Katla Whale Watching
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
About
See Iceland's gentle giants from our spectacular and fast Rib boats which are brand new and equipped with 12 suspension seats to enhance your comfort, security and level of enjoyment. Rib boats are fast and offer a quick reaction so you're able to get close to the whales quickly which leads to a very special experience. The tour starts at Reykjavik Harbour and you sail up close to the famous Harpa - Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager. Next, you proceed to Faxafloi Bay for the search of the whales, where you will experience the amazing wildlife with many species of whales, dolphins and even seals to be found in these waters. Many of the 23 species of whales that are found around Iceland can be found in the bay. In addition, the area is home to millions of sea birds of various species, including the beautiful puffin. The puffin comes to lay their egg in many of the islands in the Faxafloi Bay and on this trip you will get close to some of the islands, one of these islands is named Lundey which means Puffin Island. The guide to client ratio (12 per guide) creates the special feeling of a small group experience. As well as answering your questions our guides will provide you with various information on the whales and other wildlife during the trip. To make the 1 1/2+ hour trip as comfortable as possible, you will get a warm waterproof overall (dry suit), life jacket, googles and your own Katla Whale Watching buff/scarf. Hop on board on this amazing nature experience, the fastest way to see whales, puffins and the city. Check availability by choosing a date.
Reykjavik, Iceland
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mathoudv
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
After a quick and warm welcome where we got our waterproof overalls, we enjoyed a 2-3h tour on the very confortable speed boat! The guides were very nice and gave interesting explanations about the whales and how to spot them. We saw a few humpback whales (back, head and tail!). The speed boat allows to be reactive and move quickly to different spots and be able to see as many whales as possible! We also saw many puffins, gannets and other sea birds.

It was a very nice experience, amazing to be out at sea, enjoy the fresh air and even feel like being on a roller coaster :) ! We really recommend to choose Katla for whale watching!
Written July 11, 2020
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Lars B
Odense, Fyn, Denmark161 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We went for a 2 hour trip and it was amazing. Getting fast around looking for whales and dolphins. We saw humpback and minke whales very close and dolphins playing around the boat. Crew was great and informing on a good level. Absolutely a highlight of our 10 day Iceland trip.
Written July 15, 2020
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Charlune
Brussels, Belgium1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Friends
Lovely family company of whale watching!
With the rubber boat you can easily navigate from one spot to another, to see as much whales and dolphins as possible. The guides are really nice and gave us some good information. I strongly recommend you to book your tour with Katla Whale Watching!!
Written July 11, 2020
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travelincpl
North Carolina5 contributions
Aug 2022
Unfortunately my tour was cancelled due to bad weather but I have yet to receive a refund. In fact, I have sent multiple emails and have not even received the courtesy of a response. Do not book a tour with this company.
Written September 7, 2022
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Isobelle M
Stafford, UK9 contributions
I bought this trip for my boyfriend's 30th and picked it because all the reviews said the guides were friendly and knowledgeable and I am so glad I did. We saw loads of minkie whales, puffins and white beaked dolphins and the rib boat was just extra fun. There are loads of your operators in Reykjavik but these guys are a real find, it's a very person tour with loads of knowledge and a friendly welcome.
Written August 7, 2019
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Tracy R
Wellington, FL18 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
My family and I were walking the pier waiting to check into our hotel. There are a lot of whale tours. We walked up on Katla and it looked the most interesting. We walked in and were the only ones to go on this tour. The captain was called in and we were off on a really cool ribb boat with seats like a saddle. Petur and Orn were absolutely awesome. I was very skeptical going out and whale watching. I have to say it was so much fun just riding on the boat looking for whales 🐳 (which we did see 2) and dolphins🐬 (which we did not) Then to Puffin Island to watch the puffins. Overall a surprising experience that I highly recommend. Great company with a great captain and guide. My family lived thus tour for sure.
Written August 6, 2017
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Great to hear that all of you liked the tour! We truly appreciate the compliments and the time you spent on writing this great review. It makes us happy that you liked the trip, the experience and our company. We are glad that you liked and approve of the saddle like suspension seats and the ride on the boat. It's important to us that people enjoy the ride on the tour as well as the experience with the nature out on Faxafloi Bay. Over all it's great to hear that we are on the right path and you and your family had a great time out there on our tour.
Written August 12, 2017
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TheMoth219
Beaumont, Canada23 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
As someone who suffers from motion sickness I purposely set out to find a company using ribs boats as they are a faster boat with very little rocking. I found Katla online and booked with them.

Well I was on another tour I got a message saying the weather for my tour the next day was supposed to be awful and could I come that day. Even though I wasn't able to make it there till the evening they still took us out. We had the whole boat to ourselves for a sunset whale watching tour. We spotted Minke whales, short beaked white sided dolphins and harbor porpoises.

I've been whale watching before and felt like once the tour company found a whale they just sat they are waited out the time. Katla did not do this. They were vigilant and worked very hard to give us the best experience possible. I would 100% recommend this company for whale watching.

Added bonus they are family owned and operated and the whole experience was very welcoming and friendly.
Written September 14, 2019
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MountinMan
Victor, ID26 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We were the only guests as the weather mas marginal (as it was most of the summer!). Very professional, nice gear. Even though we didn't see much, we had a nice time and I would love to go with them again when the weather is better. Thanks!
Written September 24, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the experience! We are lucky to have this amazing wildlife here out on Faxafloi Bay we can enjoy on our tours. Sometimes the weather is not in our favour and here in Iceland it is unpredictable. We hope to see you again and the great weather you will bring with you!
Written November 11, 2018
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Saana K
Helsinki, Finland61 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We went out on a day that ended up being more windy than anticipated. Even so, we got lucky and saw minky whales, which was amazing. We happened to be in the boat with only 4 other people so the guides asked if we wanted to stay for some extra time and go look for a humpback whale that had been spotted earlier in the day. We didn't see it but the fact that they were willing to extent the tour for the chance to spot it was really nice.

The waves were huge sometimes but our captain was excellent and even though the boat jumped quite high a few times, we never felt like we were in any danger.

We went to the very front and it was a blast! We were warned that it was the jumpiest spot but it was really fun. We did switch to the back at the end, to give other people the chance to be at the front. The whole boat ride can feel like a long roller coaster if the waves are big so if you are not at all thrill-seeking, I'd recommend the big, slow boats. The guides don't go out to the sea if the waves are too big but even in the wind that we had, I definitely think that it's not for everyone. Especially young children. Also, even though it is not common, we got soaked by a sudden wave quite early and the gloves we were given got wet. So bring your own as extra, just in case, because holding onto the handles will get cold with wet gloves.

Whether or not you see whales is really not up to the company you use but we felt like our guides did their very best to give us the ultimate experience and as mentioned before, we got lucky. If and when I go back to Iceland, we will definitely try our luck with the humpback whale again with Katla.
Written August 12, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing detailed and informative review. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the tour with us out on Faxafloi Bay and the ride on the boat itself! The weather plays a big role in everyday life here in Iceland and the same goes for the Faxafloi Bay. We try to be open about the weather and conditions to help people to know what to expect and get the experience they long for. We would love to hear from you again on your next trip to Iceland !
Written September 1, 2018
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Sari-travel the world
Dubai, United Arab Emirates208 contributions
We booked this Katla Whale Watching & Puffin Reykjavík tour through hot cheap ticket located in the center

Katla tour is a great company that does speed boat tours which was an amazing experience.
We did the puffin watching in a very nice speed boat with an amazing seating plus the safety measure is amazing

The owner of katla is the Captain for the boat and his son Peter is the tour guide a Very nice gentleman and so professional and their is lovely helpful lady on the reception when you arrive who helps in getting ready

I recommend you to try Katla speed boat tour which was super fun and exciting

Thanks a lot all of you
Sari & Katie
Written June 14, 2022
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