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Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion & Whale Exhibition

4.2 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Reykjavik Sailors

Reykjavik: Whale Watching Excursion & Whale Exhibition

Activity provider: Reykjavik Sailors

From US$ 97.82 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

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • 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.

Includes
  • Entry fee Whales of Iceland Exhibition
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Guides
  • Free ticket to join again in case of no sightings
  • Warm flotation overalls
  • WiFi on board
  • Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
  • Seasickness tablets
  • Audio guide/headphones in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Snacks and beverages (sold onboard)

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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

4.2 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Service
    5/5

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The guide was great, funny, professionally informed and very nice. The boat clean and comfortable. We got a great show of a humpback whale and saw minke whales. Despite booking with the Sailors, the tour was carried out by Special Tours, which was a bit confusing but worked without any problems. Actually, I can't rate the tour provider here at all, but the rating applies to Special Tours. The whale museum is quite nice, but it doesn't have to be ....

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