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Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik provided by Elding Whale Watching

Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
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Enjoy two must-do Icelandic activities in one convenient day trip from Reykjavik. After a morning whale watching cruise around Faxaflói Bay, head out on a Golden Circle sightseeing tour to see the classic sites that make up the famous route. Stop to explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and the village of Hveragerði, and listen to commentary about each site from a knowledgeable guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • 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
English
What to expect
  • Experience Iceland by water and by land on this full-day combo adventure. After morning hotel pickup, head to Reykjavik Old Harbour and climb aboard a boat for a whale-watching cruise. Set out into Faxaflói Bay, known as one of the best bodies of water in Iceland to spot native marine life including minke whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. A friendly onboard crew will help you spot these sea creatures throughout the 3-hour cruise. Back on land, hop onto a comfortable coach equipped with onboard Wi-Fi and head inland for an afternoon tour of the popular Golden Circle tourist route. Disembark at Thingvellir National Park for a walk around the rugged landscape as your guide shares the geologic and political history of the park, where Iceland’s first parliament took shape way back in the first century. Next, see the stunning double cascades of Gullfloss waterfall, where glacial water empties into a ravine from both sides. For a change in temperature, visit the steamy Geysir hot springs. Finally, stroll around the village of Hveragerði, built in the middle of a geothermal park dotted with natural hot springs.   Admire the wild, bubbly terrain on the return drive to Reykjavík, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Experience Iceland by water and by land on this full-day combo adventure. After morning hotel pickup, head to Reykjavik Old Harbour and climb aboard a boat for a whale-watching cruise. Set out into Faxaflói Bay, known as one of the best bodies of water in Iceland to spot native marine life including minke whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. A friendly onboard crew will help you spot these sea creatures throughout the 3-hour cruise. Back on land, hop onto a comfortable coach equipped with onboard Wi-Fi and head inland for an afternoon tour of the popular Golden Circle tourist route. Disembark at Thingvellir National Park for a walk around the rugged landscape as your guide shares the geologic and political history of the park, where Iceland’s first parliament took shape way back in the first century. Next, see the stunning double cascades of Gullfloss waterfall, where glacial water empties into a ravine from both sides. For a change in temperature, visit the steamy Geysir hot springs. Finally, stroll around the village of Hveragerði, built in the middle of a geothermal park dotted with natural hot springs.   Admire the wild, bubbly terrain on the return drive to Reykjavík, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7090EL_12
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Excellent live commentary
  • Use of overalls (on boat tour)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Entry/Admission - Elding Whale Watching
  • Entry/Admission - Reykjavik
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please contact us directly to organise your pickup location. Make sure to be ready and waiting for pickup 45 min. before the scheduled departure time.
  • Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Meet us at our ticket office and exchange your voucher for boarding tickets. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before departure to ensure enough time to board.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress warmly; a hat and pair of gloves are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Excellent live commentary
  • Use of overalls (on boat tour)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Entry/Admission - Elding Whale Watching
  • Entry/Admission - Reykjavik
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please contact us directly to organise your pickup location. Make sure to be ready and waiting for pickup 45 min. before the scheduled departure time.
  • Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Meet us at our ticket office and exchange your voucher for boarding tickets. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before departure to ensure enough time to board.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress warmly; a hat and pair of gloves are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020
A note from Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
Efforts are made to invite passengers to stay 2 meters apart from others whenever possible, but guests are asked to wear a face mask during the tour for their own safety. You can purchase a mask in our ticket office before departure. Hand sanitiser dispensers are available on board.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ægisgarður 5
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Elding Whale Watching
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Gray Line Iceland
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Gullfoss Waterfall
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Thingvellir National Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Strokkur
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Reykjavik
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.0
6 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Katt Tollefson
Fosston, MN7 contributions
Best Fathers Day Present
I brought my father to Iceland for Father’s Day. We couldn’t be happier with the company!

We were able to watch a beautiful humpback, saw almost every sea bird Iceland has to offer and so much more.

Our tour guides were so friendly and I enjoyed visiting with each of them.

Couldn’t recommend more!
Written June 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rawi05ab
Soborg, Denmark8 contributions
Can recommend this trip
Very professionel guides who could give a lot of background information.

We spotted lots of whales and had a great trip on the sea.

Written July 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Katerina H
London, UK88 contributions
Ripped off and scammed
We just recently bought a tour with Elding company, though its a very good company to go with on Whale watching tour. Of course no whales to be seen on the overpriced boat tour. I do understand this is not guaranteed by nature and not really complaining about it.

However we have also purchased a Golden circle tour combo with whale watching.
The whale watching its self was around 10000 isk the combo was charged 25000 isk pp as we though it is money saving. Later we have reliased that The Golden circle is operated by different company called Gray line. That actually charges for golden circle only at around 8000 isk.
We did the maths and it was our fault we didn't do the homework properly. We have unnecessary paid 7000 isk pp extra by booking it directly with Elding.

However, What we really don't understand is that on the receipt, we are just looking on is showing only 40000 isk instead of 50000 isk we have paid in the store?

We feel ripped off and scammed by this company now.
Our Receipt should definitely show, the same price we have directly paid for the tour.

Rip off and scammed.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Katerina H, Sorry to hear that this was your experience. Although we are glad you understand the unpredictability of wildlife in our oceans, we are disappointed to hear that you felt 'ripped off and scammed' by our services. Firstly we must address your calculations, which are not entirely correct. We would gladly share the details with you in a more appropriate manner, but first we want you to rest assured that the combo price is indeed cheaper than buying the tours separately. The receipt you so kindly provided along with this review shows the exact amount you paid in cash in ISK at our office. If you believe you have been overcharged, feel free to email us a formal complaint and we will of course look into the matter for you and seek to resolve it as soon as possible. Hope you enjoyed the Golden Circle tour and sincerely wish you have the chance to join us on a future whale watching tour, free of charge! All the best, The Elding team
Written March 11, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KAMcDonald21
Alexandria, VA34 contributions
Good Tours.
Nov 2019
It was rainy and cold, so we held up in the boat's cafeteria and relaxed. There weren't any whales (that's nature), but it was far from a negative experience. If we had to stand on the deck in the rain for three hours it would be a different story. Our guide, a lady from Kent, educated us while we waited for whales to appear. We also got free tickets to return that are good for 2 years.

We were lucky with the Golden Circle tour. While it was raining in Reykjavik, it was the first snow for the Golden Circle, turning all of our stops into a freshly powdered winter wonderland. The views at the National Park could be used on Christmas cards. It was gorgeous.
Written November 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear KAMcDonald21, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of our tour and services. We're glad you understand the wildlife factor of the tour and had a great time despite not seeing any whales. Hope to see you try again on a future tour! All the best, The Elding team
Written November 16, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

121bethg
Norwich, UK7 contributions
Great experience!
We had a great experience whale watching, we saw 3 humpback whales, and was the highlight of my trip to Iceland. The boat was good, toilet facilities and cafe onboard. Dry suits available and kept us warm, these were essential as it was a very cold trip! The tour guide was great and knew so much. I would definitely recommend and would definitely do again when I go back to Iceland.

Written April 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear 121bethg, Thank you for taking the time to share your input with future whale watchers. Happy to hear about your experience and wildlife encounters. See you next time! All the best, The Elding team
Written May 2, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

parpaced
Canyon Lake, TX90 contributions
Don't Book Double Tours
We wanted to save time so thought this was a good option. ELDING changes our return time so the we would miss the Golden Circle so we had to split t hem to two days. Also, the Golden Circle portion is the "express" not "classic". I do not recommend the GC EXPRESS...lackluster. That said we did see a pod of Humpbacks...waves were rough and my body felt it all the next day. ASK FOR THE SEASICK PILL WWHEN YOU CHECK IN AND TAKE IT. Several people did not and had a very rough three hours.
Written March 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear parpaced, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. The combo tours are normally a very nice option for those who, like yourself, wish to save time and explore multiple things in Iceland in one day. Unfortunately however, when we are sailing from different harbours the whale watching tour tends to prolong often resulting the second leg of the combo to be missed. We are however quick to find solutions whether it be to rearranging dates, finding another tour option or simply refunding the tour cost. Hope you enjoyed your time on board despite the rough weather! All the best, The Elding Reykjavík team
Written March 16, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Elding Whale Watching
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Silent moments shared with a hump-backed whale
We had a wonderful cruise with Elding and we were thrilled to see a humpback whale which stayed near us for about h
P6166HEleeg
P6166HEleeg
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A whale of a time.
A fantastic trip, took a while to see any dolphins or whales but when we found them it was well worth the wait. The
paulinayum
paulinayum
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Best day of my life
Wonderful tour guides, so lovely and informative, amazing trip, worth every penny. We saw 7 humpback whales, a succ
Gwen S
Gwen S
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Very, very limited tours
We signed up for this tour but they cancelled us on day of. No explanation. Unable to rebook due to their erratic s
Lynne N
Lynne N
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An admission of not likely to see anything in poor weather
We booked via Tripadvisor and were not given an option of times. Our trip was at 9am there is also a trip at 1 pm.
Alan H
Alan H
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A great way to see the Wales and the Northern Lights
We used Elding for both whale watching and for northern lights watching. In both cases the boat was staffed by frie
Gayle B
Gayle B
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Great trip
Great afternoon whale watching! Saw x2 humpbacks & dolphins. Very knowledgeable guide who gives 100% in hunting for
jamesbY59AY
jamesbY59AY
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Three Humpbacks, what more could you ask
Excellent 9am trip. Good pickup from our hotel and we'll run schedule. The ship was spacious and warm. Megan was a
fikretoguz
fikretoguz
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Just a waste of time. you come and get sick with your money.
Just a waste of time. you come and get sick with your money. They give you the impression that whales are waiting f
App_Sarah
App_Sarah
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Fab morning activity
Staff were informative and friendly, they found three humpbacks and we spent around 45 minutes with them playing by
Laurie2405
Laurie2405
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Elding Northern lights excursion
Cannot recommend this trip highly enough, Estelle was a fabulous attentive guide and host and have so much informat
Carole S
Carole S
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Best thing I’ve ever seen
Wow!…..we were very lucky to get close to three humpback whales who were very friendly and curious. Such a privileg
M6699CChelenp
M6699CChelenp
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Whale Hello There
Excellent experience. Multiple sightings of humpback whales. The tour guide really made the experience. Really in
Inspire21358569215
Inspire21358569215
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Whale watching
Highly recommend, clean boat, friendly staff, free sea sickness tablets, fully stocked bar but most importantly the
Tian T
Tian T
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A must do and will come back
This is a must do coming to Iceland. I came with the understanding that being able to spot a whale requires luck s
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