Whale Watching

Available all year round
Summer Edition / Winter Edition

Take part in an adventure at sea with an unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds. Conveniently located in Reykjavík’s old harbor, a three hour journey with Elding can bring you up close to whales in their natural habitat.

The various types of whales commonly sighted include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales. We will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. Our trips take us past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffin – a great photo opportunity!

To make the trip even more comfortable, we provide our passengers with warm, floatable overalls and raincoats. For safety reasons, all children under 12 years of age are required to wear life jackets during the tour.

To ensure that the animals are not disturbed by our presence, we sail at a constant speed towards the whales’ habitat. As a result, a variety of species, from humpback whales to tiny porpoises, often surface within a few feet of the boat!

This tour is available as a combination tour
River rafting & Whale Watching
Gullfoss - Geysir & Whale Watching

This tour is also a part of a multi-day summer tour
Fire Island Exploration


Price 2014
8.500 ISK per person

2.5 - 3.5 hour whale watching tour

Equipment needed
Dress according to weather with warm inner layer, waterproff jacket & gloves and hat & gloves

Departure time
From 15th May - 31st August at 09:00 and 13:00 from Reykjavik Harbor
From 1st June - 31st August at 09:00 / 10:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 and 17:00 from Reykjavik Harbor
Additional departure from 15th June - 15th August at 20:30 from Reykjavik Harbor

Pick up
Up on request and costs 1.000 extra per person  

Guaranteed departures
Every day

Age limit
No age limit (discount for children under 15 years old)


Please note that the tour is weather dependent.
If you don't see any whales you are offered to come again on a complimentary trip. No refunds are given.

All trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Reykjavik Backpackers and/or the tour operator do not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.


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