Whale Watching Cruise on a Yacht in Reykjavik

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From $89.00

Price varies by group size

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


See Reykjavik from a different perspective and observe local wildlife during this whale-watching cruise from the Old Harbor. Board a spacious yacht, featuring panoramic viewing windows, and sail through Faxalfoi Bay. While you sail, keep your eyes peeled for cetaceans in the water including minke, humpback, and sometimes even killer whales. If you don’t see any wildlife on your tour, receive a ticket for another day.
  • See Icelandic wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Upload your live photos with onboard Wi-Fi
  • Stay warm with provided overalls
  • See Reykjavik’s landmarks from the water

What's Included

  • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase
  • Spacious observation decks
  • Panoramic views
  • Professional guides
  • Warm blankets
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board
  • Hotel Pick up/Drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sea Trips Reykjavík
    Ægisgarður 5b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    We are located at the Reykjavík Old Harbour close to the city's center. It is the main port of departure for whale watching and northern lights tours. *Please arrive at the meeting point 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 125 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Cold but worth it!!!
Janet_C, Mar 2023
Watching the super pod of dolphins!!!! The babies were so sweet. There were sooooo many! What a treat to add numerous sightings of Davy JonesII to the day!! My first whale watch was very successful!!!
Good experience if you manage to see the whales
Joanne_S, Mar 2023
Managed to see lots of dolphins as they circled the boat with one coming right up alongside it Managed to see two hump back whales which was lovely
Lack of available seats
Caroline_H, Mar 2023
We enjoyed seeing dolphins ,whales a bit shy.There were too many people on the yacht ,couldn't hear.
Beware of which season you book
Corley_G, Mar 2023
I feel that this cruise books expensive tours knowing that the likelihood of seeing whales is very low, and offers the opportunity to rebook within three years if no whales are seen, knowing that most people will not take them up on that because it would require a trip back to Iceland. We booked on a whim because we met a couple at a local hotel who had said they were doing it the next day, and we thought it sounded like a good idea so we booked for ourselves a few days later. The day came for our tour, and not only did we not see any whales, we also saw that couple on our boat, which I assume means they didn’t see any on their originally booked tour and decided to rebook on this policy since they were staying in Iceland a long time (we chatted with them a bit, so we know this). When looking it up, I saw that it is most likely to see whales in Iceland from April-August or September, so I feel like they just load up boats of folks paying $150 a head knowing full well the likelihood of seeing anything is low, but the chances they will have to honor a rebook is also low.
Not a good experience
Areli_S, Mar 2023
If you tend to have motion sickness do NOT take this tour. I had motion sickness patch and took dramamine before the ride but these are very rough waters! And you can not go outside much because a lot of water is coming in and it's freezing. And there was NO whales. Waste of time and money for me. The boat is really nice but it was crowded and u have to pay for drinks. Not included. Not even one.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on the tour. We´re sorry to hear that you didn't have an enjoyable experience on the boat ride. We understand that the rough waters, weather conditions, and lack of whale sightings were disappointing for you. Regarding the drinks, it's mentioned in the tour details that they are not included and that passengers can purchase them onboard. As for the crowd, the boat's capacity is limited and we strive to provide an enjoyable experience for all passengers. However, we would like to respectfully point out that motion sickness can affect people differently, and it's difficult to guarantee that everyone will have a comfortable ride, even with the use of motion sickness patches and medication. We do our best to inform passengers of the conditions and provide assistance if needed. We hope that despite the disappointing experience, you were able to enjoy other aspects of your trip. All the best Iceland Discover
Amazing whale watching
Alice_N, Mar 2023
Really good tour. Beautiful scenery. We didn't get to see a whale but we seen dolphins. Definatly recommend to anyone wanting to see whales or dolphins. Freezing cold but boat well equip and friendly staff
Not worth the money
Ebony_G, Mar 2023
The crew had no personality one of them spoke for a part of the trip while trying spot whales however if you where on the bottom or middle deck you couldn’t hear her so basically left to look by your self. The boat was over crowed so if someone spotted something everyone rushed to the other side in the space of 3 hours we seen 2 dolphins. Complete waste of money.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. While we appreciate all comments, we must respectfully disagree with your assessment of our crew and trip experience. Our crew takes great pride in providing friendly and knowledgeable service to our guests. We have received numerous positive reviews from satisfied customers who have praised our crew for their excellent communication and expertise. We regret that the commentary was difficult to hear from the lower decks of the boat. We do our best to ensure that all guests have an equal opportunity to enjoy the views and information provided, but sometimes external factors such as wind or engine noise can make this challenging. Regarding the viewing experience, we understand that it can be challenging when the boat is crowded, but we do our best to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to see the wildlife. Our crew is trained to manage these situations to the best of their ability, and we regret that your experience did not meet your expectations. We hope that you will consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with a more enjoyable experience in the future. All the best Iceland Discover
Chance to see whales in amazing scenery onboard a luxury boat.
Julie_N, Mar 2023
Chance to see whales amongst stunning scenery. Luxury boat which gave you the chance to get out of the cold if you so wished and have a drink from its bar.
Amelia Rose is a...
Louise_L, Mar 2023
Amelia Rose is a beautiful boat- very comfortable inside. Blankets provided . Saw a minky whale and some bay porpoises . Good bar and hot drinks.
Lovely to be out on the...
Kathleen_S, Mar 2023
Lovely to be out on the sea - we didn’t see any whales and am sure it’s not very often it happens. However it’s a lovely trip - wrap up warm as it’s cold on deck. All the crew were very helpful and nice and informative.
A cold, fruitless day.
Marc_W, Mar 2023
The service was fine but the circumstances of the day lead to a disappointing experience. We didn’t get to see any whales but understand we are in the hands of Mother Nature. In reality you are searching for a needle in a haystack. Don’t underestimate how cold it is and how choppy the waters can be which lead to some sea sickness.
Sarah_W, Mar 2023
The yacht is lovely The crew are so nice and so welcoming . The scenery is amazing from the deck, we sat outside the whole trip . Recommend
Nature is an...
Debra_S, Mar 2023
Nature is an unpredictable thing, crew were great however no sea creatures spotted, just birds. Boat company did offer a free cruise another time though.
Darren_W, Mar 2023
After a fairly long boat trip we got to see a Humpback whale (in a harbour) which is apparently where they can mostly be spotted.
Saw a whale!
Kath_k, Mar 2023
Lovely trip out, saw a whale so mission accomplished! Went at the end of Feb, very cold after 3 hours outside (didn't want to get seasick so stayed out, but there is a bar and seating inside). The crew gave useful info on how to spot the whales and plenty of direction on where to look. Top tip - layer up plenty of clothing, neck warmers, hats etc. And then take extra - especially to sit on!
Luxury yacht didn't disappoint
Tracy_T, Mar 2023
Great communication before trip when I contacted via WhatsApp. Communication included directions on how to get to the check in desk. This was a 3 hour tour. We got blankets to keep warm on top deck. Set off 1.17pm, said it would take an hour to get to destination where whales had recently been seen. Didn't see anything til about 2.50pm, by this time we were in a harbour. 3.17pm had to make tracks back arriving at 4.55pm, so trip was longer than 3 hours. Our group expected to see large whales as seen on tv when filmed in Alaska, we were disappointed that the whales were much smaller and didn't come much out of the water but that's not tour operators fault. Definitely use this company again.
Spotted a whale!
Yasmin_H, Mar 2023
Great trip and very well organised. The tour guide was friendly and informative and did her absolute best to give everyone a heads up before a whale sighting. While the whales were keeping their distance, we did manage to see one come to the surface and it was overall very enjoyable!
Amazing experience.
Brittany_B, Feb 2023
Saw a humpback and a seal! Crew was amazing! Inside was so warm and cozy and easily accessible to outside to see the whales.
Whale watching
michelle_O, Feb 2023
Had a great time, even though it was cold and I couldn’t hear the captain sitting in the back of the boat. I would recommend this trip even in the winter time
Honestly even if the...
sam_s, Feb 2023
Honestly even if the whales didn’t show up would have been a great journey to see Reykjavík and the west side coast of Iceland by water. Best tip sit on the front bow of the boat best view.