Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

Reykjavík, Iceland

From $100.32

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
  • Whale watching cruise plus entry to Whales of Iceland in Reykjavik
  • Watch for minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins
  • Hear about the marine life of Faxaflói Bay as you cruise
  • Marvel at the life-size models of whales and dolphins at Whales of Iceland
  • 3-3.5 hour Whale Watching Cruise from the old harbour in Reykjavik
  • Entry to Whales of Iceland Exhibition in Reykjavik
  • Watch for minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins
  • Hear about the marine life of Faxaflói Bay as you cruise
  • Marvel at the life-size models of whales and dolphins at Whales of Iceland

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The additional experience of visiting the exhibition adds depth to your understanding of whales.

What's Included

  • Admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition (Open 10:00-17:00)
  • Experienced biologist on Whale Watching tour
  • Use of thermal overalls during Whale Watching - also available in children's sizes!
  • Free WiFi on board and at Whales of Iceland
  • Heated indoor seating areas
  • Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers (available for whale watching on request for an additional cost)
  • Food and drink (available to purchase at both locations)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Geirsgata
    Geirsgata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    Please meet us for the whale watching at our Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11 in Reykjavik's Old Harbour.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Exhibition is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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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Whale watching
Davina_M, May 2022
We were so lucky to see a humpback whale breach to the side of our boat and we saw harbour porpoises too. Jonathan our guide was super knowledgeable and gave us the heads up as to where they were and what breeds were around. Thank you for the use of the warm overalls. Museum was great too, we did this in the morning, the video in the back room especially worth a watch. What a day, one that We’ll never forget! Such a privilege to see these beautiful animals up close. Thank you!
A bit disappointed, no...
Matteo_C, Feb 2022
A bit disappointed, no Whale and the boat was crowded. Don't go if you have motion sickness or it becomes a nightmare. People were kind and provide pills for motion sickness. Only other plus is the free entry for the Museum
A little disappointed
Yara_K, Jun 2019
The only issue I had is that the boat is very big, which has its advantages, however, you are less likely to have time to move around when the captain points out a whale somewhere in the ocean. I was not able to see any of the whales the captain mentioned. Despite that, the boat trip was comfortable and the weather was amazing.
Before booking this trip I read...
MLT, Feb 2016
Before booking this trip I read reviews and didn't really expect to see any whales as its out of season although I was hoping to. I think if I went back again I would give this trip a miss.
Frankly, this tour was a disaster...
Paul M, Nov 2015
Frankly, this tour was a disaster. The weather was quite rough, with high winds, big waves, and cold temperatures. This alone would not have been a problem, but we saw no wildlife on this trip. Admittedly, spotting a whale can be hit or miss but, after studying this more, I found out that the Reykjavik bay is relatively shallow for whales and, at best, you can hope to see Minke whales but no humpbacks. My wife and I had done a similar trip in Akureyri and there we spotted many humpbacks, possibly because of the greater depth of the bay in that part of Iceland.
Super ,dud see any whales but not...
Tony W, Nov 2015
Super ,dud see any whales but not for want of trying by the crew 3.5 hours looking. The added bonus of a visit to the whales of Iceland as a freebie was very much appreciated.