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Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion & Whale Exhibition

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8 reviews

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion & Whale Exhibition

Activity provider: Reykjavik Sailors
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From US$ 82.41 per person

Climb aboard the whale watching boat and sail out on the Atlantic in search of the sea giants in their natural environment. Look for whales, dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Afterwards, you’ll visit the mystical Whales of Iceland exhibition.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience a one-of-a-kind whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • Enjoy whale watching and the largest whale exhibition in Europe in a single package
  • Learn about the different species of whales and see man-made models up close
  • Discover Iceland’s bountiful variety of whales, dolphins, and porpoises
  • Take in the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast
Full description
Enjoy a memorable whale watching tour and exhibition visit in Reykjavik. Whale watching is a unique experience and Iceland has in recent years become one of the best countries in the world for well-organized excursions. All year round you’ll be able to see a variety of whales off the Reykjavik coast. Minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and harbor porpoises are among the species often spotted along the coast of Iceland. Your 3-hour program begins in the Vesturbugt Harbor area, located in downtown Reykjavik. Your dedicated tour guides will provide you with the best whale watching experience possible. The summer is the peak season for spotting all sorts of wildlife. Visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition, the largest of its kind in Europe. Nowhere else can you stand face-to-face with so many whale species, all of which have been found in Icelandic waters through the ages. Marvel at the 25-meter-long blue whale, the full-size sperm whale (like the one in Moby Dick), the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, and many others. At the exhibition you can learn about the life and behavior of these giants of the sea as well as listen to their singing and look into their eyes. The experience, being surrounded by these giants of the sea, is a unique one that’s appealing to both adults and children. The interactive stations are based on the latest scientific data. You can, for example, learn about the biology of the Minke whale and follow the migration routes of whales that have been tagged and monitored by satellite. Whale watching is a natural activity that is subject to the weather. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather, the whale watching part of the ticket will be refunded. If there are no sightings during the trip, then you have the option to go again.
  • Guided boat tour
  • Warm floatation overalls
  • WiFi onboard
  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
  • Audio guided tour at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition
  • Snacks and beverages (sold onboard)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Hlésgata, 101 Reykjavik. Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Whale watching is a natural activity governed by the weather. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather, the whale watching part of the ticket is refunded. If no sightings are made on the trip, then you have the option to go back at a time of your choice
  • The best season to spot whales is summer; the chances of spotting whales may be lower at other times of year
  • If the boat trip is canceled due to bad weather conditions please contact the local partner to reschedule
  • If there are no sightings during the trip, the ticket holder can use the booking number to reschedule the tour for another time
  • The ticket is valid for another tour with the tour operator in the future
  • Please be aware that due to environmental reasons during certain times of the year your trip may be delivered on a shared boat with one of the local partner's associated agencies
  • Tours in winter last approximately 3-3.5 hours
  • Tours in summer (June 1 to September 15) last 2-3 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 8 reviews

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Overall very good, however they seem to put all the passengers from several companies together on one boat. This made it difficult to see the whales as everyone was pushing for a view with limited view space.

November 10, 2021

Everything worked out great! (Had to come to Iceland 3 times, but now it finally worked) Humpback whales and dolphins right after we were out of the harbor. Crew very friendly and helpful.

August 2, 2021

We only saw one Minke whale and little else. However we really enjoyed the trip and the guide, Jonathan, was brilliant, very informative. We also visited the Whales of Iceland exhibition which was good especially the film on sound pollution in the ocean. Very powerful and disturbing .

November 12, 2019

Product ID: 68685