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 is smaller and faster and promises to get you to the prime whale-watching location in just twenty minutes so that you can immerse yourself in the activity immediately. It does not, however, have an inside area, thus is only available during summer. Trips on this tour are approximately an hour shorter.

The second vessel, and the only one in winter, is the largest whale-watching boat in Iceland. It has a fantastic educational, interactive feature inside, where one can learn more about the whales, as well as a well-stocked cafe.

On the latter boat, you will spend three hours out on the ocean looking for whales (two hours on the former). 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.

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00, 09:00, 12:00, 13:00, 16:00, 20:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Warm overalls

  • WI-FI

What to bring:
  • Clothes subject to weather

Good to know:

Tours on the larger whale watching boats run at 09:00, 13:00 and 17:00 throughout the year and last three to three and a half hours.

Tours on the smaller whale watching boats run at 10:00, 14:00 and 21:00 from 1 May to 30 September and last two to two and a half hours.

German speaking guides are only used on the larger whale watching vessels. Please note that listed pick up times are for pick up by bus, not boat departure. If you are not using pick up, please be at the harbour 30 minutes before departure.

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