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From Reykjavik: Whales and Northern Lights Boat Tour

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From Reykjavik: Whales and Northern Lights Boat Tour

From US$ 158.83 per person

Experience 2 of Iceland's most iconic attractions on a combined, 2-part whale watching and Northern Lights tour. Cruise Faxafloi Bay in the daytime looking for whales, and then return in the evening to see the magical Northern Lights from the sea.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Experience the beauty of Faxafloi Bay by day and at night
  • Look for minke whales, harbor porpoise and other wildlife
  • Benefit from warm seating areas and overalls
  • Take a night cruise to see the Northern Lights from the water
  • Stay connected and share your experience with the free on-board Wi-Fi
Full description
Depart from Reykjavik's Old Harbour for an approximately 3-hour whale watching cruise in Faxafloi Bay. Take some stunning photos of the city and surrounding mountains and scenery as you set sail. On a clear day the views can extend as far as Snæfells Glacier in the west of Iceland. Reach the whale watching area in approximately 30 to 45 minutes, listening to your guide's explanations along the way. Hear more about the whales on arrival, and look for the magnificent creatures with the help of your guide. Keep a look out for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the great humpback whale. Be mesmerized if a curious whale comes close to the boat! Then, return to the boat in the evening and look for the magical Northern Lights in the sky. Although dependent on the conditions, the lights can be seen throughout the winter months, and even as early as September. Get outfitted in your warm overalls and cruise out to sea just outside Reykjavik city center. Benefit from being away from the artificial lights to enjoy every moment of the Northern Lights. Sightings can never be guaranteed, but after years of experience - and with a little luck - your on-board experience will be truly memorable. Feel free to move around the boat, both inside and outside, and purchase drinks from the always-open bar.
  • Warm overalls (includes children's sizes)
  • WiFi & heated indoor seating
  • Experienced guide on both tours
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour(s)
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the special tours office on Ægisgardur in Reykjavik´s Old Harbour.

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I expected to see whales up close

December 23, 2021

Unfortunately we didnt get to see any whales and didnt see the northern lights. Boat was well equipped, facilities etc. and guide was also good. And would be deserving of 4-5 stars.

November 10, 2018

Exceptional helped make our holiday perfect

Would recommend this to anyone

October 18, 2018

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