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Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Embark on a unique whale-watching cruise at night, aided by the glow of Iceland’s ‘midnight sun.’ Because the sun doesn’t fully set during the summer months, you can observe the nocturnal habits of dolphins and whales under the colorful light of this northern phenomenon. Learn about Iceland’s native marine life through a multimedia show on board, and spot sea creature splashing around during a 2.5-hour night cruise from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour.
  • 2.5-hour Reykjavik whale watching tour in the midnight sun
  • Learn about Icelandic whales from an onboard multimedia show
  • Make the most of the Icelandic summer sun and see wildlife at night
  • Look out for marine life such as humpback whales and harbor porpoises
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of being at sea by night
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Professional guide
Access to the Whale Watching Centre
Use of warm coveralls
Use of onboard Wi-Fi
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Ægisgarður 5c, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Please be at the Elding ticket office at least 15 min prior to departure.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Due to Iceland’s extreme northern latitude, the sun never fully dips below the horizon during the months of June and July. Take advantage of this magical ‘midnight sun’ with nighttime whale-watching cruise. The adventure begins at the Whale Watching Centre at Reykjavik Old Harbour, where you’ll board a sturdy boat in the evening. Be sure to bundle up, as even summer nights are chilly (warm coveralls are provided if you need them).

As you cruise away from the harbor, watch a short, onboard multimedia show for an introduction to Iceland’s marine life. Once out on the open water, claim a spot on the deck to look out for humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Your ship’s friendly crew will assist in spotting and identifying the sea life. 

Admire the colorful hues of the night sky as the sun hovers just above the horizon, and enjoy the tranquil sights and sounds of the illuminated sea when the captain cuts the engine. Warm up inside the ship’s Wi-Fi–equipped cabin if you like. 

After 2.5 hours on the water, you ship returns to the harbor around 11 pm.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress warmly; a hat and gloves are recommended.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elding Whale Watching
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Magical Whales in the Midnight Sun | from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Lovely evening at sea
PrincessPorcupine
, Aug 2021
We saw many whales and birds. Nothing too close, but very cool. The boat was well equipped and the staff was knowledgeable. Enjoyable boat ride, as well.
star-5
Really cool option for summertime whale watching
Rachel_V
, Jul 2021
Really fun excursion! A good sized boat - lots of room to move around, didn't feel too crowded on board, nice to have both snack/drink and bathroom options available - and taking the tour late in the evening with the midnight sun was really fun - that alone was pretty cool, but seeing whales and dolphins swim alongside us was awesome. The staff were all extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience.
star-5
AMAZING! Put on a suit for the full experience
Kelly_J
, Jul 2021
Lean into it and put on a suit! My sister and I had such a great time running all over the boat. Be sure to make your way up to the bow at first dolphin sighting. Seeing them beneath the water was incredible.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
No whales
Joel_r
, Jul 2019
No whales although they offered another tour as a second chance. Guide kept romancing the dolphins but it was not dolphin watching tour
star-5
We had the best experience seeing...
Josee
, Jun 2018
We had the best experience seeing whales on this excursion. We were blessed enough to see 2 humpback whales breaching and playing in the midnight sun along with some minke whales. It was a truly magnificent experience. Loved every minute of this excursion!
star-3
Mother nature has its ways of course...
delmare999
, Jul 2017
Mother nature has its ways of course, and we didn't see any whales unfortunately Either bad luck or wrong timing and they were asleep we sailed off at 20:30, saw two hump backs from far but they took a deep dive. The clothing they supplied really kept you warm, I mean nobody owns clothes warm enough to last for few hours in the open ocean! But the boat didn't have much indoor space, so it felt crowded once everybody wanted to hide from the wind on the way back.
star-5
It was a great experience - it was...
Janie R
, Aug 2016
It was a great experience - it was awhile before we saw anything, but our tour continued until we saw a humpback whale. Very memorable!
star-5
Absolutely recommended! It was...
CLAUDIA G
, Jul 2016
Absolutely recommended! It was fascinating looking at these creatures feasting in the midnight sun. Its a must do in Reykjavic if you like wildlife.
star-4
Didn't see too many whales, that was...
Simon H
, Jul 2016
Didn't see too many whales, that was towards the end of the trip, before we returned to Reykjavik. The guide was very informative. But what we did see was amazing. But also to be out at sea, so far north, so late with daylight, and then almost sunset. Very surreal. The entertainment in the bar on the return trip to Reykjavik was great fun. returned to reykjavik around midnight. Still daylight, although shadowless, with no direct sunlight. Pleasantly eerie!
star-1
We just followed one whale around the...
Bindu M
, Jul 2016
We just followed one whale around the whole time. Not much fun. It was cool to go at night but certainly not worth the amount paid. The best part was the live singer on the boat on the way back. Without him, this would have been a wasted evening.

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