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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour

Highlights
  • See whales and dolphins just outside of Reykjavik 
  • Experience Iceland’s wildlife even on limited time 
  • Chance to see a range of whales and dolphins 
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour
From US$102.00
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3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 9am
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 5pm
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
US$102.00
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Overview
Humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales patrol the Reykyavik coast, but you’ll have to leave the shore for the best chance of spotting them. This whale-watching cruise goes deep into the natural habitat of Iceland’s whales and dolphins, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxafloi Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
What to Expect
Make your way to a location in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, and then board a whale-watching boat for a cruise on Faxafloi Bay.

You’ll see views of Mount Esja, Akrafjall, and other landmarks on Faxafloi Bay as you cruise, with trained guides to watch for wildlife and help identify what you see. Some of the most common species are humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, but some lucky visitors may even see blue whales, one of the largest animals on earth.

The cruise is designed to reduce environmental impact, pollution, and disruption to the animal habitat, so you know your whale-watching experience won’t harm Iceland’s spectacular coastal ecosystem. Whales or dolphins are spotted on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. Should you not see a whale or dolphin, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket for a second tour.

Note: To ensure the best whale-watching opportunity when conditions in Reykjavik are rough (especially in winter), the tour may depart from other harbors, such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði, or Hafnarfjörður.
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1 - 5 of 87 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
We saw whale and dolphins

There is a whale exhibition room at the dock, don't miss it. The cruise is stable, comes with cafeteria. Passangers can opt to stay outdoor. For those without adequate winter jacket, the cruise has jumpsuit in various sizes to use for free. We manage to...More

Thank yapyy
Reviewed 1 week ago
Awesome experience, staff fabulous

As a wheelchair user getting on a boat of any kind is a challenge but the staff could not have been more knowledgable and helpful. Easily accessible, fantastic facilities although I couldn't get below deck because of the stairs. Guide on the microphone was brilliant,...More

Thank Phil K
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Phil K, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with future travellers. We're glad you enjoyed our services and the wildlife of the bay. All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
spotted whales and dolphins

We took 9 AM trip on 24th July. It was raining and was not a bright day! We wore that heavy suit to withstand cold on the upper deck and we reached that place where all other whale watching boats gathered. We could see some...More

Thank Qwelt
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Qwelt, Thank you for sharing your experience with future travellers. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the whales spotted. We're glad to see you understand the wildlife factor of the tour, although we do not agree that watching whales in captivity would be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing experience

I went to the tour operated by Special Tours on a bright sunday morning. The guide - a British marine biologist - was very good and clearly loved her job. The weather was excellent and we had a lot of luck! Saw two mink whales...More

Thank Roberto B
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Roberto B, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're glad you enjoyed whale watching from Reykjavík. All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great experience !

We enjoyed very much watching whales and dolphins but the think we liked the most was the environmental speech the guide Gave, alerting for whaling activities, oceans polution and more. Thank you for trying to make the world a cleaner place.

Thank Fjlooarneas
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Fjlooarneas, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We're glad you enjoyed the information and commentary provided by our lovely marine biologist guide and crew! All the best, The Elding team

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