Whale Watching Tour & Whales of Iceland Museum from Reykjavik

Experience the wonders of whale watching in person before venturing to the museum to truly grasp the immense size and beauty of these incredible cetaceans

Special Tours and Whales of Iceland have joined forces to create this exciting combo tour, providing you with the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat and then explore lifelike models that showcase their immense size. The choice is yours: kick off your adventure with a thrilling whale-watching experience or delve into the fascinating world of marine giants at the Whales of Iceland museum.

Embark on a Classic or Express Whale Watching tour with Special Tours, venturing to Faxaflói Bay’s feeding grounds where you’ll encounter humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. Seeing these animals in the water can make it challenging to grasp their true enormity, which is why we recommend a visit to Whales of Iceland, just across the harbor. This is the largest whale museum in Europe, showcasing all 23 species found in Iceland’s vicinity at their actual sizes and offering a wealth of intriguing insights into whales and their history. It’s an educational and awe-inspiring journey that reminds us of the vastness of ocean life in comparison to us humans.

This tour is operated by Special Tours.
Starting point
4 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
  • Whale Watching: Guided boat tour, warm overalls, free WI-FI, café on-board the boat
  • Whales of Iceland: Open daily, viewing of the film Sonic Sea at 10:30, 12:15, 14:00, and 15:45 every day, live-guided tours available at 11:00 and 15:00, free audio guide available in 12+ languages, free parking
  • Food & drinks are available for purchase on the whale watching tour, and in the café at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition.
What do I need to bring
  • Warm clothes & sturdy shoes for the whale watching tour
Important information
  • Availability: Daily departures on Whale Watching tours (weather dependent). Guidance in English.
  • Availability: Whales of Iceland exhibition is open daily from 10:00-17:00 (closed Dec. 25th). Audio guides available in 12 languages.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 23 hours or less before departure
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Traveler's reviews
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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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