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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour

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  • See whales and dolphins just outside of Reykjavik 
  • Experience Iceland’s wildlife even on limited time 
  • Chance to see a range of whales and dolphins 
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour
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3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 9am
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 5pm
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
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Overview
Humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales patrol the Reykyavik coast, but you’ll have to leave the shore for the best chance of spotting them. This whale-watching cruise goes deep into the natural habitat of Iceland’s whales and dolphins, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxafloi Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
What to Expect
Make your way to a location in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, and then board a whale-watching boat for a cruise on Faxafloi Bay.

You’ll see views of Mount Esja, Akrafjall, and other landmarks on Faxafloi Bay as you cruise, with trained guides to watch for wildlife and help identify what you see. Some of the most common species are humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, but some lucky visitors may even see blue whales, one of the largest animals on earth.

The cruise is designed to reduce environmental impact, pollution, and disruption to the animal habitat, so you know your whale-watching experience won’t harm Iceland’s spectacular coastal ecosystem. Whales or dolphins are spotted on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. Should you not see a whale or dolphin, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket for a second tour.

Note: To ensure the best whale-watching opportunity when conditions in Reykjavik are rough (especially in winter), the tour may depart from other harbors, such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði, or Hafnarfjörður.
Reviews (164)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Fantastic

A definite must do. Everything is very well organised (including supplying everyone with a not very flattering but necessary survival suit in case of sinking!) and the whole tour ran like clockwork. They even give you seasick tablets before boarding just in case!!! We saw...More

Thank JoyI341
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An incredible experience!

This was the first time I had been whale watching and it didn't disappoint! They provide warm comfy outfits if you want to use them, I was lucky and had quite calm sea, and also managed to see Orca! Megan who was running the day...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Katie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
One off the bucket list!

Amazing trip from start to finish, Megan our guide was full of knowledge and interesting facts. The boat was big and well equipped. We were lucky to have calm seas and dry weather. We saw white beaked dolphins and two different humpback whales. I hope...More

Thank KerryGordon87
Reviewed 3 November 2018
Great morning trip!

I really enjoyed this trip so much. I love boats, harbours and all things nautical so I was going to enjoy this whether or not the whales appeared. As it happened, we had two sightings of Minke whales, plus cormorants, guillemots and eiderducks flying around....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Linda D
Reviewed 22 October 2018
Fun

Nice tour! Saw 1 minke whale, 3 dolphins, and a lot of puffins. If you get seasick alot, make sure to take the medicine they give you. You can sea the whales easier if your on the front of the boat. Bring a coat because...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank cmn133
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Response from Phil K | Reviewed this property |
It depends on weather etc.. Should be ok, give tour company a call and ask.
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