Water activity

From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

4.6 / 5

90 reviews

From Reykjavik: Express Whale Watching Tour by RIB

From US$ 136.14 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.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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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 and take great photos before you arrive on land.
  • Access to Whales of Iceland
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Other water transport, sightseeing cruise
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Warm clothing
  • Life vest
  • App
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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

    Know before you go

    • This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people under 130 centimeters tall or children under 10 years old
    • 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

    4.6 /5

    based on 90 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was so much fun! We were well equipped with warm overalls, protective vests, gloves and glasses. The trip took a full two hours and we saw various dolphins and several humpback whales. The guide and captain were personable and went out of their way to ensure that we would see whales. Be careful if you have a sensitive stomach! The boat is fast and jumps over the waves, and it can rock quite a bit.

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    August 27, 2021

    The team that ran the trip were very friendly and relaxed but also very professional and safety conscious. The boat ride was fast, bumpy and with the expected showers of spray from the bow. We stopped briefly near a puffin colony and saw many around the boat. It the. took a while of searching feeding bird activity to find some whales but we ended up seeing some porpoise, a brief couple of glimpses of a humpback and were rewarded with a curious young minke whale which circled our boat for about 15 minutes or more. It wasn’t cold (it was a clear and sunny August day) but I was glad of the suit they provided. All in all a positive experience.

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    August 13, 2021

    The experience was amazing!We knew that the chances to see a whale are small, but we also knew that we going to enjoy the speed boat itself and we will going to see some wildlife. After about an hour we spotted some whales and that was something mind blowing. We saw them swimming along our boat, tale slapping, flipper slapping and blowing. Our amazing guide Eva convinced captain Jens to stay little bit longer and we were able to see the whale breaching!Captain Jens kindness and Eva's energy and knowledge about the whales made this trip so enjoyable. Thank you so much.

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    August 2, 2021

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    Product ID: 151214