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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 Reykjavik | The Original

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

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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
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$87.00
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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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$78.00
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Whale Watching & Dolphin Luxury Yacht Cruise

Whale Watching & Dolphin Luxury Yacht Cruise

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Discover Iceland’s aquatic wildlife on a relaxing cruise aboard a spacious yacht. Board your vessel at Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and venture out to Faxafloi Bay, keeping your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and, during the summer months, puffins. While you sail, admire the coastline dotted with mountains, Reykjavik landmarks, and small islands.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise
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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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$143.10
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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
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Whale Watching Cruise on a Superyacht in Reykjavik

Whale Watching Cruise on a Superyacht in Reykjavik

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See Reykjavik from a different perspective and observe local wildlife during this whale-watching cruise from the Old Harbor. Board a spacious yacht, featuring panoramic viewing windows, and sail through Faxalfoi Bay. While you sail, keep your eyes peeled for cetaceans in the water including minke, humpback, and sometimes even killer whales. If you don’t see any wildlife on your tour, receive a ticket for another day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavík Iceland - Small group

Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavík Iceland - Small group

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Iceland’s Faxaflói Bay is home to diverse marine life including dolphins, puffins, and whales, but knowing where the native sea life is likely to appear requires skill and experience. On this whale-watching tour, zoom across the waves by powerful speedboat with your guide and reach the action swiftly. Wrapped up warm against the cold, keep watch for native whales in their natural habitat and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.00
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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.44
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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
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$101.96
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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
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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
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Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik

Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik

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Embark on a unique whale-watching cruise at night, aided by the glow of Iceland’s ‘midnight sun.’ Because the sun doesn’t fully set during the summer months, you can observe the nocturnal habits of dolphins and whales under the colorful light of this northern phenomenon. Learn about Iceland’s native marine life through a multimedia show on board, and spot sea creature splashing around during a 2.5-hour night cruise from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
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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 whale watching 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
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Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavik

Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavik

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Combine two exciting Icelandic activities into one day with this tour that originates in Reykjavik. Your first activity is a whale-watching tour in Faxafloi Bay where you have the opportunity to see humpback and minke whales as well as dolphins and porpoises. Then, in the evening, board your vessel again for a northern lights tour that takes you away from the bright city lights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik

1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience the wonders of the island nation of Iceland with a tour that combines the adrenaline of off-roading with the majesty of whale watching, all in one day. The adventure begins with an all-terrain vehicle trip that culminates at Ulfarsfell mountain with views of the city, ocean, and mountains. After a lunch break at the Reykjavik Harbor, embark on a journey into Faxafloi bay in search of Minke whales.
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  • 8 hours
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Reykjavik Whales & White Water Rafting Adventure

Reykjavik Whales & White Water Rafting Adventure

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Explore Iceland’s sheltered bays and churning rivers on a full-day whale watching cruise and white water rafting experience from Reykjavik. Watch for minkes, humpbacks, porpoises and white-beaked dolphins as you cruise Faxaflói Bay. Head into the interior to launch a raft into the Hvítá River, and paddle rapids and smooth water along riverside cliffs; warm up with a sauna and hot shower.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Midnight Sun Whale Watching from Reykjavik

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Midnight Sun Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Two of the most magical summer attractions in Iceland are its whales and the midnight sun. You can experience both with this late-evening tour that maximizes your chances of seeing humpback and minke whales; white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises under the warm glow of the nighttime sun.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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