Reykjavík classic whale watching
The tour starts at the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik. Merely steps away you will find Eldey Visitor Centre, located on board a converted fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. And here is where you will meet the crew for the day. Before (or after) the tour, at your convenience, you can stroll through our souvenir shop, have a drink at the Whale Café or enjoy the onboard whale exhibition located in the hull of the boat. The show includes multimedia images and videos of whales as well as interesting facts about the cetaceans and other marine animals we are likely to see on tour. From that point, you will be shown to the whale watching vessel that will take you on tour.
Once on board the tour boat, you will find several outdoor viewing platforms, a large indoor saloon with an onboard café where you can buy light refreshments, necessary bathroom facilities and a cloakroom where you can borrow one of our blankets or overalls on cold days. You can either stay outside in the fresh air, but you are also welcome to stay inside the heated lounge and observe the views from within, through our large panoramic windows. One of our excellent guides will commentate on the sights and views at hand through the intercom system on board and will be available to you and happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.
Summer season, from April 1st to October 31st is excellent for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at it's highest peak! This is the time when the Minke whales are at their most abundant, along with White-beaked dolphins, Harbour porpoises, and the occasional Humpback whales. This will give you a chance to enjoy and understand these magnificent animals in their natural environment. Winter season (1 November - 31 March) is a whole other experience and adventure compared to our summer tours. Each year continues to surprise us with the wildlife it offers. The winter low lying sun is also something not to be missed, as it casts a warm glow over the white-capped mountains surrounding the bay and to breathe in the winter's fresh and crisp air is just incredible.
The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins, and Harbour Porpoises. Occasionally we spot other species including Humpback whales, Killer whales/Orcas, Fin whales and Blue whales to name but a few.
The weather in Iceland
The weather can change quite frequently in Iceland, and therefore we reserve the right to alter routes and itineraries by sailing from other harbors in the nearby area where the weather or sightings are more favorable each time, which could result in a slightly longer tour. Please consult with the ticket sales staff if you are on a tight schedule.
Tour location :
Starting place / town :
- Whale Watching
- Use of warm overalls
- Excellent guidance
- Free on board WiFi
- Access to our Visitor Centre / Whale Exhibition
What to bring:
Dress warmly and don't be shy to also put on our warm overalls!