Whale watching in Reykjavik? Definitely a yes! If you have always been interesting in sea animals and you like adventures, this is your chance to experience it yourself. The best time for whale watching is from April through September. This is the time when most of the species like orcas, minke, humpback and blue whale can be seen around Iceland. You can also observe other like dolphins and sharks.
One of the most popular companies here in Reykjavik is Elding. They have more than one boat, all elegantly prepared, some guides on every trip and of course, the possibility of buying a lot of souvenirs. The whole cruise takes around three hours and the price per adult is 11 000 ISK. The tickets for child between 6 and 13 years old is at half price. Younger kids can enter free of charge. Other companies’ prices are very similar. The cost of the ticket is between 10 000 ISK and 12 000 ISK.
Now, you already have your tickets booked, the important thing is to dress up warm and comfortable with what you’ve packed for Iceland. You need to remember that further on the sea is cold and might be raining and you can’t forget about the wind. Waterproof jackets are very useful here. At the beginning of the cruise of whale watching adventure you will be additionally provided with warm jumpsuit. I do recommend you to do that you use them. You can put them on your clothes and it really makes a difference believe me!
As you are going to see wildlife, no one can assure you that you will meet the Bluefin, Orcs or even dolphins. In this situation some companies offer another cruise free of charge so you can see the sea creatures.
The efficiency of the cruise is very high however and most of the time it’s 90%. You do not have to worry about it as you will certainly have a chance to see those amazing creatures.
I need to mention here that the cruise is basically going far away from the shore and searching for bigger marine animals- whales and dolphins. Near Reykjavik you have chance to watch Dolphins and Stingrays but in you go further in Iceland, you will have chance to see larger whales, Orcs and Blue Fins. I can say that it really depends on your luck.
You can find however some companies that offer specific routes, here you will be charged some extra. That offers a special cruise set up to search for a particular species. It is worth recommending when you are interested in whale watching in particular.
During the first minutes of your journey you will be able to hear some little stories and anecdotes of your guide about the local area. First animals you will see will probably be dolphins. They come very close to the boat even on few meters away.
Whale Watching in Reykjavik
It might be quite difficult to catch them by camera I can say especially if the weather is not the best. I would say, put the camera down and don’t try to capture the moment for Instagram. Just enjoy the moment of your whale watching adventure. That has much more value than the photos for sure.
The price might not be very attractive but it’s decent and definitely worth it as whale watching is something you must do when you are in Iceland.
At Icewhale.is you can find all the companies that offer services in whale watching.
I wish you a successful outing!