experience the interactive features of this exhibit, including virtual reality headsets and a free audioguide app (available in English, German & Icelandic). The app will give you an abundance of information about all of the different species in the exhibition. After touring the exhibition, you can relax in the café while enjoying a coffee and pastry beneath the whales. You can read one of the many whale books while listening to whale sounds in soft, underwater lighting. Whales of Iceland is a dreamy adventure for the whole family, and a perfect way to see how big these creatures actually are (and how small we are in comparison!) For the second part of the combo tour, you will head to the Old Harbour – a quick and easy walk from the exhibition. There you will join your next adventure, sailing out to the beautiful Faxaflói Bay to search for some of the most commonly spotted species: minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales! The classic tour is 3-3.5 hours in duration and has an educational and interactive focus on board. You can look at whale bones and teeth, baleen plates and even investigate sea specimens under a microscope with your expert guide. Your guide will be there to help you spot the whales and answer any questions you might have during the tour. During the summer months, you can also choose to take the express tour on a faster boat for no extra cost. This tour is 2-2.5 hours, but spends the same amount of time out in the whale watching area – perfect for those with a busy schedule who want to make the most of their time in Reykjavík! Learn about the wealth of marine life in Iceland's ocean with this fantastic combination tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Luxury Whale Watching on board a yacht
Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. Nature lovers looking to see some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but who wish to do so in a small group, should grab this chance now. The ship sets sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour and during your journey, you'll sail among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with a fantastic view of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water. The most common sights are minke and humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. However, there is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. The professional team onboard is very experienced in spotting whales and are dedicated to making sure their passengers leave with a smile! This tour is conducted on a beautiful yacht known as the Amelia Rose. With three panoramic deck areas, the vessel provides every passenger with a good view of the surrounding area as well as an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing pictures. The decks are partially covered, providing some shelter from wind and rain, and you can easily circle them to enjoy the best views. Amelia Rose is designed as an offshore vessel, making it better adapted to take on the turbulent waves of Iceland's waters, ensuring a smoother sail with less probability of passengers experiencing nausea or seasickness. If that's not enough, on this tour, you don't have to worry about overcrowding or not getting a right spot to see the whales. You'll be sailing on Faxaflói in a small group which will make your experience personal, meaningful and memorable! So don't hesitate! Book now to enjoy whale watching in both style and comfort on this small group whale watching tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Combination Tour | Buggy Ride & Whale Watching
Get ready for this exciting tour opportunity combining two of the most popular activities in Iceland; Buggy-riding and whale watching! This is a great opportunity for those travellers staying in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, who are looking to balance their day between adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a relaxed boat trip discovering the country’s eclectic wildlife. You will begin the day with your designated tour guide picking you up at your designated pick-up location before taking you to the Buggy base, only a short drive away from the city centre. At the buggy base, you will gear up in all the necessary equipment; coveralls, balaclava, rubber boots, gloves and a helmet. Your guide will also provide you with a brief safety briefing and demonstration, ensuring your confidence operating the buggy. Once you are ready, it is time to have some fun! You’ll start off on a dirt road and play around in some fun molehills, before heading further into the valley. Here, you will be driving under the foothills of the Reykjavík city mountain, Mt. Esja; this diverse landscape is something you would never have imagined could be found this close to the city! Aside from the specific trails, you’ll splash through riverbeds, mud puddles and play around on dirt tracks and maybe even snow! After the buggy tour, you’ll be driven to Reykjavík's Old Harbor, where you’ll have some time to have lunch if you choose before your Whale Watching tour begins. When you finally head aboard, you’ll find the boat comfortable and cosy, with a fantastic interior, large outdoors viewing platforms and a safe family environment. The expert guides will take you out on the open water and ask for your help in spotting the majestic whales that can be found in Faxaflói Bay. There are over twenty cetacean species that call Iceland’s coastal waters home. Hopefully, the wait will not be too long, but this is nature so you can never be too sure. The guides will entertain you with fun facts about whales, marine life and the Icelandic people, as you sail and search. A fun exhibit on whales can be found indoors if you want a little shelter from the elements, and there is an open bar with coffee, tea and other refreshments on board. After the whale watching tour, you can join the transfer back to your meeting point, or take this opportunity to walk back to your hotel, through the city. So don’t delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the delights of riding a buggy and whale watching in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6-Day Untamed Tour | Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes, Highlands, Northern Lights and Animal Round-Up
Come along on this epic journey and witness the unique combination of untamed Icelandic nature and wildlife. Visit the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Highlands and take part in the traditional annual event of the gathering of both sheep and horses. This is the perfect tour for all nature admirers, and a photographers delight. During this amazing six-day tour you will get a good introduction to Icelandic geology, as you'll start by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage and National Park of Þingvellir before driving the harsh highland desert of Kaldidalur. It is the complete opposite of the National Park, with phenomenal views of Langjökull glacier that feeds powerful rivers and waterfalls. After witnessing the aftermath of past volcanic eruptions, you will travel to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. Circling the jewel Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will hike along the tall ocean cliffs, visit black and white beaches, travel through a diverse volcanic terrain, and see the monumental mountain Kirkjufell. To complete the day, you will go on a whale watching expedition hoping to see some of the amazing wildlife that surrounds our island. Every day will be enjoyed and remembered for its own natural beauty and uniqueness, with fluctuating weather and winds and the special arctic light that will make the most ordinary surroundings look extraordinary. In northern Iceland, you will attend and take part in the annual gathering of sheep and horses were the local farmers come from the mountains with animals that have spent the summer grazing free in nature. It's a wonderful experience, where locals come together honouring old traditions and enjoying local food. Driving though Kjölur route is again another example of our diverse landscape, with black deserts, glacially carved out mountains and colourful geothermal hotspots. The tour cannot be completed without visiting the last two Golden Circle sites, the roaring waterfall Gullfoss and the erupting Geysir. Immerse yourself in nature, culture and traditions, and spend the nights searching for the elusive Northern Lights on this all-encompassing 6-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Whale Watching Tour
Combine two essential Icelandic experiences with this fantastic day tour where you ride the friendly Icelandic horse in the morning and watch the playful whales in the afternoon. Nature lovers looking to spice up their holiday should not miss this tour. Your adventure begins in the morning when you are picked up and driven to the stables on the outskirts of the city where you will meet your riding guide and your horse. There is no prior experience needed for the tour; your guide will show you the ropes and Icelandic horses are mild-mannered and friendly, making them a perfect companion for both beginner and expert riders alike. Then it is time to saddle up and head on out to the beautiful Icelandic nature. Where you go depends on the experience of the group. You might ride on the smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar hills which are made of red volcanic rocks, or through a forested area by the scenic lake Rauðavatn. Both routes provide natural riding paths and spectacular scenery. After your ride, you’ll return to the stables to board a vehicle heading to the city’s centre where the next leg of your adventure begins. At Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, you’ll hop aboard a boat that will take you out on Faxaflói Bay which is home to a wealth of marine life. In the summer, you might encounter minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins, and in the winter, you can expect to see larger species such as humpback whales and even orcas. On board the boat you can stay inside the cabin where you’ll find a café, or you can go out on the deck and help spot these magnificent creatures. After the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations or bus stop. Do not miss your chance to see Iceland's most magnificent animals. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Express Puffin Tour
Explore the rich birdlife just outside of Reykjavík on a RIB boat with this small group fun-filled puffin-watching tour. Those wanting to get to know Iceland´s spectacular nature, and do so with a little thrill, should not let this opportunity pass them by. Puffins are fascinating little creatures that flock to Iceland during the summertime to breed and feed before heading south for the winter. They dig burrows and nest in the hills of three islands just off the coast of Reykjavík and stay there with their little pufflings until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The puffins are often seen flying about or splashing in the sea with a bill full of sand-eel or other prey found in the waters of Faxaflói Bay. You'll meet your guide at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík where you will be given overalls. They will then assist you with putting on life vests and other necessary equipment before walking you down to the floating pier where your captain awaits you onboard a RIB boat, also known as a Zodiac. The fast boat can get you quicker and closer to the islands than any other, and therefore you'll have both an optimal view of the puffins, and get more time marvelling at the fantastic birdlife. If the conditions are just right, the captain might turn off the engines completely, so you'll get a pleasant and peaceful experience with the birds by the shores of the nesting islands. Among other birds frequently spotted on the tour are Auks, Guillemots, Skuas, Arctic terns and Gannets but a variety of other seabirds can often be seen as well. Your specially trained, professional guides will tell you all about the islands, the birds and wildlife seen on the tour, as well as other interesting sights you may come across - and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! This is a relatively short, small-group-tour and therefore perfect for those who have limited time in the city or those who want to venture further than the city centre. Book now to secure your spot! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Whales & Imagine Peace
Come along on this fantastic combination tour of nature and culture where you spend the afternoon watching the wealth of marine life in Faxaflói Bay and visit the tiny island of Viðey in the evening to get an insight into the artwork of Yoko Ono at the Imagine Peace Tower. At Reykjavík's Old Harbour, you'll board a boat to sail the seas of Faxaflói Bay, where Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and Humpback whales are a frequent visitors. You'll be provided with warm overalls and a blanket so that you can stand out on the deck, trying to spot the first of these magnificent creatures. You could also have a seat in the indoor lounge with a warm cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the commentary and views ahead. Onboard, you will learn all about the wildlife and marine mammals of the Icelandic waters, as well as the areas surrounding the bay. After the excursion, you will have some free time to dine or shop before heading out again for the next leg of the combination tour. Back at the Old Harbour, you will meet your guides and crew who will and take you onboard another boat where you can watch a screening of the official introduction video to the Imagine Peace Tower narrated by Yoko Ono herself. The Imagine Peace Tower is situated on the nearby island of Viðey, and it only takes several minutes to get there by boat. The tour takes you into the mysterious and wonderful world of calm and serenity. Walk over to Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and get acquainted with the artwork and the history of the piece and why this particular island of this specific country was chosen to host this pillar of light. The light from the tower can be seen from anywhere within the Reykjavík city on a dark evening, but it is best explored up close. Under the right conditions, the Northern Lights can even be spotted! Your guide can help you set up your camera gear if you are interested in photographing the vast starry sky, the Peace Tower or Northern Lights. Immerse yourself in art, history, culture and nature on this fantastic tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavik
Witness the marvellous wildlife in the waters just outside Reykjavík with this adventurous Speedboat adventure. This tour is perfect for those seeking out both adrenaline and spectacular nature. Your RIB speedboat will be waiting for you at the beginning of the tour at the Old Harbour of Reykjavík. There are twelve seats and one guide, guaranteeing a personalized experience, and the suspension in the seats guarantees comfort. Once you are all boarded, you will set out into Faxaflói bay. Before going out in hunt of whale, dolphins and birdlife, you will rush by some of the major attractions of Reykjavík. The most notable of these are the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre and the Sun Voyager, a coastal sculpture that represents adventure into the unknown. The animals that you can hope to see on this tour are numerous and plentiful. In terms of whales, minkes and humpbacks are both regularly spotted, the latter being a species noted for its acrobatic surface activities. White-beaked dolphins are also a common sight, and entirely unafraid of boats, as are harbour porpoises, although they are much more cautious. While cetaceans are undoubtedly the highlight of this trip, you can also expect to see many seabirds, including the charming puffin; this species nest on the islands in Faxaflói bay, which you will head to, with one having so many that the translation of its name is ‘Puffin Island’. It is also not at all unheard of to see seals in the water, and even basking sharks. For up to an hour and a half, you will zip across the bay, getting much closer to the animals than the larger whale-watch boats. To keep the experience as comfortable as it is exciting, you will be equipped with waterproof overalls, a scarf, a life jacket and goggles. Even while you are waiting for sightings, riding a RIB speedboat is a great experience, as it is able to achieve adrenaline-pumping speed. The surrounding nature will also be spectacular in clear weather; you’ll have great views of the capital, Hvalfjörður (also called ‘Whale Fjord’), the Reykjanes Peninsula and even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Once you have enjoyed your trip, with sightings of both whales and birds, you’ll return to the Old Harbour. If you weren’t lucky enough to see anything, another trip can be rearranged for you. Witness Iceland’s awesome marine wildlife by booking this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour | Small Groups from Reykjavik
Get up close to Iceland’s most beloved animal with this puffin watching tour from Reykjavík harbour. This excursion should appeal to anyone who loves animals, being on the sea, and spectacular scenery. This great excursion begins when you board a small fishing vessel at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour; the size of this boat will not only allow you to get close to the puffins, but will also ensure you have much more opportunity to ask your friendly guides questions than you would on a larger ship. Once everyone has boarded, you’ll set out into the beautiful Faxaflói Bay. You’ll get some fantastic views of the capital, and its features such as the Harpa Concert Hall, as well as the surrounding nature. In clear weather, you’ll be able to see Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord; Mount Esjan; the Reykjanes Peninsula; and possibly even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Your destination is one of two uninhabited islands, Lundey and Akurey; which one you go to will depend on weather conditions. Both, however, are home to thousands of adorable puffins from May to September. Binoculars on board will allow you to see them up close, as they nest in their pairs on the rocks and bob with the waves on the sea. Many will be flying overhead, and watching them take off from the water is a delight; their small wings require them to clumsily run across the surface before they are able to become airborne. While this tour focuses on these beautiful birds, the Icelandic waters are pregnant with life. Though there are no guarantees, you may also see creatures such as seals, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and even humpbacks. One very rare occasions, other marine mammals such as orcas and blue whales are spotted. Of course, you are likely to sea a wealth of other seabirds. After an hour, you will be whisked back to Reykjavík’s harbour. As this experience does not take long, and drops you back off right in the centre of the city, you have the rest of your day to do whatever you like. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see puffins from the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula
See the country’s most adorable creature, the North Atlantic Puffin, as you cruise Breiðafjörður Bay on a traditional oak fishing boat. This puffin tour around Melrakkaey Island is perfect for all nature lovers who are travelling the Snæfellsnes peninsula and want to add an adventure to their holiday. At the town of Grundarfjörður, you will board a traditional Icelandic fishing boat and head on out to sea. You will get to discover the rich and spectacular wildlife of Snæfellsnes as you sail towards the small and uninhabited island of Melrakkaey. Located just off the shores of Grundarfjörður, this lush island is edged by white cliffs of basalt rocks. Several species of nesting birds make Melrakkaey its home and to preserve the pure nature, the island is now protected as a nature reserve. Perching on the island’s cliffs, you will find the charming puffins. Due to their distinctive look, and the black 'jacket' on their backs, locals have a nickname for the bird: 'Prófasturinn' - The Preacher Man. With a black crown and back; pale grey cheeks; orange legs and boldly marked red and black beak, these beautiful birds spend most of their life on the open ocean, only coming to shore annually to find a mate and nest. On the island, you will also find other species of birds, such as Glaucous Gulls, the second biggest species of gulls found in Iceland; the looming and dark Cormorants, and Eiders, large and stunning sea-ducks. You will cruise around the island, enjoying not only in the rich birdlife but also the stunning landscape around. Dominating the scenery is Kirkjufell Mountain, arguably the most beautiful mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as being the most photographed mountain in Iceland. This tour is every nature photographer’s dream, and you will be given plenty of opportunities to capture the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on film. Don’t hesitate, book now to explore Iceland’s incredible birdlife on this puffin tour around Melrakkaey island. Check availability by choosing a date.
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