Whale watching excursion from Reykjavik

Whale watching excursion from Reykjavik
This offer is very popular
148 people chose this activity this year

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English, German
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 16 y/o
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate 1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Reykjavik Sailors: Hlésgata Vesturbugt E101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Experience the best Iceland has to offer with spectacular Whale Watching opportunities and unique tours that offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you. Get ready to get up close to some of the world's biggest mammals!

Experienced guides will take you on this 3-hour whale watching adventure on a safe and well-equipped boat with warm overalls, heated spacious indoor cabins, a nice bar and WiFi. Departing from the historic Old Harbour in Reykjavik, you will sail into Faxaflói bay in search of Minke and Humpback whales, Dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Killer whales. In addition to these diverse water creatures, you will also experience the spectacular views of the mountains and islands around Reykjavik as well as the wonderful birdlife.


- Find giants in their natural environment in the Atlantic Ocean

- Spot Minke whales, Humpback whales and Dolphins

- See all the other aquatic species, all sorts of wildlife

- Enjoy the splendid scenery around the coast of Iceland

- Informative commentary from experienced guides


Please note that you should schedule to be at our departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.

- We start our trip from a beautiful harbour in the city centre and sail out to Kollafjöður, where you can see the island in the bay.

- Videy Island is known for the Lennon/One Peace tower, Richard Scerra's 'Milestones', and other attractions, along with great birdlife.

- Then we continue on to Faxaflói Bay, popular for whale and bird watching, sea angling, and also great fishing grounds.

The mountain ring seen from the bay, among which Snaefellsjökull Glacier may be spotted on clear days, is particularly beautiful.

Activity requirements

All minors must have authorization from their parents.

Special terms

All excursions are subject to weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. If there are no sightings on the tour, you'll be able to use your ticket to join the next available trip.

Please note: Whale Watching is a natural activity governed by the laws of the weather. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather, the Whale Watching ticket is refunded if the following tour was not joined before or you can change your reservation to the next available day.

If you don't see a whale, you have the option to take the tour again for free.

Please be aware that due to environmental reasons during certain times of the year our trips may be delivered on a shared boat with one of our partners. At Reykjavik Sailors, we are committed to ensuring the environment is kept pristine by making sure fewer boats are on the water.

Before your tour:

Please, check the DAILY DIARY on the tour provider's website and your EMAIL inbox (or spam) before you come for the tour. All the important daily information about all tours will be notified via email or on the website.

Pick-up information:

Pick-ups must be booked a minimum of one hour before the tour's departure time, all pick-ups booked after that will be discarded.

If you chose the pickup service, pickup starts 60 min. prior departure, please be ready at the pickup point at this time.

If you did not choose pickup service, please meet us at the Reykjavik Old harbour pier 30 minutes before departure.

Pickup service (round trip) fee applies to first boat tour, if due to lack of sightings tour is joined for free again, pickup service must be added and paid again.

  • Experienced guides
  • Life vest and warm flotation overall
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Seasickness tablets
  • Audio guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese)
  • Pickup is available for extra charge
  • Snacks and beverages are sold on board
Do not forget to bring
  • Warm clothes
  • Photo/ video camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncreen
  • Good footwear
Meeting point
Reykjavik Sailors: Hlésgata Vesturbugt E101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Get directions



Average rating
4.5 / 5
Very good
The guide was perfect. He knew so much about all the sea mammals
  • 5 / 5


Fahrt und Service ok
  • 3.5 / 5

Erste Tour wg. Wetter abgesagt. Nächsten Tag schon ausgebucht. Am Tag der Tour keine Wale gesehen. Erneut der Tag drauf ausgebucht. Somit 4 Versuche unternommen. Sorry dafür kann ich keine 5 Sterne geben.

Top activiteit in het centrum van Reykjavik !
  • 4.5 / 5

Ondanks de slechte weersomstandigheden en de wat wildere zee toch walvissen gezien! Ongelooflijke ervaring op een prachtig stuk natuur. Pilletjes voor zeeziekte liggen klaar aan de balie.

top activity with top company
  • 5 / 5

Great experience. We saw so many whales and three different types of species. Could not be better...

Good trip unfortunately didn’t see anything
  • 4 / 5

We absolutely loved our outing at but as we cannot control nature we weren’t so lucky and didn’t see anything

  • 5 / 5

Unfortunately we did not see any whales, but we saw some dolphins. We knew upfront there is a slim chance to see whales, but they could rename the tour to "Wildlife Watching" instead of Whale Watching

No Wales unfortunatly
  • 5 / 5

Although perfect weather no Wales sighted

Lots of whales
  • 5 / 5

Whale watching

Good Trip !!!
  • 5 / 5

Good day on the boat.

Great tour
  • 4 / 5

Was very good. Due to bad weather we didn’t see any whales etc. The offered everybody on the shop to book a free tour. This offer never expires. We booked a new tour (a week later.) Now we had nice weather and did see whales and dolphin’s. Great

Great tour
  • 5 / 5

Looking for whales

  • 5 / 5

Whale watching

Au rendez-vous une prochaine fois
  • 5 / 5

Bonne balade en mer, personnel attentif et aux petits soins de ses passagers. Malheureusement pas de baleines ce jour là mais c'est une raison pour revenir en Islande une autre fois.

  • 4 / 5

Was fun. Sad we didn't see many whales up close though.

Wale watching
  • 4 / 5

Brilliant guide, great boat, skillful captain. However no one serving at the bar and the waterproof suits were a bit worn and smelly.

Whale watching
  • 3 / 5

Whale watching

Highly Recomended
  • 4.5 / 5

The captain stopped the boat when the whale was near to us, trying to follow slowly the animal

Would do it again!
  • 4 / 5

We saw humpbackwhales and even Somerset orcas! I loved the tour! Unfortunatly we had to do a 1h bustrip in a very crowded bus from the harbor to the actual boat. That was the only negative point.

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