Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik


  • Numerous start times and an optional express tour make the trip accessible to busy travelers

  • A guide helps you spot and identify elusive marine life

  • Thermal overalls and onboard Wi-Fi keep you comfortable and connected


Following pickup at your Reykjavik hotel (if booked directly with the supplier), you'll be transferred to the city's Old Harbor. Choose between an express 2.5-hour, high-speed tour or a 3.5-hour cruise at the time of booking. Step aboard your comfortable boat and pull on a pair of thermal coveralls to protect you from the Icelandic elements. Find a comfortable spot on the deck and settle in for the scenic ride out into Faxaflói Bay. If at any point you get chilly, make your way into the warm indoor viewing area, where hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks are available for purchase.  As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises.This company has a 90 percent whale-spotting success rate, so have your camera at the ready. As the boat cruises through the surf, keep your eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. Keep your camera ready to photograph these magnificent creatures. In the unlikely event that you don't see any wildlife, you'll receive a complimentary ticket for a second whale-watching excursion.  At the conclusion of your eco-adventure, return to shore and board your land vehicle for drop-off back at your hotel (if booked).

Tour info

3 hours
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Why take this tour?

Discover Iceland’s majestic marine life—look for minke whales, humpbacks, and dolphins—on a whale-watching cruise through Faxaflói Bay. The convenient tour departs from Reykjavik and offers an express version for those short on time, making it easy to fit the tour into a busy vacation or one-day layover. Along the way, enjoy marine-life photo opportunities and learn about the surroundings from your guide.

What’s included?

  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour - sightings guarantee!

  • Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!

  • Free WiFi

  • Heated indoor seating areas

  • Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed

  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)

  • Gratuities

  • Food and drink (can be purchased on board)

  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional fee)

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 3h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

We are following all health & safety guidelines in accordance with the Icelandic government. The gathering ban is set to 100 people, and the capacity has been adjusted accordingly. Masks must be worn during this tour. Please respect the 2 meter social distancing while checking in and queuing.

Cancellation Policy

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

Operated by:

Special Tours

About operator:

Special Tours operates sea adventures from Reykjavik city centre with over 20 years of experience. Whale Watching tours are operated year round, with additional tours consisting of Northern Lights by Boat, Puffin Watching, Sea Angling, RIB Express Whale Watching and a New Years Fireworks Cruise. Special Tours Wildlife Adventures is known among passengers and partners for its ambitious & hard working team, aiming for great adventures for every tour and for every client. Our main focus is comfort and personal service, while making sure we protect and respect the environment. We have a skilled & friendly crew, as well as an experienced guide on every tour.

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