RIB Boat Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik


2 Hours


Apr - Oct



Minimum Age

10 Years


Explore Iceland’s wildlife on this small-group whale watching tour. Hop aboard a speedy RIB boat which provides you with the opportunity to get up close to whales, dolphins, and even adorable puffins as they play in their natural habitat. This is the perfect tour for those looking for an unforgettable experience in the wild Icelandic nature.

This fantastic tour starts when you meet your captain and guide at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, a couple of minutes walk from the city centre. Here, you will be provided with warm overalls and all safety gear before you board the RIB boat. 

The boat is equipped with high-performance suspension seats, which not only increase safety but also allow for a smooth and comfortable sail. Once you are strapped in a life vest and onboard the boat, your captain will take you out onto the beautiful Faxaflói Bay.

If you are visiting during the summer — at the end of May until late August —  you will start this adventure by exploring the nests of migratory birds, namely the Atlantic puffins. Throughout your journey, you might also spot these adorable creatures hunting for food in the ocean.

Once you are in an area of whales, the captain will turn off the motor to not spook these gentle giants of the ocean. You are now far away from all human habitation, so all you will hear are the sounds of the waves, squawking of birds, and, hopefully, soon enough, the sounds of whales breaching. 

The most common sights on tours like this are humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises are also often spotted. These creatures are often very curious and love to show off to visitors. 

That being said, remember that this is wild nature, which means that sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, if you don’t see any whales or dolphins, you can try again another day for free.

On your way back to shore, you will sail past Reykjavík’s shoreline. Here, you’ll get incredible photo opportunities of the city, including Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture, so you’ll leave with great photos as well as incredible memories.

See whales, dolphins, and porpoises on this fantastic small-group RIB boat tour from Reykjavík. Book now to secure your spot on this popular whale watching excursion. 


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