The most common whale species that we see on our whale watching tours are humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. We can never guarantee any sightings, or a specific type of sighting, on our tours. In case of no sightings on our tours you will be offered a free return ticket to try again
While summer (April – October) is the high season for whale watching in Reykjavík, we are fortunate to see whales year-round in Faxaflói Bay. You can always check our latest blog post from our daily diary for what we have been seeing in the previous days.
There is no best time of day to see whales in Faxaflói – every day and every tour varies.
We do not offer a standard combo tour for both whales and puffins, but there is a chance you will see some puffins from a distance on your whale watching tour in the summer months. We do offer a discounted rate when you book more than 1 of our tours – the Whales & Puffins discounted combo tour is available here.
On our RIB Express Whale Watching tours we always make a stop at the puffin islands during their summer breeding season.
This depends on the tour, and the whales. We follow a strict code of conduct in accordance with IceWhale regarding how we approach and view the whales, so it is ultimately up to the whales. Some tours the whales are just next to the boat, and on other tours they are further away. If the sightings are not good because the whales are too far from the boat, we will offer a free return ticket to try again.
We do provide warm overalls on all our Whale Watching tours but we still recommend warm layers, sturdy shoes, hat and gloves for all our tours. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended for sunny days out at sea, even though this is Iceland the sun can sneak up on you out at sea. To see more about our recommended clothing for our Whale Watching tours we recommend reading our blog about How to dress for a Whale Watching Tour in Iceland.
The fact that dolphins are whales seems to cause a lot of confusion among people.The short answer is: Yes, dolphins are a type of whale. Read more about it in our blog article about Are Dolphins Whales?
It is only possible to see Northern Lights when it gets dark at night, so roughly from the end of August until the middle of April. We operate our Northern Lights by Boat tours from September 1st – April 15th. During other months, the daylight in Iceland is too strong to see them – even at night.
A few times a season it happens that the sea conditions are to rough to sail out but we still have a very promising Northern Lights forecast. When this happens we have offered our customers to join a Northern lights tour on a bus for that night. The customer still gets to keep his ticket to join the Northern Lights by Boat tour on another night. Choosing this option you maximize your chance to see the Northern Lights but you for fit your right for a refund.
Yes we do offer our clients to book the Northern Lights by Boat tour with an included backup plan in case of any cancellations because of unfavorable Northern Lights forecast. This option is even on a discounted price but is also none refundable. See the discounted Northern Lights by Boat with a Backup plan tour here. This backup plan can also be selected for anyone that has already booked the original Northern Lights by Boat tour. See more information about our backup plan here.
We provide protective clothing, fishing rods and bait. We will grill the catch on board and serve it with potatoes and sauce. We can also provide fillets if given notice at the beginning of the tour for you to take home with you!
For all Whale Watching & Northern Lights tours, pick-up starts 1 hour prior to departure. For Sea Angling and Puffin Express, pick-up starts 30 minutes prior to departure. Please note that you must be ready at your designated pick-up location at this point, and that there is a 15-30 minute window for your pick-up to arrive.
We are happy to welcome visitors back to Iceland and on our tours. We at Special Tours are following all of the health and safety guidelines in accordance with the Icelandic government to ensure that passengers and crew are able to enjoy sailing in a safe, comfortable, and responsible environment. As of 25 February 2022 all public restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been lifted both domestically and at the border. There is no limit to the number of people at gatherings. Social distancing rules are none. Masks are no longer mandatory. Restrictions on any kind of operations are no longer applicable, neither the obligation to register guests nor restrictions on opening hours.
Personal infection preventative measures are encouraged.
• Hand sanitizer is available for all passengers and employees.
• Hand sanitizer is available on each boat by the entrance and in the cafeterias.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 354-560-8800.
We do not have parking assigned to us, but there are plenty of pay-to-park locations nearby. There is also a free parking area at a 5 min walking distance (marked “Whale watching parking” on the map below), and our staff is happy to direct you there if needed. The following image shows the two nearest parking lots.
We always recommend dressing warmly and wearing sturdy shoes. Please keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can change quickly and frequently, so it‘s important to look at the weather forecast throughout your stay.
By default all of our tours are guided in English. We do have German and Spanish guides on whale watching tours at certain times in the summer, and do our best to accommodate special requests given in advance. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Everyone handles seasickness differently, so it’s very hard for us to know if you will be sick on a tour. We post updated sea conditions ranging from good, rough, very rough, or cancelled on our office daily, and our reception team is always happy to discuss the conditions with you. We do provide complimentary sea sickness tablets in our ticket office and on board.
It’s no problem for pregnant women to join our tours, with the exception of the RIB Express Whale Watching trip. Depending on the sea conditions, we will sometimes advise that pregnant women not join the tour as the chances of them becoming sea sick are higher and they cannot take the sea sickness medication that we offer.
If nothing is seen on your Whale Watching or Northern Lights by Boat tour, you are entitled to join us for free on another tour – valid indefinitely! If this happens to you, please reach out to our reception team after your tour to rebook. Please note that there are no refunds available after you join a tour. See more about our terms and conditions here.
If you booked directly through us, we can process your refund right away. Depending on your bank and credit card company, the refund can take 3-7 business days to show back up on your card. If you booked the tour through a third party, please contact them to verify this information.
We are very flexible, so as long as we have availability it‘s never a problem to rebook your tour. Please contact our reception team to rebook your wildlife adventure.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy – as long as you cancel at least 24 hours before your tour, you are entitled to a full refund. If you have booked through a third party, please contact them as their policies may differ.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy – if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance you are eligible for a full refund. If you have booked through a third party, please contact them to ask about their refund policy as it may be different.