3 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:2.5 hours or 3.5 hours

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

Wave goodbye to Reykjavik Port and head out on a whale-watching cruise around Faxaflói Bay! Choose from two shore excursions – a leisurely 3.5-hour cruise or a 2.5-hour high-speed cruise – and then sit back and relax aboard your sightseeing boat. Watch out for porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales that swim in abundance around the area, and learn all about them from an onboard guide.


  • 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!

Choose from a 2.5- or 3.5-hour shore excursion at a time to suit you – morning or afternoon – and then hop aboard your whale-watching boat at Reykjavik Port. As the harbour slips from view, watch out for the incredible marine life for which Iceland is famed as you head toward the waters of Faxaflói Bay. Your guide will hand you a pair of warm (and waterproof!) coveralls to wear, should you need them, enabling you to sightsee without feeling the cold.

Listen to your guide explain the different species of whales that are found in Iceland, and hear captivating tales about encounters with these magnificent sea creatures, getting tips for the signs of life that you need to look out for. The waters around Faxaflói Bay are home to porpoises and white-beaked dolphins as well as whales, and the creatures often surface close to the boat; have your camera ready!

Since most of your whale-watching experience takes place out on deck, temperatures can be chilly. So warm yourself up by heading inside the boat’s luxurious viewing area where hot drinks and light refreshments can be found (own expense).

Your cruise has a 90 percent success rate for seeing whales, but in the unlikely event that you don’t see any your guide will give you a complimentary ticket for another boat ride.

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. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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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