Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise


  • Try to spot various aquatic species, and pass the seasonal puffin colonies

  • Take in the views of Reykjavik, from its fishing huts to Harpa Concert Hall

  • Get a great value with coveralls, safety gear, boat ride, and guide included


Choose from one of the multiple daily departures and then make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour to meet your guide & captain. After a quick safety briefing, pull on your provided overalls and safety gear and hop aboard your RIB speedboat. Hold on tight as your captain zips you out of the harbor, and look out for some of the wildlife for which Faxaflói is famous. Loop around the wind-beaten islands of the bay to see puffins in their natural habitat during their breeding season from May to the end of August, and then head out on the open water to scout out the majestic whales and dolphins. On the return to the harbor, cruise along Reykjavik’s shoreline and spot the sights from the sea. Colorful fishing huts and bustling restaurants make up the cityscape in this part of town, alongside some thought-provoking attractions, too. Enjoy looking at the Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, and the Harpa Concert Hall — a glittering glass building that is said to be inspired by the country’s volcanic geology. After roughly two hours on the water, travel back to the start point where your tour ends.

Tour info

2 hours
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Why take this tour?

Though Iceland may be best known for the raw beauty of its landscape, it's also a go-to whale watching destination for international visitors. Experience these majestic creatures in the wild on this whale watching cruise on Faxaflói Bay. Just hop in your rigid inflatable boat as your guide skims you through Reykjavik Old Harbour, and helps you spot local species—like dolphins and porpoises—and migrating species, like the elusive and beautiful minke and humpback whales.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Use of coveralls

  • All necessary safety equipment

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 2h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Efforts are made to invite passengers to stay 2 meters apart from others whenever possible, but guests are asked to wear a face mask during the tour for their own safety. You can purchase a mask in our ticket office before departure. Hand sanitiser dispensers are available in certain areas.

Cancellation Policy

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

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About operator:

Whale Safari is Reykjavik's premier small groups whale watching & wildlife tour operator. Our specially made RIB boats are made to get close to the whales, dolphins and puffins of the Faxafloi Bay. We only seat 12 passengers per boat, and each boat has a expert whale watching guide and captain on board. This is the ideal way to come in contact with nature with this intimate experience. Another thing is that all our small group tours are real ocean safaris, as we search for the whales we also visit the puffins when they are in season and do a sightseeing tour of Reykjavik from the sea front. Oh! And all of this in less then two hours. Our ticket office and service center is located in the Old Harbor in downtown Reykjavik and is open year round from 8:00-21:00. Tours are operated up to 8 times a day, everyday from the 15th of April to the 30th of September.

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