Best whale watching combo tours starting from Reykjavik, prices, recommendations
Combine two unique experiences in one tour and enjoy the best of Iceland in a full day of adventures. Go on an unforgettable whale watching experience in Faxaflói bay and add to it an adventurous tour that will fill you up with adrenaline and excitement.
Whale Watching tour and a visit to Viðey Island
On Viðey island you can enjoy a relaxing getaway from the city life on your own in nature, see one of the oldest houses in Reykjavík and the first one made of stone in Iceland. There are also nice walking paths and beaches along the shore as well as artworks such as Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower and Richard Serra’s ‘Áfangar’. There is also a café on the island that is open every day in the summer from 11:00 to 18:00 where you can enjoy refreshments while on Viðey island.
This tour is about 7h long and includes both the whale watching tour and visit to Viðey island. Departure time is at 9:00 am for the whale watching tour then, after exploring the Faxaflói bay in search of whales and puffins you return to the harbour at about 12:00 pm. You will have some time to wander around the harbour before catching the ferry for Viðey island at 14:50. You will catch the ferry just a few steps near where the whale watching boat dock is.
The price for this tour is 11 900 isk for adults (16+ years old), 5 950 isk for children (7-15 years old). For kids under 6 years old the tour is free. Note that for these tours there is no pick-up available.
Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea
Before adventuring on the sea to see the whales in their natural environment learn about them in an exhibition that consists of 23 man-made life-size models of the various whale species found in Icelandic waters throughout its natural history. In cooperation with the Marine Research Institute of Iceland, the Whales of Iceland exhibition is not only an adventure for the whole family; it’s also an information centre about the whales in the North Atlantic. For the exhibition tour, the audio guidance can be done in English, German and Icelandic.
This tour is about 6 hours in total. The exhibition is at a 5-minute distance from the starting point for the whale-watching tour. In this tour is included: for exhibition whales of Iceland, there is provided free educational & informational app with audio guide, headphones, free Wi-Fi. There is also a café area where you can purchase refreshments and relax beneath the whales.
For whale watching tour there is included guided boat tour, thermal overalls (available in children’s sizes!), free Wi-Fi, a free ticket to try again in case there are no sightings. Restrooms & cafeteria area onboard where you can purchase refreshments. For this tour, guidance is available in English and Icelandic.
For your own safety, comfort and joy, you should dress warmly, take your camera and a bit of sunscreen. The tickets prices for this tour are 11 490 isk for adults (16+ years), 5 745 isk for children (7-15 years old). For kids, under 6 years old the entrance is free for both tours. The cancellation fee for this tour is 0%.
This tour offers an educational preparation about whales before observing them in their natural environment to make people understand that whales need to be protected.
Reykjavik whales and ATV
This tour combines some of the most popular summer activities in Iceland. Ride through the lava fields and black sand beaches and admire the astonishing landscapes of Iceland then go explore the sea and marine life near Reykjavik.
This tour offers more than you can expect and is about 8 hours long. You will be picked up from your hotel or designated bus stop by Quad Safari shuttle bus starting at 9:00, taking you to their base camp in Úlfarsárdalur. The Mountain Safari tour starts at 09:30 and the total riding time is 1 hour, including shortstops. Your quad bike tour takes you on a route along the lovely Lake Hafravatn and a variety of terrains to have fun on. Then you will bike up to the Hafrafell mountain that is the highest point of your journey.
After the ATV tour, you will be driven to Reykjavík’s Old Harbour where you can visit our Whale Watching Centre and walk around the harbour area before the whale watching tour which starts at 13:00. The views of Reykjavik and surroundings from the sea will take your breath away and the whales you will see during the tour will amaze you. You can expect to see whales and dolphins such as minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises and also seabirds from Faxaflói bay.
This combo tour includes guidance in English; transfers to and from your hotel; all necessary equipment for ATV bikes; overalls to wear on both tours. Besides this, you have to wear good shoes, warm clothing and possessing a valid driving license for the ATV tour. The cancellation fee is 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure.
Prices for this tour are 33 900 isk Solo ATV for adults (always use when booking odd numbers; for 17+ years old); 29 900 isk Sharing ATV for adults (17+ years old); 14 950 isk Sharing ATV for children (7-16 years old). To operate this tour the minimum number of participants is 2.
Note that both activities included in this tour (ATV ride and Whale Watching) are subject to decent weather conditions and they could get cancelled on short notice.
Important notice: select “solo ATV” for each person that wishes to ride alone, or “sharing ATV” for anyone that wishes to share a bike. If you are alone and choose “sharing ATV”, you might be paired with another rider or asked to upgrade to “solo” on arrival.
Reykjavik whales and Buggy
This combo tour is about 8 hours long and combines the exciting whale watching tour with the adrenaline of driving a buggy.
Start the day with a pickup at your hotel or designated bus stop from 09:00. The buggy tour is operated by Safari Quads and once at their base camp, you will meet up with your tour guide for instructions and safety briefing. No experience is necessary for this tour so the guides will make sure you know what you need to have a safe and fun tour. While on this tour you will drive off-road on a variety of terrains all the way to the top of Úlfarsfell mountain. On the ride to the top, you will experience the true thrills of buggy riding and when you get there, you’ll be rewarded by a fantastic view across the whole city, the ocean, and the surrounding mountains. The buggy tour is about 1-hour long.
After you complete the buggy tour, Safari Quads will drive you back to Reykjavík to Elding’s ticket office where you will see the whale watching boat. Before starting the whale watching tour, you are invited to board the “floating museum” located on a permanently marooned boat in the harbour. Here you will learn about the marina life around Iceland before going to observe it on the tour.
The whale-watching tour is about 3 hours long and you will be guided by specially trained guides that will tell you everything you need to know about marine life expected to be seen, as well as telling you what to look for and where to look.
In this combo-tour is included: pickup and drop-off to your hotel, excellent guidance in English, 1 hr. Buggy tour, 3 hr. Whale Watching. All you need to bring is warm clothing, sturdy shoes your camera as well as your curiosity and enthusiasm. The cancellation fee is 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure.
The prices for this tour are 40 680 isk Solo buggy for adults (always use when booking odd numbers; for 17+ years old); 33 680 isk Sharing buggy for adults (17+ years old); 25 260 isk Sharing buggy for children (7-16 years old).
Take notice that Pickup is included in this combo, so please make sure to select your hotel from the drop-down list. If pickup is not needed, please make sure to familiarize yourselves with the meeting points for each tour and make sure to be ready there at least 30 min. prior to departure.
Meeting points: Safari Quads basecamp, Lambhagavegur 19, Reykjavík, 113 – for the buggy tour and Elding ticket office, Ægisgarður 5, Reykjavík, 101 – for whale watching tour.
Reykjavík Whales and Diving
This tour offers you one of the unique activities you can do only in Iceland: diving between two continental plates. Combine the adrenaline of diving in the Mid-Atlantic rift with the relaxing and exciting tour of whale watching. This is a full-day tour so you should prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.
You will be picked up from your hotel by Dive.is shuttle bus between the hours of 07:00 and 8:00, taking you to Þingvellir national park which is about 45 km. from Reykjavík.
The total time of the diving tour is approximately 3 hours, including one dive and a view of Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. At Silfra you will be diving in the crystal clear glacial water with over 100m view of its stunning surroundings. You will be swimming between two continents and get an excellent view of the crack separating the European and American continental shells.
This diving tour has some special requirements: In order to dive in Silfra, one must now either be a certified dry suit diver or be able to provide proof of at least 10 logged dry suit dives within the last two years. The proof must be a written confirmation by an instructor affiliated with an internationally recognised diving organisation. All diving participants will also need to read and sign a “Diving Silfra Medical Statement” and, if necessary, follow the directions regarding a doctor’s clearance for the tour.
All diving participants will need to read and sign a “Diving Silfra Medical Statement” and, if necessary, follow the directions regarding a doctor’s clearance for the tour.
To dive in Silfra all participants must be:
-At least 18 yrs. old (17 with parental permission) and no older than 65 yrs.
-Taller than 150 cm. and weigh at least 45 kg., although no more than 120 kg. and physically fit.
-A certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent (bring proof of certification).
-Ready to wear sometimes tight and constricting dry suit (dry suit diving experience recommended).
-Comfortable in water and able to swim.
You also need to bring thermal underwear and thick wool socks. It is also recommended to dress according to weather and bring a hat, gloves etc. If you wear glasses, it is recommended to wear contact lenses as the masks are not suitable for glasses.
For this tour, pick-up is included so make sure to select your hotel from the dropdown list. If your hotel is not within the central Reykjavík area you need to make your own way down to Hólmaslóð 2, 101 Reykjavík before 08:00 am in the day of the tour.
After having the best experience of your life, the shuttle will take you to the ticket office in Reykjavík old harbour for the whale watching tour starting at 14:00. On this tour, you are likely to encounter Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and even Humpback whales and you will sail along the bay for about 3 hours. After exploring the wonders of the whales and seabirds on Faxaflói bay, you will return to the harbour around 17:00 and you will be taken back to your hotel with the shuttle bus.
To sum up, this tour includes: pickup and drop off; English guidance; entrance fee into Silfra; 1 guided dive in Silfra fissure; All necessary diving equipment; Hot chocolate and cookies after diving; Free WiFi on board; Use of overalls on board.
For this tour you will need to bring your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent); proof of dry suit certification or 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of tour date; long underwear; thick socks; suitable clothes for the weather of the day; If you wear glasses, please bring contact lenses or your own prescription mask if you have one.
Important notice for this tour: All divers on this Silfra Diving Tour must have dry suit diving certification OR 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date, which must be confirmed with written proof from a diving instructor.
The prices for this tour are 42 080 isk for adults (18+ years old). The cancellation fee is 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure.
This tour is available starting 1st of June until 30th of August.
Whale watching and Puffin watching from Reykjavik
If you are a wildlife lover, Iceland is the perfect place to see unique animals. From marine life to the avifauna you will find some unique species of animals in some breathtaking places. Combine a whale watching tour with a puffin watching tour and learn about some of the most popular animals in Iceland. Puffins are coming to Iceland for nesting during the summer (from mid-May until mid-August). Those fluffy birds are considered the unofficial national bird as more than 60% of the Atlantic puffin population come to Icelandic coasts and islands for nesting.
In Icelandic they are called “Lundi” and everyone who visits Iceland during the summer is going in search of puffins to photograph them. Puffin watching is a fun and easy adventure on a boat. Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands the captains will take you to either Akurey, Engey or Lundey. The islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife and in addition to puffins, you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.
The puffin watching tour is about 1-hour long. After the puffin tour, you have some free time in the harbour or city centre before the whale watching tour starts. On the whale watching you sail off into Faxaflói bay where you are likely to see Minke whales, dolphins and porpoises. The whale watching is about 3-hour long.
In this combo-tour is included: Excellent English guidance; 3-hour whale watching tour on a big boat; 1-hour puffin tour on a smaller boat; Free WiFi; Use of warm overalls; WC facilities.
You need to bring sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing.
Prices for this combo tour are: 16 600 isk for adults (16+ years old); 8 300 isk for children (7-15 years old) and for kids under 6 years old the tour is free. The cancellation fee is 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure.
Note that this tour does not include pick-up but you can choose to be picked up for a small fee: 2200 isk for adults and 1100 isk for kids.