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Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of this island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. Have an opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. The peak season for whale watching runs from April to October, but of course, the ocean is always full of magical creatures, and you never know what you might see. Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. You will be free to listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales, and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast as you spot local wildlife. Take a break and warm up in the heated indoor area. Relax on board the boat and enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating, and purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. You will experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at higher speeds, and will be able to share your adventure live on social media with the onboard WiFi.

Reykjavík: Whale Watching Cruise on the Amelia Rose Yacht

Reykjavík: Whale Watching Cruise on the Amelia Rose Yacht

Come aboard a yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. See some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises on this whale-watching tour.  Your ship sets sail from Reykjavík's Old Harbor and sails among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with fantastic views of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water. Spot minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. If you're lucky, you may even see a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species. Make the most of three panoramic deck areas aboard the yacht, moving about the decks to get the best views and take advantage of great photo opportunities. The outside decks are also partially covered, providing some shelter from wind and rain. The professional crew on board the Amelia Rose are very experienced in spotting whales and they are dedicated to making sure you leave with a smile. Combine relaxation with education as you enjoy a personal and memorable experience. Amelia Rose is designed as an offshore vessel, making it better adapted to take on the turbulent waves of Iceland's waters, resulting in a smoother sail with less probability of passengers experiencing nausea or seasickness. There is no guarantee, however, that you will not get seasick.

From Reykjavik: New Volcanic Area Helicopter Tour

From Reykjavik: New Volcanic Area Helicopter Tour

New Volcano erupted in an uninhabited area on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula but its not active now. A volcano erupted about 19 miles (30 km) from Iceland’s city, Reykjavik. This is the third time in the last two years that this area has seen an eruption. This eruption brings both amazing natural events and worries for the people who live nearby. Let us find out more about what is going on with this volcano. Only five or six seats per craft will be available, ensuring a spectacular perspective and an intimate interaction with the volcano. Please remember that eruptions are a natural occurrence that may or may not be active during your visit. Before this eruption, the Reykjanes peninsula witnessed such eruptions in the 14th century AD. More Interestingly, some 50000 earthquake jolts have taken place following this eruption. It is a catastrophic scenario in the area. The experts of seismology maintain that this volcanic eruption is no less than a surprise. A major benefit of a flying tour like this one is that you will be able to obtain the best view, away from the masses who have come here on foot, giving you a much more intimate experience while enjoying the best view. Remember our Helicopter tour will not provide you with landing at the site just to ensure the safety of our passengers. You’ll get some beautiful views of the environment surrounding Iceland’s capital as you loop around to the Reykjanes Peninsula, including the verdant Mount Esja and dazzling Faxafloi Bay. The total duration of the tour is approx. 35-50 minutes. Showing you the simmering crater, flowing lava stream, and the extensive lava field. We feel our passengers will get the best experience inside our helicopter. Be sure that our company is supposed to show you the lava scenes during this Icelandic helicopter tour. If the natural occurrence of lava does not take place during our flight, we are not responsible to carry on another flight or assume a new schedule. All of our flights are weather-dependent, and we must follow the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s rules and regulations to make our Icelandic helicopter tour for volcanoes secure.

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

Step aboard the Puffin Express for a charming bird-watching adventure in Reykjavik. Enjoy a 100% guarantee of puffin sightings, and learn about these and other local birds from an expert guide. Head out from the Old Harbour of Reykjavik to the surrounding Faxaflói Bay and onto two nearby islands, Lundey and Akurey, covered in small hills and slopes and known for their colorful birdlife. Once arriving at the islands, observe the native birds and picturesque surroundings with the boat's engine turned off. Enjoy seeing puffins as well as other birds, such as northern fulmars, gulls, Arctic terns, and black guillemots. All of this takes place on an old wooden boat, Skúlaskeið, which is fondly referred to as "Old Skuli." It is spacious enough to hold 33 passengers but not too big, in order to ensure that your tour is personal and comfortable.

Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a whale-watching boat operated by the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland. Get up close to humpback whales, minke whales, as well as abundant sea birds, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. After setting sail, explore the southern part of Faxaflói bay off Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and have an excellent chance of encountering mysterious and fascinating whales off the coast of Iceland, where the ocean currents create some of the best whale-watching conditions in the world. Enjoy a tour with a high success rate: Whales are seen on more than 95% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours, often surfacing within a few meters of the boat. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed toward the whales' habitat, a sustainable policy that also minimizes oil use and pollution. Learn about the wildlife and scenery from guides that have gone through an extensive training program, based on exclusively developed guiding principles. And as a successful whale watching tour is a team effort, the crew works closely with passengers to spot whales, helping you feel an important part of the experience.

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Yacht Tour

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Yacht Tour

See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a yacht on this guided tour. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white light. If you wish to stay inside during the trip, you will find a lovely bar and lounge area inside where you can relax. 

Reykjavik: Whales and Puffins Cruise Combo Tour

Reykjavik: Whales and Puffins Cruise Combo Tour

Discover adorable puffins on a cruise from the Old Harbor in Reykjavík. Search for local whales on a second cruise from Reykjavík to Faxaflói Bay. Stay warm with inside seating and overalls. See local wildlife clearly with the use of binoculars on the puffin tour. Travel by a small boat named Skúlaskeið (Old Skúli), perfect for puffin watching, since it has a shallow draught, and therefore can get really close to the small islands where the puffins live. The guides are very knowledgeable about the thriving bird life in Reykjavík's surroundings. Benefit from this combo tour's included classic whale watching tour, operated on the Andrea boat, lasting 3 to 3.5 hours. The Andrea is the biggest whale watching boat in Iceland, and has an educational and interactive focus. It is also family friendly and spacious with a cafeteria on-board. If you choose to, you can switch to the express tour leaving 1 hour later on a faster boat that gets you out to the whale watching area quicker than the other whale watching boats, but still allows you to have plenty of time. Most common whale sights in Faxaflói Bay are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Note that these are two separate tours and you don't have to do them on the same day.

Reykjavik: Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Yacht Cruise

Reykjavik: Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Yacht Cruise

Embark on a Captivating Whale Watching Journey in Iceland aboard a Comfortable Yacht Join us for an unforgettable aquatic adventure as we set sail from Reykjavik's Old Harbor on the exquisite MY Harpa or MY Amelia Rose. Our family-owned company, Harpa Yachts, brings decades of expertise to ensure you experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Faxafloi Bay. Highlights: Wildlife Extravaganza: Keep your eyes peeled for majestic whales, playful dolphins, and, during the summer months, the charming puffins that grace the Icelandic waters. Scenic Marvels: Cruise along Faxafloi Bay and be mesmerized by the picturesque coastline adorned with mountains, iconic Reykjavik landmarks, and quaint islands. The perfect backdrop for your adventure! Guided Insights: Learn fascinating facts about the local wildlife from our knowledgeable onboard guides, enhancing your connection with Iceland's incredible marine life. Panoramic Views: Enjoy uninterrupted vistas from the observation deck, capturing stunning moments to treasure forever. Cozy Comfort: Snuggle up with warm blankets provided by our attentive crew, ensuring your comfort as you marvel at the wonders of the sea. Stay Connected: Share live photos of your memorable moments instantly with our onboard Wi-Fi, keeping you connected throughout the journey.

Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

Hop aboard a RIB speedboat and head out for a thrilling adventure just off Reykjavik's coast. Marvel at the abundance of sea life Iceland has to offer, such as majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Begin your tour from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor and cruise among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík. Admire fantastic views of the city and its landmarks like the Harpa concert hall as you search for wildlife in the water. During your tour, pass by Engey, the second-largest island of the Kollafjörður (Faxa Bay) fjord in western Iceland. Also cruise past Lundey, literally “Puffin Island” in Icelandic, a small uninhabited island off Reykjavík’s western coast. Enjoy the chance to see incredible animals in their natural habitat without being overcrowded onboard the boat. And if you don't get lucky with wildlife sightings on the day you go, you'll receive a complimentary ticket to try again another day.

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

Begin your journey at the city's vibrant harbor, setting sail towards the tranquil beauty of Kollafjöður. Here, you'll discover a serene haven adorned with a charming island and a bustling community of birds. Breathe in the tranquility of the surroundings as you take in the scenic beauty of this coastal gem. Continue your maritime adventure as you make your way to Faxaflói Bay, a renowned hotspot for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Dive into the thrill of whale and bird watching, immersing yourself in the diverse marine life that calls this bay home. For those seeking a bit more excitement, the bay offers opportunities for sea angling and fishing in its abundant waters, adding an extra layer of adventure to your journey. While cruising through the bay, marvel at the impressive mountain ring that graces the horizon, providing a stunning backdrop to the entire experience. On clear days, be treated to the awe-inspiring sight of the Snaefellsjökull Glacier, standing proudly among the surrounding peaks. This carefully curated whale-watching itinerary ensures not just an adventure with marine life but also a visual feast of Iceland's captivating coastal landscapes. Join us on this unforgettable trip, where the beauty of nature and the wonders of wildlife come together in perfect harmony.

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OMG! This activity was life-changing and OUT OF THIS WORLD! On that day we saw so many Whales and Dolphins and it was everything you would hope for. TRULY an AMAZING EXPERIENCE the one to be grateful for ✨💫✨🙏😍🐳✨💫 but what made this trip even more special and unforgettable is that after I accidentally dropped my mobile phone middle of the North Atlantic ( and all my connection with life and the world and ha,ha I travelled on my own) one of the crew members Axel Jespersen helped my so much with kindly giving me his old phone and spending time with me going around Reykavik with me helping me out to get my life back on track. He selflessly and single-handedly saved my Birthday which was the next day and helped me get all the bookings I'd lost by losing my phone. Axel was like God sent to me that evening and I can not thank him enough for his kindness and all the time he spent helping me. SO THANK YOU AXEL FOR THE WONDERFUL ICELANDIC EXPERIENCE AND ALL YOUR KINDNESS AND HELP.

Our Whale Watching and Puffin Island tour was an unforgettable adventure. Our guide, Patrick Pirate Puffin, was exceptionally entertaining and brought a lot of energy to the experience. His engaging storytelling and wealth of science-based facts made the tour both fun and educational. Although the whales were a bit shy on the day of our tour, we were still lucky enough to witness some tails, sprays, and splashes. The sight of these majestic creatures, even briefly, was thrilling. Additionally, the visit to Puffin Island was delightful, offering plenty of opportunities to see these charming birds in their natural habitat. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in marine wildlife.

Perfectly arranged trip to an island full of puffins. I had a good telephoto lens and was able to take plenty of nice pictures. There are also binoculars on board. Saw a lot of puffins.

Cool adventure, but whales hard to find. More chances to see them on north of Iceland. But dolphins are OK.

Aside from the waves, it was a wonderful adventure