Whale Watching in Reykjavik

TOUR DESCRIPTION

The tour commences at our ticket office by the Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik where you can buy tickets or exchange a voucher for a prepaid trip. 

 
A guide will meet you in the Whale Watching Centre, which is facilitated on board an old fishing vessel permanently placed by the pier. Before or after the tour you can enjoy the onboard multimedia show that includes images, videos and facts about the whales and marine life. 
 
Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, giving us the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.
 
Our sighting success on previous tours is 91.40% however the cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability of our shores. The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke whalesWhite-beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises and occasionally we see other species including the Humpback whalesKiller whales/Orcas and even Fin whales.
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What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy footwear 
  • Warm clothing (thermals, hat, scarf and gloves)

What is included?

  • Access to the Whale Watching Centre 
  • Use of warm overalls 
  • Excellent guidance 
  • Wireless internet on board

Attention points

It is always colder on the water than on land so wear good sturdy shoes, dress warmly and put on the provided warm overalls when needed. 

For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise this tour is weather dependent. 
 
We abide by a Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching. Thus each encounter is on the animals terms and distance may be kept to minimise disturbance.
 
Click here for more information on the cetacean you might expect to see on the tour.

TOUR AREA

Elding´s whale watching tours are focused mainly on the southern part of Faxaflói, just off Reykjavík. Each day they scan the area for signs of whales as we never know for sure where we might find them. Sometimes we have to go far while at other times the whales are quite close to shore. In rare occasions we head to other areas and/or depart from nearby harbours e.g. Hafnarfjörður, Keflavík, Sandgerðir or Grindavík. This is the case when weather conditions or chances of seeing the whales are greater there than in our normal area.