Iceland is one of the best locations in the world to enjoy whale watching. The waters around the island provide the marine life with excellent feeding grounds, thus attracting over twenty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The boat ride is further enhanced with scenic views of the mountains of the nearby fjords and the picturesque cityscape of Reykjavik. Puffins and seals might also be spotted, if you are sailing in the early summer months.
The trip begins with a short drive to the harbour area in the old city center. A friendly crew welcomes passengers aboard and then embarks on the whale spotting adventure. The opportunity to enjoy the spectacular Icelandic nature from the sea with the chance of getting close to these large but gentle mammals is an experience unlike any other.
Whale watching in Iceland has had one of the highest growth rates for whale watching in the world. Although no sightings can be guaranteed, the prospects of whale watching in Iceland are excellent as whales are spotted on over 90% of tours.
Eleven species of whales dwell in Icelandic waters but up to twenty-three species have been spotted around the country. The most common sightings are minke whale, porpoise, white beaked dolphins and humpback whales.
It is recommended that you wear warm layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer. It is good to be prepared with hats, mittens, scarves and sunglasses. Even though the weather in Reykjavik is warm it can be very cold and windy out on the bay. Sunscreen is recommended on sunny days due to the reflection from the sea.
We do not recommend this shore excursion for passengers who are dependent on wheelchairs due to difficult access to the whale watching boat.
Please note that the price includes pick-up from port to the whale watching boat at the harbor near the city center. We recommend you use the rest of the day to explore the city center and take the city shuttle from Harpa to the port.