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Whales of Iceland

Head out on the open water for close-up views of the Atlantic's most magnificent mammals.

Whales of Iceland: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

1. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

2. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour, Whales of Iceland Exhibition

3. Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour, Whales of Iceland Exhibition

Board your boat in Reykjavík's Old Harbor and sail to Faxaflói Bay. Faxaflói has a rich variety of wildlife, but you'll most commonly spot minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and humpback whales. Ask your knowledgeable guide any questions you have throughout the tour and they'll be happy to answer.  You'll also visit the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. The exhibit features 23 life-size models of all the whale species found in Icelandic waters. Immerse yourself in the exhibit with virtual reality headsets, information stands, audio guides and videos. After the exhibition, grab a coffee and pastry at the café and relax in the exhibit's dreamy ambiance. Whales of Iceland offers two live-guided tours every day, available at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. This is free for all ticket holders. Note: You can choose the order in which you do these two activities.

Reykjavik: 2-Hour Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Plan

4. Reykjavik: 2-Hour Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Plan

Sail from Reykjavík's Old Harbor for a fantastic and unique experience chasing the famous northern lights. Your expert guide will explain the scientific facts about this amazing natural phenomenon, share stories and myths about the lights and answer all your questions. Please note that it's never guaranteed the lights will show up during the tour.  Here's the bonus: In the event that the tour must be postponed because of cloud cover, you won't be let down. Another activity awaits you. You'll head to the Whales of Iceland Museum, just minutes away from the harbor, where a guide will greet you for a tour of the exhibit. You'll see full-sized whale models and try out fun and interactive technology. A short Northern Lights photography workshop will be available on site (10 min). After touring the exhibit, including a fascinating 25 minute video, you'll end the night with a Northern Lights themed cocktail with a twist on the house and a complimentary ticket to try the Northern Lights Boat Tour again at the next available date. Please note that this tour is non-refundable, as an adventure is guaranteed regardless of weather conditions.

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What people are saying about Whales of Iceland

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 571 reviews

Super cool! A Humpback Whale 2 meters from the RIB boat and under the boat. So cool! Watch the whale eat. Saw a lot of fish jump up. Eyes, back, fins, tail, big mouth, we have seen everything. And that with Dominique, a super enthusiastic guide and Joda at the helm.

The tour was great, we saw whales, dolphins and lots of puffins. The speedboat ride itself was also a lot of fun - the sprung seats are worth their weight in gold in rough seas ;)

It was perfect! It met us at ship and we love the simplicity of getting on with vouchers for 48 hours ! Great staff clean buses and great Wi-Fi!

Excursion en combi para pocas personas excelente. Lugares excepcionales y guia ( Jonas) excepcional también. De alto profesionalismo

Not cheap though. But reliable. A bit more about the country and people should have been.