Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Tour Code: 7090EL_12

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Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Enjoy two must-do Icelandic activities in one convenient day trip from Reykjavik. After a morning whale watching cruise around Faxaflói Bay, head out on a Golden Circle sightseeing tour to see the classic sites that make up the famous route. Stop to explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and the village of Hveragerði, and listen to commentary about each site from a knowledgeable guide.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Start your day with a pickup from your city hotel, and travel to Reykjavik Old Harbour to board your whale watching boat. Cruise out into Faxaflói Bay, away from the shoreline, and look out for the whales and seabirds for which Iceland is famous. The bay is one of the best places to see Iceland’s marine life, and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises are just a few of the creatures you may be lucky enough to see.

After roughly three hours, return to shore and swap your mode of transport to a coach for your afternoon Golden Circle tour. Listen as your guide talks about the route that loops into the heart of Iceland, and learn about the historical sights and natural phenomena ahead of you.

Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the area where Iceland’s first parliament was formed back in the first century. Take a walk around and gaze out over the rugged terrain as your guide gives the lowdown on the site’s history.

From Thingvellir, continue to the waterfall of Gullfoss, known for its double cascades, and enjoy the spray of glacial water on your face as you stroll around the falls. Visit the bubbling Geysir hot springs, a geothermic marvel, and then stretch your legs on a visit to the village of Hveragerði, known for its large quantity of hot springs and geothermal park.

Relax on the journey back to Reykjavik and finish with a drop-off at your hotel.

Operating Schedule



11 hours

Departure Point

Your centrally located Reykjavik hotel

Departure Time


Return Details

Returns to original departure point


Hotel pickup and drop-off Professional guide Use of coveralls Onboard Wi-Fi


Food and drinks Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking Dress warmly; a hat and pair of gloves are recommended

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Reviews by Users

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Alison D


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!

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sidney brian w


I really enjoyed it Knowledgable guide very comfortable coach I would definatly do it again

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Harriet B


Golden Circle tour was incredible. Gulfoss Falls were the most beautiful I have ever seen. The whale watching was not successful. Only saw a few dolphin. Enjoyed the boat ride!

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Ryan U


We had a great time on this trip! We saw numerous minke whales during the boat trip. The bus is very well appointed and even has a USB charging port for every two seats to keep your phone charged I use mine as my camera. The 3 locations waterfall, geyser, national park were each excellent and we were able to get a full lunch at the waterfall location. Overall a few good tour and well worth the money. We were only in Iceland for 48 hours and this tour was a great way to see a bunch of the best sites in a short period of time.

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Suzanne S


Whale watching was a worth while experience. Did'nt spot any whales but plenty of dolphins. Afternoon tour was great and saw amazing sights. You are on the coach for most of the time and it would have been nice to have a longer time at the sights but a timetable needed to be followed.

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France t


Great tour guide for the Golden Circle Tour -- very informative about the sites but also about Iceland and the people. The 1/2 day meant we didn't do a lot of walking at our first stop, but a great visit of Iceland's rugged features and beauty. Whale watching was well run and staff was pleasant. Because I had a 10 year old child and she's short, I did not like that our boat was 90 filled with one tour group and that nobody showed any courtesy to let her see the whales or dolphins. So, I'd like to suggest that staff suggest tall folks give way to shorter folks and that people with cameras in the front row eventually give way to folks in the back. We had great weather and a smooth ride.