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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, both of which include round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels.


  • Faxaflói Bay whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik
  • Watch out for harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and humpbacks
  • Learn about some of Iceland’s most majestic native wildlife from an onboard guide
  • Choose between a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, or a 2.5-hour high-speed boat version

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What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Watch out for whales on your Iceland shore excursion!

Following pickup at your Reykjavik hotel, you'll be transferred to the city's Old Harbor. Choose between an express 2.5-hour, high-speed tour or a 3.5-hour cruise at time of booking.

Step aboard your comfortable boat and pull on a pair of thermal coveralls to protect you from the Icelandic elements. Find a comfortable spot on the deck and settle in for the scenic ride out into Faxaflói Bay. If at any point you get chilly, make your way into the warm indoor viewing area, where hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase. 

As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. This company has a 90 percent whale-spotting success rate, so have your camera at the ready. In the unlikely event that you don't see any wildlife, you'll receive a complimentary ticket for a second whale-watching excursion. 

At the conclusion of your eco-adventure, return to shore and board your land vehicle for drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Rosalia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

My girlfriend and I had a great time!! The guide was great. Very energetic. She was just as excited to see the whales as we were!

Noor Adzlin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Did not manage to see any whales but lots of dorsal fins spotted. Bundle up especially during winter. The weather is harsh.

f.bordon Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Overall I believe this was a great overall animal friendly experience! You got an amazing overview of the coast off Reykjavik and the crew were absolutely amazing! We unfortunately did not see any sea life so we were given a rain check for another time. We personally were prepared for this as given the time we went end of November the chances were slim.
The boat ride was very choppy which they warn you ahead of time at the ticket desk but luckily they provide free nausea tabs that I highly recommend you take at least 20 minutes before setting off if you are like myself and get sea sick easily. They helped me greatly! I definitely plan on going back and rebooking!

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Saw no whales but good day out.

Brenda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We arrived in Iceland at 7:00 AM and took the excursion at 1:00 PM. They were on time in picking us up at our hotel, and the whole excursion was really good. We saw one whale and dozens of dolphins! It was a good way to spend the afternoon, and I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Stuart D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An excellent tour. I know it can't be guaranteed but we saw Minke Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, what an experience. The crew were so friendly and knowledgeable and made the trip that extra bit special. Highly Recommended.

Annabel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well organised with a well informed guide. We saw harbour porpoises, dolphins, minke whale and a hump backed whale. Loved the experience and would thoroughly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very enjoyable afternoon whale watching we were lucky seeing minke and humpback whales as well as dolphins

kay h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was excellent. The staff were welcoming and helpful. We were issued ideal warm gear to wear for the duration of the trip. The guide was informative and we saw a number of minke whales, albeit at a distance. A most enjoyable trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed this experience, the boat ride in itself was a novelty and we saw dolphins and whales when we were out, so it was a sucess. The tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgable about fish which was really motivating. We were picked up from our appartment and taken to the harbour and everything ran really smoothly. I would definitely recommend booking this tour through Viator and would put in on a' must do' list if visiting Iceland

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