Water activity

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From US$ 149.99 per person

Look for whales in their natural environment on an exciting whale watching tour aboard a rigid inflatable boat. Get up close and personal to the magnificent animals in Faxaflói Bay and enjoy amazing views of the coastline of Reykjavik.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Discover the whale feeding grounds off the coast of Iceland
  • Enjoy a scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • See the puffin nesting grounds during the summer months
Full description

Climb aboard a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) equipped with special shock suspension seating for a smoother ride. Look for whales and other marine life in the wild. Travel aboard the 12-meter long boat to get extra close to whales in a way that is safe for passengers and the animals. Benefit from warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves and goggles to keep you cozy and safe, and avail of the services of an experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and bay in English.  Stop by the island of Akurey to look for adorable puffins during the summer. See their nests along the coast during their breeding season. Head out to the bay on a fast and thrilling ride with the wind in your hair. Reach a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots and get plenty of time in the feeding grounds. Then, take a scenic route back along the coast of Reykjavik. After your tour, you can visit the Whales of Iceland Museum, located in the Grandi harbor district of Reykjavik. Here, you can discover more about the various whale species of the Atlantic, with exhibits on whale biology, migration, and conservation.

  • Guided boat tour
  • Suspension seats for extra comfort
  • Warm overalls, life vests, gloves and goggles
  • A visit to the puffin island nesting grounds in the summer
  • Scenic route along the coastline of Reykjavík
  • Ticket to the Whales of Iceland Museum
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Meals and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People under 4 ft 3 in (130 cm)

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Meeting point

Meet at the local tour operator's ticket office at Aegisgardur 5E, 101 Reykjavik.

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Important information

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  • The tour is dependent on the weather conditions. The captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 155 reviews

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The RIB ride was so much fun, we flew across the sea... literally! And we were really comfortable, no back pain. We were able to see minkes, dolphins, and the fin and tail of a beautiful humpback whale. No jumping or anything spectacular... but this is not a zoo, it's the wildlife, it really is what makes it magical! We wish we could have stayed longer...it flew by!

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September 8, 2022

Nice experience, the teams are nice. Provide gloves on the boat. A little disappointed not to have been able to see the whales a little closer. (It's nature after tour) We had a little difficulty locating the exact address of the meeting place to equip ourselves. Otherwise nothing to report, nice discovery!

August 15, 2022

Super cool! A Humpback Whale 2 meters from the RIB boat and under the boat. So cool! Watch the whale eat. Saw a lot of fish jump up. Eyes, back, fins, tail, big mouth, we have seen everything. And that with Dominique, a super enthusiastic guide and Joda at the helm.

August 6, 2022

Product ID: 151214