Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Whales are known to breach, providing whale watchers with an incredible acrobatic show.
Killer whales are often spotted on whale watching tours from Reykjavík.
The whales often appear extremely close to the whale watching vessels.
Being curious animals, the whales off the shores of Reykjavík are known to come extremely close to the whale watching vessels.
Whale watching tours offer the chance of an up-close and personal view of the gentle giants that call Reykjavík's waters home.
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.

This Classic Whale Watching tour sails year-round and 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.

You can expect to spend 3-3.5 hours out on the ocean looking for whales. 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. Other species that are occasionally seen are orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales and basking sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you search 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.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, German
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Keflavík
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00, 09:00, 12:00, 13:00, 16:00, 20:00.

  Please note that pick-up starts 1 hour prior to the boat departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Guided Boat Tour

  • WI-FI

  • Warm Overalls

  • WCs On Board

  • Free ticket to try again if there are no sightings!

  • Food and drink (available to purchase on board)

  • Hotel transfers (available for additional cost)

What to bring:
  • We recommend wearing sturdy shoes, warm clothing & sunscreen.

Good to know:

Please note that sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. If nothing is seen on your tour, you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again (valid indefinitely).

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No credit card fees
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