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Whale Watching Tour

16 review
All Year
Reykjavik Pier

Enjoy a magical journey into Faxaflói bay with our expert crew and specially trained naturalists. Explore the whales of Reykjavík under the excellent guidance of our marine biologist guides and learn all about the incredible wildlife that call Iceland their home. The bay is even full of birdlife from puffins and gannets to guillemots and more, that actively feed on the plentiful fish found in the bay. Magnificent landscapes surround the area and add a unique contrast to the vast ocean, where the spectacular views on the horizon are certainly not to be missed. 

Meet at the ticket by the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík, where you will exchange your pre-paid voucher for boarding tickets. You can also order pickup if you need one from all hotels in Reykjavik downtown.
A few steps down the pier you will find our Visitor Centre, facilitated on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. This is where you will meet crew. Head downstairs to the hull of the boat and stroll through our unique floating wildlife exhibition to learn more about the animals we may come across on our tours. 

You board the whale watching boat through the Visitor Centre, where you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a heated indoor saloon with large viewing windows, a cafeteria where you can buy light refreshments, toilet facilities and a cloak room where you can borrow our blankets and overalls for the duration of the tour. You can stay outside in the fresh air but you are also welcome to settle inside the heated lounge and observe from within. One of our excellent naturalists will give a live commentary throughout the tour and notify you of any sightings as we go.

The most common whale species encountered on our tours are the minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we see other species such as killer whales, fin whales, sei whales and long-finned pilot whales, however they are not as common. The whales are most abundant in summer, giving us a great chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.

Availability

All Year

Duration

3 Hours

Level

easy

Minimum age

0

Meeting point

Reykjavik Pier

Pick upo

No

Departs from

Reykjavik Pier

PRICE

12,990 ISK

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Arianne M.

We had the best time on this tour and was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! The views were breathtaking and loved seeing the frozen lake. Our guides Louis and Valentin were such a good laugh and loved hearing about their life in Iceland. Only wish we’d booked a longer excursion!

Arianne M.
Aviya G.

Best time ever! Great tour guide with great energy 😆 Highly recommend for anyone that’s looking for a bit more excitement in Iceland 🔝 I had a wonderful time, thank you!

Aviya G.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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All drivers must be 17+ years old and have a valid driver's license. Passengers do not need a license. If you have a special request, we will do our best to accommodate your needs for our tours. Contact us at safari@safari.is

No, everyone can drive them. Before each tour starts, our team will explain how to operate the ATV and explain all details so you are ready to hit the roads.

Yes, all of our tours have one or more stops where you can take as many amazing photos as you want! Even if you want a picture with one of the breathtaking views, our guides are more than happy to take them of you! But don't forget to take some time to simply relax and enjoy the icelandic beauty without worrying about getting the perfect shot.

Yes, we do! Our daily tours offer an optional transfer service for 3000 ISK per person. Please note that we offer transfer from all bus stops downtown. See more info here www.busstop.is *** Pick-up service is at 09:00, 13:00,17:00,20:00 – the Pickup window is 30 min.

All hotels downtown are in a no-pick-up zone. Therefore, you will need to walk to the nearest bus stop. You can check www.busstop.is for available bus stops. You can also search for them on Google Maps.

Yes, children can join as a passenger – they must be at least 6 years of age and in the company of an adult. Children between age 6 and 16 get a 25% discount.

The provided gear includes warm overalls, rain gear (if needed), a helmet, gloves & Balaclavas. Gear Size: we have gear for children & adults from XSmall – 3XL.

We suggest that you dress warm & accordingly to the weather on the tour day. We will provide all you need for the tour, but it's good to come with good underneath layers on cold days.

Yes, there will be a professionally trained guide for all our tours, speaking fluent English and Icelandic.

If you are two people and want to share a bike, in the booking widget, you will put two persons in sharing. If you have an odd number or a solo traveler, you must put 1 in a solo rider.

Yes, if you both have a valid driver's license, you can swap the seats to share the experience.

All drivers must be at least 17 to drive the ATV or buggies and have a valid driving license in their home country. The minimum age for a passenger is 6 years old.

220kg/530lbs per person as a solo driver. Combined weight per ATV/ Buggy = 240kg/530 lbs(double rider)

You can reschedule your tour anytime with a 24-hour notice.

Our address is Lambhagavegur 19, 113 Reykjavik. You can find it on Google Maps here. The estimated time is a 15-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik. You will need to arrive at least 10 minutes before departure time. Showing up late and missing the departure will result in no refund; we don't like that! We have a FREE parking at our basecamp :) Please email us if you have any questions regarding meeting us on location.

We do not recommend women who are pregnant participate in our tours. If you are traveling in a group, you are welcome to travel with them and stay at our base camp while the group goes on the snowmobile part of the tour.

Full refund if canceled within 24hr of notice. Less than 24hr, no refund.

No Refund for no-shows and cancellations on location.

No Refund for showing up under the influence.

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Receive a full refund.

No, before and during activities. Driving under the consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs is prohibited. If we suspect a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.