Wild Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Adventure into the ocean for a guided glimpse of Iceland’s beloved whales, dolphins, and more!

Travel Flexibly · 3.00h · Reykjavik, Iceland

Hoping to spot a humpback whale or a pod of dolphins while staying in Reykjavik? Great idea! This whale watching tour takes you to the spots where whales love to surface and dolphins love to play so you have the best chance to see them all. Your guide is a marine biologist who loves sharing the coolest and most fascinating stories of these gentle giants. You’ll also appreciate the large boat where you can stay warm inside, head to the outer deck, or view the wildlife exhibit in the hull.

  • New Tour
  • Sail to the ocean
  • Snap pics of dolphins
  • Humpback whales
  • Several viewing decks
  • Photo opportunities
  • Breaching whales
  • Close encounters

Head to your departure point in Old Harbour where you’ll meet your guide and some of the crew who will take you on your whale-watching adventure. Spend a little time at the visitors center before stepping onto your boat for the big adventure. Once everyone’s onboard the boat, it’s “anchors aweigh” and off to find the mammals of the sea!

Reykjavik Whale Watching Tour Description

Your 3-hour tour includes:

  • Access to the visitors center at Old Harbour

  • Ticket to the boat and wildlife exhibit onboard

  • Best chance for whale, dolphin, and bird sightings

  • Fun marine biologist guides

Sightseeing Boat and Guides

You could try spotting whales just for the fun of it, or you could watch for whales while hearing a marine biologist enthusiastically share their most favorite facts and stories of these gentle giants. By going on this particular tour, you get the latter, which makes your experience much more enriching. Their eagle eyes will help you spot wildlife in the air and sea as you float through the gentle ocean waves.

The other advantage is this is not a small boat, which means you don't have to worry about any gentle bumps like a kayaker might! You'll also appreciate the chance to view the whales from the main deck or from the warmer interior. Coffee and snacks are available for purchase if you get hungry.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings

With decades of whale-watching experience behind them, your captain and crew know where the best spots are to find the mammals of the sea. The summer months are best for seeing ocean wildlife, but whales have been staying in Icelandic waters throughout the year more often. Still, there's no guarantee of sightings since the animals are free to do as they please.

When those whales are sighted, enjoy the thrill of seeing them breach or blow for air. Just don't drop your phone as you take that video! You won't have to be confused at the kind of whale you're looking at since your guides will excitedly tell you as soon as they're spotted.

Possible sightings on this whale-watching tour include humpback whales and minke whales, or the more elusive killer whales, sei whales, fin whales, and pilot whales. Friendly dolphins and harbor porpoises are also likely to be seen. Not to mention sea birds and possible schools of fish.

After exploring the great blue ocean for a few hours, you'll return to Reykjavik to continue your adventures in Iceland. Be sure to ask for recommendations of delicious places to eat!

What you get with this tour
Access to the visitors center at Old Harbour
Ticket to the boat and wildlife exhibit onboard
Whale, dolphin, and bird sightings
Fun, marine biologist guides
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Bring sturdy footwear and clothing to suit the season. Even in summer you may want a jacket and gloves in case it's windy. Some coveralls and blankets may be borrowed on the boat.

What to bring?

Bring sturdy footwear and clothing to suit the season. Even in summer you may want a jacket and gloves in case it's windy. Some coveralls and blankets may be borrowed on the boat.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Reykjavik.

Is there a refund if we don't see whales or dolphins?

While we do our best to find whales and dolphins, it's possible we won't. Instead of a refund, we'll provide another ticket you can use on new tour.

Will the tour run during bad weather?

This tour is weather dependent, so the itinerary can change or the tour can be canceled in the event of severe weather. If the tour is canceled, you'll receive a ticket to use on a new tour.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the boat, this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or those with significant limited mobility.

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

Yes, this boat has bathroom facilities.

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