Elding Whale Watching has decades of experience and offers the most talked about whale watching and sea adventure tours in Iceland. All year round they offer whale watching tours
Whales are the most mysterious and fascinating of creatures, and some of the best whale watching in the world is off the coast of Iceland, where the ocean currents create excellent viewing conditions. Climb aboard a whale watching boat operated by the only environmentally certified whale watching company in Iceland, and explore the southern part of Faxafloi Bay off Reykjavik’s old harbor. On the 3-4 hour tour you will get up-close to Humpback, Minke, and Orca whales, as well as abundant sea birds, white beaked dolphin and harbor porpoise. Whales are seen on more than 95% of summer tours and 80% of winter tours, often surfacing within a few meters from the boat. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed, boats sail at a constant speed towards the whales’ habitat. This is also is part of a sustainability policy that tries to minimize oil use and pollution. Guides have gone through an extensive training program, based on exclusively developed guiding principles. They will provide entertaining and valuable information about the wildlife and scenery. And as a successful whale watching tour is a team effort, the crew works closely with passengers to spot whales, helping you feel an important part of the experience. Note that we can expect the tour to depart from other harbours such as Grindavík, Keflavík, Sandgerði or Hafnarfjörður (especially in winter 1 November – 31 March). This is to give our guests an opportunity to see whales even though sea conditions in Reykjavík are too rough. The tours can run up to 5 hours with transportation in case we decide to go from other harbours. Whales commonly seen from the other harbours are Orcas, Humpbacks, Blue whales (however rare), Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and even pilot whales!
Warm overalls, raincoats and blankets on board
Naturalist guide to enhance your experience
Once in the harbour you can look around the Whale Watching Centre and watch videos, or just look at the various skeletons, information boards and gifts for sale
By buying a ticket for this tour you are contributing to the summer research projects, environmentally friendly and responsible tourism and non-governmental organizations for the protection of wildlife
Refreshments (available to purchase on board)
Location Right in the heart of Reykjavík the Elding ticket office is no more than 300 meters walk away from the downtown Tourist Information Centre, a mere 5 minutes walk.