Whale Watching Boat Tour from Reykjavík Harbour

Join our whale watching cruise and witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

With year-round daily departures, our whale watching boat tour gives our guests the best chance of successful sightings of diverse sea life including minke whales, harbor porpoises and white beaked dolphins.

Our specialized vessels take you far out into faxaflói bay and behind in search of these noble creatures. This bay is known to be rich in plankton and krill, which make up the vast portion of whales´diets. The bay´s location between the warm and cold North Atlantic currents provides the perfect waters for cetacean. The bay is also known to be rich in plankton and krill, which make up the vast portion of whales´diets.

Though less commonly sighted on our tours, if you are lucky you might see other species including humpback whales or Orcas (also known as killer whales), fin whales and blue whales.

Our tours are from the old harbour area in central Reykjavík, a stone´s throw from the landmark Harpa Concert Hall.


  • Whale watching tour from Reykjavik’s old harbour. Pickup is available as an optional extra on checkout.
  • Spacious, safe and well equipped vessels
  • Expert guidance from our friendly guides, who will inform you about the local eco-system and the species that call it home.
This tour is operated by Elding.
Starting point
3 hours
Not included
Live tour guide
Qualified, energetic and fun guides for the best adventure!
We take immense pride in our exceptional team of local guides who are professionals, experts, and friendly. Their goal is to make your tour unforgettable.

Tour highlights & itinerary

This is what awaits you
What's included & excluded
  • 2.5-3.5 hour whale watching tour
  • Complimentary use of warm overalls and blankets
  • Excellent live guidance in English
  • Free onboard WiFi access
  • Access to our Wildlife Exhibition
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Digital copies of photos by crew (if any)
  • Tips/gratuity
  • Pickup/Hotel transfers (available for an extra fee
  • Refreshments
What do I need to bring
  • Hat and gloves recommended
  • The wind can be biting so even if you plan to use the provided coveralls, you should also wear a warm coat>/li>
Important information
  • We are at the mercy of the sometimes rough weather and tours can be cancelled or changed at short notice. We will let you know of any changes to your tour status as soon as possible.
  • Refunds are not offered in the case of unsuccessful tours. Our costs remain the same. We do however offer a free tour guarantee so you can try again if whales or dolphins are not spotted during your time with us.
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by Cynthia
Sigurjon was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and shared his passion and love for Iceland and for Icelandic music with us, and by the end of the tour he had made us his family. The places ... Read more
by Cynthia
Sigurjon was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and fun. He shared his passion for music and for Iceland with us, and by the end of the journey we were like a family, all discovering Ic... Read more
by Régis & Nathalie
Due to many late cancellations, we were only 3 of us on this tour. Many thanks to BusTravel Iceland for having maintained this excursion and to Runar and Gisli who properly made our day. The spots are... Read more
by Helen
The tour is very well-paced, and although you see a lot on the tour you do not feel that you are being rushed from one place to the next. There were good facilities (toilets, food) at most of the plac... Read more
by Lorenzo Verdelli
Everything in this tour was amazing. From the easy to find bus stop, to the perfect timing of the driver, the guide, the tour itself, ecc... My guide was "Baggy" and the driver "Albert" and they both ... Read more
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