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Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion

Product ID: 63016
Experience the best Iceland has to offer with this whale watching opportunity. See a variety of whales by the coast on this tour that operates year round, including the minke and humpback whales and whale-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the great variety of whales and other marine animals near Reykjavik
  • Discover Iceland’s bountiful variety of whales, dolphins, and porpoises
  • Take in the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast
  • Learn about the different species of whales
Full description
Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of the island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins.

The peak season for whale watching extends from April to October, but of course the ocean is always full of magical creatures and you never know what you might see. This boat trip gives you the unique opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast.

Whale Watching tour last for:
Winter - approximately 3 - 3.5 hours
Summer (1.06-15.09) - approx. 2 - 3 hours at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM- will be provided with the faster boat so the time on the spotting area will be the same just sailing to that point and back to harbor would be shorter.
Includes
  • Experienced, friendly and professional guides
  • Warm flotation overalls
  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Seating area outside and inside
What’s Not Included
  • Snacks and beverages (sold on board)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Hlésgata Vesturbugt, 101 Reykjavik at 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM

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Important information
What to bring
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• The best season to spot whales is summer. The chances of spotting whales may be lower at other times of year. Whale watching is a natural activity that is subject to the weather. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather conditions please contact the supplier to reschedule. If there are no sightings during the trip, the ticket holder can use the booking number to reschedule the tour for another time. The ticket is valid for another tour with the tour operator in the future
• Please be aware that due to environmental reasons during certain times of the year your trip may be delivered on a shared boat with one of the tour provider's partners. The tour provider is committed to ensuring the environment is kept pristine by making sure fewer boats are on the water during slower periods
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 314 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, the captain was very informative and humorous. We didn't get to see any whales on our first trip (although I'm convinced I saw one) but we were able to book again for free, which we did, for the next day. The crew try very hard to ensure you see whales and communicate well whit other boats for the best areas to head to. There was also a good sense of team work as passengers were encouraged to let everyone know if they saw any whales. On our first trip we saw lots of porpoises close up and on our second trip we say a minky whale several times.

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March 3, 2020

Really great tour. Guide had you looking out for signs as they where they might be too. 200+ pairs of eyes definitely better than 1. We saw dolphins and a minke whale. The whole experience left you feeling exhilarated. The water was a bit choppy but it was fine ( and they even offered sickness tablets at the ticket desk if you thought you might be affected). One thing though - and this seems to be about most tours - or at least the ones we did, they like a paper copy of the itinerary/ticket. Having booked mine before we came here. I opted for the mobile ticket (save a tree and all that) and on every occasion had to go to the ticket office to show the mobile ticket where they then print off one to hand in on the tour. So maybe it’s a good idea to print them off before you leave home.

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February 20, 2020

We didn’t see whales we new it was the wrong time of year really we did see a couple of porpoises which was lovely. It was impossible to hear the guide anywhere other than the top deck. The crew were very friendly I saw the porpoises and told them and they immediately turned the boat around. Didn’t have any good but it smelt lovely.

February 7, 2020

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Reykjavik Sailors

Product ID: 63016