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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Product ID: 41926
Set off on a fantastic whale watching boat to spot some of the Atlantic Ocean's most magnificent mammals. You’ll be on the lookout for minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and more. If you don’t see a whale, you’ll get to go on another trip for free!
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Sail from Reykjavik on Iceland’s largest whale-watching ship
  • Rest assured, if there are no whales you get another ticket for FREE
  • Stay warm and cozy with overalls supplied by the crew
  • Relax at the café or browse the Souvenir shop
Full description
Leaving from Reykjavik’s old harbor, you’ll sail in style on the Andrea, the largest whale-watching ship in Iceland. In the summer, you can also join an express tour on a faster express whale watching boat.

The waters off Reykjavik are rich with aquatic life. Most commonly spotted creatures are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises – and even humpback whales.

The Andrea features spacious public viewing areas as well as a deck that offers fantastic 360-degree views of the stunning environment. There’s a café on board that serves a range of refreshments and a souvenir shop. The experience is built on a special Educational focus, with a microscope, baleens, and whale teeth on board for passengers to learn about the whales and other sea life.

Humpback Whales are often spotted from the boat as well as Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and occasionally Orcas.
Knowledgeable guides are available to answer any questions you may have and to help you spot these wonderful creatures of the deep.
  • Guided whale watching tour
  • Warm inside seating and large windows
  • Warm overalls provided on board
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • English-speaking guide
  • German-speaking guide (available as a second language from May 1 to September 30)
What’s Not Included
  • Transfer from your hotel to the harbor
  • Hot drinks and refreshments are available for purchase at the café lounge on board

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

This tour starts at Reykjavík’s old harbor, only 5 minutes walk from the city center. We recommend that you arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please consider that the best time for whale watching in Iceland is during the Summer months (from April until September)
• The chances of spotting whales may be lower at other times of the year
• To make your excursion even more pleasurable, be sure to bring warm and comfortable clothing
• Spacious and comfortable inside areas are available with larger windows for better viewing
• Please note that sightings of wildlife can not be guaranteed. If you are not able to see anything on your tour you will get a complimentary ticket to try again
• Please note that the tour is dependent on correct weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
• Please be aware that the conditions may be rougher than expected when sailing out to sea. Please take the necessary precautions to prepare yourself if you are susceptible to seasickness
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 1099 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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All staff members were helpful and kind. Despite not seeing any dolphins or whales on our first trip it was still an amazing day. My son loved looking at all the information on the lower deck too. Would highly recommend. Also take some sunscreen between the sun and sea we got a little sun on our cheeks.

13 March 2020

The guides were friendly and very informative. I really enjoyed the talk about whales and showing us of the vertebrae of various types of whales which puts into perspective the size of them and the dangers of whaling. It was a shame we didn't get to see any whales however we are able to book another day free of charge. Facilities were also good- there were warm overalls and anti sickness tablets available though the sea was relatively calm when we went.

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13 March 2020

Of course it is a matter of luck whether you see a whale or not. However, the crew does everything to make a sighting. You also get some interesting information about the animals that can be seen. Free tablets are available for those who get seasick quickly. If it is too cold for you, you can go below deck or rent one of the warm overalls. We were lucky enough to be very close to a humpback whale. Our guide took some photos of the animals themselves, which you can view online the day after the tour.

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12 March 2020

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Product ID: 41926