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Reykjavik: Midnight Sun Whale Watching Tour

Product ID: 34791
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Encounter whales and dolphins on a 3.5-hour cruise in the Midnight sun from Reykjavik, and see harbor porpoise and sea birds in their natural habitat off the capital’s coast. Experience the poetry of whales, seen on more than 95% of summer tours.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Encounter whales, dolphins and harbor porpoises off the coast of Reykjavik
  • Sail into the Midnight sun with Iceland's only environmentally certified whale watching company
  • Cruise from Faxafloi Bay to look for minke whales
  • Keep up-to-date with the online Whale Diary and monitor sightings and conditions in the area
  • Help protect and preserve the wildlife and scenery of Iceland's magnificent landscape
Full description
Whales are the most mysterious of creatures, and some of the best whale watching in the world is just off the coast of Iceland’s capital, where the ocean currents create excellent viewing conditions.

Climb aboard a whale watching boat operated by the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland, and explore the southern part of Faxafloi Bay in the Midnight sun of the summer months. On the 3.5-hour tour you will get up-close to whales such as playful minke, as well as see abundant sea birds, dolphin and harbor porpoise.

Whales are seen on more than 95% of summer tours, often surfacing within a few meters from the boats. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed towards the whales' habitat. This is part of a sustainability policy, trying to minimize oil use and pollution.

Guides have all gone through an extensive training program, based on exclusively developed guiding principles. They will provide valuable information about the wildlife and scenery in an entertaining way. And as a successful whale watching tour is a team effort, the crew work closely with passengers to spot the whales, helping you feel an important part of the experience.
Includes
  • Access to the Whale Watching Center
  • Use of warm overalls
  • Guide to enhance your experience
  • Wifi on board
  • Live troubadour performance
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments (available to purchase on board)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the Elding ticket office right in the heart of Reykjavík, no more than 300 meters (5 minutes) walk from the downtown Tourist Information Centre. Exchange your ticket before heading to the boats. Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
Know before you go
• Once in the harbor you can look around the Whale Watching Centre and watch videos, or just look at the various skeletons, information boards and gifts for sale
• By buying a ticket for this tour you are contributing to the summer research projects, environmentally friendly and responsible tourism and non-governmental organizations for the protection of wildlife
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Fun, interesting and beautiful first night in Reykjavic.

We had perfect Icelandic August weather (55F, clear skies and windy) and a relatively small group of people on the large three story boat. The optional wind proof suits did a good job of cutting the wind and keeping us comfortable. Our guide kept us all in the game of hunting for the glimpse of humpbacks and minke whales. Very knowledgable about the whales and Iceland. Bar drinks and musician on board plus absolutely beautiful views of the late setting sun and Reykjavík harbor made it a great first night on Reykjavík.

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August 13, 2018

well run operation

We had a lovely time aboard the midnight sun whale watching tour. From the fun overalls that were handed out for all of us to wear to the woman searching for sea life and finally the music as we headed back into port, this trip was wonderful. We saw multiple minke whales, porpoises, puffins, gannets and more. The boat was rocking due to high waves and some folks felt a little sick but the staff kept it all upbeat. I recommend.

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July 3, 2018

We were upgraded to their premium tour, which was very exciting!

August 16, 2018

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Elding Adventure at Sea

Product ID: 34791