Best time to travel to Reykjavik

Whale Watching

Observe gentle giants in their natural environment all year round

Whale Watching in Reykjavik 2019 - Best Time
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Iceland has a well-deserved reputation as the premier whale watching destination in Europe. Therefore, whale watching has become a must for any trip to Iceland. Minke, humpback, killer whales, harbour porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins can be spotted near the coast of Iceland all year round. The peak of whale watching coincides with the high tourist season from April to October, due to warmer temperatures and generally more pleasant weather. In the summer, whale-watching tours are often combined with puffin watching.

A whale watching boat 2019
A whale watching boat

In Reykjavík, whale-watching tours depart daily from the Old Harbour in downtown. There are several operators to choose from. Boats depart at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before departure. Many boats offer WiFi, warm drinks and snacks. Tourists can see over 20 species of Cetacea around Reykjavík including the orca, minke, humpback, and blue whales.

Other whale-watching locations around Iceland include Ólafsvík, Akureyri, Hauganes, and Húsavík.