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Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Whale Watching Express

11.990 ISK /

2-2.5 HRS

Children 7-15 years: 5.995 ISK

Children 0-6 years: FREE

Please note that due to COVID-19 our summer 2020 schedule has changed. Whale Watching Express is not operated on a regular schedule from June-September.

Tour description

Set sail from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour for your  whale watching wildlife adventure with Special Tours. On this tour you can expect to experience some of Iceland’s rich and thriving bird life, as well as our wide variety of sea life, including humpback whales, minke whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. Our focus on every tour is comfort, unique experiences and personal service while ensuring that the environment is protected and respected in every way possible.

Our experienced guides are marine biologists who will welcome you aboard and share all sorts of interesting information about the different wildlife you may expect to see on your tour. You will learn how to spot whales out in the bay and are always welcome to ask questions throughout the tour.

Express Whale Watching tours are operated in summer, from June 15th – August 31st, on one of our two express boats: Lilja or Rósin. Both are excellent for whale watching and have fast cruising speeds, getting you out to the whale watching grounds in a shorter time. This allows you to spend the same amount of time in the whale watching area as on our Classic Whale Watching tour, but saves you time travelling out and back. This makes it a great option for people who are short on time but big on adventure and want to experience a whale watching adventure during their visit/stay in Reykjavik. Whale Watching Express is operated on our fast-cruising catamaran, getting you out to the whale watching grounds quickly!

We proudly follow the IceWhale code of conduct to respect & protect the nature of Iceland.

What's included

  • Guided boat tour with experienced marine biologist on board
  • Free ticket to try again in case of no sightings!
  • Warm floatable overalls provided for your comfort & safety – overalls also available in children’s sizes!
  • Wi-Fi, Café and Souvenirs on board
  • WCs on board
  • Discounted price to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition –
    available to add as an extra, during check in or in our reception after the tour.

Tour details


2-2.5 HRS


English available year-round
Spanish available @ 10:00 on Fridays during high season.


We recommend warm clothes and good footwear - and don't forget your camera!



10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00
14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00
21:00* 21:00*

*From June 15th - July 31st

Additional information

  • Please note that the starting point for this tour is the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavik.
  • You will be asked to show a valid form of ID upon arrival for check-in.
  • Transfers are not available for the 21:00 departure June 15th – July 31st.
  • We do not have parking in the harbour, but there are plenty of pay-to-park spots and a parking garage nearby. There is also a free parking area in the next harbour (5 min walking distance), and our staff is happy to direct you there if needed.

Important information

  • The tour is dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • We can never guarantee sightings on our tours, but in case of no sightings we do offer a FREE ticket to try again!
  • Don’t forget to add your admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition, the perfect addition to your whale watching tour!


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