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Whale Watching & Whales of Iceland Museum


Children (7-15 yrs): 9.095 ISK

Children (0-6 yrs): FREE

3-5 HRS

The BIG Whale Experience
A Whale Watching tour from Reykjavik, including a visit to the museum Whales of Iceland to see how big these cetaceans actually are!

Tour description

While out in the bay looking at the whales, you might not fully understand how amazingly big these animals are.

Special Tours Wildlife Adventures has partnered with Whales of Iceland, the spectacular whale museum, giving you the opportunity to experience the different whales found around Iceland from both land and sea. On this combo tour admission to Whales of Iceland is included in your Whale Watching ticket. Before or after your boat tour we recommend visiting Whales of Iceland on the other side of the Reykjavik’s Old Harbour area. The museum showcases 25 life-size whale models with a lot of in-depth information, interactive experiences, and underwater footage of whales shown on an 8-meter screen. The newest exhibit focuses on conservation where the multiple threats (and their solutions) that whales face today are showcased. The museum really gives you a feeling for how small we are compared to the ocean wildlife.

On the Whale Watching tour, you will check in at our Special Tours Ticket Office in Reykjavik’s Old Harbour before we sail out to Faxaflói Bay. Here we will search for the most common whales in the area, such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. During the tour we observe their behavior in the wild while learning more about them from one of our expert guides. Our main goals are to introduce our passengers to the wildlife in the bay while providing unique experiences and personal services, all while ensuring that the environment is protected and respected in every way. If there are no sightings on our tours you are entitled to a ticket to try again for free.

This is the perfect whale watching combo tour, offering you a Big Experience of whales from both land and sea!

What's included

Whale Watching

  • Guided boat tour
  • Warm overalls (overalls also available in children’s sizes!)
  • Free ticket to try again in case of no sightings!
  • Free WI-FI
  • Café on-board the boat

Whales of Iceland

  • Open daily from 10am – 5pm
  • Café & gift shop inside
  • Audio guide included in 17 languages, we recommend bringing headphones compatible with your mobile device
  • A live guided tour of Whales of Iceland is offered daily at 11:00 & 15:00 for all ticket holders at no extra cost.
  • A full screening of the film Sonic Sea every day at 10:30, 12:15, 14:00, and 15:45 (60 min)

Tour details


3-5 HRS


English available year-round
German available on Whale Watching CLASSIC 1st May - 30th Sept

Additional information

Please note that the starting point for the whale watching tour is the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík.

You will be asked to show a valid form of ID upon arrival for check-in.

You only need to select a departure time for the whale watching tour, and not for the museum. The ticket for the museum is an open ticket, meaning you can simply choose when you want to go. This does not have to be the same day as your whale watching tour. Both Whale Watching Classic and Whale Watching Express apply for this tour.

Please note: Pick-up starts 60 minutes before the departure of the tour.

Important information

Whales of Iceland is open daily, from 10:00 – 17:00 all year round (closed Dec. 25th)

Whales of Iceland is located here (Google Maps link).

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