Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by Speedboat

4.7 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: Katla Whale Watching
Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by Speedboat

Activity provider: Katla Whale Watching

From US$ 150.77 per person

Get a close encounter with nature aboard a brand new state-of-the-art Rigid Inflatable Boat equipped with comfortable suspension seats and look for whales and other magnificent creatures on a 2-hour cruise from Reykjavik harbor.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Icelandic


  • Look for whales in Faxaflói Bay,
  • Sail up close to the islands where puffins nest and lay their eggs
  • Get stunning views of the Sun Voyager sculpture and Harpa Concert Hall
Full description
Get back to nature and look for whales off the coast of Iceland aboard a brand new RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) equipped with 12 suspension seats to enhance your comfort and safety. Make your way to the meeting point in the old harbor of Reykjavik and put on the provided warm waterproof overall, life jacket, googles and your own whale watching scarf. Depart from the harbor and pass the Harpa Concert Hall and Sun Voyager sculpture. Continue to Faxaflói Bay, where up to 23 species of whales, along with dolphins and seals can often be found. Look for the magnificent creatures in their natural environment and encounter sea birds of various species. Keep a look out for the puffins that come to lay their one egg on the many islands in Faxaflói Bay as you cruise up close. Ask your guide any questions you have and hear interesting facts about the whales and other wildlife.
  • 2-hour cruise aboard a 12-seat luxury RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat)
  • Full guidance with information about the whales, wildlife and city
  • A warm waterproof overall
  • Gloves and goggles
  • Life jacket rental
  • Your own scarf
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Ægisgarður 5G, a 5 minute walk from the city center.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Sandals or flip flops
    • Open-toed shoes

    Know before you go

    • As a natural phenomenon, seeing whales cannot be guaranteed and they are harder to spot in the sea than in an oceanarium
    • The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable
    • Please wear warm clothes
    • Life jackets are available for rent
    • A warm waterproof overall and your own scarf will be provided
    • You will get full guidance with information about the whales, wildlife, and city
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 46 reviews

    Review summary

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    Very good tour! It is better to go in one of these speedboats, you can see everything much better than from a big boat. The pity is that I only saw Minke whales, I would have liked to see humpbacks..... maybe it's in another area. It gives me that around Reykjavik there are only minke. The agency staff, a 10

    August 19, 2019

    Great experience

    We had a great time during this trip, the guides were very friendly and helpful finding whales and dolphins but also respectful with them. We had the great luck to spot a huge pod of pilote whales (grind whales) which was a unique experience, we also saw some harbour porpoises and dolphins. Even if we wouldn't have seen any whales, the rib boat ride would have been a highlight on its own! Especially the high speed phases and the heavy curves at the end of the tour were very entertaining! I would definitely recommend this tour with the Katla team and would do this again the next time I visit Reykjavík.

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    July 24, 2019

    An exhilarating speed boat ride

    A very accommodating and nice father-son tandem. We were given a bandana as a souvenir. We put on a floating device jumpsuits , gloves and goggles. The ocean was calm , overcast sky with intermittent drizzle but was not heavy enough to spoil our trip. Our rubber boat accelerated to the fullest and I started to feel butterfly on my stomach . It was fun and especially when we spotted a few dolphins and minke whale. We also sighted a couple of puffins during our trip. I highly recommend whale watching tour by speedboat by any chance. It was definitely an awesome experience and I will take this tour again at anytime.

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    August 29, 2018

    Product ID: 116815