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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Overview

Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
  • 2-hour whale-watching tour by high-speed RIB in Reykjavik
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • See puffins on the islands near Reykjavik Old Harbour
  • Cover a large search area, and spot whales and dolphins
  • Stop at the Sun Voyager sculpture and Harpa Concert Hall
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Professional guide
Use of coveralls
All necessary safety equipment
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Ægisgarður 7 , Ægisgarður 7, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Our ticket office is located at Ægisgarður 7 in 101 Reykjavík at the corner of the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress warmly: Wool or fleece seater, Hat, gloves and sturdy footwear are recommended
  • In the case of no sightings you will get a ticket for an alternative tour
  • Hotel pickup in Reykjavik available at supplement
  • Suitable for children over the age of 10 and over 145 centimeters tall
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travellers with knee problems
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Whale Safari
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise.
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "Even seeing the puffins on the cliffs was too far away for me although I could zoom in my camera to take some pictures." See review

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star-5
We didn’t see many whales...
Alex_S
, Jun 2022
We didn’t see many whales because of the weather but sailing the boat was a very fun adventure itself
star-4
Amazing chance to see whales up close
Adrian_W
, Jun 2022
It's a really great change to get up close to whales. The boat ride itself is fun and the tour guides were very knowledgeable marine biologists. Followed a couple of different whales with multiple sightings over a two hour period
star-5
Whale and Puffin watch
Lori_P
, Jun 2022
Fransisco was an excellent and knowledgeable guide (marine biologist) and gave us some great information about the Whales we spotted, as well as detailed information about the protected puffins. We were on the small RIB boats and were able to get very close to 5 different humpback whales, including a couple that were travelling together. The company was gave us all of the clothing necessary to keep us warm and dry and were extremely helpful. (More detailed directions about where they were located and where to park would have been very helpful). Would highly recommend.
star-5
The highlight of my trip to Iceland
Niamh_W
, Apr 2022
I really cannot fault this experience! We were lucky enough to see porpoise, white beaked dolphins and humpbacks (and of course lots of birds), but even if we hadn't seen any cetaceans, the boat trip itself was fun enough and the views looking back onto the mainland were just beautiful (we got really lucky with the weather too). Before even getting suited up in the overalls the staff were extremely friendly and approachable and while out on the water both the captain and our guide were very knowledgeable and again super friendly. I unfortunately can't remember our guide's name but joyeux anniversaire (pour samedi) et merci beaucoup! I received this outing as a present but it is definitely worth the money, I would certainly pay it myself to do it again. It really was the highlight of my 4 night stay in Reykjavik
star-5
Fantastic!
Stuart_D
, Apr 2022
Absolutely loved this. A friendly, knowledgeable crew and we saw puffins, dolphins and humpback whales!
star-5
Great whale watching experience
Ellen_P
, Apr 2022
Great experience. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat ride was very fun and the overalls provided were brilliant. We saw a few humpbacks and some puffins. Would use Whale Safari again.
star-5
Great
Kenneth_H
, Aug 2021
Great trip. Staff nice. Saw whales and puffins. Guide took photos which he sent to us which was an added bonus. Weather was really good and sea calm.
star-4
Good but unlucky seeing whales
Mair_H
, Aug 2021
Nice ride on the boat. Good guide. But we did not see many whales and only from far. We got close to an island to see birds.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Exciting boat cruise
Rebekah_B
, Jun 2021
0/10 for whales, but 10/10 for fun experience. We hit some pretty big waves on the way back, so it was like a water rollercoaster 😂 No whales, unfortunately but we got pretty close to some puffins and other birds. And we got a voucher to try again to see whales (which I did. And I did 😉 )
star-5
An Absolute MUST When in Iceland
Casper_J
, Aug 2020
We were fortunate enough to see a load of Puffins, two Mink whales, a very playful pod of dolphins and a whisper of a porpoise fin on our trip. But even if these elusive creatures had not graced us with their presence, the boat ride itself was worth the money. SOOOO fun! And both the captain and the guide (Louisa) was very enthusiastic and knowlegdeable about the wild life at sea. This is recommened for all ages. Low activity level, high excitement level! Wear a scarf and a hat, even if it’s a warm day. The ocean wind is cold!
star-5
Whale safari
Louise_Y
, Nov 2019
Excellent trip, sunny dry day. Louise was lovely and the Dolphins amazing, got a glimpse of the Minke whale too, thanks for a great day. Would recommend to all x
star-5
Amazing view of dolphins
Sean_P
, Nov 2019
During my cruise we were able to see some whales from a distance as they were not interested in our boats at the time. However, being in a smaller boat we were able to move away from the larger boats and found a pod of about 30 dolphins. They were all very interested in our boat and swam very close to us for a long time. It was amazing to see. Even though the weather was perfect that day, we were provided waterproof coveralls so we could handle much colder and windy conditions.
star-5
RIB Whale Watchung
PEGGY_C
, Oct 2019
What an experience. Fabulous time on the bay watching loads of dolphin and saw one whale. Great and knowledgeable crew!!
star-5
Small Speed Boat Whale Watching Tour
Kyle_T
, Aug 2019
What a thrill! We got to see whales, puffins, and dolphins that would swim by us almost the entire ride. The seats were very comfortable and even when hitting bigger waves, you never felt it due to the hydraulics of the seats. Even went on a cool joy ride after. Highly recommend! Our guide was thorough and fun!
star-5
Wildlife galore
627donaldp
, Aug 2019
We were very lucky to spot Minke whales, harbour porpoise, gannets, puffins, Manx shearwater ... Our guide (Mike) was very knowledgeable and a keen conservationist. Our trip was rounded off by a fast spin in the RIB. Brilliant fun.
star-3
Saw whales & puffins from far away
Wander826976
, Aug 2019
The service & equipment was good. We saw a few minke whales & dolphins from very far away. They came up too fast for me to capture any photos. Even seeing the puffins on the cliffs was too far away for me although I could zoom in my camera to take some pictures. I was kind of disappointed. May be I'm spoiled by my experience at the Galapagos islands which we could see all kinds of birds very very close.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So much fun!
Q9053RWcarolb
, Jun 2019
We were glad that we chose this cruise. We saw many Minke whales & adorable Puffins. Even if we didn't get to see them, the boat ride was fun & thrilling, so we wouldn't have been too disappointed. The crew was very friendly & professional as well. We definitely recommend!!! :)
star-5
We had a very nice boat ride. Loved...
Claudia K
, Aug 2017
We had a very nice boat ride. Loved the RIB boat! Our tour was cancelled due to weather conditions and the staff worked to find another time the next day that worked for us. We unfortunately did not see whales, but did see North Atlantic Dolphins and puffins. Our guide was very nice and had lots of great information. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a peaceful sea and wonderful pre-sunset. Highly recommend.
star-5
We LOVED this tour! The giudes were...
Cati
, Jul 2017
We LOVED this tour! The giudes were awesome and the boat ride was a blast. It's extremely cold so bundle up they provide warm items as well. We saw whales, porpoises and puffins. Definitely recommend!
star-4
The boat ride was fast and fun and...
Brenda A
, Jun 2017
The boat ride was fast and fun and we did see a few whales for a brief second surface. It is a lot of money to take a chance at a few seconds of spotting a whale but if you love fast boat rides and have never been on the ocean this is a great trip. They tried very hard to get a whale sighting. You never do get to see the back fin or them jumping up in the air. That's probably at SeaWorld!

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