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Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

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

Overview

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.
  • Whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • Learn about the fascinating wildlife that inhabits Iceland's ocean from a knowledgeable guide
  • Scour the see for sightings of other creatures like dolphins, porpoises and rare sea birds
  • Choose from multiple departures to best suit your schedule
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Excellent live guide
Overalls, raincoats and blankets
Admission to Wildlife Exhibition
Free WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Ægisgarður 5 , Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Make sure to arrive at our ticket office in Ægisgarður 5C no later than 15 min. before the tour departs.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: tour may need to sail from other harbours, if weather conditions are unfavourable. In this case, the local operator will provide complimentary transportation to the harbour, and the tour will last up to 5 hours including transfers.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elding Whale Watching
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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What is the policy on sanitization during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
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 Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original.
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What is the social distancing policy during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "The weather was okay but we wore the heavy clothes offered and it was worth it!" See review

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star-3
we didn't see much
Jens_W
, Aug 2022
We only saw one whale fluke for about 2 seconds, but we got a lot of information. The ship was quite nice and there is a little museum before you get on it.
star-1
Overall waste of time & money. Wouldn’t recommend.
Erum_M
, Aug 2022
It was basically an indoor boat ride. No puffins nor whales were sighted. If you are traveling after July, this activity is a waste of solid 3 hrs & money. Many people on boar got sick but the staff was very very helpful.
star-5
Great experience.
Daniel_I
, Aug 2022
From start to finish the experience was great. It was easy to book and change as needed. The process of arrival and set up was clear and went smoothly. The staff were great and helpful. I'm glad I took this tour and used this company.
star-3
Rough seas and no whales despite the crew's best efforts!
Louise_F
, Aug 2022
Our trip was originally booked for 10am but was rescheduled for 7pm due to stormy weather. The trip went ahead and we were well prepared as the crew handed us seasickness tablets before we sailed but sadly the sea was still very rough with a metre swell. Many including myself were very ill!! Sadly we saw only 1 whale before we headed back to the harbour.
star-3
Did not see anything
Tatyana_I
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately, we did not see anything. They do not use sonar. They offered us complementary tickets to come back and try our luck again, but this is a 3 hour tour plus quite cold and windy at the bay. We had to pass.
star-5
We took the evening tour,...
Glenda_D
, Aug 2022
We took the evening tour, 7pm. It took about 4 hours because we went a bit further. We saw a big humpback whale which was amazing. The tour guides were cool. This tour was worth it. I recommend.
star-1
Unfortunately we didn’t...
Mary_D
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales. Additionally both of us got sick on the boat. The staff was all very kind of knowledgeable. We were also offered a second ticket since we weren’t able to see any whales.
star-5
Highly recommended
Pawel_A
, Jul 2022
The experience was lush! I consider ourselves lucky as the weather was beautiful and we saw both Minkey and Humpback whales. The very nice crew was a cherry on top!
star-5
Wonderful adventure
Paul_C
, Jul 2022
We saw minky and humpback whales and tons of sea birds. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Great views of Rekjavik!
star-4
Great trip
Sandra_V
, Jul 2022
Great trip! The Guides were very friendly and they gave us a lot informations about the birds and whales of iceland. We were so proud to see these wonderful animals. It was awesome!
star-5
Great Experience in Iceland
Cameron_M
, Jul 2022
Seeing one Minke Whale fin, lots of Puffins but unfortunately there was nothing else due to the stormy weather. The guides were excellent and very informative also checked up on people regularly. A lovely experience even in the stormy weather!
star-5
An amazing whale and dolphin experience!
Simon_H
, Jul 2022
A wonderful trip, friendly crew comfortable boat with warm overalls provided. Great viewing decks and we saw loads of Dolphins jumping out of the water right next to the boat and an incredible Humpback whale right next to the boat, amazing! We even saw Minke whales on the way back. They will send you the high photos taken on the trip afterwards too. Highly recommended!
star-5
Wonderful afternoon Whale Watching
Katharine_P
, Jul 2022
An excellent afternoon spent looking for whales and other wildlife. Plenty of sightings a thoroughly enjoyable time. Liam was an excellent host and narrator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was interesting...
Karine_M
, Jul 2022
It was interesting experience, we did see a few whales and dolphins were swimming right next to boat. The guy knows a lot about sea life.
star-4
Nice whale watching tour
Kevin_H
, Jul 2022
Nice whale watching tour - big boat with only 75 people, had lots of room. Saw dolphins, fin and minke whales.
star-1
Me and my dad payed each...
Yoram_A
, Jul 2022
Me and my dad payed each 88 dollars (total 176 dollars), in order to see whales. During 3 hours we haven’t seen any whale. Just the sea, birds, and the view of Rykjavik. The weather was so cold, and we stood in the boat, outside in the balcony and felt freezing. The tour guide told boring stories about birds, the boat and Rykjavik. Everyone on the boat was so disappointed that no whale even showed up, and the money was spent for nothing. The tour guide explained it’s not depend on them wether the whales are coming or not. As a result, we received a complimentary ticket that allows us to return within 2 years to Iceland and watch again for free whales in Rekjavik, but I’m not sure I’ll even be back again. They should’ve give us a refund. Save your money, go see other attractions you know for sure will show up. Don’t count on uncertain people on a boat.
star-5
Great day on the boat
John_O
, Jul 2022
We had a great time in the boat. We saw 4 different species. Lots of Whales and Porpoises and Dolphins. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We had very little idle time. We also saw birds and great views of Iceland. The day was perfect. Thanks
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Whale watching July 2nd 22
Paul_W
, Jul 2022
It was an amazing experience seeing those great animals. Special thanks to Milla also - she is very knowledgeable and it was very interesting listening to her explanations during the trip!
star-5
Awesome Whale Watching
Alec_W
, Jul 2022
Saw humpbacks, puffins, and some other whales right away. Very knowledgeable guide and the boat was awesome. Inside or outside seating with snack and coffee bar and bathrooms. Book this trip it’s awesome!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Blowing water
Fay_O
, Jun 2022
What an experience seeing so many Whales blowing water one after the other. We have seen their body clearly which was a bonus. I wish I saw them jumping too but after 3 hours waiting we have given up on that. In anyhow it’s a great experience.

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