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Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Reykjavik: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour

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From US$ 94.11 US$ 84.70 per person

Encounter whales, dolphins, porpoises and birds on a 3-hour cruise from Reykjavik and see the wildlife in their natural habitat off the capital’s coast. Experience the drama and poetry of whales, seen on more than 95% of summer tours and 80% in winter.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 3 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Encounter whales, dolphins and harbor porpoises off the coast of Reykjavik
  • Travel with the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland
  • Cruise from Faxafloi Bay to look for humpback, orca and minke whales on summer and winter tours
  • Keep up-to-date with the online Whale Diary and monitor sightings and conditions in the area
  • Help protect and preserve the wildlife and scenery of Iceland's magnificent landscape
Full description
Whales are the most mysterious and fascinating of creatures, and some of the best whale watching in the world is off the coast of Iceland, where the ocean currents create excellent viewing conditions. Climb aboard a whale watching boat operated by the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland, and explore the southern part of Faxafloi Bay off Reykjavik’s old harbor. On the 3-4 hour tour you will get up-close to humpback, minke, and orca whales, as well as abundant sea birds, white beaked dolphin and harbor porpoise. Whales are seen on more than 95% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours, often surfacing within a few meters from the boat. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed towards the whales' habitat. This is also is part of a sustainability policy that tries to minimize oil use and pollution. Guides have gone through an extensive training program, based on exclusively developed guiding principles. They will provide entertaining and valuable information about the wildlife and scenery. And as a successful whale watching tour is a team effort, the crew works closely with passengers to spot whales, helping you feel an important part of the experience.
Includes
  • Access to the Whale Watching Center
  • Use of warm overalls
  • Guidance to enhance your experience
  • Wireless internet on board
  • Refreshments (available to purchase on board)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Elding ticket office right in the heart of Reykjavík, no more than 300 meters (5 minutes) walk from the downtown Tourist Information Centre. Exchange your ticket before heading to the boats. Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Once in the harbor you can look around the Whale Watching Centre and watch videos, or just look at the various skeletons, information boards and gifts for sale
  • By buying a ticket for this tour you are contributing to the summer research projects, environmentally friendly and responsible tourism and non-governmental organizations for the protection of wildlife
  • Please be aware that the pick-up is only arranged from hotels and accommodations in Reykjavik Greater Area.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 207 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.6/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5

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There are several election observation providers in Reykjavik. However, we were very satisfied with our choice, as we were able to postpone the appointment several times without any problems due to bad weather (storm). When we were finally able to start, we both had the feeling that the participants actually wanted to be able to see them and that the welfare of the animals was being taken care of. Up close, we saw that other tour operators came dangerously close to the choice. This was not the case with us and we were still able to take great photos. But be careful, the ship sways heavily due to turning maneuvers. If you are seasick, you should take one of the free anti-nausea pills before leaving.

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October 26, 2021

Minimal sightings and those we had I didn't personally spot them.

Disappointed to have not seen anything myself, but I have no complaints with the company or staff. There were several spots by the guide of one or maybe two minke whales, sadly apart from one very brief glimpse I didn't manage to spot myself. Some you win, some you lose. But the boat trip itself was still a great experience and the staff and guide were excellent and very informative.

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June 28, 2019

Water was way too rough to be out on and I was sick the whole time, even after taking Dramamine for 2 days to prepare. The crew were so attentive and amazing though! No whales as I think it’s really not a good time of year to see them. We did see a couple dolphins. They did offer a pass you’d for 2 years to come back.

October 7, 2018

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