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Iceland Whale Watching Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Iceland is one of the world’s best destinations for Whale Watching
  • Marvel at the great variety of whales and other marine animals near Reykjavik
  • See a range of magnificent creatures in a stunning natural environment
  • Explore the Whale Exhibition Room at Reykjavik Harbor to learn about the magnificent creatures
  • The tour is led by a local expert guide
  • Hotel pick-up is available for this tour
  • E-Ticket - Simply show your Voucher on your Smartphone and Get Easy Access
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 3 hours

    Start time

    Tour at 9:00am: 01 Feb - 30 Nov
    Tour at 1:00pm: All Year
    Tour at 5:00pm: 01 Jun - 31 Aug

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    From 15th July 2017, the pickup locations will change, Click here for the list of new Pickup Points

    Alternate meeting point: You can meet the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    Please make your own way back from Reykjavik Harbor

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Iceland is one of the best places in the world for Whale Watching. On this unforgettable tour take a cruise on Faxaflói Bay and see whales, dolphins, and porpoises in a breathtaking natural environment.

    Stand on the deck of your boat and look for creatures of the deep to break the surface, whether it’s the frolicsome White-Beaked Dolphin or the majestic Humpback Whale.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up by bus from your hotel in Reykjavik, where you’ll meet your English-speaking guide, who will help you spot the whales of Faxaflói Bay.

    Your bus will take you to Reykjavik harbor. Board a boat bound for Faxaflói Bay, where all nature of magnificent marine life inhabit the blue-green waters. The area is home to a unique variety of the Minke Whale, the Humpback, the Harbor Porpoise, and the White-Beaked Dolphin.

    Scan the horizon for massive and incomparable whales, which epitomize poetry in motion when they arch themselves up from the water to breach. Hopefully you’ll see dolphins and porpoises dallying playfully by the side of the boat.

    Keep one eye trained on the wide waters, and another on the sky, as the Puffin, Arctic Tern, Gannet, and many varieties of Gull dance among the clouds.

    Return to Reykjavik Harbor and explore the Whale Exhibition Room, where you’ll learn about the biology of whales and other mysteries of the depths. The exhibition room is situated in an old capelin-fishing vessel, Filfil, which rests in the harbor.

    There is no hotel drop-off for this tour. You will have to make your own way back from Reykjavik Harbor.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transportation by bus to Reykjavik Harbor
    • English-speaking guide
    • Whale-watching boat trip
    • Entrance fee to Whale Exhibition Room

    Exclusions

    • Hotel drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses is 60 minutes before start time.

    Pick-up services not provided from private addresses.

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Viewing of whales is never 100% guaranteed however our local partner's expertise affords you the best possible chance.

    The authorities of Reykjavik City has announced that changes will be made to the current arrangement for tour bus traffic in Reykjavik City Centre, effective from 15th of July. The area where busses are not allowed to drive has been increased in size, and locations, numbers and names of the designated bus stops have been changed.

    Click here to view the new stops

    Please check your Pickup location from 15th July 2017 according to this list : Click here for the list of new Pickup Points

    The current arrangement for pick-up and drop-off will remain unchanged through July 14th.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

    For your comfort, safety and convenience while in Iceland we work with a supplier who:

    Has one of the youngest coach fleet in Iceland. Comfortable coaches with air condition, seatbelts and free WiFi.

    Offers pick up and drop off service at all licensed hotels and guesthouses in the capital area that have at least 10 rooms.

    Has a 24 hour telephone service which can be used by all customers while in Iceland

    Is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.

  • reviews
    • No Whales for me

      Although I'm definitely not a lover of sea travel I felt quite safe on the boat and the crew were helpful and friendly. Unfortunately for me there were no Whales or Dolphins to...

      Dr George Hunter, United Kingdom, 19/Sep/2015
    • Highly recommended

      A great way to see iceland by boat . Unfortunately we did not see any whales but still enjoyed the experience....

      Miss S J Hartley, United Kingdom, 16/Jan/2016
    • No whales but not disappointed

      We were out longer than expected looking out for Whales, unfortunately none were seen. However the crew never gave up and ended up staying out longer and I'm glad they did. Just...

      Armando G Caldarello, United Kingdom, 14/Dec/2016
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