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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik provided by Special Tours

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik
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About
Discover Iceland’s majestic marine life—look for minke whales, humpbacks, and dolphins—on a whale-watching cruise through Faxaflói Bay. The convenient tour departs from Reykjavik and offers an express version for those short on time, making it easy to fit the tour into a busy vacation or one-day layover. Along the way, enjoy marine-life photo opportunities and learn about the surroundings from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English
Highlights
  • Depart Reykjavik for a whale-watching cruise
  • Numerous start times and an optional express tour make the trip accessible to busy travelers
  • A guide helps you spot and identify elusive marine life
  • Thermal overalls and onboard Wi-Fi keep you comfortable and connected
What to expect
  • Following pickup at your Reykjavik hotel (if booked directly with the supplier), you'll be transferred to the city's Old Harbor. Choose between an express 2.5-hour, high-speed tour or a 3.5-hour cruise at the time of booking. Step aboard your comfortable boat and pull on a pair of thermal coveralls to protect you from the Icelandic elements. Find a comfortable spot on the deck and settle in for the scenic ride out into Faxaflói Bay. If at any point you get chilly, make your way into the warm indoor viewing area, where hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase.  As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises.This company has a 90 percent whale-spotting success rate, so have your camera at the ready. As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. Keep your camera ready to photograph these magnificent creatures. In the unlikely event that you don't see any wildlife, you'll receive a complimentary ticket for a second whale-watching excursion.  At the conclusion of your eco-adventure, return to shore and board your land vehicle for drop-off back at your hotel (if booked).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Depart Reykjavik for a whale-watching cruise
  • Numerous start times and an optional express tour make the trip accessible to busy travelers
  • A guide helps you spot and identify elusive marine life
  • Thermal overalls and onboard Wi-Fi keep you comfortable and connected
What to expect
  • Following pickup at your Reykjavik hotel (if booked directly with the supplier), you'll be transferred to the city's Old Harbor. Choose between an express 2.5-hour, high-speed tour or a 3.5-hour cruise at the time of booking. Step aboard your comfortable boat and pull on a pair of thermal coveralls to protect you from the Icelandic elements. Find a comfortable spot on the deck and settle in for the scenic ride out into Faxaflói Bay. If at any point you get chilly, make your way into the warm indoor viewing area, where hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase.  As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises.This company has a 90 percent whale-spotting success rate, so have your camera at the ready. As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. Keep your camera ready to photograph these magnificent creatures. In the unlikely event that you don't see any wildlife, you'll receive a complimentary ticket for a second whale-watching excursion.  At the conclusion of your eco-adventure, return to shore and board your land vehicle for drop-off back at your hotel (if booked).
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5477WHALE
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour - sightings guarantee!
  • Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!
  • Free WiFi
  • Heated indoor seating areas
  • Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed
  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink (can be purchased on board)
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional fee)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Please make your way to the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavik.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • German guidance available on Classic tours from May 1st - September 30th.
  • Operates in a variety of weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If cancelled due to unsuitable sailing conditions, you will be give the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (extra fees apply).
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers
Inclusions
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour - sightings guarantee!
  • Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!
  • Free WiFi
  • Heated indoor seating areas
  • Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed
  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink (can be purchased on board)
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional fee)
Departure details
  • Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Please make your way to the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavik.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • German guidance available on Classic tours from May 1st - September 30th.
  • Operates in a variety of weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If cancelled due to unsuitable sailing conditions, you will be give the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (extra fees apply).
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 5 Aug 2020
A note from Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik
We are following all health & safety guidelines in accordance with the Icelandic government. The gathering ban is set to 100 people, and the capacity has been adjusted accordingly. Masks must be worn during this tour. Please respect the 2 meter social distancing while checking in and queuing.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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Derek M
17 contributions
Whales and Dolphins
Nov 2021 • Solo
Calms seas, blue skies, rainbows, Dolphins, 3 Humpback Whales, great guide and free sea sickness tablets (which I didn't need). You only need two things. Your warmest clothing and a camera.
Written 23 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ellen
Chester, UK1 contribution
What an experience!!!
Such experience with Iga as our tour guide! The weather was not the best but despite this we are still able to go out we saw dolphins right underneath the boat and then we saw three teenage humpback whales flapping about and have a great time in the water one even breached in front of the boat unfortunately I missed this which was such a shame but apparently it was amazing! My first time seeing whales and I got three!! If you’re in Iceland I highly recommend you go to watch Wales they can pick up from your hotel or you can meet in the Reykjavík harbour easy to find, with a big sign out front. After you saw the Wales on our way back we had a lovely talk from Iga regarding fun facts about Whales and the dolphins we saw and some more fun anecdotes with a hot coffee to reheat our hands 😂 wonderful experience! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Written 3 November 2021
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Michał Strzelczyk
1 contribution
Great adventure
Oct 2021 • Solo
That was amazing adventure. I was lucky to have opportunity to be guided by IGA best joker and guider I’ve heard. We got every possibly information and had a lot of fun. On adventure I could see young whale and few dolphines. That was awesome. Weather was perfect too. But it’s nature and pretty hard to predict.
Written 1 November 2021
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Catherine L
12 contributions
Great experience
Oct 2021
I initially purchased this tour through Reykjavik Excursions, and unfortunately due to weather conditions, the tour was cancelled.

The company had emailed me about the cancellation (but I didn't look), and walked to the tour centre to be told that it was cancelled. The very nice reception lady offered to reschedule in which the tour did go ahead!

You need to go to the reception, and confirm your attendance to receive a ticket for the boat tour.

I had Iga as a guide, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. Whilst most of the people in the group didn't bother to look out for whales, Iga tried to keep the spirit alive.

Thankfully about 2.5 hours in, we finally saw a whale!! Although it was a small amount of time, but I didn't care about being in the wind and rain for those hours, as it was so worth seeing it.

Somehow, only 1 passenger managed to take the photo of the whale, and Iga informed everyone that it'll be uploaded on the blog post at latest next day evening (which it was).

As some people missed the whale, Iga informed us that those can come back another time and rebook for up to 2 years- which to me is great service.

I will definitely be booking directly with Special tours next time in Iceland
Written 1 November 2021
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Christos
Nicosia, Cyprus1 contribution
Great tour with excellent guide!
Aug 2021
Great tour and definitely reccomending it! Our guide, Iga, was very knowledgable, friendly and gave us lots of information about the whales. We managed to see a couple baby dolphins as well as a humpback whale!
Written 14 October 2021
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specialtoursiceland
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to your guide, Iga. Humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins are two of the four most common species we encounter in the bay, and it's been a great season! Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 20 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mads N
1 contribution
Great experience Iga!
Oct 2021 • Friends
A very nice experience!
The captains did a great job finding all the whales. We saw 4 huge whales! The guide, Iga, was super great, very knowledgeable, friendly, confident and funny! Thank you from Denmark!
Written 14 October 2021
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specialtoursiceland
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to your guide, Iga. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 20 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stephanie D
3 contributions
Amazing Experience!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had the most amazing time on this trip! We saw humback Wales, dolphins and minkie Wales!
The boat was comfortable and the staff were incredibly friendly. The guide, Aja, was super great, very knowledgeable, friendly, confident and funny... and the hot chocolate was yummy!
Would definitely recommend!
Written 10 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
specialtoursiceland
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide, Iga. Humpback whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins are three of the four most common species we see in the bay - sounds like a great tour! Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 20 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roman R
3 contributions
Tour was great! :)
Sep 2021
We saw a humpback, some minke whales and dolphins. It was really great! The boat was nice, we all got sea overalls for free. And the guide Sophie did a perfect job. You could really feel her passion for the whales and the nature. It almost looked that she was even happier to see the animals as we guests were :) She has a great knowledge about the whales, dolphins, birds, etc and told us many interesting facts and info. And she was always smiling and friendly, really adorable and the perfect person for the job. Many thanks. I can only recommend this tour!
Written 30 September 2021
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specialtoursiceland
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to your guide, Sophie. Humpbacks, minkes and white-beaked dolphins are three of the four most common species we see in the bay - sounds like it was a great tour! Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 6 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gry Rasmussen
4 contributions
Wonderful tour, dont miss out
Sep 2021
Amazing whale-watching tour! The guide was fantastic and you could really feel her love for these giant animals. We managed to see Humpback whale on the tour. Absolutely would recommend!
Written 20 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
specialtoursiceland
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us, and we will pass the compliments along to your guide. Humpbacks are one of the four most common species that we see in the bay, and it's been a great season for humpback sightings. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 27 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Silvia F
3 contributions
Excellent!!!!!
Sep 2021 • Family
Our guide Iga always keen to help and make the trip as fun as possible.
We recommend whale watching in the little boat, its easier to get to the whales and faster as well, this can make the experience much better and worth it.
Written 8 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
specialtoursiceland
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us and we will make sure to pass the compliments along to your guide, Iga. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
Written 27 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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A great show, eventually!
Our original booking had been cancelled due to poor weather - this was communicated to us very efficiently. We mana
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Awesome Northern Lights by Boat
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A great tour of the Reykjanes Pennisula
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Amazing Northern Lights
Took the Northern Lights by Boat. After almost two hours of no sightings we were ready to quit. The captain pati
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Fantastic tour!
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Awesome tour
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Simply amazing.
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It was amazing
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Excellent Opportunity
This quick trip to Iceland was a fabulous experience- flight, hotel, breakfast included daily , tours included and
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Fantastic Northern Lights boat tour!
After waiting for several days to see the Northern Lights, finally they arrived on our last night in Iceland. Our t
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