Whale Watching

Take a walk to Reykjavik’s Old Harbour and buy your tickets for an unforgettable whale watching trip out on the Icelandic seas. Best in the summer months when the sea’s teeming with wildlife, your boat will take you across the waters to spot mammals including minke whales, humpback whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.

No two whale watching tours are the same, but most trips will see the seven to 11 metre long minke whales who swim in the shallower waters of Faxaflói Bay and feed on small schools of fish. Watch as the young whales come up close to the special wildlife-friendly boats, and look out for some of the less common species including humpbacks, orcas and fin whales.

As you sail across the water, your expert guide will point out the wildlife, including seabirds such as Puffins as well as the whales, while you relax on outdoor viewing decks. Learn more about these beautiful animals as you cruise out to sea on your family-friendly tour, while relaxing with your onboard refreshments.

Whale watching season runs from April to September, with tours lasting at least two hours. Icelandic tourist boats follow a special code of conduct to protect the marine life, and tour operators are always happy to answer your questions about their responsibilities to the environment. Trips can be cancelled if the weather’s really poor, so prepare to be flexible and remember to wrap up warm as it can get very cold out at sea, even during the summer.