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From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

Product ID: 151214
Look for whales in their natural environment on an exciting whale watching tour aboard a rigid inflatable boat. Get up close and personal to the magnificent animals in Faxaflói Bay and enjoy amazing views of the coastline of Reykjavik.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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  • Discover the whale feeding grounds off the coast of Iceland
  • Enjoy a scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • See the puffin nesting grounds during the summer months
Full description
Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild.

Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English. 

Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds.

Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik and take great photos before you arrive on land.
  • Guided boat tour
  • Suspension seats for extra comfort
  • Warm overalls, life vests, gloves and goggles
  • A visit to the puffin island nesting grounds in the summer
  • Scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local tour operator's ticket office at Aegisgardur 13, 101 Reykjavik.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people under 130 centimeters tall or children under 10 years old
• The tour is dependent on the weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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We went out whale watching for 2 hours leaving from the Reykjavik marina out into the Atlantic waters and were provided with all the necessary gear to stay warm and safe. It was an awesome time, especially as it was just a small group of us on a perfect size small-medium boat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and our captain was a great pilot!

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October 10, 2019

Good service

We did not see any whales. However we saw dolphins and meadows as well as many birds. The boat tour is nice, the view of Reykjavik bay and the accelerations are fun. The anti-cold outfit is very effective. We had a free entry to the whale museum which was really nice. We were able to get into a bigger boat for free the next day to try our luck with the whales but still nothing. I nevertheless preferred the tour on the small boat, the proximity to the dolphins is much more impressive and it is much more fun. Guide very good

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October 1, 2019

Phenomenal tour guide was sweet and engaged without filling too much. The captain did just that extra to find whales and dolphins. Found a great dolphin herd and stayed out longer so we could really experience them. The trip back was SO fun and we just got a few extra laps inside the harbor ... just for fun. They really did some take it out. The dolphins and that experience were an experience of a lifetime. We are so happy and satisfied !!!

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July 7, 2019

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Product ID: 151214