Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From US$ 151.69 per person


Look for whales in their natural environment on an exciting whale watching tour aboard a rigid inflatable boat. Get up close and personal to the magnificent animals in Faxaflói Bay and enjoy amazing views of the coastline of Reykjavik.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Discover the whale feeding grounds off the coast of Iceland
  • Enjoy a scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • See the puffin nesting grounds during the summer months
Full description

Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

  • Guided boat tour
  • Suspension seats for extra comfort
  • Warm overalls, life vests, gloves and goggles
  • A visit to the puffin island nesting grounds in the summer
  • Scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • Ticket to the Whales of Iceland Museum
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Meals and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)

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Meeting point

Meet at the local tour operator's ticket office at Aegisgardur 5E, 101 Reykjavik.

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Important information

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  • The tour is dependent on the weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 155 reviews

Review summary

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Our guide Dominique and captain «Yoda» made sure that we had a very fun and interresting experience. As a marine biologist Dominique had plenty of knowledge, and she enthusiasticly shared interresting facts with us on the way. We truly enjoyed the tour.

March 24, 2023

Honestly such a cool experience! We’ve whale watched a few times, but always by bigger boats. Highly recommend giving the RIB a try, it’s honestly so cool to be that close to whales and puffins! We even saw some dolphins on our trip. Highly recommend!

March 24, 2023

We had a very good experience and the guide and captain were fun, helpful and informative. The whole crew was busy spotting whales and we saw a humpback whale very close. The cool thing was also that we were the only boat at the spot. Seeing the puffins were also very nice, and on the boat speeding over the water was fun. Definitely a recommendation!

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 151214