Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise - Reviews

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Observer Mover

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

I doubt whether many of these trips actually discover whales and mine did not. But it did not matter because for 3 1/2 hours I was on the same body of water that Vikings once sailed. The ship was just fine. If you needed a snack or hot coffee, you had a snack bar. If you wanted to jump into thermal overalls, there was plenty to go around. If you wanted to stay warm inside, there was plenty of viewing room inside. We ran into several groups of dolphins, but to me, to be there in Iceland, sailing far out and away from Reykjavik, that was all I needed to thoroughly enjoy this tour. I highly recommend.

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

Lynn B

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.

DeLynn S

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2017

We did see whales but not very close.

Chuck United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

The cruise itself was fine. A nice boat. Plenty of space to move around.

On the down side, the boat was not really handicapped accessible. Many people were getting seasick along the way.

And, oh yeah, there were no whales. We got an offer to go on another whale-watching cruise in the futurebut will we ever return to Iceland to take them up on the offer?


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.

Stella P

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2016

It's a must do when in Reykjavik.
The thing is you have to be in the front of the boat to see anything. The water was a bit too bumpy and even with the seasickness pill it's still a bit rough to move around the boat.
I was behind and to go all the way to the front without throwing up was too tough, sadly.
Luckily, because not everyone saw whales, they gave us a new ticket to collect whenever we're back in Reykjavik.

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

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.

David M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2017

Wot whales? We saw nuffin.

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..

Ian P

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2016

Unfortunately we missed the tour because of a long transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Craig B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2014

We only saw a tip of whale's spine. We did enjoy our tour guide and boat ride but you could see other passengers getting frustrated and queezy. The boat kept driving in circles chasing down a whale that barely surfaced once.
I recommend showing a real status of the tour. I was expecting to see what you advertise with this whale leaping out of the water. This did not meet our expectations.

Suzanne C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
September 2013

quite disappointing. we saw a grand total of four (4) dolphins! Weather was rainy,damp and cold..the cover-alls were much appreciated. The boat had a full 'crew' of young people hoping to see whales,many of these folks became sick as the ship tossed and turned in the rough waters. There was no offer of a beverage as is listed in your tour bio. Finally we were informed that they used no sonar-radar devices to spot the whales merely relying on human sightings. I've been on several whale watch cruises before and thought this was a standard used by all boats offering this tour.

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