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Faxaflói Bay
Snuggled between the peninsulas of Snaefellsnes and Reykjanes in southwest Iceland, Faxaflói Bay has long held economic importance to Icelanders. Fishermen used to catch rations here that would feed entire villages. Nowadays, Faxaflói Bay isn’t exactly the fishing hub it once was, but it retains its historical significance.

The Basics
One of the area’s main attractions is Videy Island in Kollfjördur Bay, a branch of Faxaflói near Reykjavik. Videy is the setting for the multilingual Imagine Peace Tower, commissioned by Yoko Ono. The island is also home to Milestones by American sculptor Richard Serra and is the final resting place for the Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson. Additionally, Videy Island is home to the country’s oldest church, with some settlements dating back to the 10th century. 

Several types of cruises departing from Reykjavik take passengers into Faxaflói Bay. Your options include whale-watching and puffin-spotting tours, as well as nighttime northern lights cruises and New Year’s fireworks cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Faxaflói Bay is a must-visit for nature lovers.
  • Videy Island offers works of art that appeal to fans of art and culture.
  • Some tour operators offer combination cruises that include whale watching during the day and the northern lights at night.
  • With a network of trails, Videy is easily explored on foot, and it offers sweeping views of Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

How to Get There
Videy is accessible via a 20-minute ferry ride from Reykjavik. Boats leave daily from both Skarfabakki pier and Aegisgardur harbor in summer, while winter service runs only on Saturday and Sunday from Skarfabakki. The best way to explore Faxaflói Bay is on a guided cruise from Reykjavik.

When to Get There
Whale-watching cruises are on offer year-round, but the best time to spot whales is in summer, which also offers the chance to see puffins nesting. However, the northern lights are at their peak in winter, and Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower is only lit between October and December.

Videyjarstofa
The former home of Iceland’s first sheriff and so-called “father of Reykjavík” Skuli Magnusson, Videyjarstofa is one of Videy’s few buildings. The house is now used as a cafe, museum, and gallery displaying paintings by renowned Icelandic artists. You can browse the house’s book collection, which includes the first Icelandic Bible.
Address: Reykjavik, Iceland
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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided, 2.5-hour boat cruise from Reykjavik. The still waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from a guide, sip a warm drink on board (own expense), and enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected).
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Whale-Watching Tour from ReykjavikDolphin & Whale Watching

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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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.
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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from ReykjavikSuper Savers

Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from ReykjavikSuper Savers

Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience two of Iceland’s most incredible natural sights as you go whale watching and search for the Northern Lights with this package of two separate excursions from Reykjavik. Climb aboard your boat to search for the Aurora Borealis, a spectacular celestial display of colorful lights triggered by magnetic storms. For your second excursion, head out again by boat into Faxaflói Bay as you search for the area’s incredible marine life, including humpback whales, minke whales and harbor porpoises, among others. Both trips include hotel transport (if option selected), guides, warm coveralls and Wi-Fi on the whale watching cruise.
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Sea Fishing Experience from Reykjavik4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Sea Fishing Experience from Reykjavik

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Enjoy an unforgettable angling trip on Iceland’s icy waters on this sea fishing trip from Reykjavik. Whether you’re an aspiring or experienced sea angler, pull on some warm coveralls, and sail into Faxaflói Bay on a comfortable fishing boat. Then, with instructions from the crew, set up the supplied fishing rods and bait, and wait for a bite. If you’re lucky, catch species such as cod, halibut and haddock, and choose to either barbecue them on board or have them packed in a crate to take with you!
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New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise in ReykjavikNew Years

New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise in Reykjavik

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See in the New Year in style on this 1.5-hour New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise in Reykjavik. Hop aboard your vessel in Reykjavik’s harbor and wrap up warm against the winter chill. Cruise out onto the waves and admire panoramic views over the Icelandic capital’s city lights twinkling in the darkness. Relax in the indoor saloon or step onto the open decking, and head far out into Faxaflói Bay in comfort. As midnight approaches, sip Champagne with friends old and new and raise your glass to the future!
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