Guided tour

Reykjavik: Whale Watching + Whales of Iceland Exhibition

Reykjavik: Whale Watching + Whales of Iceland Exhibition

From US$ 93.91 per person

First, take a whale-watching boat out to sea and find these majestic beings in their natural habitat. Then, visit an interactive exhibit where you can experience how large and fascinating these beautiful creatures are up close.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
English, German, Icelandic, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Polish, Finnish
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Sail on one of the largest whale-watching boats in Iceland
  • Spot marine life, including whales, in beautiful Faxaflói Bay
  • Visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition, with its fascinating life-sized models of Icelandic whales
Full description
Board your boat in Reykjavík's Old Harbor and sail to Faxaflói Bay. Faxaflói has a rich variety of wildlife, but you'll most commonly spot minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and humpback whales. Ask your knowledgeable guide any questions you have throughout the tour and they'll be happy to answer.  You'll also visit the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. The exhibit features 23 life-size models of all the whale species found in Icelandic waters. Immerse yourself in the exhibit with virtual reality headsets, information stands, audio guides and videos. After the exhibition, grab a coffee and pastry at the café and relax in the exhibit's dreamy ambiance. Whales of Iceland offers two live-guided tours every day, available at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. This is free for all ticket holders. Note: You can choose the order in which you do these two activities.
Includes
  • Guided boat tour
  • Thermal overalls on boat (also available in children's sizes)
  • Free WiFi
  • Free ticket to visit again if there are no sightings on your tour
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Parking
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the local partner's office for the tour. The Whales of Iceland Exhibition is located at Fiskislod 23.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please be aware the best time for whale watching in Iceland is during the summer months (from April-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 and shoes. Sunscreen is also recommended in the summer
  • Please note that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you do not see anything on your tour, you will get a complimentary ticket to visit again
  • German available as a second language on the Andrea (from May 1 - September 30)
  • Whales of Iceland offers audio guides in many different languages, just ask for your language when you arrive
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Whale watching was very nice, but only suitable for people without seasickness. the captain performs rather quick turning maneuvers when sea creatures appear, so that one or the other has failed for a short time even when there is little sea. Survival suits are available on board, these should be used in any case, especially in the colder months of the year, since sometimes punishing speeds are driven to see something ...

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November 2, 2019

Exciting!

After the trip to the open sea, we saw dolphins and minke whales with the help of the guide (a marine biologist). And then we actually saw a humpback whale. This impressive moment was only brief, because after a couple of times the whale finally submerged completely. But it was great anyway!

July 29, 2019

Good trip.

The whole excursion was good. Saw whales and dolphins on our trip and we loved the exhibition. Just a few points, we went in February, the sea was rough. We were given sea sickness tablets but our six year couldnt, so he got seasick. My advice would be to buy some seabands, just in case. Also, we did the whale watching first, then had to race over to the exhibition before it closed. If we had known we would have done the exhibition in the morning, to give us more time.

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May 9, 2019

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