Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Sail alongside the giants of the sea on a guided whale watching tour from Reykjavík!
There are a few places from which you can spot whales in Iceland; however, Reykjavík is one of the best. Departing from the city’s Old Harbour all year-round, this thrilling experience will take you on a 3.5 hour boat trip out into Faxaflói bay. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes peninsulas to the north and south respectively, with the aptly named Hvalfjörður (whale fjord) to the east, this is a must-visit area for lovers of nature, where whales may be spotted throughout the year.
The deep blue waters of Faxaflói bay are abundant with fish, making it a rich feeding ground for migrating marine mammals. Whales often converge along the Icelandic coastline in search of cooler waters, where they feast on krill, cod and other schooling fish. Of the species that have been spotted here, humpback whales are the most common, followed by minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Orcas, pilot whales and basking sharks – the second-largest shark in the world – have also been seen here in the wild, often only metres away from the boat.
Be prepared for a spectacular encounter as you sail away on your ocean adventure. You will have the opportunity to observe a variety of whale surface behaviours, including pectoral fin slapping, tail fluke diving, tail slapping, peduncle throws, spy hopping and breaching. Whale behaviours differ from day to day and although such sightings are not guaranteed, you will have a greater chance of seeing whales playing in the freedom of their natural environment. At all times, the boat will follow local laws and guidelines governing responsible whale watching practices, to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure for all.
In addition to whales, being out on the sea means that you’ll be perfectly placed to witness life amongst seabirds within the marine environment. Throughout the year, the coastline plays host to colonies of Atlantic puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars, making it a true bird watcher's paradise.
During your time on the water, your expert guides will share with you their wealth of knowledge for a truly educational and interactive experience. You’ll learn all about the species of whales, dolphins and porpoises found in Icelandic waters, as well as other fascinating tidbits of information. Drinks and snacks are available from the café onboard, so that you can have a truly comfortable experience out at sea.
The success rate of seeing marine mammals on this boat tour is quite high. The experienced crew know exactly how to track down and show you the spectacular marine wildlife to be found in the waters of Faxaflói bay in Iceland. However, if you are not lucky enough to spot any whales, then you will receive a free return voucher to keep trying until you do!
If you’re wild about whales and interested in seeing these gentle giants swimming off the Icelandic coast, then this boat tour is for you. Sail away from Reykjavík on an ultimate whale watching experience! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Please note that sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. If nothing is seen on your tour, you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again (valid indefinitely).