One of the largest exhibitions of its kind, Whales of Iceland features life-size models of whale species found in Iceland's coastal waters throughout history: from a harbor porpoise to a blue whale nearly as long as a basketball court. Seeing how these mammals look up close is a family-friendly way to learn more about the vast underwater world.
Whales of Iceland is an innovative exhibition space. To save time, book your admission ticket online in advance, then check out the interactive media displays for an in-depth understanding of the majestic mammals. For the fullest experience, book a tour that combines a visit to the exhibition with a whale-watching cruise.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Whales of Iceland is a must-visit for travelers interested in marine life.
- The exhibition is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Admission is discounted for children under 15.
- A free audio guide is available to download.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the building.
- There’s a café and souvenir shop on-site.
Located in the Grandi area at Fiskislod 23, Whales of Iceland is about a 15-minute walk from the Reykjavik city center. Hop-on hop-off buses and public bus number 14 stop at the exhibition building.
When to Get There
Whales of Iceland is open year-round, every day except December 25. Opening hours are generally from 10am to 5pm, and admission includes a guided tour in the afternoon. Grandi
Formerly the center of Reykjavik’s fishing industry, Grandi (the Old Harbor) is becoming one of the city’s trendiest areas—sometimes known as the “fishpacking district,” a nod to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, which underwent a similar transformation. Here you’ll find popular restaurants, cafés, and Icelandic design stores, as well as a variety of museums, including the Maritime Museum and the Saga Museum.