Water activity

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider:Special Tours Iceland
Water activity

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider:Special Tours Iceland
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From US$ 87.18 per person

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Set off on a fantastic whale watching boat to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean's most magnificent mammals. You’ll be on the lookout for minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and more. If you don’t see a whale, you’ll get to go on another trip for free!

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail from Reykjavik on Iceland’s largest whale-watching ship
  • Rest assured, if there are no whales you get another ticket for free
  • Stay warm and cozy with overalls supplied by the crew
  • Relax at the café or browse the souvenir shop
Full description

Set sail from Reykjavik’s old harbor in style on the Andrea, the largest whale-watching ship in Iceland. Spot minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, humpback whales, and occasionally orcas with the help of an experienced guide.

Enjoy a whale-watching experience with a special educational focus, and ask your guide any questions you have. Learn about the whales and other sea life from your guide's knowledge, an app available in 5 languages, and the microscope, baleens, and whale teeth on board.

Move around the Andrea's spacious public viewing areas, and admire the fantastic 360-degree views of the environment from the deck. Stay warm with included overalls and heated indoor seating. In the summer, you can also join an express tour on a faster express whale watching boat.

If you get cold or hungry, there’s also an onboard café serving a range of refreshments, as well as a souvenir shop. And should you fail to see any of the spectacular creatures from the deep, you'll receive a complimentary ticket to sail again.

  • Whale watching trip
  • Experienced guide
  • Warm overalls (includes children's sizes)
  • WiFi and heated indoor seating
  • Ticket for a second trip if you see no whales
  • App available in 5 languages
  • Hotel transfers
  • Hot drinks and refreshments (available to purchase)

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Meeting point

This tour starts at the Special Tours office on Reykjavík’s old harbor, only 5 minutes walk from the city center. There are blue "Whale Watching" flags outside.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please consider that the best time for whale watching in Iceland is during the Summer months (from April until September)
  • The chances of spotting whales may be lower at other times of the year
  • To make your excursion even more pleasurable, be sure to bring warm and comfortable clothing
  • Spacious and comfortable inside areas are available with larger windows for better viewing
  • Please note that sightings of wildlife can not be guaranteed. If you are not able to see anything on your tour you will get a complimentary ticket to try again
  • Please note that the tour is dependent on correct weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
  • Please be aware that the conditions may be rougher than expected when sailing out to sea. Please take the necessary precautions to prepare yourself if you are susceptible to seasickness

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 1562 reviews

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Guide explains everything during the trip, they provide you with motion sickness pills if you need them. In our case we briefly saw a group of dolphins. Since we didn't see any whales, they extended the excursion a few more minutes and at the last moment we saw the tail of a whale a couple of times. Thank you

August 26, 2021

Very nice tour, with a cafetería, and a guide. It was November, so it was really cold outside and the probability of whale's watching is lower because of that. The guide, however, saw several minke whales coming out from the water to breath. It's very difficult to see if you are not an expert, in my opinion. Anyway, I think it's good to try this experience :)

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November 6, 2019

It was a bit long for us, and although we knew it was difficult to see the whales, it was a bit tiring to spend three hours looking in all directions, to try to see them for a moment. But it was an almost mandatory experience when visiting Iceland.

July 6, 2019

Product ID: 41926