Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik Old Harbour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Grindavík

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Encounter whales, dolphins, porpoises and birds on a 3-hour cruise from Reykjavik and see the wildlife in their natural habitat off the capital’s coast. Whales and dolphins are seen on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. In the unlikely event you do not see a whale or a dolphin you receive a complimentary ticket to join us again
Whales are the most mysterious and fascinating of creatures, and some of the best whale watching in the world is off the coast of Iceland, where the ocean currents create excellent viewing conditions. Climb aboard a whale watching boat operated by an environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland, and explore the southern part of Faxafloi Bay off Reykjavik’s old harbor.On the 3-4 hour tour you will have the chance to sail out onto the beautiful Faxaflói bay, with great views of mount Esja, Akrafjall and the areas surrounding the bay.  Common whales and dolphins spotted in Faxaflói are: Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises. Whales or Dolphins are seen on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. In the unlikely event you do not see a whale or a dolphin you receive a complimentary ticket to join us again. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed towards the whales’ habitat. This is also part of a sustainability policy that tries to minimize oil use and pollution. Guides have gone through an extensive training program, based on exclusively developed guiding principles. They will provide entertaining and valuable information about the wildlife and scenery. And as a successful whale watching tour is a team effort, the crew works closely with passengers to spot whales, helping you feel an important part of the experience. Note that you the tour may depart from other harbours such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði or Hafnarfjörður (especially in winter 1 November – 31 March). This is to ensure that guests have an opportunity to see whales even though sea conditions in Reykjavík are too rough. The tours can run for up to 5 hours with transportation in the event that the tour leaves from other harbours. Whales commonly seen from the other harbours are Orcas, Humpbacks, Blue whales (however they are quite rare), Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and even pilot whales!

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • Warm overalls, raincoats or blankets on board

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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