Western Region, Iceland
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Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

1. Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of this island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. Have an opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. The peak season for whale watching runs from April to October, but of course, the ocean is always full of magical creatures, and you never know what you might see. Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. You will be free to listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales, and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast as you spot local wildlife. Take a break and warm up in the heated indoor area. Relax on board the boat and enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating, and purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. You will experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at higher speeds, and will be able to share your adventure live on social media with the onboard WiFi.

Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

2. Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

Hop aboard a RIB speedboat and head out for a thrilling adventure just off Reykjavik's coast. Marvel at the abundance of sea life Iceland has to offer, such as majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Begin your tour from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor and cruise among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík. Admire fantastic views of the city and its landmarks like the Harpa concert hall as you search for wildlife in the water. During your tour, pass by Engey, the second-largest island of the Kollafjörður (Faxa Bay) fjord in western Iceland. Also cruise past Lundey, literally “Puffin Island” in Icelandic, a small uninhabited island off Reykjavík’s western coast. Enjoy the chance to see incredible animals in their natural habitat without being overcrowded onboard the boat. And if you don't get lucky with wildlife sightings on the day you go, you'll receive a complimentary ticket to try again another day.

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

3. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

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.

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Depart Reykjavik and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a bus day trip to experience Iceland's diverse natural beauty. 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. This tour takes place a variety of landscapes in a compact region which was immortalized by Jules Verne in his book, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." 

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

5. Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

Discover the puffins of Iceland on a wildlife watching tour by RIB Boat, These boats cover a larger area and get closer to the puffins than on a conventional vessel. Watch the birds as they nest, dive and fly, and learn about their characteristics as you cruise around the rocks and cliffs. Make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour in the early morning and meet the captain of your RIB. Listen to a short safety briefing, put on your provided coveralls, climb aboard, and take hold of the grab rail as your boat sets off. Take in the views of Faxaflói Bay as your RIB zips out over the ice-cold waters. As you cruise, watch for Iceland’s wildlife, including the many species of sea birds that frequent the bay and its islands in summer. As well as puffins, gannets, auks, fulmars, and Arctic terns all visit the local waters. Bump over the waves toward the rocky islands and sea cliffs, and sail up close to the rocks and inlets to view the puffins that nest here between May and August. As you watch the puffins, listen to interesting facts about the species from the expert guide and captain. Hear about their natural behaviors and diet, and snap photos of them nesting, diving, and flying as you sail around the little inlets.  After about an hour on the sea, arrive back at Reykjavik harbor where your puffin watching cruise ends.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

6. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Kerid Crater Trip

Embark on a trip around the beloved Golden Circle, a must-see area you cannot miss during your time in Iceland. Enjoy three stops on the classic route and some staff favorites as extra stops. Visit Kerid Crater (entry included) and stop for lunch at the Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Head to the Thingvellir National Park first. Learn the history behind this park and get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. Next, visit the Laugarvatn geothermal area. Discover the original geyser, Geysir, and its little brother, Strokkur, which is still active today and erupts every 5-8 minutes. Set up your cameras and catch this spectacular activity. Then, see Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, and spot the Langjökull glacier on the horizon if it’s sunny enough. Stop at Fridheimar Tomato Farm just in time for lunch (not included). Learn about the use of local geothermal energy and experience how this process works. Before the end of the trip, visit another secret staff favorite: the Kerid volcanic crater in the Grímsnes area. Marvel at the caldera that’s 55-meters deep and 270-meters wide. At the bottom, find an amazing aquamarine blue lake.

Stykkishólmur: 2-Hour Sea Kayak Tour

7. Stykkishólmur: 2-Hour Sea Kayak Tour

This 2-hour sea kayak tour is the perfect opportunity to discover Iceland's nature and wildlife at its best. Escape the crowds on this excursion and travel along the coastline to some of the most remote islands of Breiðafjörður Bay. Enjoy scenic landscapes from sea level and see the surrounding glaciers and volcanoes of the peninsula. The tour will start at the kayak base located in the center of the charming village of Stykkishólmur. After a short paddle, the tour arrives at the first landmark, Landey, the world famous eiderdown harvesting location. Later, the tour visits shipwrecks, including the eerie wreckage of the Thorgeir. Occasionally kayakers spot the king of Iceland’s birdlife, the white-tailed eagle, flying far above or nesting on the islands. The white tail eagle is a rare and unforgettable sight. Then, after a short paddle break, the tour threads between local islands before returning to shore.

From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

8. From Reykjavík: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Full-Day Bus Trip

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on this bus day trip from Reykjavik. Travel through the Snæfellsjökull National Park and visit the charming village of Arnarstapi. Stoll on a black pebble beach, capture pictures of mount Kirkjufell, and admire Snæfellsjökull glacier. Choose a tour with the option of being picked up at your hotel or a stop located near your hotel, or select a tour with a centrally located meeting point in Reykjavík. Board the comfortable bus which has Wi-Fi access, so you can upload your photos on the go. Stop to enjoy the small village of Arnarstapi and take a walk through the rugged beauty of the rock formations on the shore. Visit the gorgeous black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur and see its fantastical rock formations. Listen as your guide tells you stories of the shipwrecks off the coast. Enjoy views of the 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 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour.

The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

9. The Golden Circle and Fridheimar Day Tour from Reykjavik

The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir Hot Springs where the Strokkur Geyser shoots water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in an impressive display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 meters (105 ft.) deep. The tour also includes the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. Additionally, the tour includes a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you can learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat, which Iceland has in abundance.

Reykjavik: 3-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

10. Reykjavik: 3-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

Join an amazing evening yacht cruise on the Amelia Rose to celebrate the New Year and say bon voyage to 2021. The luxury yacht Amelia Rose leaves the harbor at 10:00 PM, and returns approximately half an hour after midnight. The view from the sea gives you the chance of seeing the world-famous fireworks over the city and the surrounding towns. If the skies are clear, you might be able to catch the Northern lights too! Receive a complimentary glass of Champagne as midnight approaches and, as the clock strikes 12, raise a toast to the New Year. Three panoramic decks will ensure that you will get the best view possible of the fireworks, the Reykjavík coastline, and if the skies are clear hopefully catch the Northern lights too.

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What people are saying about Western Region, Iceland

I had a wonderful experience. We were fortunate to have 2 humpback whales play with our boat. They swam around us for 30 minutes or more. Guide was full of information on whales and their behavior.

Fantastic tour. Our guides Patrick and Atti was really amazing. It was really fun to cruise around with the RIB. We did se a humpback whale and a cute little puffin at the end of the trip.

Great experience. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Differently recommend this group.

It is definitely worth including here in the itinerary if you are traveling to Iceland.

Fantastic crew. I got to see a few different whales and had such a great time.