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Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching


Certified Operator     Tour Operator: Elding Adventure at Sea     3 hours     Travel method: Boat     Region: Capital Region

Enjoy a magical 3 hr. cruise into Faxaflói bay with our expert crew and specially trained naturalists in search for the whales and wildlife of Reykjavík. The landscape surrounding the bay adds that something special to the experience and is certainly not to be missed.

Meet us at our red and white ticket office by the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík where you will exchange your pre-paid voucher for boarding tickets. A few steps down the pier you will find our Visitor Centre, facilitated on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. That is where you will meet crew. Head downstairs to the hull of the boat and stroll through our unique wildlife exhibition; the only one of its kind in the world!

On board you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a heated indoor saloon with large viewing windows, a cafeteria where you can buy light refreshments, toilet facilities and a cloak room where you can borrow our blankets and overalls for the duration of the tour. You can stay outside in the fresh air but you are also welcome to settle inside the heated lounge and observe from within. One of our excellent naturalists will give a live commentary throughout the tour and notify you of any sightings as we go.

The most common species encountered on our tours are the minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we see other species such as killer whales, fin whales, sei whales and long-finned pilot whales, however they are not as common. The whales are most abundant in summer, giving us a great chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment while they are feeding on fish and krill near our shores, although each year continues to surprise us with the variety of wildlife we see in winter, and our research shows that more and more whales are staying in the area all year round!

Since this is a wildlife tour, we urge you to manage your expectations and keep in mind that we can never predict or guarantee sightings of any kind. In case we don't encounter any whales or dolphins, we do not offer refunds, but instead give out complimentary tickets so you have the opportunity try again another day.

As the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, we advise you to plan ahead and dress accordingly. In case of unfavourable conditions in the bay, the itinerary may be altered (often resulting in a slightly longer tour) or the tour could get cancelled altogether. You will be notified of any changes as soon as possible, but we suggest that you have a look at our online whale diary to check for updates.

Combine this activity with Puffin Watching in the summer or with a Northern Lights Cruise in winter! You can also check out some of our other combo tours that we have put together!





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What is included

  • 3 hr. whale watching tour
  • Use of warm overalls and blankets
  • Excellent live guidance in English
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Access to our Wildlife Exhibition
  • Heated indoor saloon
  • Large viewing windows
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Pictures taken by crew (if any)

  • 3 hr. whale watching tour
  • Use of warm overalls and blankets
  • Excellent live guidance in English
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Access to our Wildlife Exhibition
  • Heated indoor saloon
  • Large viewing windows
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Pictures taken by crew (if any)

Important information

  • Sturdy footwear 
  • Warm clothing (thermals, hat, scarf and gloves)





  Attention

It is always colder on the water than on land so wear good sturdy shoes, dress warmly and put on the provided warm overalls when needed. 


For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise this tour is weather dependent. 

We abide by a Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching. Thus each encounter is on the animals terms and distance may be kept to minimise disturbance.

Click here for more information on the cetacean you might expect to see on the tour.


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