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Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour, Whales of Iceland Exhibition

4.2 / 5

63 reviews

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour, Whales of Iceland Exhibition

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From US$ 97.66 per person

First, take a whale-watching boat out to spot the majestic whales in their natural habitat. Then, visit a spectacular museum where you can learn about whales in an interactive way.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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English, German, Icelandic, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Polish, Finnish
Wheelchair accessible


  • 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 museum, with its fascinating life-sized whale models
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.
  • 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

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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
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This experience was amazing! It was so cold but overalls were provided to help keep you warm but I’d recommend thermals as you want to be outside as much as possible to avoid missing the sighting. We saw a whale for about an hour and it came up close to the boat, the boat moved around so everyone could have a good look. Photos were taken by the guide so you didn’t miss the sighting trying to get a picture. We also saw a seal a couple of times pop its head up. Overall amazing experience and would highly recommend.

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January 19, 2023

Excellent experience!! The boat moves, but you have to hold on tight. For me, the best part is the back of the boat, it moves less and the captain is very skilled so it is possible to see whales from anywhere on the boat. But without a doubt the best thing is the exhibition of the whales, it seemed incredible to me to see them in real size.

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June 13, 2022

This was much more eventful than whale watching I've done on the east coast of the US. We were fortunate to have several whale sightings some within a few hundred feet from the boat. Dress for colder temperatures and stronger wind than on land. Our captain pointed the boat straight at whales that we sighted so position yourself to have a good forward view vs. picking one side of the boat or the other. We saw humpbacks and minke whales. I was hoping to see orcas but I learned later than orcas do not frequent these waters because their prey do not live in this area. The Whales of Iceland exhibit was a nice add-on and a great way to visualize the true size of these animals. It's worth a visit and we were in/out in under an hour.

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April 24, 2022

Product ID: 149819