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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Choose from one of the multiple daily departures and then make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour to meet your guide & captain. After a quick safety briefing, pull on your provided overalls and safety gear and hop aboard your RIB speedboat.

    Hold on tight as your captain zips you out of the harbor, and look out for some of the wildlife for which Faxaflói is famous. Loop around the wind-beaten islands of the bay to see puffins in their natural habitat during their breeding season from May to the end of August, and then head out on the open water to scout out the majestic whales and dolphins.

    On the return to the harbor, cruise along Reykjavik’s shoreline and spot the sights from the sea. Colorful fishing huts and bustling restaurants make up the cityscape in this part of town, alongside some thought-provoking attractions, too. Enjoy looking at the Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, and the Harpa Concert Hall — a glittering glass building that is said to be inspired by the country’s volcanic geology.

    After roughly two hours on the water, travel back to the start point where your tour ends.
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    Departure Point
    Ægisgarður 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Use of coveralls
    • All necessary safety equipment
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    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
    • Hotel pickup in Reykjavik available at supplement
    • Suitable for children over the age of 10 and over 145 centimeters tall
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for travellers with knee problems
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    My family did a zodiac whale watch but unfortunately the water was very choppy. The tour went anyway and hit huge waves crashing on each one with the zodiac smacking the water. The harbor was rough but they went outside of the bay anyway. Finally...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Karen R
    Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

    I booked this excursion as my partners dream was to see whales in their natural habitat, we always knew it would be hit and miss, and tried not to get our hopes up too much. Whale Safari, were friendly & informative. They geared us up,...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Amy W
    whalesafariiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Safari Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Amy W, Thank you for your kind and detailed review! It sounds like you had a great tour with calm seas and smooth waters. We are very proud of our guides, they are certainly very knowledgeable about all the Icelandic nature and are so...More

    Reviewed 5 September 2019 via mobile

    Thank you to our guide Louise for making trip safe, informative, fun and all very knowledgable on whales, birds, dolphins Great fun Thank you to our captain Excellent and fast driving skill... We got to see minke whales and porpoise whales Very little rain so...More

    Thank meathbutterfly
    whalesafariiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Safari Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2019

    Hey there Thanks for reviewing our Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík Tour on the RIB speedboats. We are grateful for your kind words and it sounds like you had a fantastic tour with minke whales, porpoises and lots of seabirds! Great that you enjoyed the boat...More

    Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

    We did this tour but sadly didn’t see any whales. We did see a pod of dolphins playing and we got up close to them. The boat ride itself is so much fun. It goes REALLY fast but we felt 100% safe. If you don’t...More

    Thank LynneR80
    whalesafariiceland, General Manager at Whale Safari Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2019

    Dear LynneR80, Thank you for your review! Unfortunately, it is the way sometimes with nature that we are unable to see any whales despite our best efforts at searching, but we're happy that you got to see dolphins and you get the chance to come...More

    Reviewed 16 July 2019

    Not only was it amazing seeing the second largest dolphins in the world upclose but the ride on the rib boat was very fun, the guide was very educated and fun and the captain clearly knew what he was doing, it was not my firt...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Eva E
    whalesafariiceland, Front Office Manager at Whale Safari Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2019

    Hey there Thank you for reviewing our Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík Tour on the RIB speedboats. We are very grateful for your kind words and this recommendation of our tour. It's so nice that you had such great sightings on your tour and that the...More

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    We didnt see any whales on our tour on the rib so they gave us a free ticket to go on their other boat, they have a bigger one with indoor seating ect and its valid for 1 or 2 years... not sure if this is a guaranteed thing... More
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