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When it comes to whales in Europe, Iceland is tough to beat. As Reykjavik continues to rise as a popular destination for travelers from around the world, more and more options are popping up for whale watching. See below for our tips on seeing these amazing creatures in Reykjavik.

When to Go
Although whale watching tours are offered year-round, the best time to go is between April and September when the weather is mild and daylight is plentiful. Be sure to dress in layers, as it gets cold out on the water even in summer. Many tours provide thermal coveralls to help keep you cozy as you look for whales.

What You'll See
While Iceland is home to more than 20 species of whale, the most common types seen near Reykjavik are orca, minke, and humpback whales. In addition, you'll likely catch a glimpse of dolphins, porpoises, seals, and other ocean creatures.

How to Go
There are many options for whale watching tours from Reykjavik. Choose a standalone cruise, or combine it with another popular activity such as puffin viewing, a Northern Lights viewing experience, or a visit to the Blue Lagoon. See our top choices below.
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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Watch for minke whales, dolphins and humpbacks on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik, and take in views of the coast from an open viewing platform or an enclosed cabin. Get the ultimate whale watching experience during the peak season from April through October, when over 20 kinds of whale flock to the North Atlantic. Cruise the harbor in comfort and style, enjoy access to an indoor saloon stocked with snacks and drinks (sold on board), and spot Iceland’s diverse aquatic species with help from the experienced crew.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original

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Experience the magic of whale watching on a cruise from Reykjavik. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise the coastal curve of Iceland to marvel at humpback and orca whales in their natural habitat. Scour the sea for sightings of porpoises and dolphins as you listen to fascinating facts surrounding the majestic creatures that inhabit the Icelandic ocean. Heighten your chances of seeing whales on this tour, the success rates of which are 95% in summer and 80% in winter.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.00
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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.84
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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales during this whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. A naturalist guide talks about the biology and behavior of these magnificent marine mammals while you look for signs of their presence. Stay warm and dry in provided thermal coveralls as you keep your eye out for whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Choose from a 2.5-hour, high-speed express boat option or a full, 3.5-hour tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.02
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Whale Watching & Puffin Luxury Yacht Cruise

Whale Watching & Puffin Luxury Yacht Cruise

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Discover Iceland’s aquatic wildlife on a relaxing cruise aboard a spacious yacht. Board your vessel at Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and venture out to Faxafloi Bay, keeping your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and, during the summer months, puffins. While you sail, admire the coastline dotted with mountains, Reykjavik landmarks, and small islands.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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Get up close and personal with puffins on this eco-adventure from Reykjavik. With your local nature guide, step aboard a custom boat that lets you glide right up to Akurey Island's jagged shore and see the adorable animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy engaging commentary about the puffins's biology and behavior from your guide. Use of binoculars for viewing bird life is included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Witness the three wonders of the famous Iceland Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir and the incredible tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. On route, drink in Iceland’s stark beauty and learn how islanders are using its natural steam and geothermal waters to produce sustainable energy.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik

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Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.13
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Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

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Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise

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Realize your dream of spotting wild whales in their natural environment on a 2.5- or 3-5-hour shore excursion around Faxaflói Bay from Reykjavik Port. Opt to enjoy either a 2.5-hour high speed cruise or a relaxed 3.5-hour cruise and then embark on an exhilarating whale-watching adventure. Enjoy illuminating commentary from an expert guide as you scour the sea for an incredible array of wildlife; look out for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales as you cruise the beautiful area. Return to your cruise ship well in advance of its departure time on this enriching excursion.
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  • 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.72
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Experience two of Iceland’s most incredible natural sights as you go whale watching and search for the Northern Lights with this package of two separate excursions from Reykjavik. Climb aboard your boat to search for the Aurora Borealis, a spectacular celestial display of colorful lights triggered by magnetic storms. For your second excursion, head out again by boat into Faxaflói Bay as you search for the area’s incredible marine life, including humpback whales, minke whales and harbor porpoises, among others. Both trips include hotel transport (if option selected), guides, warm coveralls and Wi-Fi on the whale watching cruise.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavík Iceland - Small group

Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavík Iceland - Small group

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Iceland’s Faxaflói Bay is home to diverse marine life including dolphins, puffins, and whales, but knowing where the native sea life is likely to appear requires skill and experience. On this whale-watching tour, zoom across the waves by powerful speedboat with your guide and reach the action swiftly. Wrapped up warm against the cold, keep watch for native whales in their natural habitat and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.00
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$156.00

Whale Watching and Golden Circle Combo Tour
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Whale Watching and Golden Circle Combo Tour

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Experience the majesty of nature by sea and land on this full-day whale-spotting boat trip and express Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. Look for whales and other marine life on a morning whale-watching cruise, and in the afternoon, visit Gulfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, the three iconic sites of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Admire the double waterfall at Gulfoss; see the geothermal pools and Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and view the tectonic rift at Thingvellir as your guide explains the science and facts behind these natural wonders.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.28
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Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik

Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik

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Embark on a unique whale-watching cruise at night, aided by the glow of Iceland’s ‘midnight sun.’ Because the sun doesn’t fully set during the summer months, you can observe the nocturnal habits of dolphins and whales under the colorful light of this northern phenomenon. Learn about Iceland’s native marine life through a multimedia show on board, and spot sea creature splashing around during a 2.5-hour night cruise from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Enjoy unforgettable adventure in Iceland’s great outdoors on this 5.5-hour horse-riding and whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. Follow your guide through Iceland’s lava fields on horseback and gain insight into the country’s native horse breeds. Explore trails through the wild moorland and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged terrain. Afterward, hop aboard your whale watching boat and cruise out onto the waves. Watch the water for sightings of whales, porpoises and dolphins, and keep your eyes on the skies for birdlife. With your camera to hand, capture Iceland’s wildlife through your lens.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Whale Watching in Dalvik

Whale Watching in Dalvik

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Up to 23 different species of whales inhabit the waters of north Iceland, including humpback whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins. This whale watching cruise offers the chance to spot the majestic creatures in their natural environment, as well as enjoying fishing and tucking into a delicious BBQ dinner onboard.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavik

Icelandic Whales & Northern Lights from Reykjavik

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This magnificent combo tour unites some of the most popular winter attractions in Iceland! You start the day with a 3 hr. whale watching tour at 13:00 with departure from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík. The most common species seen in Faxaflói bay in winter are the minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales. The views and landscape on the horizon are not to be missed as they are astonishing in the winter glow! The 2 hr. magical evening cruise departs at 21:00/22:00 (depending on the season), taking you into the Southern part of Faxaflói bay, away from the bright city lights. Heading out into the open bay under the vast starry sky is a wonderful experience and the northern lights are something you don't want to miss!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Reykjavik Whales & White Water Rafting Adventure

Reykjavik Whales & White Water Rafting Adventure

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Explore Iceland’s sheltered bays and churning rivers on a full-day whale watching cruise and white water rafting experience from Reykjavik. Watch for minkes, humpbacks, porpoises and white-beaked dolphins as you cruise Faxaflói Bay. Head into the interior to launch a raft into the Hvítá River, and paddle rapids and smooth water along riverside cliffs; warm up with a sauna and hot shower.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Midnight Sun Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Midnight Sun Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Two of the most magical summer attractions in Iceland are its whales and the midnight sun. You can experience both with this late-evening tour that maximizes your chances of seeing humpback and minke whales; white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises under the warm glow of the nighttime sun.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.72
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What people are saying about Whale Watching in Reykjavik

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Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
"Seeing 3 humpbacked whales swi.minf together for around 20 minutes. The experience was unbelievable ......."..."
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Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original
"The whole team on the ship were fantastic, Knowledgeable &went all out to give us a great experience. Saw lots of Dolphins and one humpback Whale..."..."
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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise
"Great trip. Staff nice. Saw whales and puffins. Guide took photos which he sent to us which was an added bonus. Weather was really good and sea calm."..."
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Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik
"Plenty of room, great host (iga) who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and we saw 3 humpbacks. Thanks"..."
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Whale Watching & Puffin Luxury Yacht Cruise
"Very nice. Saw dolphins and whales. Very friendly people. Make sure you put on warm clothes because there is a lot of wind out on the sea. I highly recommend to book this tour."..."
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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik
"Great tour to see these amazing birds. Good and helpful crew. Really helpful check in staff. Bring your camera. Worth the extra equipment to capture the moments."..."
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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik
"One of the most amazing experiences of our lives. The lights danced with multiple colours!! The guides search for the best possible spot to see the northern Lights and wow, they delivered. Fabulous!!"..."
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
"Very good tour, a lot of sights and information on the bus. Lots of places to get food and drinks on the way too, would recommend"..."
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
"Ian was our fantastic tour guide who is a fountain of knowledge - I cannot recommend him enough! The time spent in each location was plenty to soak in the beautiful sights and the secret lagoon was absolutely wonderful! Also the people on the small bus tour were so lovely- so all in all a fantastic day out!"..."
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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik
"Our tour guide was enthusiastic and very informative. The sea was smooth and we saw 3 different types of whales. It was a great day!"..."
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Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea
"Super ,dud see any whales but not for want of trying by the crew 3.5 hours looking. The added bonus of a visit to the whales of Iceland as a freebie was very much appreciated."..."
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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise
"We had a great time. The boat was nice, the tour guide was a very knowledgeable biologist and we were able to see some whales up close!"..."
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik
"If you want to have a fantastic time watching whales make sure Iga is your guide. She’s got mad whale watching spotting skillZ (yes with a capital Z). The whales must really like her because we saw 3 humpbacks all playing around near the boat. I think they must have been watching us… Thanks for an amazing and unforgettable experience!!"..."
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Speedboat Whale Watching in Reykjavík Iceland - Small group
"Amazing exciting experience definitely worth the money and would recommend doing the smaller group. We loved it."..."
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Whale Watching and Golden Circle Combo Tour
"I would have been happy to see a few puffins and a trip out to the bay but this was a most enjoyable trip. We saw dolphins and minkie whales as a bonus. The guide on the ship kept us informed of the local flora and fauna and his enthusiasm when we saw the dolpins made the day.|Organisation again was excellent."..."
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Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik
"We saw many whales and birds. Nothing too close, but very cool. The boat was well equipped and the staff was knowledgeable. Enjoyable boat ride, as well."..."
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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
"The while thing was completely amazing! We had so much fun and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone."..."

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