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Discover whale watching tours in Iceland from Reykjavík and from Dalvik in North Iceland. Arctic Adventures brings you to the best places for whale watching on the island.

Scheduled whale watching tours are available year-round from various Iceland harbors. Find the best whale watching tours, locations, seasons, and attire in our FAQ section. Browse our tour selection with options for all ages and plan your next adventure!

Whale Watching Tours Departing from Reykjavík

Arctic Adventures’ whale watching tour from Reykjavík departs from the city’s old harbor and sails out onto Faxaflói Bay.

The waters surrounding Reykjavík are home to Minke whales, Humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises which you’ll hopefully spot from the boat. Our qualified guides will provide you with all the information and insights you’ll need to know about Iceland’s maritime wildlife.

In general, the full tour lasts 2.5 to 3.5 hours, with the boat rarely traveling further than 15 km (9 mi) from the harbor. Each passenger on board will be provided with a special wetsuit to keep them warm and dry. If the weather is in your favor, there’s no better place to be on a sunny day in Reykjavík.

Whale Watching Tours in the North of Iceland

If you’re based in the north of the country, a whale watching trip from Dalvik is the ideal option for you. Arctic Adventures’ northern whale watching tours have a 98% success rate when it comes to whale-sightings.

Humpbacks are spotted the most, while Minke whales and dolphins are also commonly sighted. If no whales are spotted, which rarely happens, customers will be given the option of partaking in a later tour, virtually guaranteeing you the opportunity to see Iceland’s mighty ocean giants!

Whale Watching Tours Departing from West Iceland

Whale Watching as Part of a Multi-Day Tour in Iceland

Keeping an eye out for Iceland’s majestic ocean giants is but one of many great adventure tours to be taken while visiting Iceland. Why not join us on a multi-day tour to experience as much of the land of fire and ice as possible?

About Whale Watching Tours in Iceland

Whale-watching tours are a fun activity that can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages and group sizes. Our tours have a 98% success rate for whale sightings thanks to the favorable Icelandic waters. 

Whales populate the area year-round due to the unique sea conditions. The currents that move around the island create the perfect mixture of hot and cold that blends in the Icelandic fjords. These fjords are filled with krill and fish, making the area an ideal feeding ground for whales and cetaceans alike. 

On our tours, witness a variety of species glide through and breach the waves! Discover tours from Reykjavík, Dalvik, and Western Iceland and as part of our multi-day tour options.

For more information on what to expect and how to prepare, check out our Guide to Whale Watching.

How to Choose a Whale Watching Tour?

Whale Watching Tours in Iceland have an incredible success rate. With up to 24 different species swimming around the island and tour operators taking people out on boat tours all around the country your options are endless, but then one might ask; “How do you choose the best Whale Watching tour?

First, you need to think; “Where will I be traveling to in Iceland?

If the whole trip is planned with accommodation in Reykjavík your options will probably be limited to the Whale Watching Tours heading out from the capital. Still, your options are plentiful so there is no need to worry!

  • If you are looking to get as close as possible to the whales we will recommend joining one of the Rib boat options.
  • If you are looking to make the most of your day we offer quite a few combinations of whale watching and other exciting activities

BEST WHALE WATCHING TOUR FROM REYKJAVÍK IN THE SUMMER

Golden Circle and Whale Watching for those who want to tick off the bucket list the must-dos.

WINTER WHALE WATCHING TOUR FROM REYKJAVÍK

Combine the magic of two popular day tours in one: Whale Watching and Northern Lights.

Whale watching season lasts all year round in Reykjavík but it’s only in winter that you can experience the bright Northern Lights! 

Hop on our whale watching cruise from the Old Harbor for an afternoon adventure of whale and dolphin watching. When night falls, board our mini bus to hunt for the ephemeral Aurora Borealis.

Enjoy our Whale Watching from Reykjavík Tour and Magical Auroras – Northern Lights Tour in one excursion and save on both! Your tour includes free photographs of you and the aurora so you can remember this awesome winter experience forever!

WHALE WATCHING TOURS FOR LONGER STAYS

If you are staying in Iceland for some time and considering a multi-day tour or even a road trip around the country, your scope of options opens up even wider. There are whale watching tour operators all around the island and you can meet up for an adventure at every corner of the country.

You’ll still get closer to the whales on Rhib boats and you can make the most of your day by mixing the whale watching experience with another activity or sightseeing. The main difference will be in your numerous harbor options, and as a result, your possibility 

Rhib Boat Whale Watching from Dalvík for those doing a self-drive road trip in summer or 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure for those looking to explore the whole country with a whale watching tour included.

FAQ About Whale Watching Tours

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Absolutely! Iceland offers the best whale watching in the world. The unique blend of cold waters, warm currents, and fjords provides a rich feeding ground for whales of all kinds. Witness these mammoths of the sea up close as they jump and play right in front of your eyes. Our tours have a success rate of 98% no matter what season, guaranteeing that our adventure participants have an amazing experience every time! 

Yes. Whale watching is a very safe activity and tours are offered for all ages. Our whale watching boats follow strict safety regulations and are outfitted with safety equipment such as life jackets. Our licensed captains and crew follow protocol to keep not only our passengers safe, but our whale friends as well.

Yes! While the spring and summer are the high seasons for whale watching due to the weather and migration patterns, we have tours available all-year-round. Winter tours are less crowded and are the perfect excursion for visitors to Reykjavik. 

December tours present the rare opportunity to search for the Northern Lights out at sea! Book our Whale Watching Northern Lights tour for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Our tours operate all around Iceland. We have a wide range of whale watching trip options for tourists staying in different regions of the island. Popular tours leave from Reykjavík and farther up North from Dalvik.

They’re amazing! The waters of Iceland are a favorite migration area for multiple whale species, with some species even living there year-round. During the summer you have a  95–99% chance of spotting whales on our boat tours. This doesn’t change much in the winter, but you might see more of certain whale types and less of others. We have whale watching tours offered throughout the year, like our tour from Reykjavík

Humpback whales migrate to Iceland during the summer months, traveling close to 8300 km in one direction! These sea giants are playful and known for their acrobatic tricks. Naturally, these ocean performers are a whale watching favorite. Due to migration and mating patterns, winter is the low season for humpback whale watching, but it’s still possible. Orcas tend to be more present during these colder months, and they also love to entertain visiting boats. Learn more about all the humpback whales in Iceland on our blog. 

Puffins flock to Iceland during the spring and summer, which is the peak whale watching season. During this time the country hosts more than 60% of the World’s entire Atlantic Puffin population, with 8 to 10 million puffins inhabiting the island. 

These bright birds can be spotted on mainland Iceland during their nesting season, as well as out at sea during whale watching excursions! Book our Whales & Puffins tour from Reykjavík, which includes a trip to  “Puffin Island!”