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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Watch for minke whales, dolphins and humpbacks on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik, and take in views of the coast from an open viewing platform or an enclosed cabin. Get the ultimate whale watching experience during the peak season from April through October, when over 20 kinds of whale flock to the North Atlantic. Cruise the harbor in comfort and style, enjoy access to an indoor saloon stocked with snacks and drinks (sold on board), and spot Iceland’s diverse aquatic species with help from the experienced crew.
  • Reykjavik whale watching cruise on a comfortable boat
  • Enjoy access to outside decks and an enclosed cabin
  • See Iceland's wildlife in a natural environment
  • Explore the coast from the water

What's Included

  • 3-3,5 hours Whale Watching tour
  • Experienced and professional guides
  • Free ticket to join again in case of no sightings
  • Warm flotation overalls
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
  • Complimentary seasickness tablets available
  • Audio guide / headphones in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Snacks and beverages sold on board
  • Pickup is available for extra charge

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Reykjavik Sailors
    Hlésgata Vesturbugt F101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    Note: Pick-up starts 60 minutes before departure. Pickup service is available for extra charge. If pickup service is not chosen - please meet us at departure point at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NOTE: You should schedule to be at our departure point at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • Please, check our DAILY DIARY before you come for the tour, all the important daily information of all our tours will be notified on our website.
  • If you have a boat tour booked, please check your email before the tour as all important daily information will be notified via email.
  • We recommend wearing good footwear and warm clothing. Don´t forget to bring your camera to take amazing photos!
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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This is a good trip for someone who has never seen a whale in the ocean, but maybe not so good for someone who has been on other tours that were closer to the whales.
Was end of season though, so not as many as summer, but still great experience, whale watching in Iceland is a must!
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Whale watching fun
Kayla_A, Aug 2022
We got to see a couple of whale sightings, it was totally worth it and the crowd had lots of energy which made it even more fun.
Booked one got a different one………
Paul_R, Jul 2022
We did see whales and that as nice but we booked a 3-3.5 hour whale watch with o e company and we got a 2 hour whale watch with another. Bait and switch is what it felt like.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are proud to offer the best price on the market. In order to operate our tours, the most environmentally friendly way, we have made the decision to partner with other companies in Reykjavík. This also allows us to offer you the best price on the market. We do our best to make your time on the boat enjoyable with information provided by guide about ocean mammals and we also do our best to spot the whales. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Awesome experience
Daisy_C, Jul 2022
Loved it!!! The kids enjoyed it!!! It was a great experience! The staff were amazing and very friendly!!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. Glad to hear that your kids enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Whale of a time!
Neil_H, Jul 2022
The chance to see humpback and minke whales and the dolphins up so close was fabulous, recommend the tour to anyone, well guided by Iris. And watching the puffins fly by flapping their wings like crazy is excellent!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your review. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Tour at Atlantic Ocean without whales meet
suddhasatwa_R, Jul 2022
No whales shown up they know after sailing they talk only dolphins. Tour is good if they say only Altaic ocean tour. Take out whales part.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello As we are working with wild animals, sightings can never be guaranteed no matter what time of year you sail. Whenever nothing is seen on a tour we offer a free ticket to try again. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
6 Whales
ELIZABETH_T, Jul 2022
This was a great trip and the tour operator was very knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to spot 6 whales (2 varieties). It was a beautiful day on the water and a great experience!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your great review, such a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and our service. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Nice whale/Boat ride
Brad_H, Jul 2022
We had 10 of the family with us from 9 months to 70 years old. This happened to be a low wind , high sun, not many cloud day. I.E. a perfect day for a boat ride. We did see a few Minke whales for and instant and two Humpback whales. My rating is what i would give a first time whale watcher as one actually saw whales. The hump backs were not in the mood for out of the water splash breaching nor diving showing their tale. The tour spotter was very enthusiastic.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Thank you so much for your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us, and we hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
Whales? NO!
Grigori_T, Jun 2022
Everywhere on the web it is written that you MUST go to whale watching. Guys please, don't do it. Just waste of money. Do you really think that you will see the whale jumping out of the water like on the title picture of this tour? Ha ha ha. Let me explain how such a tour is going on. First part: Boat goes not far from the shore (you see Reykjavik clearly), then "guide" says with microphone: "look on 10, look on 5, look on 3, look on 12" (these are hours). There are no whales at the time visible only whale fountains. Guide sees them, but till they will say and you will figure out and turn your head - you see nothing. Second part: There are some whales with fountains and several boats (all boats doing tours that day will end up at same place). Whales start to swim in different directions. Each boat picks one whale of their choice and starts to follow that whale. "Guide" is only telling: "look on 11, on 12, on 1, on 12, on 12". If you are inside the boat, there is no chance to see anything because front of the boat is not visible from inside. You must go outside and stand on the upper deck. Luckily outfit is provided and you will not die frozen. After some time following the whale, it will show some part outside the water, maybe fin, maybe tail. As soon as this part will be shown. Tour will be stopped. That's it. Congratulations - you have seen the whale. Third part: going back and "guide" will tell something about whales and show you whale bones. If you will ask the "guide" about "well, was it it?", they will say - you know, maybe today is not so good weather (too hot/cold/windy/rainy). If you will miss the final moment and don't see anything - it is your problem.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your review. We do offer always all passengers a free tour if their tour they joined was not successful, it is according to our conditions and best solution for everybody as we do provide you a 3 hours tour by boat with the crew and we do our best to make your time on the boat enjoyable with information provided by guide about ocean mammals and we also do our best to spot the whales, sometimes with more success and sometimes without a success. You are welcome to open our DAILY DIARY page on our website, you can see there our daily sightings. We have days when we see a whale jumping out of the water and we have days when we see a tail or any other parts. Whale Watching tour takes place in wild nature and any human is not controlling. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Disappointment
Reetta, Jun 2022
I booked the trip from this tour organizer as they were offering hotel pick-up. After booking I noticed that the pick-up was missing from my confirmation. After several attempts to email / whatsapp / call I was left waiting unanswered and when asking for refund received exceptionally poor treatment. Cannot recommend to anyone.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Your reservation do not include the pick up service. Optional pick up and drop off on request starts 60 minutes before departure. Pick-ups must be booked with a minimum of one hour before the tour departure time. We are very sorry but since the tour was going as scheduled and you did not join the tour, we can only offer you another tour, anytime in the future as we mentioned to you by email. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Great day out
Georgina_H, Jun 2022
We saw 3 species so wonderful day out. Our guide was great and so helpful. The humpback whale so close we could see him really closely.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
First class service
Andrew_B, Jun 2022
Seeing whales, dolphins, porpoise and puffins not forgetting all the other seabirds! The crew and guide Massimiliano were first class and the waterproof thermal gear was appreciated!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for sailing with Reykjavik Sailors, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Very nice tour guidec
That_C, May 2022
The trip was incredible the view was beautiful . It was so nice Gil and Sid were great tour guides .
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Definitely recommend it!
Maryam_S, May 2022
Amazing experience! We saw several Whales, Dolphins, and Puffins! Loved the easy access and friendly staff.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your great review, such a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and our service. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Whale of a tail
Angela_S, May 2022
Most memorable seeing two Humpback Whales. We also saw a Minke Whale and Harbour Dolphins. Puffins were feeding we didn’t realise how small they are. The Captain and guides were extremely knowledgeable on marine life and the damage pollution is has caused. Would definitely go again
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Worth the trip!
Annie_W, May 2022
Highly recommend! This was easy to find and an enjoyable boat ride! We didn’t see as many whales as we had hoped but the guide was super informative and we learned about the ones we did see! Highly recommend.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. Our crew will be really happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us! Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
We did see whales, but not exactly close up and personal
Mal_T, May 2022
Meeting point was easy to find and the boat was right there. Big warm waterproofs were provided… you don’t have to wear them, but we did. Our tour was pretty quiet, so easy to find a place on the many outdoor deck areas to take pics. Also, if your own pics aren’t great, you can log on to the boat operators blog next day and access their pics too. The guide with the mic was very knowledgable. All I would say is be realistic with your expectations. If you see a whale at all, you might just see it’s back coming out of the water a little, or it’s tail rising up as it dives. You’re very very unlikely to see a whale breaching (rising right out of the water) but this is typically the type of photo used by Viator for publicity purposes.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you for your honest review, we truly appreciate your feedback. I will definitely pass compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
An unforgettable experience
Niamh_C, May 2022
An amazing experience, our guide was extremely knowledgeable, funny and warm. We got to experience an unforgettable sight, humpback whales in their habitat and dolphins.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Magical experience
Andrea_S, Apr 2022
We were so lucky to see orcas and humpback whales! They explained how they try to find the best spots without using harmful methods such as radar, and the guide was educational and very passionate about the animals. The boat also has a small kitchen where instead of just having pre-packaged snacks, they can cook sandwiches and waffles, which also made the experience very cosy. Would recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
Whale Watching April 2022
Paul_G, Apr 2022
Well organised trip and we did manage to see two dolphins, a humpback whale and one Puffin. Shame it was raining, but there's nothing we can do about the weather. But the hot chocolate was excellent as a warming up drink.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. We love getting our guest feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
Fantastic tour
MAY_W, Apr 2022
Fantastic unmissable experience. It was rebooked due to bad weather, but we were kept informed!! The company messages us to explain that due to a storm, no boats were going out from any company. We easily rebooked for the next day. No trouble at all, and they were very friendly. The boat was great, we went on the 'Andrea' which had a mini-museum of whale bones and coral - as well as overalls to borrow so you don't get wet / cold It also has a cafe with hot drinks onboard!! The guide on-board was very kind and knowledgeable, telling us all about the habitat etc. AND WE SAW WHALES! AND DOLPHINS!! Absolutely incredible. Book this tour if you come to Iceland xxxxxxxxxxxx
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
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