Whale Watching in Reykjavik

AH75 Whale Watching


  • Get close to some of the planet's largest animals
  • See white-beaked dolphins surfing the waves
  • Observe Harbour Porpoises playing at the surface
  • Enjoy the diverse bird life of Faxaflói bay
  • Beautiful seascapes and refreshing ocean breeze

Tour Description:

This whale watching tour takes you sailing from Reykjavík out to Faxaflói bay which is home of variety of whales, dolphins, and other marine life including sea birds like the Puffin, Arctic tern, Gannet and gulls.

The most common sightings include dolphins and humpback whales and, on rarer occasions, minke whales and killer whales..

Specially built for whale watching, the spacious vessel offers variety of platforms for watching the whales as well an indoor viewing area with large windows.

To keep you warm and comfortable there are warm overalls on board, but there are also hot drinks and light refreshments in the on-board café.

After the tour you can explore the Whale Exhibition Centre to find out more about the mysteries of the ocean. It is situated in an old Capelin-fishing vessel “Fífill,” which has been transformed into an exhibition and information centre on whales and sea birds. 

Winter whale watching is scheduled daily from 1 October to 31 March at 13:00. The most common whales in the winter are dolphins, humpback whales and killer whales, hardly any minke whales have been seen from November through March. For your comfort and warmth, we have special suits on board we can lend you, but we do advise you to wear warm clothes. We also offer hot drinks and light refreshments in our on-board café. Alternatively, you can sit inside the boat in the warmth, where you can enjoy the view from large windows.
There are excellent guides on all tours who tell you about your trip and describe what you can see and where to look, together with an introduction and safety guide. We tell you about the seabirds and nature in the Faxafloi bay. How much we see depends on the sea conditions and season, but our qualified guides are happy to try to answer all your questions.
No two whale watching trips are the same, we need to be flexible and organize your trip taking sea conditions, weather and seasons into account. We rarely have to go further than 15 nautical miles from the harbour.
Read this blog for a customer experience of the tour. 
Please note: In the rare event that no whales are spotted on your tour, you can have another whale watching tour for free


Tour availability and details

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Departure: 09:00, 13:00, 17:00
Pick-up: 08:15, 12:15, 16:15
Duration: 3 hours

Complimentary hotel pick-up service. 

Children fars: 

Infant (0-6): FREE

Child (7-15): 50% off 

Tour is available: All year round (2017-18)

This tour is operated via Gray Line Iceland -- A leading tour operator in Iceland.

Price: 13.100 ISK
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Itinerary Details:

Daily tour departures:
April & May at 09:00 and 13:00
June - August at 09:00, 13:00 and 17:00
September at 09:00 and 13:00
October - December at 13:00
January - March at 13:00

One-way transportation with pick up from hotels or guest houses in Reykjavik
Professional tour guide 


Transfer back to hotel or guest house

All departures

Redemption Instructions

Please present a printed copy of your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. If for any reason you cannot print your voucher, then show your digital copy or e-mail confirmation.

Tour departure point
Departure and return point for this tour is at Reykjavik Harbour, by Ægisgarður pier

How pick up and drop off works
This whale watching tour is operated by our partner "Elding Reykjavik Whale Watching" that picks you up from your hotel or guest house and takes you directly on the tour.

Pickup from hotels and guesthouses starts 45 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Standing by for pick up
To help ensuring the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel or guest house when pick up starts. Boarding the Elding pick-up coach please present a printed copy of your electronic voucher / ticket to the driver.

Returning from your tour
Returning from your tour, Elding Whale Watching will drop you off at the pickup point you were collected from or at the closest possible point

Need assistance?
Grayline Iceland call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: +354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

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