Whales, Puffins and Reykjavík

2 Hour whale & bird watching tour starting from Reykjavik Old Harbour everyday from April 15th to October 31st.
            Please note: the puffin season ranges from approx. the 15th of May to the 20th of August

Trip Difficulty: Moderate/Adventure Tour

Small Group Experience: Only 12 person per boat with expert whale guide and captain.

Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime on our most personal whale watching tour. Our custom made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and puffins than any other tour can offer. These fast, stable and safe boats allow us to cover more area as we search for the wild life, thus increasing your chances of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life.

This great whale watching tour starts from the old harbour of Reykjavik but during the puffin season we firstly visit the puffins in their natural habitat  on the islands of the nearby bay. Next we head out in search of whales. Few things will beach this personal and up close experience of seeing whales and dolphins from our RIB boats. After our whales safari we travel back to Reykjavik. Here we will sail along the shoreline of the city, experiencing a unique view from the sea (perfect for photos). Our boats will take you past the Sun Voyager sculpture and the harbour side of Iceland's most famous building, the glittering Harpa Concert Hall.


Tour highlights

  • Get as close to the whales, puffins and wildlife as possible without disturbing them.
  • The puffins are around from approximately the 15th of May - 20th of August
  • Our custom made RIB boats are fast and can easily cover a bigger search area than the classic whale watching boats.
  • Only 12 people per boat with expert whale guide and RIB boat captain.
  • Less time then the "Classic Whale Watching tour", only 2 hours from harbour to harbour.
  • "Whale Guarantee", If we are unlucky and can't seem to find and whales you can try again for free on the classic tour.
  • See Reykjavik City and the Harpa Concert Hall from the sea.


The incredible Whale Safari Whale Guarantee: If you don´t see whales on your RIB tour (very unlikely) you can go again for free, this time around trying the bigger boats. And get this, you can choose where you go again, in Reykjavík or in Akureyri in North Iceland.

Including: Expertly guided  whale and puffin watching tour on a 12 seat RIB boat.

Location of starting point: Whale Safari ticket office at Ægisgarður in the Old Reykjavík Harbour. You can't miss it.

Duration of trip: 2 hours.

Hotel pick up: Hotel pick ups start 45 minutes before your chosen departure time. Please be ready to leave from your hotel reception or if you are staying in a home, outside.

Departure times and dates: 

  • From the 15th of April to the 31st of May  two departures a day at 10:00 and 14:00.
  • From the 1st of June to the 31st of June four departures a day at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.  
  • From the 1st of July to the 31st of August seven departures a day at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and an evening departure at 20:00.
  • From the 1st of September to the 31st of October two departures a day at 10:00 and 14.00.

Availability: Check the calendar and online booking window above. We recommend booking this tour in advance, as it sells our frequently.

Minimum: No minimum number of participants for departures.

Age limit: 10 Years or 145 cm height.

Bring with you: Dress warmly for our northern ocean, so if you have it, bring warm outdoor clothing like a  wool or fleece sweater, some warm headgear and gloves. Sturdy shoes are recommended.**

Please note: 

  • This tour may not be suitable for pregnant women. Consult your doctor before signing up.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those with history of back problems or back injury. Consult your doctor before signing up.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those over the age of 65 years.
  • Puffin season is from approximately the 15th of May - 20th of August

Cancellations due to weather: We sometimes need to cancel this tour due to winds in the main whale habitat area. In such an event we will offer you three choices. The most fun one: rebook your tour at a later date with out any additional costs. The next one: if our bigger sightseeing ships are sailing (they sail in more wind then the RIB boats) we can book you there and refund you the difference. Or finally...a full refund. :) 

Keep in mind we are located at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík, easily within walking (0-15 min) distance from all hotels located in zip code #101 downtown Reykjavík. We encourage you to walk, for the environment and for your health :)

** We will supply you with a very warm overall and more gear, as well as having some sweaters to lend.


All sea tours and whale watching / wildlife trips are undertaken as the responsibility of its participants. Whale Safari does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk that they assume by booking said activity.