Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea


Enjoy this 3-3.5 hour whale watching adventure, sailing out from Reykjavik´s Old Harbor, selecting your preferred departure time. Meet your captain, listen to a safety briefing, pull on a pair of provided coveralls, and find a spot on deck or in the indoor cabin. As your boat pulls away, listen to onboard commentary about the marine life of Faxaflói Bay, and learn about the minke and humpback whales that can frequent the waters. Enjoy the views over the Icelandic mountains while scanning the water for whales, porpoises and white-beaked dolphins - and keep your camera ready!. In the unlikely event that you don’t spot a whale, you’ll receive a ticket for another cruise. Either before or after you join the whale watching tour, make your way independently to the Whales of Iceland exhibition, Europe's largest exhibition dedicated to whales. Ogle life-size models of whale and dolphin species including belugas and killer whales, and see replicas of the minkes and humpbacks you may have seen or will be seeing on the boat tour. Learn about these giants of the sea from the displays, and perhaps relax over drinks and snacks (own expense) at the café before you leave. The Whales of Iceland museum is open daily from 10:00-17:00 (Closed December 25th).

Tour info

3 hours - 4 hours
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Why take this tour?

Watch for whales in the Icelandic sea and visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition on this experience from Reykjavik. Choose from a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale watching cruise to watch for minke and humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises in Faxaflói Bay. Then, admire full-scale models of whales and dolphins at Whales of Iceland, Europe’s largest whale exhibition. Explore independently to learn about the different species and grasp the magnitude of these giants of the sea. You can join a live-guided tour at Whales of Iceland at 10:30 and 13:30 every day (free for all ticket holders). Please note that the Whales of Iceland Exhibition is open daily from 10:00-17:00 (closed Dec. 25th)

What’s included?

  • 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)

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 3-4 hours

  • 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. Masks must be worn during the boat tour, but are not mandatory at the exhibition. 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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