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The waters and islands close to Reykjavik are full of amazing wildlife with the opportunity to see some of the most impressive and fascinating animals in the world!


  • Small Group Experience
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Puffin Watching Tour
  • Reykjavik's Old Harbour
  • Stunning Scenery


  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Guided Boat Tour
  • All Required Equipment
  • Free WiFi
  • Binoculars on Board

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Aug
Duration 3 - 5 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No min age
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No




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This amazing tour will take you on an aquatic safari on the waters that surround Reykjavik, allowing you to see some incredible marine mammals and fascinating seabirds. Combine the best of both, with whale watching and puffin watching. The trip to "Puffin Island'' will allow you to see a plethora of adorable nesting puffins, famed for their grinning orange beaks and monogamous lifestyle.

You will also see a variety of other seabirds, all taking advantage of the islands safe location. On the whale watching tour, the four most common species that we encounter are humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.

We run many different whale-watching tours that depart at different times from Reykjavik Harbour, giving you the flexibility to choose when you depart. Each tour takes place with one of our expert guides to introduce you to the wildlife and the waters around Reykjavik. 

These whale-watching tours can also be combined with one of our puffin-watching tours in a wildlife day out. If you love wildlife and want to see impressive and beautiful animals then this tour is perfect for you.

Our whale-watching adventure will take place in Faxaflói Bay, which plays host to a multitude of different whale species, including minke whales, humpbacks, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. This is an unforgettable opportunity to see these iconic marine creatures in their natural habitat!

Our expert guides will be with you every step of the way – teaching you about how these amazing animals live and hunt the Icelandic ocean habitat. Seeing these magnificent creatures in the flesh is a spine-tingling experience that you are bound to treasure for the rest of your life – so book this amazing wildlife adventure today!

Our puffin-watching tours take place on the small islands close to Reykjavik harbor, where seabirds flock to Iceland's gorgeous coastal scenery. We use a specially designed boat with a low hull, allowing us to get really close to these fascinating birds.

Puffins are delightful seabirds. Unlike most birds, they are monogamous and have chicks with the same partner each year during the summer months. They tend to spend most of the year out to sea, so there's only a short window to glimpse them. 

Our expert guides will show you the best spots to glimpse puffins from Reykjavik, and you'll even get a chance to snap photos of the puffins. We find that this tour is especially popular with families and young children, though everyone's sure to love it!


This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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