Whale Watching in Reykjavik with ELDING Tours
This post was sponsored by Elding Tours.
During my last trip to Iceland, I had the exciting opportunity to go on a whale watching excursion with Elding Tours in Reyjkavik! With humpback whales, minke whales and harbour porpoises all common species to the area, a whale watching tour is a unique way to spend your time in Iceland!
Here’s what you can expect:
We left the Reykjavik old harbour at 1:00pm, sailing past the gorgeous Harpa building. It’s a no-brainer to bring your camera with you on a whale watching tour, but I didn’t expect to get such a great photos of Harpa and the surrounding area.
It will be busy!
If you would prefer a cozy and warm seat on the lower deck by a window, or a seat on the upper deck, definitely go early! I had to stand on the upper deck the entire time because I showed up right before our departure (but to be honest, I didn’t mind – I had the best view).
You will be cold!
It was a chilly day to begin with and it was even colder on the top deck of the boat, so thankfully Elding provided us
super fashionable wind and water resistant jumpsuits to wear. Otherwise I would have been frozen! If you prefer not to wear one, definitely dress warm with a hat and gloves and bring change for a hot coffee or tea served in one of the lower decks.
Despite the cold, I enjoyed standing up top to get unobstructed views!
You may get sea sick!
Elding offers non-drowsy, seasick pills at the ticket office and on board. If you are prone to motion sickness, do yourself a favour and take one! When we got further out to sea, we immediately began to feel the choppy waves. It was just days after hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland and Iceland was feeling its residual effects, which made for a bumpy ride. I soon discovered that I had my ‘sea legs’ but unfortunately some other passengers got really sick!
You will learn a lot!
As we bounced our way over the waves, our guide Guillaume used a microphone to educate us on the prevalence of the species in the area.
For instance, did you know Iceland is one of just 3 countries (along with Norway and Japan) where whaling is legal? I was really surprised to learn this about such a sustainable country. So where does the demand for whale meat come from? Iceland’s tourism boom has resulted in folks coming from near and far to get the ‘authentic experience’, including local cuisine. Ironically, 98% of Icelanders today do not even consume whale meat.
You may not see a whale
Eventually we spotted several dorsal fins popping out of the water, which turned out to be white-beaked dolphins! I wasn’t able to react quick enough to catch a photo of them (every time I would walk to one side of the boat, they would pop up on the opposite side – just my luck)! I remained on the top deck until the bitter end, determined to spot a whale but it just wasn’t in the cards for us that day.
If you don’t see a whale on your tour, don’t be too upset. After all, it’s ultimately out of the guide’s control. Thankfully Elding tours does offer a voucher for another complimentary tour in this circumstance so you can return again for another shot at spotting a whale!
So all in all, although I didn’t see any whales on my expedition with Elding, I did spot a few white-beaked dolphins, a couple different species of birds and one majestic rainbow! I experienced really good customer service with Elding, so if you are keen to go whale watching in Iceland, I would highly recommend them for a unique outing in Reykjavik!
Have you been whale watching? Let me know in the comments below!
A special thank you to Elding tours for having me!
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