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Embark on a unique whale-watching cruise at night, aided by the glow of Iceland’s ‘midnight sun.’ Because the sun doesn’t fully set during the summer months, you can observe the nocturnal habits of dolphins and whales under the colorful light of this northern phenomenon. Learn about Iceland’s native marine life through a multimedia show on board, and spot sea creature splashing around during a 2.5-hour night cruise from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour.


  • 2.5-hour Reykjavik whale watching tour in the midnight sun
  • Learn about Icelandic whales from an onboard multimedia show
  • Make the most of the Icelandic summer sun and see wildlife at night
  • Look out for marine life such as humpback whales and harbor porpoises
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of being at sea by night

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What You Can Expect

Reykjavik Whale Watching Cruise in the Midnight Sun

Look for whales on a midnight sun cruise in Iceland

Due to Iceland’s extreme northern latitude, the sun never fully dips below the horizon during the months of June and July. Take advantage of this magical ‘midnight sun’ with nighttime whale-watching cruise. The adventure begins at the Whale Watching Centre at Reykjavik Old Harbour, where you’ll board a sturdy boat in the evening. Be sure to bundle up, as even summer nights are chilly (warm coveralls are provided if you need them).
As you cruise away from the harbor, watch a short, onboard multimedia show for an introduction to Iceland’s marine life. Once out on the open water, claim a spot on the deck to look out for humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Your ship’s friendly crew will assist in spotting and identifying the sea life. 
Admire the colorful hues of the night sky as the sun hovers just above the horizon, and enjoy the tranquil sights and sounds of the illuminated sea when the captain cuts the engine. Warm up inside the ship’s Wi-Fi–equipped cabin if you like. 
After 2.5 hours on the water, you ship returns to the harbor around 11 pm.

Customer Reviews

Janie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great experience - it was awhile before we saw anything, but our tour continued until we saw a humpback whale. Very memorable!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely recommended! It was fascinating looking at these creatures feasting in the midnight sun. Its a must do in Reykjavic if you like wildlife.

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a great time on the midnight tour! We saw minke and humpback whale, and had live entertainment on the way back. Our original tour was rebooked because of the weather conditions. Eldin tours were very accommodating .

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing way to finish our fabulous holiday in Reykjavik. Saw a humpback whale! Boat was large enough for everyone to get a good view. Optional clean coveralls and blankets provided for warmth. Commentary informative and entertaining. Good live singer inside for the return journey. Excellent trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really nice trip out to watch Whales. We only spotted the one however stayed near the boat for a long time. Crew were really helpful and to keep you warm you are offered a warm overall which I recommend along with the free sea sick tablet. Note Viator suggest complementary hotel pick up this is not true and cost 1000 each way per person.

John J. D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely amazing tour. We received so many interesting facts about the wildlife in the area during the tour. If you have a chance to go on this tour during the midnight sun, do so. The sky was lit up with beautiful colors and the moon and sun were tracking across the horizon together, which was amazing to see. The staff were incredibly helpful and provided hot beverages and free blankets to borrow. This was an incredible experience being able to see the amazing whales, birds and other marine life that inhabit Iceland. Great company, friendly staff, amazing experience.

Dave A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very friendly, professional, fun and best of all we actually saw a whale!

Anamaria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The most amazing experience of my life. It was a magical night, the sun was shining, and upon return we saw a humpback whale. A must do cruise in Reykjavik!!!

Simon H

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Didn't see too many whales, that was towards the end of the trip, before we returned to Reykjavik. The guide was very informative. But what we did see was amazing. But also to be out at sea, so far north, so late with daylight, and then almost sunset. Very surreal.
The entertainment in the bar on the return trip to Reykjavik was great fun.
returned to reykjavik around midnight. Still daylight, although shadowless, with no direct sunlight. Pleasantly eerie!

729 K

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Didn and #39;t see anything, but they did a great job, and offered us a free tour at a later date, even the next day. Lots of fun, too bad we didn and #39;t see anything.

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