Whale Watching

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 with Elding 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. We will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. Our trips take us past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffin – a great photo opportunity!

To make the trip even more comfortable, we provide our 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, we 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!

Make sure it's Elding!¨
Elding has ove 10 years of experience in whale watching and has been rewarded for excellence. Elding is a leader in marine and environmental preservation.

- Free access to our Whale Watching Centre
     Showroom about marine life
     Café with light refreshments
     Wireless internet
- Expert live guides
- Café on board our 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

Whale watching tours


Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the migrating whales and birds entertain us with their magnificent presence in the happy company of the resident whales. Commonly seen are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. During the puffin season, mid May to mid August, we stop by one of the puffin islands for a closer look at these charismatic birds.

Price: 8000 ISK / 50 Euro

Season: 1 April to 31 October
Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours
Tips: Bring your sunglasses!

You can book through our online booking system, send us an e-mail at elding@elding.is or give us a call +354 519 5000.


Pick-up: Pick-up is available from hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavík area for an additional 1000 ISK / €6. The pick-up starts 45 min before departure.