Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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From $157.85

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
  • 2-hour whale-watching tour by high-speed RIB in Reykjavik
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • See puffins on the islands near Reykjavik Old Harbour
  • Cover a large search area, and spot whales and dolphins
  • Stop at the Sun Voyager sculpture and Harpa Concert Hall

What's Included

  • Professional marine biologist guide
  • Use of coveralls
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ægisgarður 5d
    Ægisgarður 5d, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    Our ticket office is located at Ægisgarður 5d in 101 Reykjavík at the corner of the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress warmly: Wool or fleece seater, Hat, gloves and sturdy footwear are recommended
  • In the case of no sightings you will get a ticket for an alternative tour
  • Suitable for children over the age of 10 and over 145 centimeters tall
  • Not recommended for travellers with knee problems
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for young children
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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Even seeing the puffins on the cliffs was too far away for me although I could zoom in my camera to take some pictures.
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Wow, simply wow!!!!
Ross_P, Nov 2022
This was truly one of the highlights of our recent trip to Iceland. We were lucky enough to be taken out by Megan, a marine biologist, on our trip and she spotted the whale from afar which led to the most amazing 30 minutes ever! We were the only boat in the vacinity for 30 minutes so had the Whale to ourselves. We saw it Tale Slapping, diving, the mist from the blowhole.....everything! The Whale was quickly joined by a small pod of Dolphins so we were really spoiled.......Cannot recommend this trip enough!
the best whaling experience ever
Flemming_B, Oct 2022
we had the best ever experience with saw both dolphins Minkewhales and a bib male humpback. so professionel and kind staf with so much knowledge and a safe and good handle of our tour ..
Awesome experience.
Barbara_S, Oct 2022
I go whale watching all the time, but after this trip I only want to go on a small boat! Fun, friendly and safe. You can't ask for a better experience. We saw whales and dolphins and got great photos. Highly recommend.
An amazing, unforgettable experience
Nicole_C, Sep 2022
Do this!!! That's all I can say for an amazing, unforgettable experience. We saw a humpback whale, dolphins, porpoises. Beautiful coastal scenery as well.
A fun trip to see nature up close
Valerie_R, Aug 2022
Great crew! They provided a lot of information and we’re diligent in spotting whales for us. The jackets were very warm and they let us borrow gloves and hats.
Charlene_W, Jul 2022
Getting very close to a hump back whale. Our guide was informative, kept everyone safe and we had fun
Awesome experience!
Alexis_T, Jul 2022
Great tour! Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the marine life. We saw lots of puffins and a few whales. Just a heads up - the boat ride is intense, especially when the water is choppy. I loved it but might not be for everyone!
Awesome time!
Misty_G, Jul 2022
Trip was amazing! Guides were very knowledgeable and we spent a lot time watching the whales!! Best boat ride!
Great fun
Stephanie_H, Jul 2022
The staff were helpful and friendly and the trip was well organised. The RIB boat ride out was loads of fun and seeing the whales was awesome. Great trip
We didn’t see many whales...
Alex_S, Jun 2022
We didn’t see many whales because of the weather but sailing the boat was a very fun adventure itself
Amazing chance to see whales up close
Adrian_W, Jun 2022
It's a really great change to get up close to whales. The boat ride itself is fun and the tour guides were very knowledgeable marine biologists. Followed a couple of different whales with multiple sightings over a two hour period
Whale and Puffin watch
Lori_P, Jun 2022
Fransisco was an excellent and knowledgeable guide (marine biologist) and gave us some great information about the Whales we spotted, as well as detailed information about the protected puffins. We were on the small RIB boats and were able to get very close to 5 different humpback whales, including a couple that were travelling together. The company was gave us all of the clothing necessary to keep us warm and dry and were extremely helpful. (More detailed directions about where they were located and where to park would have been very helpful). Would highly recommend.
The highlight of my trip to Iceland
Niamh_W, Apr 2022
I really cannot fault this experience! We were lucky enough to see porpoise, white beaked dolphins and humpbacks (and of course lots of birds), but even if we hadn't seen any cetaceans, the boat trip itself was fun enough and the views looking back onto the mainland were just beautiful (we got really lucky with the weather too). Before even getting suited up in the overalls the staff were extremely friendly and approachable and while out on the water both the captain and our guide were very knowledgeable and again super friendly. I unfortunately can't remember our guide's name but joyeux anniversaire (pour samedi) et merci beaucoup! I received this outing as a present but it is definitely worth the money, I would certainly pay it myself to do it again. It really was the highlight of my 4 night stay in Reykjavik
Stuart_D, Apr 2022
Absolutely loved this. A friendly, knowledgeable crew and we saw puffins, dolphins and humpback whales!
Great whale watching experience
Ellen_P, Apr 2022
Great experience. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat ride was very fun and the overalls provided were brilliant. We saw a few humpbacks and some puffins. Would use Whale Safari again.
Kenneth_H, Aug 2021
Great trip. Staff nice. Saw whales and puffins. Guide took photos which he sent to us which was an added bonus. Weather was really good and sea calm.
Good but unlucky seeing whales
Mair_H, Aug 2021
Nice ride on the boat. Good guide. But we did not see many whales and only from far. We got close to an island to see birds.
Exciting boat cruise
Rebekah_B, Jun 2021
0/10 for whales, but 10/10 for fun experience. We hit some pretty big waves on the way back, so it was like a water rollercoaster 😂 No whales, unfortunately but we got pretty close to some puffins and other birds. And we got a voucher to try again to see whales (which I did. And I did 😉 )
An Absolute MUST When in Iceland
Casper_J, Aug 2020
We were fortunate enough to see a load of Puffins, two Mink whales, a very playful pod of dolphins and a whisper of a porpoise fin on our trip. But even if these elusive creatures had not graced us with their presence, the boat ride itself was worth the money. SOOOO fun! And both the captain and the guide (Louisa) was very enthusiastic and knowlegdeable about the wild life at sea. This is recommened for all ages. Low activity level, high excitement level! Wear a scarf and a hat, even if it’s a warm day. The ocean wind is cold!
Whale safari
Louise_Y, Nov 2019
Excellent trip, sunny dry day. Louise was lovely and the Dolphins amazing, got a glimpse of the Minke whale too, thanks for a great day. Would recommend to all x