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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
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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.
From $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.
From $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 $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.
Reviews (160)
1 - 5 of 93 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great morning trip!

I really enjoyed this trip so much. I love boats, harbours and all things nautical so I was going to enjoy this whether or not the whales appeared. As it happened, we had two sightings of Minke whales, plus cormorants, guillemots and eiderducks flying around....More

Thank Linda D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fun

Nice tour! Saw 1 minke whale, 3 dolphins, and a lot of puffins. If you get seasick alot, make sure to take the medicine they give you. You can sea the whales easier if your on the front of the boat. Bring a coat because...More

2  Thank cmn133
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brilliant day out

We had decent weather and the sea was not too rough had two young kids with us and they loved it. it was cold out on the water so i recommend that you take he immersion suit they offer you. the staff were very attentive...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile
Great morning excursion

Great trip! We took this tour at the last minute and were very happy that we did. We saw plenty of dolphins and minke whales. Besides giving great info on whales, our guide talked about local birds, ecology, and sites that could be seen on...More

1  Thank Liz D
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile
Anniversary trip to iceland

Booked as a package with secret escapes didn’t see any whales but did see plenty of dolphins .It was great to see them in their natural playground.Make sure you take the sea sickness tablet that they offer you as it can be very choppy and...More

1  Thank scrubber69
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