Whale watching

A boat tour from Reykjavík

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Practical tour information

Our partners at Elding offer a three hour whale watching tour from the old Reykjavik hourbor. You can choose between staying on the deck or sit inside a comfortable sight seeing area with large windows if the weather is chilly. From April to October the chances of sightings is over 90% and around 86%. If there are no whales to be seen you get another tour for free.

At summer the morning whale watching tour is the perfect start to your day and fits nicely with Sterna Travel´s Full Afternoon Golden Circle tour starting at 13:30 from the Harpa music and conference hall by the waterfront. A great start for your Iceland holiday.

During winter the tour leaves on occasion from harbors within 60 minute driving distance from Reykjavik. Those instances are weather related and you will be driven to and from the neighboring harbor. When the tour goes from other ports in winter, the time might go up to 5 hours.

Whale species in the area are mostly: Minke Whales, Harbor Porpoises, White-Beaked Dolphins and occasionally the great Humpback Whale. Other species are less frequent part of this Iceland holidays traditions.

Duration: 3 hours (summer), 3-5 hours (winter)

Location: Faxaflói Bay

Season: Year Round

Departures: Summer: March to September – Various departures from the old Reykjavik harbor Winter: October to February – Departs at 13:00 from the old Reykjavik harbor


  • Guided boat tour
  • Free ticket to try again in case of no sightings!
  • Educational & Interactive focus
  • Warm overalls provided for your comfort
  • Wi-Fi and Café on board
  • WC’s on board
  • A multimedia show at the Whale Watching Centre either at the start or end of the tour