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Reykjavík, Iceland
Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

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icon3 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
  • Whale watching cruise plus entry to Whales of Iceland in Reykjavik
  • Watch for minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins
  • Hear about the marine life of Faxaflói Bay as you cruise
  • Marvel at the life-size models of whales and dolphins at Whales of Iceland
  • 3-3.5 hour Whale Watching Cruise from the old harbour in Reykjavik
  • Entry to Whales of Iceland Exhibition in Reykjavik
  • Watch for minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins
  • Hear about the marine life of Faxaflói Bay as you cruise
  • Marvel at the life-size models of whales and dolphins at Whales of Iceland

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The additional experience of visiting the exhibition adds depth to your understanding of whales.
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Admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition (Open 10:00-17:00)
Experienced biologist on Whale Watching tour
Use of thermal overalls during Whale Watching - also available in children's sizes!
Free WiFi on board and at Whales of Iceland
Heated indoor seating areas
Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed
Gratuities
Hotel transfers (available for whale watching on request for an additional cost)
Food and drink (available to purchase at both locations)

Departure Point

Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Please meet us for the whale watching at our Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11 in Reykjavik's Old Harbour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Exhibition is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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A little disappointed
Cruiser766158
, Jun 2019
The only issue I had is that the boat is very big, which has its advantages, however, you are less likely to have time to move around when the captain points out a whale somewhere in the ocean. I was not able to see any of the whales the captain mentioned. Despite that, the boat trip was comfortable and the weather was amazing.
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Before booking this trip I read...
MLT
, Feb 2016
Before booking this trip I read reviews and didn't really expect to see any whales as its out of season although I was hoping to. I think if I went back again I would give this trip a miss.
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Frankly, this tour was a disaster...
Paul M
, Nov 2015
Frankly, this tour was a disaster. The weather was quite rough, with high winds, big waves, and cold temperatures. This alone would not have been a problem, but we saw no wildlife on this trip. Admittedly, spotting a whale can be hit or miss but, after studying this more, I found out that the Reykjavik bay is relatively shallow for whales and, at best, you can hope to see Minke whales but no humpbacks. My wife and I had done a similar trip in Akureyri and there we spotted many humpbacks, possibly because of the greater depth of the bay in that part of Iceland.
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Super ,dud see any whales but not...
Tony W
, Nov 2015
Super ,dud see any whales but not for want of trying by the crew 3.5 hours looking. The added bonus of a visit to the whales of Iceland as a freebie was very much appreciated.
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