Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, giving us the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.
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 whale & dolphin watching journey can bring you up close to whales in their natural habitat.
Season: March to October
Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, giving us the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment. 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 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. You will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more.
To make the trip even more comfortable, the whale watching company provides 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, the boats 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! The company operating the tours has over 15 years of experience in whale watching and has been rewarded for excellence. They are a leader in marine and environmental preservation.
Services and facilities include as following:
- Expert live guides
- Café on board the boats
- Warm overalls/raincoats free of charge
- Research projects with the University of Iceland
- Environmental Award of the Icelandic Tourist Board 2008
- Green Globe certified
- Blue Flag certified
- Qualified and friendly staff
- Café house on land with light refreshments
- Wireless internet
- Free access to our Whale Watching Centre Showroom about marine life
Season: March to October
Price per person: Adults: EUR 113
Whales: The whales most frequently seen on tours are the Minke whales, Humpback whales, Dolphins and Porpoises other species are sometimes spotted.
Departure location: From the Old Harbour of downtown Reykjavik (pier Ægisgarður), which is located in Ægisgarður.
Season: From March through October, departures at 09:00 or 13:00
Tour pick up: A coach pick-up service from hotels in the Reykjavik starts 45 minutes before boat departure and is included in the tour price. Also included is the transer back to the hotel.
Tour duration: Tours are about 3 hours at sea.
Clothing & Comfort: For your comfort and warmth, special suits on board are provided, but we do advise you to wear your warmest clothes - hats, scarves, gloves etc – as it can get very cold, even on the warmest of days. Also offered are hot drinks and light refreshments on the on-board café. Alternatively, you can sit inside the boat in the warmth, where you can watch the whales outside from large windows.
Guides: Excellent guides tell you about your trip and describe what you can see and where to look, together with an introduction and safety guide. They guides tell you about the seabirds and nature in the Faxofloi bay. How much you see depends on the sea conditions and season, but the qualified guides are happy to try to answer all your questions.
Season: Whale watching tours operate all year long, the best season is from April to September. We offer online bookings from March through October, daily at 09:00 and 13:00. From November through February tours are only offered at 13:00 (winter whale watching).
Location of tour: No two whale watching trips are the same, we need to be flexible and organize your trip taking sea conditions, weather and seasons into account. The boats rarely have to go further than 15 nautical miles from the harbour.
"A must whilst you are there" Its a must to do this trip. The staff are very knowledgable and seem geuinely pleased when they spot one of the creatures! We saw some minke whales and dolphins. The dolphins were right up close to the boat. The whales didn't come as close but this is to be expected they are wild animals after all!!! I would also recommend a glass of whale punch - hot chocolate with a double rum. It warmed us up just in time for sailing.
"Nature is impossible to predict - thank God" It's really funny to read comments. Yes - Minke Whales in the wild don't show and jump by blowing a whistle but Elding has a really great trip and a great at spotting dolphins, whales, gannets and other wild creatures. Do go if you're in the area. There may be better places around the world, but it's really enjoyable anyway.
"Favourite part of the week!" We had a brilliant time. Plenty of close dolphins and whales. Couldn't recommend it more!! Oh and wear the overalls, it's very cold out there!!
"We Got Very Close to a Humpback Whale!" My wife and I took a spur of the moment trip with Elding while in Iceland. Once in R.vik we looked through the guide book and noticed they offered a 1700 whale watching trip. We had about 1/2 hr before the trip started so we high tailed it over there and were able to get on board. It was about a 3 hr trip. For the first 2 hours we did nothing but bounce around on the upper deck looking for a whale. My wife started to feel seasick. Once the guide found one, we went straight for it and were able to pull up pretty close and we followed alongside the whale for a bit and got to see it pretty well. We were excited to see a wild animal so close. The guide on the boat was very friendly. The boat captain was even excited to see the whale. He came out and watched it with the rest of us and I could see the excitement on his face. That made me feel like they really cared about what they were doing - not just ferrying people around.