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Whales & Puffin Tour

Whale Watching & Puffin Boat Tour from Reykjavik

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!

Sightseeing Tours Whale-Watching

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. It begins with a trip to ‘Puffin Island’, which plays host to a plethora of adorable nesting puffins – famed for the grinning orange beaks and monogamous lifestyle. Then we will head out into deeper waters in search of the many different kinds of whale that populate Iceland’s waters. The most common types of whale that we see are minke whales and humpbacks – the latter being especially popular amongst whale watchers due to the way that they breach. We also see other famous types of whales including orcas on the hunt for herring, the sperm whale (the largest predator in the world) and the massive Blue Whale, which is the largest species to have ever existed on planet earth. If you love wildlife and want to see some of the most impressive and beautiful species on the planet then this tour is perfect for you.

  • Availability

    May. - Aug.

  • Duration

    4 - 5 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

    9 am, 10 am or 12pm

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    No minimum

  • Departs from

    Old Harbour - Ægisgarður

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    14.400 ISK

Tour highlights
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

Whales and Puffins Tour

We run a plethora of different whale-watching tours that depart at different times from Reykjavik Harbour, giving you the flexibility to choose when you depart. These whale-watching tours can also be combined with one of our puffin-watching tours – creating a wildlife lover’s dream, where you can combine the cute smiling puffins and the magnificent whales into one amazing package. Each one takes place with one of our expert guides, ensuring that you can see all the wonders that call the waters around Iceland home.

Whale Watching

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. We also sporadically see things like orcas, sperm whales, and blue whales and the opportunity to see these iconic marine creatures in their natural habitat is a worthy addition to any bucket list. Our expert guides will be with you every step of the way – teaching you about how these amazing animals live, hunt and effect 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!

Puffin Watching

Our puffin-watching tours take place on the small islands that are situated close to Reykjavik harbor, marrying gorgeous coastal scenery and a plethora of amazing seabirds. We use a specially designed boat that has a low hull, allowing us to get really close to these fascinating birds. The highlight of the tour is unquestionably the puffins which combine a unique appearance with a unique lifestyle. Unlike most birds they are totally monogamous and have chicks with the same partner each year during the summer months, they spend the remainder of the year out to sea, meaning that there is only a short window for us to see them. Our expert guides will tell you all about their lifestyle and will help you to snap some photos of the puffins. We find that this tour is especially popular with families and young children, although we guarantee that everyone will have a wonderful time on it.

Time options

There are a variety of different departure times during the day, allowing you to choose the best time for you. This means that you could combine it with one of our sightseeing tours in Reykjavik or visit one of the museums that are dedicated to the creatures that call Iceland’s waters home.

9 a.m. departure – This departure is perfect for early risers, with the three-hour whale-watching tour taking place from 9:00 until 12:00 and then the puffin-watching tour departing at 12:30. If you miss the 12:30 puffin-watching boat then we will ensure that you get on the next available one.

10 a.m. departure – The 10:00 departure is an express tour, heading straight to the whale-watching area and avoiding the scenic route. It returns at the same time as the 9:00 tour (12-12:15), allowing you to get the 12:30 puffin watching boat. If you miss the 12:30 boat for whatever reason, then we will ensure that you get on the next available one.

12:20 p.m. departure – The final option is that you do the tours in reverse, beginning with the 12:30 puffin watching tour, which arrives back at around 13:30 and then going on an express whale-watching tour that departs at around 14:00. We are totally flexible and will endeavor to find a tour that fits your schedule, so contact a friendly member of our team to see how we can help you.



How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).

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 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

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

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.


How does carbon offsetting work?

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