Reykjavík Express Whale Watching Tour

  • Availability

    April - October


    2 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Pickup


  • Minimum Age

    10 Years

  • Price

    ISK 23.990

Tour Highlights:

  • Express Whale Watching from Reykjavík
  • Minke Whales
  • White Beaked Dolphins
  • Humpback Whales
  • Birdlife


  • Express Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavík
  • Use of Warm Overalls
  • Goggles
  • Access to the Whale Watching Visitor Centre / Whale Exhibition

The Reykjavík Express Whale Watching Tour

On the Reykjavík Express Whale Watching tour, you go on an exciting ride on the Faxaflói Bay! This tour is the perfect addition to a great day in Reykjavík. Head out to sea with an experienced captain and search for whales in their natural environment. This fun ride lets you see Reykjavík from a different perspective, viewing the Harpa music hall and more from the oceanside. Departing from the Old Harbor in Reykjavík, your ticket includes access to the Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about the whales in the area before or after your tour.

On this tour, you ride a RIB boat that seats a maximum of 12 guests per tour. Your RIB boat captain will take you to sea, where you’ll explore Faxaflói Bay. During the summer season, from April to October,  the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. Common sightings in this area include Minke whales and white-beaked dolphins. Humpback whales and Harbour porpoises are also often spotted in the bay.

Please note that due to the unpredictable weather in Iceland, the operator reserves the right to alter routes and itineraries as needed. This may include sailing from other harbors in the nearby area.

If traveling from November to February, please select the Reykjavík Winter Whale & Dolphin Watching option.

During Puffin season, May 15th – August 15th, the tour will stop by the islands in the bay, where you can see puffins in their natural environment.

This tour may not be suitable for everyone. Please read our FAQ section for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pickup and dropoff in Reykjavík included in this tour?

No, pickup and dropoff is not included in this tour. This is a meet-on-locaton tour only. The meeting point is by the old harbour in Reykjavík.

Where is the meeting point for this tour?

The meeting point for this tour is at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík.

Please be on location at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour.

Is this tour suitable for everyone?

This tour may not be suitable for persons over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with a history of heart and/or back problems.

Please note that you need to be able to stand in your seat (minimum height of 145cm) and fit into the overalls to participate in this tour (maximum size XXXL).

The minimum age for this tour is 10 years.

What should I wear on this tour?

You should wear warm clothes as your first layer, and we recommend bringing a waterproof outer layer in case of rain. Keep in mind that it can get colder out at sea than it is on land.

Several layers of clothes are recommended along with gloves, a scarf, hat and winter shoes.

Warm overalls are provided on the boat (included in the tour price)

Is lunch included on this tour?

No, lunch and refreshments are not included in this tour.

Is smoking allowed on the boat?

No, smoking is not allowed on the boat.

What happens if the boat can not depart from Reykjavík?

The whale watching tours are focused mainly on the southern part of Faxaflói bay, just off Reykjavík. Each day the crew scans the area for signs of whales as they never know for sure where they might find them. Sometimes they have to go far while at other times the whales are quite close to the shore.

On some occasions (mainly in winter), when weather conditions or chances of spotting whales are greater elsewhere than the regular area in Faxaflói, the tour will depart from nearby harbors like Hafnarfjörður, Keflavík, Sandgerði or Grindavík making the tours last anywhere from 3-5 hrs.

What happens if my tour is canceled due to weather?

If the operator decides to cancel the tour because of weather, you will be offered to reschedule your tour or get a full refund.

Are sightings of whales guaranteed on this tour?

As these are wild animals, sightings can never be guaranteed.

If no whales or dolphins make an appearance on your tour you will be offered complimentary tickets for a regular Whale Watching Tour, valid for 2 years.

Is the morning or afternoon tour better for spotting whales?

As the whales are wild animals there is no way to predict if it’s more likely to see them in the morning or in the afternoon.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

Reservations can be canceled 24 hours prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to departure are non-refundable.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to

Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 24 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).

If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. 

The meeting point for this tour is at the Elding ticket office at the Old Harbor in Reykjavík.

Please keep in mind that you need to be on location at least 20 minutes before the start of your tour.

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