Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

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Wave goodbye to Reykjavik Port and head out on a whale-watching cruise around Faxafli Bay! Choose from two shore excursions a leisurely 3.5-hour cruise or a 2.5-hour high-speed cruise and then sit back and relax aboard your sightseeing boat. Watch out for porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales that swim in abundance around the area, and learn all about them from an onboard guide.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Free drinks included
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

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Choose from a 2.5- or 3.5-hour shore excursion at a time to suit you morning or afternoon and then hop aboard your whale-watching boat at Reykjavik Port. As the harbour slips from view, watch out for the incredible marine life for which Iceland is famed as you head toward the waters of Faxafli Bay. Your guide will hand you a pair of warm (and waterproof!) coveralls to wear, should you need them, enabling you to sightsee without feeling the cold.

Listen to your guide explain the different species of whales that are found in Iceland, and hear captivating tales about encounters with these magnificent sea creatures, getting tips for the signs of life that you need to look out for. The waters around Faxafli Bay are home to porpoises and white-beaked dolphins as well as whales, and the creatures often surface close to the boat; have your camera ready!

Since most of your whale-watching experience takes place out on deck, temperatures can be chilly. So warm yourself up by heading inside the boats luxurious viewing area where hot drinks and light refreshments can be found (own expense).

Your cruise has a 90 percent success rate for seeing whales, but in the unlikely event that you dont see any your guide will give you a complimentary ticket for another boat ride.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Reykjavik Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Inclusions for Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

  • Warm coveralls to wear on board
  • Worry free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Exclusions for Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (extra fees apply).

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • We did see whales but not very close.

  • The cruise itself was fine. A nice boat. Plenty of space to move around.

    On the down side, the boat was not really handicapped accessible. Many people were getting seasick along the way.

    And, oh yeah, there were no whales. We got an offer to go on another whale-watching cruise in the futurebut will we ever return to Iceland to take them up on the offer?

  • Wot whales? We saw nuffin.

  • I doubt whether many of these trips actually discover whales and mine did not. But it did not matter because for 3 1/2 hours I was on the same body of water that Vikings once sailed. The ship was just fine. If you needed a snack or hot coffee, you had a snack bar. If you wanted to jump into thermal overalls, there was plenty to go around. If you wanted to stay warm inside, there was plenty of viewing room inside. We ran into several groups of dolphins, but to me, to be there in Iceland, sailing far out and away from Reykjavik, that was all I needed to thoroughly enjoy this tour. I highly recommend.

  • It's a must do when in Reykjavik.
    The thing is you have to be in the front of the boat to see anything. The water was a bit too bumpy and even with the seasickness pill it's still a bit rough to move around the boat.
    I was behind and to go all the way to the front without throwing up was too tough, sadly.
    Luckily, because not everyone saw whales, they gave us a new ticket to collect whenever we're back in Reykjavik.

  • A rather disappointing trip as we didn't see any mammals apart from birds. They do not guarantee that you will see anything so we were well prepared not to see anything. The staff were very helpful and gave us all a free voucher for another trip, which compensated for the lack of viewing and wildlife. At least we had a boat trip of around three hours

  • Unfortunately we missed the tour because of a long transfer from the airport to the hotel.

  • Nice boat, helpful crew, lovely guide, but limited viewings-none of minke whale apparently spotted, dolphins only

  • Didn't see the whales however nice trip and gorgeous tour guide with amazing sense of humour

  • Time indication for pick up as inaccurate. We were told pick up noon, meant was however between noon and 12.45. We had to call once again to clarify. Crew did excellent in spite of the rough sea. Actually date was bad for whale watching as most big whales were already gone. We did only see a little bit of a mink whale.

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