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Itinerary
Make your way to a location in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, and then board a whale-watching boat for a cruise on Faxafloi Bay.

You’ll see views of Mount Esja, Akrafjall, and other landmarks on Faxafloi Bay as you cruise, with trained guides to watch for wildlife and help identify what you see. Some of the most common species are humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, but some lucky visitors may even see blue whales, one of the largest animals on earth.

The cruise is designed to reduce environmental impact, pollution, and disruption to the animal habitat, so you know your whale-watching experience won’t harm Iceland’s spectacular coastal ecosystem. Whales or dolphins are spotted on more than 90% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours. Should you not see a whale or dolphin, you’ll receive a complimentary ticket for a second tour.

Note: To ensure the best whale-watching opportunity when conditions in Reykjavik are rough (especially in winter), the tour may depart from other harbors, such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði, or Hafnarfjörður.
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Elding Adventure at Sea
Overview
Humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales patrol the Reykyavik coast, but you’ll have to leave the shore for the best chance of spotting them. This whale-watching cruise goes deep into the natural habitat of Iceland’s whales and dolphins, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxafloi Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities.
Highlights
  • See whales and dolphins just outside of Reykjavik 
  • Experience Iceland’s wildlife even on limited time 
  • Chance to see a range of whales and dolphins 
  • Multiple daily departures make this a convenient option 
  • Sustainable tour designed for minimum environmental impact
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Great company but not many whales

It was nice to be out on the sea but there were only a couple of Minke whales....I would recommend Elding - great commentary! You definitely need the space suits!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Great Experience

We did the 17:00 whale watching tour two days ago and we had a great time. We saw several mink whales, a humpback whale and a group of dolphins. The mink whales were a little far away but the humpback was not too far away...More

Thank Leo S
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Leo S, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We're glad you enjoyed the tour and wildlife sightings. All the best, The Elding team

Reviewed 1 week ago
We Saw Whales !!!

Bit pricey but what's not in Iceland... However Elding were great, boat easy to find, staff were friendly and knowledgeable and we saw 2 types of whales. Only reason I gave 4 out of 5 is that the skipper seemed to be focusing on the...More

Thank Matthew P
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Matthew P, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We do follow a code of conduct as well as our own stricter guidelines on how to approach the wildlife in our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
fantastic experience

We booked a classic whale watching trip at 2pm on 22nd July with Lucas as our guide The weather was a little chilly and wet so I made the most of the warm overalls. On the trip we were lucky enough to see Humpback whale,...More

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EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear DebrisDoo, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our Classic tour and for sharing your experience with future travellers. We're glad you enjoyed the commentary provided by our guide and sightings of several different whales and dolphins. All the best, The...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
They delivered more than we expected

We booked late for a whale waching tour. The boat was easy to find, had great speakers and good english skills, so everybody could hear the guide clearly (which is pretty important on a tour like this). The boat even had a small bar for...More

Thank Bjarne A
EldingAdventureAtSea, Manager at Elding Adventure at Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Bjarne A, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review our tour. We're pleased to hear about your positive experience of our tour and glad you enjoyed the sightings and services provided. All the best, The Elding team

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