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Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

1. 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.

Keflavik Airport & Reykjavik Hotels: Economy Bus Transfer

2. Keflavik Airport & Reykjavik Hotels: Economy Bus Transfer

Relax on your holiday using a cost effective and efficient transfer, with professional and friendly drivers. With a fixed schedule coach transfer between Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík bus Terminal, this is the easiest way to get about. This transfer between Reykjavík Terminal and Keflavík Airport takes approximately 45 minutes and all you have to do is sit back and relax. Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, locate the service desk outside the arrivals hall, and board your bus right in front of the airport. Buses are on time and depart according to the schedule in connection with every arriving passenger flight. When departing from Reykjavík, make your way to the easy-to-find Reykjavík bus terminal, or conveniently located bus stops in Kópavogur.  For an extra fee, add a hotel connection to your booking to get dropped off or picked-up at your accommodation or nearest bus stop. 

Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Guided Tour

3. Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Guided Tour

Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

4. Húsavík: Whale Watching Tour with Guide

Embark on a whale-watching cruise in Húsavík with live commentary. Marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi Bay and get up close to whales, dolphins, and sea birds. Cruise by the north coast of Iceland on a traditional oak boat with light refreshments and warm overalls included. Observe the large diversity of marine animals in Skjálfandi. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in an Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This round-trip tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland. With informative commentary from your guide, learn why Húsavík has turned into Iceland’s whale-watching capital.

Reykjavík: Whale Watching Cruise on the Amelia Rose Yacht

5. 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 or Keflavik: Blue Lagoon Transport

6. From Reykjavik or Keflavik: Blue Lagoon Transport

Relax and enjoy comfortable transport to the famous Blue Lagoon from Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, or the international airport in Keflavík. The transfer from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon includes a free bus connection to your hotel, guesthouse, or nearest bus stop. If you’re traveling onwards to Keflavík International Airport, be aware that the trip from the Blue Lagoon to Keflavík takes approximately 20 minutes. Please note that you have to book each leg separately, i.e. from Keflavik International Airport to Blue Lagoon (one leg) and Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik (one leg).

Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

7. Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a cruise trip from Akureyri. Listen to your guide's commentary and discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with free Wi-Fi.

Mývatn: Myvatn Nature Baths Admission Ticket

8. Mývatn: Myvatn Nature Baths Admission Ticket

Explore Myvatn Nature Baths, a traditionally designed complex with an admission ticket. Relax in the warm waters of the geothermal pools, have a light meal, enjoy a drink in the swim-up bar, and soak in the views of the surroundings. You can take a relaxing bath in the waters of a geothermal area where the sulfur steam rises up through holes in the floor. Explore the water of the Myvatn Nature Baths, drawn from a borehole that goes 2,500 meters into the ground.  Before or after bathing you can enjoy a light meal and drinks at a cafe in a beautiful setting with views of the stunning natural surroundings. You can also make use of the swim-up bar in the baths and enjoy a beer, wine, cider, soda, or glass of sparkling wine in the water. Spend a soothing day in the water which has a high concentration of minerals, is basic in nature, and is well suited for bathing.

Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

9. Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

10. From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

Visit the young lavafields of the Fagradalsfjall volcano with a geologist/volcanologist on this guided hike from Reykjavík. Uncover interesting geological features about the development of the eruption and the lava field. Be picked up in Reykjavik and drive through old lava fields as you travel to the eruption-side of the volcano. Begin with an overview of the volcanic history of Reyjanes peninsula and view the first signs of a new eruption at this place. Discover how the hot the lava field is forming new land. Let your guide show you how the composition of the lava influences the appearance of the rocks. Head up to the crater viewpoint to see panoramic views of the volcanic landscapes below. Return to Reykjavik with a drive through hot springs, lakes, and mountains in the Reykjanes peninsula. (Pick up and drop off depends on the booking option. PLEASE NOTICE: This hike doesn't go to the eruption side north of Grindavik, these area is not open hiking. The hike will be outside of any hazard zones or restricted areas. The last eruption at Fagradalsfjall ended in August 2023. Volcanic activity can change daily and the view on red glowing lava is not guaranteed. The tour can be cancelled with short noticed, because of bad weather conditions, road closures or dangerous volcanic activity.

Northeastern Region, Iceland

Northeastern Region, Iceland

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4.7
(38 reviews)

unfortunately we did not see any whales but when dealing with animals you never now what's going to happen. me and my mother really enjoyed the cruise anyway and overall I recommend this experience!

We were able to repeat the trip because we didn't see any whales the first time. I think that's very generous. Today we were lucky and were able to see a group of porpoises and two puffins.

Very professional, they have taken care of us at all times, we have seen many whales, they know the sea and its inhabitants very well; to repeat.

Fantastic location and very helpful booking staff. Facility is well maintained and easily accessible.

Great Trip. Unfortunately no whales but the dolphins were amazing.