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Whale Watching

Certified Operator     Tour Operator: Special Tours     3 hours     Travel method: Boat     Region: Capital Region

Special Tours operates two types of whale watching from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik, Whale Watching Classic and Whale Watching Express.

The Whale Watching Classic (3-3.5 hours) is normally operated on our largest boat, Andrea.

The Andrea gives extra comfort, with great inside and outside viewing areas. She is very family friendly with an educational and interactive focus with whale bones, baleen plates, teeth and a microscope on board to look at sea specimens. The Classic tours are guided in English year-round, with German guidance available May 1st - September 30th.

The Whale Watching Express (2-2.5 hours) is operated on either Rósin or Lilja, both being comfortable boats and fast boats.

The Express gets you out to the whale watching area in less time but gives you the same time on the bay whale watching. Both boats have indoor seating areas and fantastic outer viewing decks. The Express tours are guided in English, with Spanish guidance available at 10:00 on Fridays from June 1st - September 30th.

The most common whales spotted include minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.

Departure times: 

Whale Watching Classic (All Year):

09:00 - March 1st - November 15th
13:00 - All year
17:00 - May 15th - September 30th

Whale Watching Express (1st May - 30th September):

10:00 - May 1st - September 30th 
14:00 - May 1st - September 30th
21:00 - June 15th - July 31st - Please note that transfers are not available for the 21:00 departure from June 15th - July 31st.

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Difficulty: Easy

What is included

  • Seat inside for every passenger 
  • Guide on every tour, skilled and friendly crew 
  • Snack bar on board
  • Warm overalls for every passenger (also available in children's sizes)
  • Free Wifi on board  

Important information

We recommend wearing warm clothing & sturdy shoes - and don't forget your camera!


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. If you do not have sightings on your tour, you will receive another ticket to try again (valid indefinitely). 
  • Please note that transfers are not available for the 21:00 departure (June 15th-July 31st).

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