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Reykjavík, Iceland
Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Watch for minke whales, dolphins and humpbacks on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik, and take in views of the coast from an open viewing platform or an enclosed cabin. Get the ultimate whale watching experience during the peak season from April through October, when over 20 kinds of whale flock to the North Atlantic. Cruise the harbor in comfort and style, enjoy access to an indoor saloon stocked with snacks and drinks (sold on board), and spot Iceland’s diverse aquatic species with help from the experienced crew.
  • Reykjavik whale watching cruise on a comfortable boat
  • Enjoy access to outside decks and an enclosed cabin
  • See Iceland's wildlife in a natural environment
  • Explore the coast from the water
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3-3,5 hours Whale Watching tour
Experienced and professional guides
Free ticket to join again in case of no sightings
Warm flotation overalls
Free WiFi on board
Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
Complimentary seasickness tablets available
Audio guide / headphones in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
Snacks and beverages sold on board
Pickup is available for extra charge
Reykjavik Sailors , Hlésgata Vesturbugt F101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Note: Pick-up starts 60 minutes before departure. Pickup service is available for extra charge. If pickup service is not chosen - please meet us at departure point at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • NOTE: You should schedule to be at our departure point at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • Please, check our DAILY DIARY before you come for the tour, all the important daily information of all our tours will be notified on our website.
  • If you have a boat tour booked, please check your email before the tour as all important daily information will be notified via email.
  • We recommend wearing good footwear and warm clothing. Don´t forget to bring your camera to take amazing photos!
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sailors
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "This is a good trip for someone who has never seen a whale in the ocean, but maybe not so good for someone who has been on other tours that were closer to the whales." See review
  • "Was end of season though, so not as many as summer, but still great experience, whale watching in Iceland is a must!" See review

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star-1
Whales? NO!
Grigori_T
, Jun 2022
Everywhere on the web it is written that you MUST go to whale watching. Guys please, don't do it. Just waste of money. Do you really think that you will see the whale jumping out of the water like on the title picture of this tour? Ha ha ha. Let me explain how such a tour is going on. First part: Boat goes not far from the shore (you see Reykjavik clearly), then "guide" says with microphone: "look on 10, look on 5, look on 3, look on 12" (these are hours). There are no whales at the time visible only whale fountains. Guide sees them, but till they will say and you will figure out and turn your head - you see nothing. Second part: There are some whales with fountains and several boats (all boats doing tours that day will end up at same place). Whales start to swim in different directions. Each boat picks one whale of their choice and starts to follow that whale. "Guide" is only telling: "look on 11, on 12, on 1, on 12, on 12". If you are inside the boat, there is no chance to see anything because front of the boat is not visible from inside. You must go outside and stand on the upper deck. Luckily outfit is provided and you will not die frozen. After some time following the whale, it will show some part outside the water, maybe fin, maybe tail. As soon as this part will be shown. Tour will be stopped. That's it. Congratulations - you have seen the whale. Third part: going back and "guide" will tell something about whales and show you whale bones. If you will ask the "guide" about "well, was it it?", they will say - you know, maybe today is not so good weather (too hot/cold/windy/rainy). If you will miss the final moment and don't see anything - it is your problem.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your review. We do offer always all passengers a free tour if their tour they joined was not successful, it is according to our conditions and best solution for everybody as we do provide you a 3 hours tour by boat with the crew and we do our best to make your time on the boat enjoyable with information provided by guide about ocean mammals and we also do our best to spot the whales, sometimes with more success and sometimes without a success. You are welcome to open our DAILY DIARY page on our website, you can see there our daily sightings. We have days when we see a whale jumping out of the water and we have days when we see a tail or any other parts. Whale Watching tour takes place in wild nature and any human is not controlling. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-1
Disappointment
Reetta
, Jun 2022
I booked the trip from this tour organizer as they were offering hotel pick-up. After booking I noticed that the pick-up was missing from my confirmation. After several attempts to email / whatsapp / call I was left waiting unanswered and when asking for refund received exceptionally poor treatment. Cannot recommend to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Your reservation do not include the pick up service. Optional pick up and drop off on request starts 60 minutes before departure. Pick-ups must be booked with a minimum of one hour before the tour departure time. We are very sorry but since the tour was going as scheduled and you did not join the tour, we can only offer you another tour, anytime in the future as we mentioned to you by email. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Great day out
Georgina_H
, Jun 2022
We saw 3 species so wonderful day out. Our guide was great and so helpful. The humpback whale so close we could see him really closely.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
First class service
Andrew_B
, Jun 2022
Seeing whales, dolphins, porpoise and puffins not forgetting all the other seabirds! The crew and guide Massimiliano were first class and the waterproof thermal gear was appreciated!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Thank you for sailing with Reykjavik Sailors, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Very nice tour guidec
That_C
, May 2022
The trip was incredible the view was beautiful . It was so nice Gil and Sid were great tour guides .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Definitely recommend it!
Maryam_S
, May 2022
Amazing experience! We saw several Whales, Dolphins, and Puffins! Loved the easy access and friendly staff.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your great review, such a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and our service. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Whale of a tail
Angela_S
, May 2022
Most memorable seeing two Humpback Whales. We also saw a Minke Whale and Harbour Dolphins. Puffins were feeding we didn’t realise how small they are. The Captain and guides were extremely knowledgeable on marine life and the damage pollution is has caused. Would definitely go again
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-4
Worth the trip!
Annie_W
, May 2022
Highly recommend! This was easy to find and an enjoyable boat ride! We didn’t see as many whales as we had hoped but the guide was super informative and we learned about the ones we did see! Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. Our crew will be really happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us! Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
star-4
We did see whales, but not exactly close up and personal
Mal_T
, May 2022
Meeting point was easy to find and the boat was right there. Big warm waterproofs were provided… you don’t have to wear them, but we did. Our tour was pretty quiet, so easy to find a place on the many outdoor deck areas to take pics. Also, if your own pics aren’t great, you can log on to the boat operators blog next day and access their pics too. The guide with the mic was very knowledgable. All I would say is be realistic with your expectations. If you see a whale at all, you might just see it’s back coming out of the water a little, or it’s tail rising up as it dives. You’re very very unlikely to see a whale breaching (rising right out of the water) but this is typically the type of photo used by Viator for publicity purposes.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your honest review, we truly appreciate your feedback. I will definitely pass compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
An unforgettable experience
Niamh_C
, May 2022
An amazing experience, our guide was extremely knowledgeable, funny and warm. We got to experience an unforgettable sight, humpback whales in their habitat and dolphins.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Magical experience
Andrea_S
, Apr 2022
We were so lucky to see orcas and humpback whales! They explained how they try to find the best spots without using harmful methods such as radar, and the guide was educational and very passionate about the animals. The boat also has a small kitchen where instead of just having pre-packaged snacks, they can cook sandwiches and waffles, which also made the experience very cosy. Would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Whale Watching April 2022
Paul_G
, Apr 2022
Well organised trip and we did manage to see two dolphins, a humpback whale and one Puffin. Shame it was raining, but there's nothing we can do about the weather. But the hot chocolate was excellent as a warming up drink.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. We love getting our guest feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Fantastic tour
MAY_W
, Apr 2022
Fantastic unmissable experience. It was rebooked due to bad weather, but we were kept informed!! The company messages us to explain that due to a storm, no boats were going out from any company. We easily rebooked for the next day. No trouble at all, and they were very friendly. The boat was great, we went on the 'Andrea' which had a mini-museum of whale bones and coral - as well as overalls to borrow so you don't get wet / cold It also has a cafe with hot drinks onboard!! The guide on-board was very kind and knowledgeable, telling us all about the habitat etc. AND WE SAW WHALES! AND DOLPHINS!! Absolutely incredible. Book this tour if you come to Iceland xxxxxxxxxxxx
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us on your tour. I will pass along the compliments to our guides. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Unbelievable
Vera_L
, Apr 2022
The weather was fantastic, not too cold and we actually saw a few whales, it was an unbelievable experience, i'm so glad I did it
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Thank you very much for your review. It's really heartwarming to see that our passengers enjoy their trips! Best regards, Reykjavik Sailors team
star-4
Whale watchers
Rathi_R
, Mar 2022
It’s always blustery and freezing on the choppy Arctic waters but had a great time- managed to spot a pod of dolphins and a humpback… it was like an audience with an emperor in his kingdom…. The team knew where exactly to get the best experience. Much Recommended
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you so much for your review. We love getting our guest feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-3
Guess we were out of...
Glen_B
, Mar 2022
Guess we were out of season as no show of any whales. A few fleeting glimpses of Dolphins but that was all. Make sure you wrap up whilst out on the water, even though sunny it was freezing.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello As we are working with wild animals, sightings can never be guaranteed no matter what time of year you sail. Whenever nothing is seen on a tour we offer a free ticket to try again. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Great trip although sadly didn’t see any whales
SusanJ_O
, Jan 2022
This was a great trip out although unfortunately we did not see any whales. Be prepared if you think you may be travel sick and take anti-sickness tablets as quite a few people on our trip were. The trick is to stay on the top deck in the fresh air. I recommend you put on the wind and waterproof clothing provided by the tour operators.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that were no sightings on your tour with us. We do offer always all passengers a free tour if their tour they joined was not successful and we do our best to make your time on the boat enjoyable with information provided by guide about ocean mammals and we also do our best to spot the whales, sometimes without a success. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Amazing Experience
Isobel_H
, Dec 2021
Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales although we saw some ‘blows’. I didn’t catch our guides name but she was great, really funny and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit with her songs! I feel the guides really tried to ensure we saw some whales and kept searching for well over the allocated time which was really appreciated. Felt they went the extra mile! Would definitely recommend. It’s nature, whales cannot be guaranteed but the trip was great none the less and saw some amazing views from the boat. Saw sunrise and sun set in one trip!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback - we are sorry to hear that you were not able to see anything on your tour with us. We do offer always all passengers a free tour if their tour they joined was not successful and we do our best to make your time on the boat enjoyable with information provided by guide about ocean mammals and we also do our best to spot the whales, sometimes without a success. This offer never expires, so whenever you are back in Iceland please send us an email to info@reykjaviksailors.is and we will happily rebook you. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-4
Got to see whales at the expense of an egocentric tour guide
Carrie_H
, Nov 2021
We were directed to a different port than we thought we needed but it was easy to find. Our ticket wasn't enough to get on the boat, even though we had booked via Viator we needed to go to a sales office to pick up a paper ticket. The tour guide on the boat was a bit of an abrasive young woman. She clearly knew what she was talking about when it came to whales and the sea but she didn't really have a friendly manner about her. She was very openly talking to one of the passengers, who didn't suffer with seasickness, about how pathetic the people downstairs were who obviously didn't have sea legs. My boyfriend had never been on a boat before so took the free seasickness medication and it actually put him to sleep... later I heard the tour guide talking to another passenger about how the medication works because it makes you drowsy! Because of this my boyfriend was asleep for half the duration of the trip, which incidentally was his birthday present - THANKFULLY before he fell asleep we got to see 3 humpback whales so we weren't totally put out. I think of myself as having a fairly thick skin and I wasn't personally offended by the tour guide but I don't think her behaviour or demeanour do this company any favours. She came across as egotistical and smug. There are overalls inside the boat which are free for everyone to use. Pay attention to the label inside the overall when picking your size as when people return them they don't pay any attention to which size section they're putting them back into. Overall I would recommend the tour despite only finding the tour guide barely tolerable.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback. We're very sorry to hear about your experience of the sea sickness medication on our tour. Like all medicines, this one can cause side effects as somnolence, sedation, fatigue and weakness, although not everybody gets them. We will look into the case of the tour guide manner. We are happy to hear that you were able to see 3 Humpback Whales on your tour with us. We always want passengers to enjoy their tours with us and therefore we do our possibly best. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team
star-5
Whale watching
Stephen_F
, Nov 2021
Seeing 3 humpbacked whales swi.minf together for around 20 minutes. The experience was unbelievable .......
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are truly happy that you enjoyed your experience with The Reykjavik Sailors. Best regards Reykjavik Sailors team

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