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Make a huge splash with the whole family during an Iceland Whale Watching Tour!  Everybody knows Iceland represents one of the premier locations for whale watching trips.  There’s something about the pristine water and abundant food sources that draws gigantic sea mammals from all over the world.  And, that’s why an Iceland whale watching vacation is what to do in Reykjavik.  Enjoy free hotel pick-up and drop-off with most Reykjavik whale watching excursions and weigh anchor at the city’s Old Harbor.  You can even combine your Iceland whale watching trip with access to other Reykjavik attractions.  Why not pair a Reykjavik whale watching tour with an afternoon trip around the Golden Circle?  Or, you can combine your Iceland whale watching experience with a quad biking adventure!  It’s one of the best things to do in Reykjavik when you want to get back in touch with nature!


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Our tips for Reykjavik-Iceland

  • Sea Legs. If you haven’t developed your sea legs yet, consider taking a Dramamine tablet or applying a Scopolamine patch!They work wonders towards keeping sea sickness at bay.
  • Extra Pair of Eyes. Although the Captain and crew will undoubtedly try to get you as close to possible to the whales, you might want to bring along a pair of binoculars to catch some of the amazing details.
  • Protect your skin. Although the sun isn’t as intense in Iceland, you should still apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin.Your sun exposure will really pile up during a long day out on the water.
  • Insider Tip – Want to know what to expect?  Well, keep your wits about you while embarking on an Iceland whale watching trip.  Not all of the amazing creatures you might encounter live in the water.  Make sure you keep an eye out for Iceland’s spectacular sea birds, too!

Good to know

Best time to visit

The best time to go on an Iceland whale watching tour is between April and October.  And, within that time period, June through August is considered peak season for whale watching.  In the summer, whales are spotted in about 97% of all whale watching trips.  Reykjavik whale watching tours operate all year round, but keep in mind that taking one during the winter means you’ll experience very cold weather and somewhat rougher seas.  As far as the time of day is concerned, it doesn’t seem to matter what time you cast off and embark on an Iceland whale watching excursion.  Finally, if you are unlucky enough to not spot a whale, most tours allow a free additional tour to give you another chance at snapping a photo of one of those majestic beasts breaching the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

Getting there

Most Reykjavik whale watching tours offer complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off, which adds a lot of convenience to the overall experience.  After a day out on the water, most people prefer not to drive home by themselves or figure out the mass transit system.  However, should you book an Iceland whale watching trip that doesn’t include hotel pick-up and drop-off, then you’ll most likely have to find your own way to the Old Harbor in Reykjavik.  There’s only one bus that goes to the Old Harbor and that is the No. 14 Bus.  So, take any bus line into the center of the city and change over to Bus 14.  Alternatively, taxis are an easy and efficient way to reach Old Harbor, but keep in mind that taxis represent the most expensive way of getting around Reykjavik. 

Did you know?

Quick Trivia – Amaze your friends with these Iceland Whale Watching fun facts!

  • Among the amazing creatures your might see during an Iceland whale watching trip are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises, and humpback whales.
  • The white-beaked dolphin has more vertebrae than any other oceanic dolphin with up to a total of 92.
  • The humpback whale got its name because of the way it bends its back in anticipation of a deep dive, which further emphasizes its hump located just in front of the dorsal fin.
  • Despite their enormous size, minke whales are not dangerous.  They are filter feeders that enjoy a nice meal of krill and plankton.

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