Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
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From US$ 146.01 per person

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.

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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. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

  • Access to Whales of Iceland
  • Access to Faxaflói
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Warm clothing
  • Life vest
  • App
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People under 4 ft 3 in (130 cm)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the local tour operator's ticket office at Aegisgardur 5E, 101 Reykjavik.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • 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

    4.6 /5

    based on 128 reviews

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    We had a very good experience and the guide and captain were fun, helpful and informative. The whole crew was busy spotting whales and we saw a humpback whale very close. The cool thing was also that we were the only boat at the spot. Seeing the puffins were also very nice, and on the boat speeding over the water was fun. Definitely a recommendation!

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    June 8, 2022

    The guides were super nice. We actually saw whales and it's fun with the speed boat. The seats are super comfortable. Only one person got sick because of the waves. It was annoying that one guide let himself be distracted by a continuously speaking participant, so that we got the feeling that he was no longer looking for whales. It is important to schedule the whale tour early in the trip in case it is canceled due to the weather. So you can still catch up on them.

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    October 1, 2021

    It was so much fun! We were well equipped with warm overalls, protective vests, gloves and glasses. The trip took a full two hours and we saw various dolphins and several humpback whales. The guide and captain were personable and went out of their way to ensure that we would see whales. Be careful if you have a sensitive stomach! The boat is fast and jumps over the waves, and it can rock quite a bit.

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    August 27, 2021

    Product ID: 151214