Reykjavík Classic Whale Watching One-day tour Best seller

Our partner: Elding Adventure at Sea


Enjoy 3 hrs. at sea with our expert crew and specially trained naturalists in search for the whales and wildlife of Reykjavík. The city view and landscape of the bay is also not to be missed and adds that something special to the experience.

Meet us at our red and white ticket office in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík where you will exchange your pre-paid voucher for admission tickets. A few steps down the pier you will find our Visitor Centre, facilitated on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. That is where you will be greeted by the crew. Have a look at our souvenir shop, warm up with a cup of coffee in our café or head downstairs in the hull of the boat and stroll through our wildlife exhibition; the only one of its kind in the world!

Onboard you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, an indoor saloon with large wide-range windows, a cafeteria where you can buy light refreshments, toilet facilities and a cloak room where you can borrow our blankets and overalls for the duration of the tour. You can stay outside in the fresh air but you are also welcome to settle inside the heated lounge and observe the views from within. Our excellent naturalists will give a commentary throughout and explain the sights and encounters as we go and the crew is happy to answer any questions you may have along the way!

The most common species encountered on our tours are the minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we see other species such as killer whales, fin whales, sei whales and long-finned pilot whales, although they are not as common. The whales are most abundant in summer, giving us a great chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment while they are feeding on fish and krill near our shores, although each year continues to surprise us with the variety of wildlife we see in winter and our research shows that more and more whales are staying in the area year round!

Keep in mind:
This is a wildlife excursion and as such we can never guarantee or predict sightings of any kind, but in case we don't encounter any whales or dolphins, we will offer you a return ticket so you can join us again another day (within 2 years) for FREE! 
We reserve the right to alter routes and itineraries by sometimes sailing from other harbours, which could result in a slightly longer tour. If you are on a tight schedule we suggest you consult with our sales representatives.
If you are traveling in winter (Nov-Feb), we ask that you rather book our 'Reykjavík Winter Whale & Dolphin Watching' option for more details on our winter operation.

COMBO: Combine this activity with Puffin Watching or a Northern Lights Cruise! You can also check out other combo packages we have put together.

The safety and enjoyment of our passengers is our number one priority and therefore the tour could get cancelled on short notice, depending on the weather and conditions at sea. In this case, we will try our best to contact you as soon as possible to let you know. Check our 'Whale Diary' in the hours leading up to your tour for any additional updates.

Meeting points

Please stop by the Elding office in the Old Harbour no later than 15 min. prior to tour departure to collect your ticket(s).
Ægisgarður 5, Reykjavík 101, IS 

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation fee of 100.0% is charged if cancelled 1 day(s) or less before the activity

What´s Included

  • 2,5-3 hr. whale watching tour
  • Use of warm overalls and blankets
  • Excellent live guidance in English
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Access to our Wildlife Exhibition
  • Heated indoor saloon
  • Large viewing windows
  • Wildlife guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Pictures taken by crew (if any)

What to bring

  • Sturdy footwear 
  • Warm clothing (hat, gloves, scarf etc.)

Additional information

This is the original whale watching tour from Reykjavík and one of the most popular attractions in Iceland! Join us for a chance to encounter the incredible whales and dolphins of Faxaflói bay.

As the weather in Iceland can be quite unpredictable, we advise you that this tour is weather dependent. In case of unfavourable conditions in the bay, the itinerary may be altered (often resulting in a slightly longer tour) or the tour could get cancelled altogether. You will be notified of any changes as soon as possible, but we suggest that you have a look at our online whale diary to check for updates on your departure.

Since this is a wildlife tour we can never predict or guarantee sightings of any kind. Additionally, abide by a Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching and thus each encounter is on the animal's terms. This means that we may manoeuvre the boat in a certain way or keep our distance to minimise potential disturbance. In the event that we don't encounter any whales or dolphins, we do not offer refunds, but instead give our passengers a complimentary ticket to use another day. 

Click here for more information about whale watching from Reykjavík and get to know the cetacean you can expect to see on the tour.