Whale-Watching Tour From Reykjavik

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm or 9pm (seasonal)
  • Departure Details :
    Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Set off in search of minke whales, humpbacks and more on this whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik. Pull on a pair of provided coveralls and then stay on the lookout for harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and whales as you cut through the still waters of Faxafli Bay. Throughout your cruise, listen to the knowledgeable guides insightful commentary, and have your camera ready to capture Reykjaviks native marine life in the wild. Choose from a 3.5-hour cruise or an express 2.5-hour high-speed boat version perfect if youre short on time. Please note that the 3-3.5 hour cruise sails at 9:00, 13:00 and 17:00. The 2-2.5 hour cruise sails at 10:00, 14:00 and 21:00. Please note that the departure times depend on time of year.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • 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 leisurely 3.5-hour cruise or an express 2.5-hour high-speed boat version, and then make your own way to Reykjaviks Old Harbor, where youll board your luxurious, whale-watching boat.

Find a comfortable spot on deck and pull on a pair of provided coveralls to keep you warm. Remember to also bring a hat, scarf and gloves with you to keep you extra toasty. Then, listen as your guide explains what species of marine life you can expect to see, and hear interesting facts and old sea stories about these magnificent mammals.
As your boat slips away from the harbor, scan the water for porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpbacks whales. Make sure you have your camera ready with up to 90% whale-spotting success, this Faxafli Bay cruise provides a fantastic chance to see whales. In the unlikely event that you dont spot a whale, you will receive a complimentary ticket for another boat ride.
If you feel cold during your cruise, warm yourself up inside the cozy viewing area, where coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light refreshments (own expense) are available.
After 2.5 or 3.5 hours, your experience ends with a drop-off back at your hotel.


Use of thermal coveralls

Onboard Wi-Fi access



Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

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).

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  • 06-Feb-2020

    Unfortunately I didn’t get to see large whales, just small species... but despite the bitter cold, due to the season, the tour was fantastic and at the end we saw a pretty large group of dolphins swimming around us for a while.
    Wales and dolphins are wild animal, and they will not be there waiting to be seen! I would do this tour again, for sure
    And the lady who was spotting them for us and giving all the explanations was great!

  • 22-Oct-2019

    Fantastic crew and though we didn’t see any whales we did see plenty of dolphins and education was excellent. This was especially true with regards plastic pollution and it’s negative impact on sea life. It was therefore strange (and disappointing) that the company sell numerous plastic bottles on board. It would be great if this could be stopped to set an example

  • 18-Oct-2019

    We went for the whale trip hoping to see at least the shadow or even the tail of whale but much to our disappointment we didn't see any whale or even dophin. We do see a lot of birds flying around..which i don't think i have to pay to see that. Overall the service by the crew was good.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    I believe our guide was Johnathon, a marine biologist. He was very informative and funny. We were able to see two types of whales and 2 types of dolphins. He also talked to us about preserving the animals by not eating at restaurants that serve whale, as it’s not actually a common Icelandic food, but a tourist gimmick. He really made me think, and his tour had a positive impact.

  • 13-Sep-2019

    It was morning and we headed out to sea. Rain, wind and a heavy swell had some passengers reaching for the seasick tablets. I went out on deck and planted myself at the prow picturing myself as Captain Ahab, only my weapon was a camera, not a harpoon. 'There, at two o'clock,' shouted out guide. I wiped the rain from my eyes and was too late. But the minke whale appeared several more times, or perhaps there was more than one of them. My wife even caught one on camera which is not easy when you have no idea where or when a whale might surface. Just keep watching and hoping. Overall a great experience.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    The company running the tour was great. Prompt, professional, boarded right on time and the ship was very comfortable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly communicated a lot of information about whales and marine life in general; very informative. We only saw one whale, but recognize it's us that are invading the animals' habitat, so they do what they do at their own pace. The company seemed committed to our experience, though, and offered credit toward a future excursion (with no expiration, which was a nice touch). Good job all around, maybe we'll see more next time.

  • 08-May-2019

    Really good crew and guide, very knowledgable and great that we got to see two whales, a mother and calf!

  • 20-Sep-2018

    I give this a zero star review because I tried to move our tour til later in the day and never heard back from Viator. So we didn't go. My first bad experience with this company. Oops - had to give it one star to get a posting.

  • 29-May-2018

    Great Tour! We got to watch two hump back whales. I wish we saw it a little more up close. My cell phone camera was not able to capture a good photo from the distance. Great tour though. I would recommend getting the shorter one which was 2.5 hours.

  • 12-May-2018

    The tours was amazing and we got to see whale and dolphins from the deck of the catamaran along with puffins diving through the waves catching fish, although the weather wasn't great it was still a great experience. Top marks for the tour guides who certainty new there stuff.

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