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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

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icon3 hours 50 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Whale-watching shore excursion to Faxaflói Bay from Reykjavik Port
  • See Icelandic marine life up close, like porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and humpback whales
  • Learn about the different species of whales that frequent the waters around Faxaflói Bay
  • Warm up with waterproof coveralls on the boat, if you wish
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour
Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!
Free WiFi
Complimentary sea sickness tablets, if needed
NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Skarfabakki Cruise Port if transfer selected, or the Special Tours Ticket Office in the Old Harbour if meeting directly.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise.

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star-5
Great cruise
Rosa_S
, Jul 2021
We had a great time. The boat was nice, the tour guide was a very knowledgeable biologist and we were able to see some whales up close!
star-4
The cruise itself was fine. A nice...
Chuck
, Aug 2017
The cruise itself was fine. A nice boat. Plenty of space to move around. On the down side, the boat was not really handicapped accessible. Many people were getting seasick along the way. And, oh yeah, there were no whales. We got an offer to go on another whale-watching cruise in the futurebut will we ever return to Iceland to take them up on the offer?
star-5
I doubt whether many of these trips...
Observer Mover
, Sep 2016
I doubt whether many of these trips actually discover whales and mine did not. But it did not matter because for 3 1/2 hours I was on the same body of water that Vikings once sailed. The ship was just fine. If you needed a snack or hot coffee, you had a snack bar. If you wanted to jump into thermal overalls, there was plenty to go around. If you wanted to stay warm inside, there was plenty of viewing room inside. We ran into several groups of dolphins, but to me, to be there in Iceland, sailing far out and away from Reykjavik, that was all I needed to thoroughly enjoy this tour. I highly recommend.
star-3
It's a must do when in Reykjavik...
Stella P
, May 2016
It's a must do when in Reykjavik. The thing is you have to be in the front of the boat to see anything. The water was a bit too bumpy and even with the seasickness pill it's still a bit rough to move around the boat. I was behind and to go all the way to the front without throwing up was too tough, sadly. Luckily, because not everyone saw whales, they gave us a new ticket to collect whenever we're back in Reykjavik.
star-3
A rather disappointing trip as we...
Margaret F
, Feb 2016
A rather disappointing trip as we didn't see any mammals apart from birds. They do not guarantee that you will see anything so we were well prepared not to see anything. The staff were very helpful and gave us all a free voucher for another trip, which compensated for the lack of viewing and wildlife. At least we had a boat trip of around three hours
star-1
Unfortunately we missed the tour...
Ian P
, Jan 2016
Unfortunately we missed the tour because of a long transfer from the airport to the hotel.
star-3
Nice boat, helpful crew, lovely...
Frank W
, Oct 2015
Nice boat, helpful crew, lovely guide, but limited viewings-none of minke whale apparently spotted, dolphins only
star-3
Didn't see the whales however nice trip...
Sonya G
, Jan 2015
Didn't see the whales however nice trip and gorgeous tour guide with amazing sense of humour
star-2
Time indication for pick up as...
Guenther H
, Sep 2014
Time indication for pick up as inaccurate. We were told pick up noon, meant was however between noon and 12.45. We had to call once again to clarify. Crew did excellent in spite of the rough sea. Actually date was bad for whale watching as most big whales were already gone. We did only see a little bit of a mink whale.
star-1
We only saw a tip of whale's spine...
Craig B
, Jul 2014
We only saw a tip of whale's spine. We did enjoy our tour guide and boat ride but you could see other passengers getting frustrated and queezy. The boat kept driving in circles chasing down a whale that barely surfaced once. I recommend showing a real status of the tour. I was expecting to see what you advertise with this whale leaping out of the water. This did not meet our expectations.

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