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When it comes to whales in Europe, Iceland is tough to beat. As Reykjavik continues to rise as a popular destination for travelers from around the world, more and more options are popping up for whale watching. See below for our tips on seeing these amazing creatures in Reykjavik.

When to Go
Although whale watching tours are offered year-round, the best time to go is between April and September when the weather is mild and daylight is plentiful. Be sure to dress in layers, as it gets cold out on the water even in summer. Many tours provide thermal coveralls to help keep you cozy as you look for whales.

What You'll See
While Iceland is home to more than 20 species of whale, the most common types seen near Reykjavik are orca, minke, and humpback whales. In addition, you'll likely catch a glimpse of dolphins, porpoises, seals, and other ocean creatures.

How to Go
There are many options for whale watching tours from Reykjavik. Choose a standalone cruise, or combine it with another popular activity such as puffin viewing, a Northern Lights viewing experience, or a visit to the Blue Lagoon. See our top choices below.
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Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavík

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavík

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Experience the magic of whale watching on a cruise from Reykjavik. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise the coastal curve of Iceland to marvel at humpback and orca whales in their natural habitat. Scour the sea for sightings of porpoises and dolphins as you listen to fascinating facts surrounding the majestic creatures that inhabit the Icelandic ocean. Heighten your chances of seeing whales on this tour, the success rates of which are 95% in summer and 80% in winter.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.00
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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales during this whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. A naturalist guide talks about the biology and behavior of these magnificent marine mammals while you look for signs of their presence. Stay warm and dry in provided thermal coveralls as you keep your eye out for whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Choose from a 2.5-hour, high-speed express boat option or a full, 3.5-hour tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.69
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.00
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Whale Watching and Golden Circle Combo Tour

Whale Watching and Golden Circle Combo Tour

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Experience the majesty of nature by sea and land on this full-day whale-spotting boat trip and express Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. Look for whales and other marine life on a morning whale-watching cruise, and in the afternoon, visit Gulfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, the three iconic sites of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Admire the double waterfall at Gulfoss; see the geothermal pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and view the tectonic rift at Thingvellir as your guide explains the science and facts behind these natural wonders.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.26
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Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

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Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.10
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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.65
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience two of Iceland’s most incredible natural sights as you go whale watching and search for the Northern Lights with this package of two separate excursions from Reykjavik. Climb aboard your boat to search for the Aurora Borealis, a spectacular celestial display of colorful lights triggered by magnetic storms. For your second excursion, head out again by boat into Faxaflói Bay as you search for the area’s incredible marine life, including humpback whales, minke whales and harbor porpoises, among others. Both trips include hotel transport (if option selected), guides, warm coveralls and Wi-Fi on the whale watching cruise.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.13
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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

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Realize your dream of spotting wild whales in their natural environment on a 2.5- or 3-5-hour shore excursion around Faxaflói Bay from Reykjavik Port. Opt to enjoy either a 2.5-hour high speed cruise or a relaxed 3.5-hour cruise and then embark on an exhilarating whale-watching adventure. Enjoy illuminating commentary from an expert guide as you scour the sea for an incredible array of wildlife; look out for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales as you cruise the beautiful area. Return to your cruise ship well in advance of its departure time on this enriching excursion.
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  • 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.92
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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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$162.25
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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Cruise from Reykjavík

Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Cruise from Reykjavík

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Ride an Icelandic horse across open moors and fields, then look for minkes, humpbacks, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins on a whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik. This full-day experience takes in the best of the country’s wildlife and scenery, both on land and at sea. Practice Iceland’s unique tölt gait and learn how horses arrived in Iceland almost a millennium ago, then search the waters of Faxaflói Bay while enjoying sweeping views of the rugged coastline.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Enjoy unforgettable adventure in Iceland’s great outdoors on this 5.5-hour horse-riding and whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. Follow your guide through Iceland’s lava fields on horseback and gain insight into the country’s native horse breeds. Explore trails through the wild moorland and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged terrain. Afterward, hop aboard your high-speed boat and cruise out onto the waves. Watch the water for sightings of whales, porpoises and dolphins, and keep your eyes on the skies for birdlife. With your camera to hand, capture Iceland’s wildlife through your lens.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour and Whale Watching w. Pickup from Reykjavík

Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour and Whale Watching w. Pickup from Reykjavík

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Go snorkeling in Thingvellir National Park then take a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik on a full-day tour through Iceland’s most remarkable aquatic landscapes. Slip into the clear water at Thingvellir and swim through a gaping fissure between tectonic plates that divide the scenic, UNESCO-recognized park. Cast off from Old Reykjavik Harbor on a cruise through Faxaflói Bay, and watch for humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. Navigate alongside puffin colonies and shorebirds as you explore the rugged shoreline just outside the capital city. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.00
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Whale watching

Whale watching

Voga Sea tours is a small family owned company that offers sea tours. Because it is family owned, we offer a cozy and personal experience in our tours. Our tours are about 3 hours. On the way you can enjoy the view of the open ocean or relax in our inside area and have a unique experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.14
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Whale Watching & Puffin Luxury Yacht Cruise

Whale Watching & Puffin Luxury Yacht Cruise

Join Harpa Yachts for a comfortable whale & dolphin watching cruise from Reykjavik Old Harbor. On this cruise with a maximum of 35 guests we sail out from the old harbor in downtown Reykjavik out to Faxafloi bay looking for whales & dolphins. Depending on the season you might experience a wide variety of wildlife in the picturesque surroundings of Reykjavik with mountains and stunning scenario everywhere you look. During the summer months we also stop at one of the puffin islands and watch these magnificent birds. Harpa yachts is a family owned and operated company, the owners have decades of experience in providing visitors with experiences of a lifetime. The yacht is a fully equipped motor yacht with a lounge, bar, salon & fly-bridge. Licensed to accommodate up to 35 people on day tours makes Harpa yachts the perfect company for guests looking to travel with small groups.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavík

Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavík

This magnificent combo tour unites some of the most popular winter attractions in Iceland! You start the day with a 3 hr. whale watching tour at 13:00 with departure from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. The most common species seen in Faxaflói bay in winter are the minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales. The views and landscape on the horizon are not to be missed as they are astonishing in the winter glow! The 2 hr. magical evening cruise departs at 21:00/22:00 (depending on the season), taking you into the Southern part of Faxaflói bay, away from the bright city lights. Heading out into the open bay under the vast starry sky is a wonderful experience and the northern lights are something you don't want to miss!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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Golden circle and Whale watching in Reykjavik

Golden circle and Whale watching in Reykjavik

This fulsome Reykjavik day trip showcases several of Iceland's most-loved natural highlights in a single day. At Þingvellir, stand where the Eurasian and American continental shelves pull apart, and where the history of a united Icelandic nation begins. Continue on the Golden Circle tourist route to experience the natural beauty of the Strokkur Geyser and the Gullfoss Waterfall before heading out for an early-evening whale-watching expedition. Avoid the hassle of renting a car and driving between each site; this bus tour makes it easy to get around, with the added bonus of your guide's commentary along the way.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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