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Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours

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About Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours
Don´t miss out on the unforgettable experience Special Tours offers you in whale watching in Reykjavik, Iceland: Whale Watching Express! Our whale watching boat, Rósin (The Rose), offers an absolute innovation in whale watching adventures in Iceland, it is fast and a luxurious whale watching boat, one of its kind in Iceland, providing security and luxury for all. The boat is both safe and quiet, as well as being equipped with the latest technology.The whale watching tours start from the Reykjavik Old Harbour and during puffin season (1 May - 15 Aug) we sail past the puffin islands Akurey and Lundey, inhabited by thousands of puffins. From there it takes us only 15 - 20 minutes to get to where the whales are. In the whale watching tours you´ll see whales in their natural environment, quite up close and personal. The friendly guides and captain point out where to spot the whales on the surface of the sea and give you interesting information about the different kinds of whales you can expect to see.
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went on a 2 hour whale watching trip on one of the larger ships. Although there were a good few people on board, they all spread out and you will find a good place to watch out for these amazing sea creatures. You can...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank BrookeMorales
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Brooke, Thank you for the review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Minke whales and white-beaked dolphins are two of the four most common species that we encounter. While summer is the high season for whales, we can never...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Almost missed the trip, but Amelia Rose was a cosy cruiser. Mar, our host was very welcoming, tried very hard to spot the whales and dolphins for us. I spotted 2 whales (for a few seconds) and many dolphins, a few playing by the boat...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After having our previous whale watching tour cancel on us, we last minute were able to hop on board a special tours boat and go out to see whales. We were not expecting to see many, but we ended up seeing a humpback and a...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Brenna, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you were able to join one of our tours to see the whales, and will pass the compliments along to the guide. Minke and humpback whales are two of the four most common...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely big boat, warm overalls to wear. And whales!!!!!! Saw Minke whales one even breached. And whilst the guide was talking to us looking forward i was looking back and I saw quite a few my husband missed. Then Humpbacks. Blowing and when the tail...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to the guide and crew. Minke and humpback whales are two of the four most common species that we see on our tours,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great, humoristic staff, and a really nice steady ship. The prices for coffee, drinks etc was fair and the atmosphere was great. We booked the trip at "getyouguide" this was around1850 isk more expensive per ticket that if you buy it directly - so lesson...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to the guide and crew. We are running our Instagram competition so if you were able to get any good or fun...More

Reviewed May 14, 2019

Had a fantastic puffin tour this afternoon. Lots of puffins but also a porpoise and very impressing lots of gannets close to the boat – woaw! The guide was excellent and well educated and she and the experienced skipper created a really good atmosphere on...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Anders B
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Dear Anders, Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your puffin tour with us. We will also pass the compliments along to your guide, Íris. While puffins are our summer superstar, the islands where they nest are home to a...More

Reviewed May 12, 2019

We took the rib express into the bay! The guide, his name was Emile or something icelandic, was very friendly and well expertised in whale and sealife information. During our first trip we took we some pieces of the whales, but the guide itself considered...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Koen v
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Dear Koen, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your RIB Express Whale Watching tour with us, and will pass the compliments along to Emil, your guide. We're glad that you were able to join us on a second tour...More

Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

It was amazing! Whale watching was on my bucket list since I saw Free Willy and if I had the chance I’d go again any time!More

Date of experience: April 2019
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your whale watching tour with us. We love our whale friends and are always happy to get to share them with our passengers. We are running our Instagram competition so if you were...More

Reviewed April 25, 2019

We have been on whale watches before, and not seen a single whale. However, this was different! We saw more than one type of whale, as well as porpoises. The crew were very nice, and informative. The boat itself was very clean, with plenty of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Dear Karen & Brian, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to the crew. In April we had many sightings of all 4 of the most commonly spotted species, so...More

Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

The tour was great! I took the 13:00 tour and the tour left on time. As it wasn't quite summer we only saw humpbacks; 4!! A couple were even very close to the boat. Andrea (the boat) was large, sturdy, clean and very well maintained....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Cila M
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Watching Reykjavik - Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Dear Cila, Thank you for the review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to the captain, crew and Julian, your guide. Humpback whales are one of the four most common species that we see,...More

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don2154
May 6, 2019|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Don, Thank you for the question. On our Classic and Express Whale Watching tours & Puffin Express tours we do not have an age limit. Children 0-6 are welcome to join free of charge, and children age 7-15 receive a 50... More
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robalveston
September 17, 2018|
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Hello, and thank you for the question. Faxaflói Bay, where we sail, is a protected area for whales where hunting is not allowed. Last year we contributed to discussions that led to legislation which extended the protected... More
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travelingmontez
July 17, 2018|
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Hello, and thank you for the question! We do not see blue whales on our tours as the bay is far too shallow for them here. They are typically seen further out at sea or up north where the waters are deeper. The four most... More
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