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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales during this whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. A naturalist guide talks about the biology and behavior of these magnificent marine mammals while you look for signs of their presence. Stay warm and dry in provided thermal coveralls as you keep your eye out for whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Choose from a 2.5-hour high-speed express boat option or a full 3.5-hour tour, both of which include round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels. 


  • Faxaflói Bay whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik
  • Watch out for harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpbacks
  • Learn about some of Iceland’s most majestic native wildlife from an onboard guide
  • Choose between a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, or a 2.5-hour high-speed boat version

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What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Watch out for whales on your Iceland shore excursion!

Following pickup at your Reykjavik hotel, you'll be transferred to the city's Old Harbor. Choose between an express 2.5-hour high-speed tour or a 3.5-hour cruise at time of booking.

Step aboard your comfortable boat and pull on a pair of thermal coveralls to protect you from the Icelandic elements. Find a comfortable spot on the deck and settle in for the scenic ride out into Faxaflói Bay. If at any point you get chilly, make your way into the warm indoor viewing area, where hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase. 

As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. This company has a 90 percent whale-spotting success rate, so have your camera at the ready. In the unlikely event that you don't see any wildlife, you'll receive a complimentary ticket for a second whale-watching excursion. 

At the conclusion of your eco-adventure, return to shore and board your land vehicle for drop-off back at your hotel. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We saw Minke whales, Humpbacks, black Dolphins, blue dolphins and baby Dolphins. The staff on the boat were qualified in marine biology and very knowledgeable they were able to recognise species from a distance and give us a lot of background information on them.

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide was really great, easy to understand and pointed out a lot of stuff. They kept us on the boat until we saw the humpback!

Chloe H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Strongly recommend booking through Viator for your special tours whale watching tour. The morning trip was cancelled due to weather so we'd been booked straight on to the afternoon tour which took place. We went out on a yacht so I am not sure we had drinks etc facilities or overalls but we stayed on the top deck throughout which was the best place to be. Even though it was cold we got a little wet with some big waves but we had a great show and it really was amazing seeing the whales. Departed promptly and back within the 3 hours as we'd had that great a show. Crew were great, told stories and gave info. Great tour, cannot fault.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour guide was humorous and informative and whenever wildlife was in the water he could clearly point out for everyone on board where to look. We had a very successful trip following a group of porpoises into a bay where then we saw three humpback whales. We were able to get very close to some of the most majestic creatures I have ever seen. I understand others who have done the tour did not have as much luck but I had an excellent experience. There was an option for thermal suits for those who were a bit colder but one the day I went, I didn't find the weather too bad at all.
Definitely worth a look if you're in Reykjavík!

Justyna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip, we managed to see about 5 humpback whales really close to the boat giving us a little show. There was lots of tail lifting, rolling under water and even a jump. During the tour the crew also provided lots of information regarding whales. I would be happy to go again and highly recommend.

Matt L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The crew were very attentive and the information we were given was precise. Any one who wanted/needed a warm over suit was offered this as part of the trip, sea sickness pills also readily available. Of the four different boats in the ocean at the time, i really believe we had the best opportunity to see more than the others. We saw a pod of at least 10 dolphins, at least 6 humpback whales, 3 minke whales and also two other types native to the area. I took the trip with my 12 year old daughter and we both felt that the tour was professional and we really had fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an excellent tour, very professional and we were lucky enough to see two humpback whales. The crew were friendly and very helpful. The talk was informative and kept even the smallest children engaged. Would highly recommend this tour company.

Patricia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fabulous trip we were not expecting to see whales as friends had been and not seen any and another told us it was to early for whales to be present. How wrong were they we saw a mother and calf lots of tail lifting and spouting . We then saw 2 pods of dolphins also with their young these were actually spinning out of the water. Staff on board friendly and the crew were great at telling you where the whales were surfacing so you didn't miss them. Small shop on board to get hot drinks crisps etc. Would recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic trip. Very efficient. Lots of knowledge.

Due to the weather, we couldn't sail out of Reykjavik, but another harbour that's 20mins away. We were kept up to date and even offered a sea sickness pill if we wanted to take them.

Managed to see a humpback whale. Stunning. Crew very very good at helping us keep an eye on the whale and which side of the boat to look at. It's natures wonder, so you don't know if you are going to see it or not, but the crew do all they can to find a whale and keep it in sight. Fab worth every penny

Karen Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a lot of fun, we saw several whales and dolphins. I would highly recommend this.

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