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RIB Express Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

During this adventurous 2 hour RIB Express tour, you will get up close and personal with the magnificent whales of Faxaflói Bay. Admission to the Whales of Iceland exhibition is included in the price for the tour and the Puffin Islands are visited in the summer time!

A 12-meter-long boat allows you to get very close to the animals in a way that’s extra safe for both you and the whales. When you head out into the bay, it’s a fast, thrilling ride with the wind in your hair – we have a comfortable cruising speed of 32 knots so you have plenty of time out in the whales’ feeding grounds.

On the way back to the harbor, you take a scenic route along the coast of Reykjavík, a perfect photo opportunity! In summer (May-August) you also stop by the puffin island Akurey to catch a glimpse of these adorable seabirds that live around the coast of Iceland during their nesting season.

Before or after your tour we recommend that you stop by the whales of Iceland exhibition in the harbour area as the admission is included with the Rib Express tour.

The RIB was custom built in the UK and has been equipped with suspension seating, or “shock seats”, for extra safety and comfort while on board. These shock seats are scientifically proven to provide a more cushioned ride than any other type of seats, meaning a more comfortable ride.

To keep you cosy and safe, we provide everyone with warm flotation suits, life vests, gloves, and goggles. On every tour you have an expert, experienced guide who will provide information about the animals and the bay in English. Just don’t forget your camera – this will be a true wildlife adventure!

Experience Includes

  • Warm overalls, life-vests, gloves and goggles
  • Admission to the Whales of Iceland exhibition
  • A visit to the Puffin Island in the summertime
  • Scenic route along the Reykjavík coastline
  • Suspension seats for extra comfort
  • Free ticket to join our Whale Watching Classic or Whale Watching Express tour if there are no sightings!

Experience Excludes

  • Transport to and from disembarkation point
  • Snacks and beverages


15th April - 31st May

Departure location

Reykjavik's Old Harbour, Aegisgardur 13, 101 Reykjavik.

Start times

15th April - 31st May and September and October 11:00am and 2:00pm. June - August 9.00am, 11.00am,2.00pm and 4.00pm.


2 hours.

Additional information

Whales of Iceland Exhibition

  • Open daily from 10am – 5pm
  • Café and gift shop inside
  • Audio guide included (10+ languages available)
  • A live guided tour of Whales of Iceland is offered daily at 10:30 & 13:30 for all ticket holders at no extra cost.
  • A full screening of the film Sonic Sea every day at 11:00 and 15:00 (60 min)

Terms & Conditions

  • The tour is dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Weather and sea conditions can be unpredictable during the winter months. Boat captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort.
  • Admission to the Whales of Iceland exhibition is included. Please note that the exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm and is in about 15 min walking distance from the harbour
  • Please note that this tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or severe heart conditions, children under 10 years or people under 130 cm.
  • Please note that you will be asked to read & sign a safety waiver from our ticket office before departure.r
  • This tour follows IceWhale code of conduct for responsible whale watching.
  • Children aged 0-6 years old may participate in the tour for free.
  • You will be asked to show a valid form of photo ID upon arrival for check-in.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.