Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime on our most personal whale watching tour. Our custom made RIB boats allow you to 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 firstly visiting 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.

Prices starting from

22.990 ISK per person

185 USD | 162 EUR | 146 GBP | 243 CAD

RIB from Reykjavík


RIB Safari

Tour highlights

  • Get as close to the whales, puffins and wildlife as possible without disturbing them.
  • Our custom made RIB boats are fast and can 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.

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 and 1st of September to the 30th of September 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 20:00.
  • From 1st of October to the 31st of October at 10:00.

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.

Cancelations 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.


What payment methods do you accept?

Ísafold Travel accepts VISA, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. Should you wish to pay by other methods, such as Wire Transfer, please contact us on info@isafoldtravel.is prior to making the booking.

What is Ísafold Travel’s cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made by e-mail or letter. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows, in addition to the non-refundable deposit:

More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: No additional charge
Less than 6 weeks and more than 2 weeks: 15%
Less than 2 weeks and more than 72 hours: 50%
Less than 72 hours and more than 24 hours: 75%

Less than 24 hours notice, and no-shows: 100%

We recommend that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Does Ísafold Travel handle domestic/international flights?

Ísafold Travel does not handle or book international flights from and to Iceland for our clients. However, flights between Iceland and Greenland and domestic flights in Iceland can be arranged by us.

What is a self-drive/self-guided tour?

A self-drive or self-guided tour is a packaged tour that allows you to travel at your own pace – by yourself or in a group. We arrange everything from the vehicle to accommodation so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can just go and enjoy your own private road trip through Iceland.

Do kids get a discount on some of the activities?

Yes, depending on their age they might be eligible for a discount on some of the activities. Please write their ages in the comments while booking and the discount they are eligible for while be deducted from the remaining balance.

Is it possible to customise my tour after booking?

Yes! It’s absolutely possible to further customise your tour after booking through our website. We only require a 20% deposit to be paid up front before we start customising your tour.

Am I required to pay the full amount upon booking?

No. It’s possible to pay only a 20% deposit upon booking. The remaining amount will be required no later than 30 days before your tour starts.

Can’t find an answer to your question?

Get in touch and share your thoughts and questions with us. We will gladly help you further.

Alternatively you can check out our frequently asked questions section or it's also possible to contact us through Facebook Messenger. We answer all your questions during office hours.

We will send you the occasional commercial newsletter with offers and new tours.

Prices & Availability

Please note that this tour is operated by Special Tours.


What’s included?

  • Expertly guided whale and puffin watching tour on a 12 seat RIB boat

What’s not included?

  • Any services not listed under what is included in this tour

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