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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour

Highlights
  • See whales and dolphins just outside of Reykjavik 
  • Experience Iceland’s wildlife even on limited time 
  • Chance to see a range of whales and dolphins 
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour
From US$102.00
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Whale Watching Tour 9am
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 1pm
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
Whale Watching Tour 5pm
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
From US$102.00
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Overview
Humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales patrol the Reykyavik coast, but you’ll have to leave the shore for the best chance of spotting them. This whale-watching cruise goes deep into the natural habitat of Iceland’s whales and dolphins, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxafloi Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
What to Expect
Make your way to a location in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, and then board a whale-watching boat for a cruise on Faxafloi Bay.

You’ll see views of Mount Esja, Akrafjall, and other landmarks on Faxafloi Bay as you cruise, with trained guides to watch for wildlife and help identify what you see. Some of the most common species are humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, but some lucky visitors may even see blue whales, one of the largest animals on earth.

The cruise is designed to reduce environmental impact, pollution, and disruption to the animal habitat, so you know your whale-watching experience won’t harm Iceland’s spectacular coastal ecosystem. Whales or dolphins are spotted on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. Should you not see a whale or dolphin, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket for a second tour.

Note: To ensure the best whale-watching opportunity when conditions in Reykjavik are rough (especially in winter), the tour may depart from other harbors, such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði, or Hafnarfjörður.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Two tours - Whale watching and puffin watching

We did two different tours with Elding - Puffin watching and whale watching. Both tours were with our five year old which I'm mentioning because it impacts my recommendation for the whale watching tour. Overall, I will say that if you choose to do either...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect day, for both a novice and experienced traveler.

On Thursday, May 31st, at 1pm, I took my sister on her first whale watching adventure with Elding out of Reykjavik. This was my 5th expedition, though first in Iceland, but my sister’s first. Elding far surpassed all of my experiences and gave her the...More

Thank Jackie Z
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jackie Z, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We're delighted to read about your positive experience with us and enjoyable time onboard. Hope you learned some interesting new information about...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Adrenaline rush with whales!!!

We took a high speed jet boat whale watching tour with Elding and it was amazing. Firstly, you start off flying across the ocean on an adrenaline rush generating high speed jet boat. This thing really flew! Just the boat ride alone was fun, but...More

Thank Katie M
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Katie M, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our Express tour and for sharing your personal insight as well as pros and cons for future travellers. Glad you enjoyed your time with us on this thrilling whale watching in Faxaflói!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Memorable

A wonderful experience with a friendly and knowledgeable crew. We saw several whales and dolphins fairly close up and the morning went by in a flash. Highly recommended and will go again one day.

Thank Noturnunstoned
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Noturnunstoned, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for rating our tour. Happy to hear about your enjoyable time with us and we hope to see you again on a future tour! All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
What a blast

What a great tour, we saw dolphins and 3 kinds of whales. I took pictures from the blow hole to the tail. Dress warm, it is cold on the water. If you don't have the clothes they do. Great outfit, Being from Colorado it was...More

Thank Dawne H
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Dawne H, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. Pleased to hear about your positive experience with us and hope you enjoyed the whales of Faxaflói. All the best, The Elding...More

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