Realize your dream of spotting wild whales in their natural environment on a 2.5- or 3-5-hour shore excursion around Faxaflói Bay from Reykjavik Port. Opt to enjoy either a 2.5-hour high speed cruise or a relaxed 3.5-hour cruise and then embark on an exhilarating whale-watching adventure. Enjoy illuminating commentary from an expert guide as you scour the sea for an incredible array of wildlife; look out for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales as you cruise the beautiful area. Return to your cruise ship well in advance of its departure time on this enriching excursion.


  • Whale-watching shore excursion to Faxaflói Bay from Reykjavik Port
  • See Icelandic marine life up close, like porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and humpback whales
  • Learn about the different species of whales that frequent the waters around Faxaflói Bay
  • Warm up with waterproof coveralls on the boat, if you wish
  • Choose a 2.5- or 3.5-hour cruise at a time that suits your cruise schedule
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

Watch out for whales on your Iceland shore excursion!

Select either a 2.5- or 3.5-hour shore excursion to suit your schedule and then greet your courteous guide at a location close to Reykjavik Port. Feel your excitement heighten as you begin your cruise into the marine wonderland of Iceland. Don some thermal attire to keep the cold at bay and listen to your guide share intimate knowledge about the behavior and physiology of different whale breeds. 

Scour the calm waters for sightings of majestic creatures like porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and humpback whales. Have your camera ready to capture glimpses of the marine mammals and revitalize intermittently with warming drinks and fulfilling snacks served in the luxurious onboard viewing area (own expense). 

Even though your cruise has a 90% success rate for seeing whales, a complimentary ticket for another boat ride will be provided in the unlikely event you don’t see any whales. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Reykjavik Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded.

Customer Reviews

mark r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

great trip got to see some minky and dolphins,my expectations were to high thought i would see a whale like in the trip photo,use their warm gear its brill we were like toast all day

Teresa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Brilliant, the weather was kind to us and we saw two Minky Whales and also Dolphins, wrap up warm as it does get cold but a lovely trip.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

had a great time did not see any whales but did see dolphins. the trip was very good , we were picked up on time no problems.

Margaret F

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2016

A rather disappointing trip as we didn't see any mammals apart from birds. They do not guarantee that you will see anything so we were well prepared not to see anything. The staff were very helpful and gave us all a free voucher for another trip, which compensated for the lack of viewing and wildlife. At least we had a boat trip of around three hours

Frank W

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

Nice boat, helpful crew, lovely guide, but limited viewings-none of minke whale apparently spotted, dolphins only

Sonya G

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Didn't see the whales however nice trip and gorgeous tour guide with amazing sense of humour

Theodor H

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014


Patricia L

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Paper work needed more details for the meeting arrangements. The van that picked us up had the wrong card on display so we were left checking every vehicle that arrived. We did not really see any whales, a brief glimpse of a minky whale. The boat was good and high speed with warm wet proof suits available. Good value and worth doing but viators need to improve the collection instructions and arrangements with the operators.

Guenther H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2014

Time indication for pick up as inaccurate. We were told pick up noon, meant was however between noon and 12.45. We had to call once again to clarify. Crew did excellent in spite of the rough sea. Actually date was bad for whale watching as most big whales were already gone. We did only see a little bit of a mink whale.

Prabhu M United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2014

it was a nice trip on the boat from reykjavik harbour, but spotting a whale is down to your luck, its not 100% or even 50% sure you will see a whale in that 2 hours trip...if you dont get to see a whale tour operator will give you another voucher to try, but that does not guarantee either, so it's more of searching whale, if you find it you are lucky otherwise just a boat trip to the shore..

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