Greatly increase your chances of seeing whales in the wild—and, in summer, puffins—on this guided boat tour from Reykjavik's Old Harbor. Riding in a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), with no more than 12 people aboard, means that you can travel more quickly between the best whale-spotting sites. In summer months there will also be a stop at Akurey island, a popular breeding ground for puffins.
Traveling aboard a RIB means you can get between sites quickly and up close to Akurey
Greatly increase your chances of seeing whales with a guide who knows their favored feeding sites
Small-group tour for a more personal experience
Includes all necessary equipment, such as warm overalls and gloves
This was such a great experience for me and my partner! The lead guide Jonathan was super knowledgeable about the animals that we saw on the way, including the puffins "running" across the water and the other sea birds! We managed to see three humpbacks during our tour out and it was AMAZING! We were literally meters away from a humpback and her calf, spraying water and displaying the flukes! The boat experience was one of a kind, such a smooth ride considering! The shock resistant seats really made all the difference. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for something fun to do outside in Iceland in their free time! And the visit to the Whales of Iceland museum afterwards was also good! It is an obviously great place to take kids, and even though we don't have any, we found the museum to be interesting and so cool to see models of the whales we saw on tour!
Had a great time on the RIB boat! They had overalls for us, along with the life jacket, gloves and goggles. Great guide who explained lots about the whales, we saw a minke whale but only for a little while so they said we could come back again for free another day. It was like a roller coaster, so much fun!
Beware. Prior to going out they told us that it was kind of rough out there, so I asked how big the swells were and got an answer of about 1-2 feet. The swells were 3-4 feet and having had a 34' boat I know we should not have been out on a 20 feet boat in 3-4 feet swells. About halfway into the trip the boat came down so hard down on the seat my back took the brunt of it and it felt like all of my discs had been smashed together. I've not had any back trouble up until this point, but I do now. I figured I'd tough it out despite the pain, but there was a child behind me who was crying and one behind him who was whimpering so I raised my hand and asked if they could slow down. Their response was that they couldn't. Needless to say, they cancelled the next tour, but they should've cancelled ours. The rest of my trip to Reykjavik required lots of ice and heat on my back.
They have had a bad season so I suspect they took us out because they needed the tour, but it was completely irresponsible on their part.