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Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Embark on a full-day tour of Iceland’s iconic attractions from Reykjavik, beginning with a morning whale-watching cruise to spot minke whales, dolphins and other marine life in Faxaflói Bay. Then, admire inland highlights including Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Hveragerði village and Geysir hot springs with a sightseeing coach tour around the country’s famed Golden Circle route.
  • Whale watching and Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik
  • Cruise around Faxaflói Bay to see whales, seabirds, dolphins and more
  • See the highlights of the Golden Circle with a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park and learn about ancient Icelandic parliament
  • Pose for photos by the bubbling Geysir hot springs, and walk around the waterfall of Gullfoss
  • Stroll through the village of Hveragerði and see its geothermal park
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excellent live commentary
Use of overalls (on boat tour)
Complimentary WiFi
Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us directly to organise your pickup location. Make sure to be ready and waiting for pickup 45 min. before the scheduled departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Experience Iceland by water and by land on this full-day combo adventure. After morning hotel pickup, head to Reykjavik Old Harbour and climb aboard a boat for a whale-watching cruise. Set out into Faxaflói Bay, known as one of the best bodies of water in Iceland to spot native marine life including minke whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. A friendly onboard crew will help you spot these sea creatures throughout the 3-hour cruise.

Back on land, hop onto a comfortable coach equipped with onboard Wi-Fi and head inland for an afternoon tour of the popular Golden Circle tourist route. Disembark at Thingvellir National Park for a walk around the rugged landscape as your guide shares the geologic and political history of the park, where Iceland’s first parliament took shape way back in the first century.

Next, see the stunning double cascades of Gullfloss waterfall, where glacial water empties into a ravine from both sides. For a change in temperature, visit the steamy Geysir hot springs. Finally, stroll around the village of Hveragerði, built in the middle of a geothermal park dotted with natural hot springs.  

Admire the wild, bubbly terrain on the return drive to Reykjavík, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Elding Whale Watching
3 hr. whale watching in Faxaflói bay including pickup from your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gray Line Iceland
Gray Line Iceland will pick you up after the whale watching tour and take you to the incredible sights of the Golden Circle.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
Watch the powerful Gullfoss waterfall gush water innto the canyon of Hvítá river.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Walk through the historic site of Þingvellir national park where Alþingi parliament was founded. Have a look at the church, rock formations, fissures, Silfra clear water and stand between two continents!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Strokkur
Visit the famous Geysir in Haukadalur geothermal area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Reykjavik
Return to Reykjavík and get dropped off at your hotel or nearest bus stop.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress warmly; a hat and pair of gloves are recommended
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elding Whale Watching

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour 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
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.

Traveler Tips


  • "Worth every penny spent the crew is amazing and very informative but you definitely want to dress very warm for the whale watching part as if it’s winter" See review
  • "Well timed stops and comfortable clean, coach would definitely recommend!" See review

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star-5
The best Guide for the Golden Circle tour
Ssf40
, Sep 2019
We had the best guide ever the tour was fun and funny our guide was very helpful not regarding the tour only but also what to do in Iceland where to eat where to shop I’m sorry I forgot his name but his name started with a D and he was American. I strongly recommend taking a tour with the grey line tours with the same Guide as a first thing to do it can help you for the rest of your trip. For the whale watching we didn’t see any whales just some shy dolphins and it was raining so when you chose to go whale watching don’t expect so much.
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Excellent pick up service & Guide
SarKen11
, Dec 2018
Our trip was well priced and well organised. Unfortunately Whale watching cancelled due to bad weather but the Golden Circle went ahead and I was kept well informed with changews to the schedule and pick up times. The Golden circle Tour was a great way to see a lot on one trip and the guide was very friendly and informative. Well timed stops and comfortable clean, coach would definitely recommend!
star-5
Great experience
kdreed92
, Jul 2018
Worth every penny spent the crew is amazing and very informative but you definitely want to dress very warm for the whale watching part as if it’s winter
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Both tours were great but sadly we...
jlord6791
, Nov 2017
Both tours were great but sadly we didn’t see any Wales. However they did us a complimentary ticket to go again. The only confusion was that the whale watching company couldn’t give us any direction on how to contact the next tour as they didn’t know anything about it being a joint tour.
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We saw whales! Buses have wifi and are...
mrav13
, Oct 2017
We saw whales! Buses have wifi and are comfortable. Guide was great.
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No information from Viator about the...
Mari J
, Aug 2017
No information from Viator about the company that did the Golden Circle Tour after the Whale Watching. Found a GreyLine bus at the site of the whale watching, he called his company and was told to bring me to the GreyLine bus station. Here they could not find my reservation either. It was probably a different service, but as I had no information, I would not know. Did an express tour with GreyLine. It was ok, but the guide was not the best i had on this trip to Iceland. Good sights, but not the best information from the guide in my opinion.
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This was a good way to see...
Belinda H
, Jul 2017
This was a good way to see everything at one time. Was definitely a great tour if you want to see everything in one day!
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Whale watching was with elding and...
Amanda V
, Apr 2017
Whale watching was with elding and golden circle was with Grayline. Very organised and highly recommend it. We saw dolphins but no whales (as it wasn't high season for them).There was enough time at each location site and tour guide was good.
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Not a lot of whales to see... guides...
Kathleen H
, Jul 2016
Not a lot of whales to see... guides knowledgeable... circle tour interesting, but more info could have been shared. just the basics were given... would have like to know more about what i was seeing.
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Unfortunately we did not see any...
Alison D
, Apr 2016
Unfortunately we did not see any whales and the sea was very choppy causing a lot of people to be sick. We did however see dolphins which was lovely and some birds. With all the swell and bags going everywhere I lost my drivers license but got an email saying they will post it to me. Great service!

Product code: 7090EL_12

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