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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The day was kind of overcast, but not too cold. We saw dolphins and many whales. The highlight of the trip was to see a humpback whale breach. While I was not in a position to get a picture, just seeing it happen was amazing. Overall the trip was a total success.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

we saw quite a few whales, and our ship commentator gave clear info whenever there was anything to see. money well spent.

Anita F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Crew and boat were very good. Our guide on spotting the whales and info on them was very knowledgeable, with a great Scottish lilt to make listening easy, as well as easy on the eyes. We saw dolphins, minke whales and even a humpback. The day was gray but ideal for whale watching. We have whale watched in So. California and this was definitely worth it. Beautiful even when overcast.

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The company that Viator use were fantastic. They took us out to sea where we saw numerous Humpbacks one Minke Whale and lots of Puffins and Artic Turns. They showed consideration for the animals but still allowed us great photo opportunities.
The young lady who commentated throughout was very informative, this just enhanced the trip.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. Weather was great, Scenery was great. Our boat tour guides were very professional and very conscious of finding whales for the tourists.

Elke v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Prachtig, echt een ervaring. We hebben 4 walvissen gezien. We deden de toer van 2.5 uur met kinderen van 7 en 10 jaar oud. Hele goede uitleg van de bioloog aan boord. Aanrader


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good tour, excellent guide, saw lots of whales

Jeanette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Jeg havde en oplevelsesrig tur på havet, hvor vi så vågehvaler og masser af delfiner.
Informativ besætning, og en skipper der sejlede respektfuldt ift. hvalerne.
Fin information om hvaler and #34;under dækket and #34;, da vi havde kurs tilbage mod havnen igen.
Kan roligt anbefale denne tur.

Torben M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good guide and a very nice trip with about 30 min. watching a humback whale at close range.

Elizabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We did see some whales diving down , some dorsal fins - very exciting. We were very lucky with the weather it was a warm (for Iceland) day with plenty of sun.

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