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Reykjavík, Iceland
Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the magic of whale watching on a cruise from Reykjavik. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise the coastal curve of Iceland to marvel at humpback and orca whales in their natural habitat. Scour the sea for sightings of porpoises and dolphins as you listen to fascinating facts surrounding the majestic creatures that inhabit the Icelandic ocean. Heighten your chances of seeing whales on this tour, the success rates of which are 95% in summer and 80% in winter.
  • Whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • Learn about the fascinating wildlife that inhabits Iceland's ocean from a knowledgeable guide
  • Scour the see for sightings of other creatures like dolphins, porpoises and rare sea birds
  • Choose from multiple departures to best suit your schedule
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Excellent live guide
Overalls, raincoats and blankets
Admission to Wildlife Exhibition
Free WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Ægisgarður 5 , Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Make sure to arrive at our ticket office in Ægisgarður 5C no later than 15 min. before the tour departs.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: tour may need to sail from other harbours, if weather conditions are unfavourable. In this case, the local operator will provide complimentary transportation to the harbour, and the tour will last up to 5 hours including transfers.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elding Whale Watching
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "The weather was okay but we wore the heavy clothes offered and it was worth it!" See review

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star-5
I highly recommend!
Sheliah_B
, Jun 2022
Elding is extremely knowledgeable and professional. I learned so much and had so much fun. Seeing a humpback whale has been a "bucket list" goal for me. With the expertise of the Elding staff, we saw so many sightings of whales on our tour! We were extremely lucky to see a whale jump up, twist, and nose dive back into the water. And to make it even better, they sent us pictures of many of the sightings. Needless to say, I highly recommend!
star-2
Not happy
Zizette_A
, Jun 2022
Rough seas and rain , seen nothing, crew were nice but doesn’t help 3 hours and $200 wasted . I think the company should have cancelled before take off , sorry no more whale watching for me .
star-5
Outstanding experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Also Accessibility review.
Amy_F
, Jun 2022
The opportunity to go for a three-hour tour (a three-hour tour...) on the ocean in a small boat was amazing. Having grown up in the center of the US, I had never been on the sea, which was VERY active and rough on our trip. Because I am fortunate enough not to get motion sickness, my favorite part of the trip was being on the sea and being rocked the whole time up and down and side to side. It was like being rocked by the ocean itself, and it lulled me to sleep for a while. Just...an extraordinary feeling that I am in love with. We had whale sightings, which was lovely. There were minke whales and humpbacks, and I really liked that we were able to see them. The second best part of the excursion (after the ocean itself), though, was Estel, our AMAZING guide. She is a marine biologist specializing in cetaceans and I learned SO much and was so entertained and fascinated by the entire talk and trip. One of the ship's hands was seemingly everywhere at once and SO helpful and friendly and took time to talk to various passengers. It was great to know he was moving always around the boat and would be available if we had any questions or concerns. I am an ambulatory wheelchair user, and the staff were tremendously helpful. Before the tide goes out, the ramp to the ship is VERY steeply upward, and, if I could not stand and walk up it, I would never have made it *onto* the ship. There are also multiple flights of steps. I was able to navigate the stairs, and staff and crew were generous and carried my wheelchair for me so it was on the deck where I could watch the ocean. It would be impossible to participate on this excursion without the ability to walk or do steps. Some of the roughest seas even had my wheelchair and me sliding on the deck *with* both of my scissor brakes on, but I felt safer and more secure on deck where I could hold railings while remaining in my chair than I would have felt on the plastic seats...and I always had a place to sit. This was an EXCELLENT trip that was well worth it! Thank you to Elding Adventures!!
star-4
We saw several whales and...
Kelli_K
, Jun 2022
We saw several whales and the captain was good at moving the boat in a way that we could view them. The guide was very knowledgeable.
star-2
Not a great experience
Emmanuel_T
, Jun 2022
Not recommended for young children and/or people that may get sea sick. It was surprising that this fact was not mentioned anywhere, not even in other reviews. Maybe we were unlucky but I doubt since the weather was pretty good. Apart from that, young children are not capable of appreciating what they see, so some other activity would be more suitable.
star-5
Great experience!
Bijal_B
, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable naturalists, clean and safe boat, saw 4 to 5 humpback whales, windy and cold on the boat so wear warm clothes
star-4
Gor to see wales
Marion_B
, Jun 2022
We got to see two big wales who played in the water. Staff was very nice and helpfull. Recoment sea sickness tablets tho ;)
star-5
Strongly recommended!
Marianna_S
, Jun 2022
We saw 5 humpback whales!!! They were very close. Amazing tour. Do not forget to wear few layers of clothes because it’s cold and windy in the sea.
star-5
5 Humpback whales
Carol_C
, Jun 2022
We saw 5 different playful Humpback whales. The boat crew was amazing AND the surprising part was that free of charge the company emailed my friend and I pictures of the whales on our particular tour. GREAT photography, better pictures than ours. GREAT Experience
star-3
Unfortunately no sightings for us
Halina_S
, Jun 2022
Unfortunately, no fault of the company, we saw nothing. Just spent 3 hrs on the boat. Staff were very helpful.
star-4
Great experience - not for wheelchairs
Pat_M
, Jun 2022
This was a great whaling experience. The guide was excellent and we saw three species of cetaceans. As a partly disabled person, the stair entrance was difficult.
star-5
Magical and Emotional.
June_H
, May 2022
Sharing this experience with our 8 and 9 year old (13.5 years on from our first holiday here and trip with Elding) was magical and really quite emotional. We saw a humpback whale super close up. Our children were fascinated (including our little boy who has special needs) and the staff clearly really care about every aspect.
star-1
No whales on whale whatch
Mie_B
, May 2022
Three hours is a long time when there are no whaled. Maybe you should be clearer on that possibility
star-5
Had a very memorable and special day
Paul_n
, May 2022
We had a great time got to see 5 hump back whales one very close to boat the staff on the boat was excellent and gave you a lot of information about the whales and also about how we are impacting our environment and what we can do to help so a big thank you to them for making it a very special day
star-5
two humpbacks
Klaus_C
, May 2022
We Saw two humpback whales, so cool :) One of them came very close to the boat so we could see the entire animal.
star-1
Only possible to see whale on a lucky day...
HyeSun_L
, May 2022
The weather in Reykjavik was perfect summer weather, but the moment we sailed to the ocean, it turned into crazy weather. The total 3 hours on the boat was just painful due to the extreme turbulence and cold. We didn't see any whale.....
star-5
Amazing Experience
Jessica_H
, May 2022
Amazing experience! The boat was the ideal size and was comfortable. The staff had lots of knowledge about the whales and helped us spot them. We saw several whales and dolphins!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Humpback Whales!
Tara_N
, May 2022
We saw three humpback whales and lots of tail fins. It was an amazing experience. It can get very cold on the boat - so make sure to dress warmly.
star-5
Loved the tour, the staff...
Elizabeth_B
, May 2022
Loved the tour, the staff were very friendly and knew their stuff. Fantastic experience all round. Will be recommending to everyone I know
star-5
Loved the whole...
Justin_W
, May 2022
Loved the whole experience and as soon as I got off, I wanted to go again. Memories will be forever, thank you x

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