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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour

From US$102.00
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
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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.
From US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 1pm
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.
From 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.
From 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 61 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago
Amazing chance to see some whales

We booked this trip in Iceland from the tourist info as we wanted to wait and see what the weather was like. The guy in the tourist info office was really helpful in helping us choose which trip we should take and we decided on...More

Thank grantshaw2017
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear grantshaw2017, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with other travellers. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and understood our respectful approach with the whales we encountered. Thank you for choosing Elding!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Average tour, guide hard to hear

Average tour on a big boat which meant the guide was sometimes hard to hear, even at the bow, near the microphone. We saw dolphins but no whales - though that's not the company's fault, as nature is unpredictable. The boat did try to linger...More

1  Thank JMcK67
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear JMcK67, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. Sorry to hear there were no bigger whales to be seen on your tour, hopefully you have the chance to join us another...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing trip - a must do in Reykjavik!

What a great trip! From start to finish the crew were incredibly knowledgeable about not only the whales and their habits, but also about the environment and other wildlife. Suits are provided to keep you warm, and free travel sickness tablets help you to enjoy...More

Thank rc41671
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear rc41671, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. Glad you had the opportunity to view Humpback whales with our lovely crew! All the best, The Elding Reykjavík team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brilliant trip

This trip is brilliant; knowledgeable staff able to spot wildlife and give expert commentary. We saw humpbacks, white beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises as well as gannets, puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes. And the amazing landscape around the bay as well. Dress up warm, even if...More

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

Dear kphim, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We are delighted to read about your positive experience with us as well as your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the wildlife sightings...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Whale watching - yes we saw some!

The tour was excellent and the staff were very good at pointing out the wildlife and the impressive landscapes. We saw a selection of Minke whales and they came very close to the boat!More

Thank Nick R
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Nick R, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and services. We are glad you enjoyed sightings of Minke whales and hope you had a great time with our lovely crew in Faxaflói bay. All the best, The Elding...More

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