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About Special Tours
Special Tours operates sea adventures from Reykjavik city centre with over 20 years of experience. Whale Watching tours are operated year round, with additional tours consisting of Northern Lights by Boat, Puffin Watching, Sea Angling, RIB Express Whale Watching and a New Years Fireworks Cruise. Special Tours Wildlife Adventures is known among passengers and partners for its ambitious & hard working team, aiming for great adventures for every tour and for every client. Our main focus is comfort and personal service, while making sure we protect and respect the environment. We have a skilled & friendly crew, as well as an experienced guide on every tour.
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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Discover Iceland’s majestic marine life—look for minke whales, humpbacks, and dolphins—on a whale-watching cruise through Faxaflói Bay. The convenient tour departs from Reykjavik and offers an express version for those short on time, making it easy to fit the tour into a busy vacation or one-day layover. Along the way, enjoy marine-life photo opportunities and learn about the surroundings from your guide.
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3 hours
from $89.35

Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided boat cruise from Reykjavik. The still waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from a guide, sip a warm drink on board (own expense), and enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected).
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2 hours 30 minutes
from $89.35

Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

Visit Iceland’s famous puffin colony on a boat that is specifically designed to bring you as close as possible to the rocky island. While many cruises only let you see the birds from a distance, this vantage point enables you to watch the seabirds up close in their natural environment. Plus, this express trip is only an hour-long, making it easy to fit into a busy vacation schedule.
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1 hour
from $53.61

Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
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3 to 4 hours
from $96.50

Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
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3 to 4 hours
from $134.62
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de82 wrote a review Aug 2020
Sanremo, Italy31 contributions18 helpful votes
We went for a whale watching trip with rib boat.... So so amazing! We saw whales and white dolphins, the trip with this speed boat is very funny. Very reccomended!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the whales. We have been seeing mostly humpback whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins throughout the month :) Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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TheNorthman wrote a review Aug 2020
Germany3 contributions1 helpful vote
Very well organised. Also prepared for windy/wavy days (you can get pills against sea sickness). We had a nice, friendly and humorous US-boy as our guide and he did a good job. We saw many whales and were able to take fantastic photos. We sailed on a smaller boat (less tourist because of COVID-19). I decided for pick up at my hotel. The driver was on time and in a good mood.
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Response from specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the whales, and will pass the compliments along to your guide, Jonathan. Whenever conditions are a bit windy we offer the complimentary sea sickness tablets in our ticket office and on board :) Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your time in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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SaraRafaelle wrote a review Aug 2020
Pardubice, Czech Republic109 contributions3 helpful votes
We bought a combo of whale watching and puffin tour. Both from harbour in Reykjavik. Professional, helpfull staff, great guides (thanks Jonathan!). Sea sickness tablets available for free. We had no whale sightings the first time so we could go any other time until we see the whales. Second time (the next day) was a success. Thank you for this amazing experience!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours
Responded Aug 20, 2020
Dear Sara, Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your Whale Watching and Puffin Express tours with us, and we will pass the compliments along to Jonathan and the rest of our crew. Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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Ösp S wrote a review Aug 2020
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We were so lucky! We saw so many whales and jumping, feeding, waving, cleaning themselves and so much more! Close up and further away it was unreal! Thank you so much!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the whales - it sounds like it was quite an active afternoon in the bay :) Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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Movi71 wrote a review Aug 2020
Oslo, Norway79 contributions38 helpful votes
We did both a rib tour and a fishing tour with Special Tours, both trips are very much recommended. The rib tour took us out first to see some puffins and then whales. The guides where very knowledgable and the speed and the size of the boat made it easy and convenient to move close to the whales. It was a fantastic experience. If you want to see whales and get close to these fascinating animals I would choose a rib trip compared to regular whaling boat. We also had a nice fishing trip with another boat. All got to fish and all caught fish. The kids loved it. I would definately go again. Special Tour is a safe choice for your Tours. No reason to look elsewhere.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your RIB and Sea Angling tours with us, and we will be sure to pass the compliments along to the guides and crew. Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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