Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
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From US$ 142.49 per person

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Look for whales in their natural environment on an exciting whale watching tour aboard a rigid inflatable boat. Get up close and personal to the magnificent animals in Faxaflói Bay and enjoy amazing views of the coastline of Reykjavik.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the whale feeding grounds off the coast of Iceland
  • Enjoy a scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • See the puffin nesting grounds during the summer months
Full description

Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

Includes
  • Access to Whales of Iceland
  • Access to Faxaflói
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Warm clothing
  • Life vest
  • App
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People under 4 ft 3 in (130 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the local tour operator's ticket office at Aegisgardur 5E, 101 Reykjavik.

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    Know before you go

    • The tour is dependent on the weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 140 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Safety
      4.7/5

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    We were there 40 minutes before and everyone else was already putting on their suits. We recommend wearing two layers and definitely taking a hat and gloves with you. Gloves and glasses are available on site. Luckily we sat in the back, so it wasn't quite as stormy for us. First we saw puffins and later a humpback whale, a minke whale and many white-beaked dolphins that even had babies with them. Rebekka (guide) always told us something when we stopped to look out. We would have liked it if she had spoken louder. The captain, she and the other staff were very friendly. Unfortunately, while waiting for the whales, we kept getting nauseous because the boat then rocked a lot. We had taken travel pills, but they didn't help us and only caused us more problems because of the tiredness. We also recommend the rib boat tour because of the ticket for the museum :)

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    July 28, 2022

    Guaranteed safety and comfort in outfits adapted to navigation in cold conditions, but also by suspension seats which spare the back in this semi-rigid boat. This boat with few people is ideal for approaching cetaceans quickly and scaring them less by lowering the engine speed near them. The pilot and, that day Emilie, are very professional and on the lookout, they guide our eyes and shower us with explanations. Superb excursion with confidence.

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    July 13, 2022

    We had a very good experience and the guide and captain were fun, helpful and informative. The whole crew was busy spotting whales and we saw a humpback whale very close. The cool thing was also that we were the only boat at the spot. Seeing the puffins were also very nice, and on the boat speeding over the water was fun. Definitely a recommendation!

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    June 8, 2022

    Product ID: 151214