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  • Reykjavík: Whale Watching from a Luxury Yacht

    1. Reykjavík: Whale Watching from a Luxury Yacht

    Come aboard a luxurious yacht and see the incredible wealth of marine wildlife that lives in the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík City. See some of Iceland's majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises on this small-group whale watching tour. 

     

    Your ship sets sail from Reykjavík's Old Harbor and sails among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík, providing you with fantastic views of the city as you search for the wildlife in the water.

     

    Spot minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. If you're lucky, you may even see a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species.

     

    Make the most of three panoramic deck areas aboard the luxury yacht, moving about the decks to get the best views and take advantage of great photo opportu...

    Very friendly staff, we saw a humpback Whale, 2 different minkey whales and some white nosed dolphin's. Very informative and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would recommend.

  • From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

    2. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour

    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 occasi...

    Seeing Humpback whale for the first is amazing and the guide was interesting to listen to - and her singing too.

  • From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

    3. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

    Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty in a single area. Take in the dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, golden beaches and sparkling fjords. Visit charming fishing villages, such as Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Admire the spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, including Kirkjufell and Ljósufjöll. Cast your eyes on the black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur, see the majestic glacier of Snæfellsjökull. Tour at a leisurely pace and experience the magnificent scenery of the peninsula at ease. The 10-hour tour takes in a variety of landscapes in a compact region, immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." 

    This was a fantastic tour. You spend a lot of time on the road but you get to see so much in just one day. The landscapes are awe-inspiring as are the tales that accompany them. Peter, the guide, told us histories, myths, and legends along the way. Mount Kirkjufell is breathtaking. My best photos of the trip came from this place.

  • From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    4. From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

    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 and take great photos before you a...

    An excellent trip! Well organised with a very friendly and knowledgable guide!! Saw two whales which was magical! Would very highly read this trip!! Thankyou!!

  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip

    5. Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Trip

    During this full-day (10-hour) excursion from Reykjavik you’ll travel along the Snæfellsnes peninsula and through the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged and dramatic landscape by the shore. Visit the the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, see the rock formations and hear stories about famous shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy the view of the world famous triangular mountain Kirkjufell, which was used to depict the Arrowhead Mountain in the series Game of Thrones.  With some additional stops along the route you’ll get a good overall sense of the magical influence of the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

    I gave 4 stars because of waiting for 30 minutes for picking up. I should be there at 7:30, the tour starts at 8 and bus arrived on time. However, the guide was excellent and he explained us everything and showed lots of things.

  • Reykjavik: Small-Group Golden Circle & Fridheimar Farm Tour

    6. Reykjavik: Small-Group Golden Circle & Fridheimar Farm Tour

    A professional guide will accompany you as you visit Iceland’s natural wonders on this 8-hour minibus tour. The Golden Circle route covers a 300km loop from Reykjavík to central Iceland and back. Highlights of the tour include spectacular natural formations, geysers, waterfalls, lakes and more. Visit Thingvellir, a pivotal landmark that connects all the major events in the founding of the Icelandic commonwealth. It’s also the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic divergent ridge. Stop at Fríðheimar farm, owned by the same family since 1995. The family, besides growing tomatoes and cucumbers, are passionate about horses. Enjoy a truly unique experience and meet the Icelandic horses up close on a visit to the stables. You might get a chance to pet them and maybe take a selfie! Lunch (at your own expense) will be held in the greenhouse where you will have the possibility to purc...

    The guide was awesome. The sites were stunning. We very much enjoyed all the stops. The farm was delicious and the horses were so interesting. We had some detours on the road due to construction, but we were able to come back to the missed stop later so our time was extended but we didn’t miss anything.

  • From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by Speedboat

    7. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by Speedboat

    Get back to nature and look for whales off the coast of Iceland aboard a brand new RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) equipped with 12 suspension seats to enhance your comfort and safety. Make your way to the meeting point in the old harbor of Reykjavik and put on the provided warm waterproof overall, life jacket, googles and your own whale watching scarf. Depart from the harbor and pass the Harpa Concert Hall and Sun Voyager sculpture. Continue to Faxaflói Bay, where up to 23 species of whales, along with dolphins and seals can often be found. Look for the magnificent creatures in their natural environment and encounter sea birds of various species. Keep a look out for the puffins that come to lay their one egg on the many islands in Faxaflói Bay as you cruise up close. Ask your guide any questions you have and hear interesting facts about the whales and other wildlife.

    Great tour guides, full safety gear provided, great rib ride also and they did their best to find us Whales, we saw some dolphins, all round amazing experience!

  • Reykjavik Buggy Safari Tour

    8. Reykjavik Buggy Safari Tour

    A buggy tour is quite a thrill. You and your buggy buddy will feel the wonder of the pure air and spectacular views that make Iceland special – and all only a short trip from Reykjavik. It’s safe, spectacular and about the most fun you can have with another person. Your buggy adventure begins with a pick up from your Reykjavik hotel* and the short drive to base camp on asphalt road before taking the road off-road. Next, you’ll meet your buggy, and your guide will give you all the safety instruction you need to have fun with confidence. Then the adventure begins, as you head for the mountains and some truly breathtaking views. These brand new 4×4 buggies are fully automatic, fully inspected and road legal. They are also bursting with excellent safety and design features, such as the roll cage, safety belts and double A-arm front suspension. All of which makes for a buggy ride that’s as s...

  • From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Trip by Express Boat

    9. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Trip by Express Boat

    Join the Whale Watching Express tour for an unforgettable experience in Iceland. Climb aboard a faster and newer boat, which will take you to the whale watching grounds in just 20-30 minutes. The boat has a high cruising speed, making it great fun for the adventurous. The express boats are fast and are equipped with the latest technology and numerous luxury amenities, your safety and comfort are assured on the water, both inside the cabin and out on deck during your time at sea. This also means that you will get to the whales in much less time, fitting this enjoyable experience into your busy schedule when visiting Iceland.

    I've only been on two whale watching tours. But this boat - BIG so steady - but FAST so not wasting time getting to the whales, made al the difference. Options for everybody - inside, outside, top, front, back! They had warm waterproof gear for everyone too, but even with various size options they were bulky. I had brought my own snow board pants and a winter coat, which worked really well for me.

  • Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

    10. Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

    Step aboard the Puffin Express for a charming bird-watching adventure led by local experts! After departing from the Old Harbour of Reykjavik, your hour-long tour will take you out into the surrouding Faxaflói Bay, to two nearby islands, Lundey and Akurey. These islands are covered in small hills and slopes and known for their colorful birdlife. Once arriving at the islands, the boat's engine will be turned off so that you can observe the native birds and beautiful surroundings. A licensed, English-speaking guide will provide details and answer questions about the Puffins, as well as other birds you will likely see, such as Northern Fulmars, Gulls, Arctic Terns, and Black Guillemots. All of this takes place on an old wooden boat, Skúlaskeið, which is fondly referred to as "Old Skuli." It is spacious enough to hold 33 passengers but not too big, in order to ensure that your tou...

    Short and to the point. You get to see many puffins and the guide was very knowledgeable.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,645 reviews

The tour was great and the guide we had was the best. We went on 9/11 and we could not have been happier from the weather to the guide. We must mention him more then once. The trip covers everything and is encompassing to say the least. If you want to see Iceland do this and the Southern tour, you cannot go wrong. We got to see seals, all kinds of mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, formations, you name it we got to see it and was on time as all trips are. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

We all were collected right on time in a comfortable bus. Peter or guide took wonderful care of us, and snapped loads of photos during our excursion. The gear provided in addition to my smart wool base layer kept me warmer than I expected, which allowed me to focus all my attention on the beautiful and unique scenery. The cup of hot chocolate and biscuits after we returned to base was a tasty treat. Fantastic job. Team Arctic Adventures. I can't wait to snorkel again with you! Many thanks!

Absolutely amazing experience! Very efficient pick up and transfer from Reykjavik to Silfra. Great guide Timos who took safety very seriously but also provided helpful tips for the trip and made sure everyone was warm and dry. He also took photos. The under water scenery is fantastic, the water is cold but not unbearable and it’s crystal clear. Definitely one not to miss.

Terrific guide who was very committed to hunting the Northern Lights. Gave us great insight into what causes the Northern Lights including some of the mythical/magical stories involving the elves.

Celebrated my 50th bday with my sisters. Mr. Ian was wonderfuk and fun tour guide, very knowledgeable and very nice. Till next time Iceland!