Whale Watching & Viðey Island
Jump aboard and join us on a tour that combines the most sought out attractions of Reykjavík's surrounding waters.
Before or after an intimate encounter with the dolphins, whales, and seabirds of Faxaflói Bay, this tour takes you to Viðey Island, where natural tranquillity combined with an atmosphere of centuries past, allows for a relaxing experience in one of Reykjavík's most iconic gems.
On Viðey you will enjoy a relaxing city getaway on your own, walk smooth paths through the island's pristine natural setting, see one of the oldest houses in Reykjavík, explore beautiful beaches and enjoy stunning artwork, such as Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower and Richard Serra's 'Áfangar.'
The Viðeyjarstofa café is open every day in summer, serving refreshments between 11 am and 6 pm.
See availability by pressing "Choose a date" above. Please note that there is no pickup available for this combo tour. We do, however, offer drop-off service for additional fee.
- Available: Feb. - Nov.
- Duration: 7 hours
- Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
- Highlights: Viðey,
From the Skarfabakki pier at Sundahofn harbour in Reykjavik (around 5 km from the center) you can take a ferry to Videy island in Kollafjordur bay.
Videy is best known internationally as the location for the Imagine Peace Tower, envisioned and built by Yoko Ono, widow of musician and ex-Beatle John Lennon. Videy had a monastery in the Middle Ages and Skuli Magnusson, often called 'the father of Reykjavik' resided here. His house, Videyjarstofa, now displays paintings by renowned Icelandic artists.
A great sculpture by one of the world's most renowned sculptors can be found on the west side of the island, Richard Serra's Milestones.
Videy is an important historical site and has beautiful nature, with spectacular rock formations along its coast. Over 30 bird species breed on the island.
Many well-known Icelanders rest in the island's graveyard, among them the great author Gunnar Gunnarsson, who wrote such masterworks as Fjallkirkjan ('The Church on the Mountain'), Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs) and Adventa ( The Good Shepherd).Reykjavík Harbour,
Reykjavík Harbour is located close to the centre of the city and is the main port of departure for whale and puffin watching tours, as well as Northern Lights cruises.
Usually referred to as ‘the Old Harbour’, the original purpose of the area, for fisheries and trade, has given way to tourism in recent years. Not only do many tours leave from here, but it is close to museums such as the Viking Maritime Museum and the Whales of Iceland exhibition. You can also go fishing recreationally from the pier.
The views here are some of the best in Reykjavík; you will be able to see natural landscapes across Faxaflói Bay, such as Mount Esja and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in clear weather, and city sites, such as the Harpa Concert Hall.Whales of Iceland
Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Milan Nykodym.
Whales of Iceland is an exhibit in Reykjavík, and the biggest whale exhibition in the world.
The museum has 23 life sized models of the species of whale, dolphin and porpoise that frequent Iceland’s waters, as well as many interactive stands and videos where you can learn about their biology, behaviour and conservation.
The Whales of Iceland can be found at Fiskilóð 23-25, near Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. Entrance is 2,900 ISK for adults, 1,500 ISK for children aged 7-15, and free for those under 7. A Reykjavík City Card will take 30% off of your admission.
Departure time : 09:00, 10:00, 11:50
Ægisgarður Old Harbour, Reykjavík
Guided whale watching tour
Viðey ferry (return ticket)
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