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Western Region, Iceland

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Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

1. Reykjavík: Whale Watching and Marine Life Cruise

Take a boat trip from Reykjavik’s harbor to discover Iceland’s rich marine life, which is one of this island country’s highlights. All year round you can spot a variety of whales and other marine animals in the Reykjavik area, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises, and whale-beaked dolphins. Have an opportunity to see some of Iceland's most beautiful marine animals, along with the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast. The peak season for whale watching runs from April to October, but of course, the ocean is always full of magical creatures, and you never know what you might see. Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. You will be free to listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales, and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Icelandic coast as you spot local wildlife. Take a break and warm up in the heated indoor area. Relax on board the boat and enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating, and purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. You will experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at higher speeds, and will be able to share your adventure live on social media with the onboard WiFi.

Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

2. Reykjavik: Whale Watching by RIB Speedboat

Hop aboard a RIB speedboat and head out for a thrilling adventure just off Reykjavik's coast. Marvel at the abundance of sea life Iceland has to offer, such as majestic whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Begin your tour from Reykjavík’s Old Harbor and cruise among the small islands in the Faxaflói Bay, as well as along the coast of Reykjavík. Admire fantastic views of the city and its landmarks like the Harpa concert hall as you search for wildlife in the water. During your tour, pass by Engey, the second-largest island of the Kollafjörður (Faxa Bay) fjord in western Iceland. Also cruise past Lundey, literally “Puffin Island” in Icelandic, a small uninhabited island off Reykjavík’s western coast. Enjoy the chance to see incredible animals in their natural habitat without being overcrowded onboard the boat. And if you don't get lucky with wildlife sightings on the day you go, you'll receive a complimentary ticket to try again another day.

From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

3. From Reykjavik: Whale Watching Tour by RIB Boat

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.

Reykjavik: Best Value Whale Watching Boat Tour

4. Reykjavik: Best Value Whale Watching Boat Tour

Start the trip from a beautiful harbor in the city center and sail out to Kollafjöður, where you can see the island in the bay. Videy Island is known for the Lennon/One Peace tower, Richard Scerra's 'Milestones', and other attractions, along with great bird life. Continue on to Faxaflói Bay, popular for whale and bird watching, sea angling, and also great fishing grounds. The mountain ring seen from the bay, among which Snaefellsjökull Glacier may be spotted on clear days, is particularly beautiful.

From Reykjavik: Buggy & Whale Watching Adventure

5. From Reykjavik: Buggy & Whale Watching Adventure

It’s no more than 15 minutes from your Reykjavik accommodation to the buggy base camp. After being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik you will be taken to the base camp, given instructions and safety training then geared up. No experience is necessary to ride and your expert guides will make sure you know everything you need for a safe and fun buggy adventure. You will drive off-road on a variety of terrains as you head for Úlfarsfell Mountain. The ride to the top is a chance to experience the true thrills of buggy riding. And when you get there, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view across the whole city, the ocean, and the surrounding mountains. Please note that the buggies are 2-seater, so you can either choose to share or choose to drive your own buggy by selecting the 'single rider' option. After your buggy adventure, you will enjoy lunch in Reykjavik Harbor. The old harbor is one of the coziest parts of town. There’s a nice selection of little restaurants and cafes, and you can get a recommendation from your guide. While you refuel, you can look out across the bay and imagine the magnificent creatures that swim below the surface. After lunch head out from the harbor to enjoy some whale watching. The boat is waiting as you head off in search of magnificent Mink whales and the other rich marine life of Faxaflói Bay. A 3-hour guided sea tour provides a fascinating insight into the life of the sea, and great views back to Reykjavik. Whales are a lot harder to predict than buggy vehicles, so sightings are never guaranteed!

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What people are saying about Western Region, Iceland

this is a must if you come to Iceland and are wanting to see the incredible wild life here ! we was picked up from our hotel and taken to a beautiful boat to see the whales and dolphins . was a truly amazing experience , the crew where kind and friendly and even handed out sea sickness tablets if needed , amazing trip x

Do not miss this. Saw loads of minke whales and dolphins doing acrobatics. much better on the RIB as you could find more wildlife and get closer to them. Guides knew exactly where to find them. Worth every penny, experience of a lifetime, we will never forget it.

Very well. The very cool and very warm boat to warm up. We have had very good time. Neither windy nor very cold. And we have seen whales. Rather far but there was and have been seen. The captain always trying to take us where they were but without going over.

It was a very unique experience. Got to see wild whales for the first time. Would definitely recommend. Also bring warm clothes as it gets windy.

Well organised and safety taken as paramount but not so as to inhibit or constrain the trip