Water activity

From Reykjavik: 2-Hour Whale & Puffin Watching RIB Boat Tour

4.7 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider:Elding Adventure at Sea
Water activity

From Reykjavik: 2-Hour Whale & Puffin Watching RIB Boat Tour

Activity provider:Elding Adventure at Sea
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From US$ 157.42 per person

Likely to sell out

See Iceland's Whales, Puffins, and the capital of Reykjavik from a unique angle on this adventurous RIB tour. Enjoy personal guidance by a marine biologist and access to any pictures the crew takes!

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Look for whales and puffins on a RIB boat tour
  • Sail past the magnificent Harpa Concert Hall and iconic Sun Voyager sculpture
  • Sail aboard stable boats that can search for whales and dolphins in larger areas
  • Learn more about the indigenous wildlife from specially trained guides
  • Take in the stunning natural landscape and unique local wildlife
Full description

See whales and puffins seasonally between May and August on a whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. Marvel at the marine fauna of Iceland in its natural environment. Travel aboard a stable boat to search larger areas.

Embark on your journey from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík aboard a specially-engineered RIB boat that maneuvers closer to the whales and puffins than bigger boats can. Search wider areas to increase your likelihood of viewing wildlife in this lightweight craft. 

Ride out to the islands to see puffins in their natural surroundings before heading out further in search of whales and dolphins. Get as up close as you can without disturbing the magnificent creatures. 

Listen as your specially-trained guides enhances your experience with commentary and use their skills to increase the chance of some viewings. On the return trip, sail along Reykjavik's shores and admire the city's skyline and view the Harpa Concert Hall from the water. 

  • 2-hour whale and puffin watching tour (Puffin season 1 May - 20 August)
  • Specially trained whale-watching guide
  • Fully certified RIB boat captain
  • Warm overalls, gloves, and goggles
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Toilets on board the boat
  • Food on board the boat
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People under 4 ft 8 in (145 cm)
  • People over 75 years
  • People over 331 lbs (150 kg)

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Meeting point

Meet at the ticket office at the old harbor.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Signed waiver

Know before you go

  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants for the 12:00 and 16:00 tour. There is no minimum requirement for the 10:00 and 14:00 tours
  • This tour is from 1st April to 31st October
  • Puffin season is from 15 May to 15 August
  • The minimum age is 10 years and the minimum height is 145 cm
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 46 reviews

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It's the luck of the draw whether you see the whales or not. We managed to see some Minke whales and the guide was so knowledgeable about the area and the whales. Overall a good experience, wish we'd seen more but giving 5 stars because the guides were great and it's not their fault we didn't see much! I'd go again maybe in warmer weather next time.

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November 1, 2022

Wonderful adventure, we saw whales, puffins, and other maritime wildlife. The guide, Marie (I believe that was her name ), was delightful and very knowledgeable. The boat is small and very fast. It probably will hold 14 passengers, they supplied gloves, warm overalls, and goggles. I was worried about sea sickness, so I picked a time when the maritime forcast was for swells under o.4 m, but with the speed of the boat it felt like we flew over the water. Be prepared to hang on, the ride was thrilling. I speak for the 4 in my party, we would do this again.

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July 7, 2018

Fantastiskt härlig och unik upplevelse! Supertrevliga och professionella personer som körde båten och guidade, de var måna om att vi både skulle må bra och ha den bästa upplevelsen - vilket vi verkligen fick! Vi är supernöjda med dagen och skulle absolut göra om hela upplevelsen igen!

July 24, 2022

Product ID: 52864