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Reykjavik: Premium Whale and Puffin Watching Evening Tour

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Whale Safari

Reykjavik: Premium Whale and Puffin Watching Evening Tour

Activity provider: Whale Safari

From US$ 167.38 per person

Make the most of your day and enjoy the golden hours of the seemingly endless midnight sun at sea. Enjoy a whale watching tour that departs from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour in a custom-made RIB boat.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Zoom around the Icelandic waters aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB Speedboat) and enjoy close-up views of whales, dolphins and puffins
  • Enjoy this small group experience with only 12 persons per boat
  • Make the most of your day in Reykjavík with an ideal evening cruise during the bright Icelandic summer nights
Full description
During bright Icelandic summer nights the Nordic midnight sun just seems endless. Therefore, an evening cruise is the ideal way to make the most of your day in Reykjavík while enjoying close-up views of whales, dolphins, puffins and more. As the whales never fully sleep, you can expect encountering the same wildlife on this express whale watching tour as on regular day tours. Just off the coast of Reykjavík, you can encounter some of the best whale watching in the world and during the summer time whales are seen in over 95% of the tours.  This unique whale watching tour is conducted in small RIB speedboats which are extremely stable boats with high performance abilities. The small yet powerful vessel is capable of reaching high speeds, allowing you to cover a larger area and get closer to the Faxaflói bay wildlife than you would in a classic boat. Hold on tight while your captain zips you out of the harbor and look out for some of the wildlife Iceland is famous for. Loop around the wind-beaten islands of the bay to see puffins in their natural habitat and then head out on the open water to scout out whales and dolphins and, hopefully, get some close-up views. After the tour, return to Reykjavík by ending the tour with a unique ride along the city’s shoreline offering magnificent views of the Sun Voyager sculpture and the glittering Harpa Concert Hall. Colorful fishing huts and bustling restaurants make up the cityscape in this part of town, alongside some thought-provoking attractions. If you were unlucky enough to not spot any whales, worry not, your captain will give you a complimentary ticket for another ride on the larger boats before you leave.
  • Professional captain and wildlife guide
  • Use of warm overalls
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

At the ticket office at the Old Harbour of Reykjavik, Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavik

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Loose clothing

Know before you go

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure
  • Suitable for children over the age of 10 and at least 145 centimeters tall
  • Not recommended for those with a history of back or knee problems
  • Please note that the puffin season is from approximately May 15th to August 20th
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. If the minimum is not met, a reschedule or full refund will be offered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Boat tour was so much fun! Our guide and captain were great. Being out on the boat at night was exhilarating and we got to see puffins, whales, porpoises and dolphins. Bonus we got to see a volcano erupting! Thanks!

July 10, 2021

Didn’t see whales but saw a lot of dolphins

Guide was great. Meeting point was easy to access. Lots of gear that kept us snug and warm. Wish we saw whales, only giving 4 stars because we didn’t.

July 24, 2019

FANTASTIC with capital letters

Great experience with a ribboat. Captain and guide super friendly. Very close (around our boat) seen a huge whale. And at the end the captain made some laps around the water. In a word: great !!! A must see!

June 16, 2018

Product ID: 111154