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RIB Speed Boat Cruises in Reykjavik

RIB Speed Boat Cruises in Reykjavik

The black-sand beaches, sea cliffs, and fjords of the Icelandic coastline host a diverse cast of creatures, from dolphins and whales to throngs of orange-billed puffins. Here’s what you need to know about Reykjavik-based RIB (rigid inflatable boat) cruises, which allow you to get close to coastal wildlife during exhilarating high-speed tours.

Highlights

  • Admire the Reykjavik skyline and spot noteworthy landmarks, such as Harpa Concert Hall and the Sólfar (Sun Voyager) sculpture, from the water.

  • Cruise through Faxaflói Bay, stopping at Lundey Island or Akurey Island to see nesting birds during a puffin tour.

  • Scan the water for sightings of surfacing minke and humpback whales.

  • Enjoy the excitement of whizzing across the water at high speed.

  • Learn about the behavioral patterns of seabirds, such as auks and gannets, from your guide.

Things to Know

  • Most RIB tours depart from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour. 

  • Puffins are most visible during the breeding season, May to August. You can spot whales and dolphins in Iceland year-round, but more species are present during the summer months.

  • Speedboats generally accommodate small groups of 15 people or fewer, guaranteeing an intimate experience. 

  • Most RIB tours provide warm waterproof overalls and life jackets.

  • Many whale-watching tours offer complimentary tickets for another speedboat cruise if you don’t spot any whales the first time around.

  • RIB speedboat tours typically last one to two hours. 

  • Boat engines can be switched off so as not to alarm wildlife and to allow you to appreciate the sounds of nature. 

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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Reykjavík Premium Puffin tour | close up and personal

Reykjavík Premium Puffin tour | close up and personal

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Hugely increase your chances of seeing puffins in the wild on this guided tour from the Old Harbor in Reykjavík. Traveling aboard a custom-made rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) means you get as close as possible to the islands of Faxaflói Bay where puffins come to breed in the summer. While watching the clownish birds, your guide offers insight into their behavior, as well as those of the other resident seabirds, such as auks and gannets.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

2-Hour RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Greatly increase your chances of seeing whales in the wild—and, in summer, puffins—on this guided boat tour from Reykjavik's Old Harbor. Riding in a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), with no more than 12 people aboard, means that you can travel more quickly between the best whale-spotting sites. In summer months there will also be a stop at Akurey island, a popular breeding ground for puffins.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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