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Classic Whale Watching | the original from Reykjavík

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Highlights
  • See whales and dolphins just outside of Reykjavik 
  • Experience Iceland’s wildlife even on limited time 
  • Chance to see a range of whales and dolphins 
  • Multiple daily departures make this a convenient option 
  • Sustainable tour designed for minimum environmental impact
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Whale Watching Tour 2pm 17:00
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3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
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Whale Watching Tour 2pm 20:30
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
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Whale Watching Tour 2pm 09:00
3 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. Departs all year around when the weather permits. Professional English guides, free overalls and a bar on board.
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Overview
Humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales patrol the Reykyavik coast, but you’ll have to leave the shore for the best chance of spotting them. This whale-watching cruise goes deep into the natural habitat of Iceland’s whales and dolphins, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxafloi Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
What to Expect
Make your way to a location in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, and then board a whale-watching boat for a cruise on Faxafloi Bay.
You’ll see views of Mount Esja, Akrafjall, and other landmarks on Faxafloi Bay as you cruise, with trained guides to watch for wildlife and help identify what you see. Some of the most common species are humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, but some lucky visitors may even see blue whales, one of the largest animals on earth.
The cruise is designed to reduce environmental impact, pollution, and disruption to the animal habitat, so you know your whale-watching experience won’t harm Iceland’s spectacular coastal ecosystem. Whales or dolphins are spotted on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. Should you not see a whale or dolphin, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket for a second tour.
Note: To ensure the best whale-watching opportunity when conditions in Reykjavik are rough (especially in winter), the tour may depart from other harbors, such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði, or Hafnarfjörður.
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had a great time with Elding early May on a whale watching tour. The guide was fantastic - she was very engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I was lucky enough to see two species of whales and various different sea birds, all of which were...More

Thank luchmich
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear luchmich, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with future travellers. We're glad to read about your positive experience with our excellent crew. All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 1 week ago

A good company, there was a very good guide on the boat and they did their best to find a whale. They were successful and treated to the view of a humpback. Unfortunately, my motion sicknesses meds were not up to the challenge of this...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank UABecky
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear UABecky, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with future travellers. We're delighted at your positive rating despite your problems with motion sickness and hope you managed to enjoy the humpback sightings in spite of it. All the best, The Elding...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked this in advance from home online, all very easy to do, turned up on the day with electronic ticket on my phone (as Elding advised) part of their environmental policy, It was a bitterly cold day but with relatively calm seas and overcast conditions...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Keith K
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Keith K, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and services. We're glad you had an enjoyable afternoon in the company of our lovely and knowledgeable naturalists! All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just turned up at Elding Office at the port on 8th May early in the morning and was lucky to get on the 9am tour for whale watching. I cannot describe how cold it was even in May, overalls were provided but it was...More

Thank Dovecotedweller
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Dovecotedweller, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour. We're glad you had the chance to return the next day after an unsuccessful previous attempt. We're glad you understand our code of conduct and happy that you enjoyed both minke...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great ethical company. Enthusiastic host. Lucky enough to see a minke and humpback whale. Great overalls that kept us warm. They moved away when other boats followed our 'spot'. Recommend this company.

Thank Berry527
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Berry527, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and services. Glad you enjoyed our tour and services and appreciate our ethical approach on wildlife watching. All the best, The Elding team

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Response from EldingAdventureAtSea | Property representative |
We are mainly seeing humpback whales and dolphins in November, but the 'likelihood' of seeing a certain type of whale can change every year with the weather and food availability at our shores. Best to check our online whale... More
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