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Whale Watching from Downtown Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Availability

All year

Duration

2.5 hours

Age Limit

None

Languages

English

Meeting Point

Ægisgarður 5b, 101 Reykjavík

Tour Operator

Iceland Discover

Tour Description

Experience the joy of close encounters with mighty whales, graceful dolphins or playful porpoises on our easy-to-join whale watching tours from downtown Reykjavík. We’ll make this a “once-in-a-lifetime experience for you to remember! All year round, you’ll be able to see a wide variety of ocean-going mammals just a few minutes off the coast, including minke, humpback and killer whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. The summer is the peak period, but there is always something amazing to be found in Faxafloi Bay – as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery that surrounds the capital city.

Highlights

Faxaflói Bay
Minke
Humpback
Dolphins
Porpoises
Orcas
There is always a chance to spot a few orcas (also known as killer whales) as well as a wealth of other species.
Amelia Rose
This tour is conducted on a beautiful yacht called the Amelia Rose. With three panoramic deck areas, the vessel provides every passenger with a good view of the surrounding area as well as an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing pictures.

What´s included

Guided language in english
Professional guides
Panoramic views
Spacious observation decks
Free WiFi
Warm blankets & overalls
Café & Bar on board
WC on board
Free parking
Pickup is available for an extra charge
Good to Know
We recommend all guests dress warmly in multiple layers and good footwear as it is always colder on the water. Don’t forget your camera! *Normally we go out on Amelia Rose, however if we have fewer than 12 passengers we may take our smaller yacht, Axel Rose, as it reduces our impact on the environment.
FAQs
How should I dress? What should I bring?
We recommend that all guests dress warmly in layers and sturdy footwear as it is always much colder out on the water. We will provide you with warm blankets, and you can always stay warm by viewing from our wheelhouse with our friendly captains. Don´t forget your camera and a sense of adventure!
What if there are no sightings?
If there are no sightings on the tour, we´ll offer you a complimentary voucher for the same tour on the next available day. This voucher is valid for three years. Refunds are not offered in the event of no sightings.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel a booking up to 48 hours prior to departure without penalty if your travel plans change. A cancellation with less than 48 hours notice will incur a 50% charge.
How close do we get to the whales?
As we abide by the Ice Whales Code of Conduct, we are allowed to get within 100 meters (110 yards) of the whales. At this distance you will get an excellent view of these gentle giants. Sometimes the whales choose to approach us and pop back up from a dive right next to the boat!
What are the chances of seeing whales?
The chance of seeing whales varies with the seasons. We work with a network of whale watching operators and share sighting information. This gives us a sighting success rate of about 90% in the summer months, less during the winter. We start at the Old Harbor and, traveling along the Reykjavík coastline, our passengers will see a variety of wildlife including porpoises, seals, dolphins, and other species.
Do you see more whales on the morning or the afternoon trip?
Whales are spotted equally in the mornings and afternoons.
Will I get seasick?
Everyone is affected by the ocean differently. Our ships are very stable, and we don’t go out in very rough weather. However, we do supply seasickness tablets for free if you want them. We also recommend having a full stomach before you get on board and sipping drinks throughout the trip if you are concerned.

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