whale watching reykjavik iceland

Hooray! Whale watching Iceland trip from Reykjavik was a success with Sea Trips.

Whale Watching Iceland;

Whale watching Iceland on a luxury yacht from Reykjavik harbour. 

Success! We found some playful white-beaked dolphins and glimpsed a harbour seal as well as loads of great cormorants, fulmars, gulls, eider ducks and guillemots.

Despite the wind the day was clear and bright with incredible views of the mountains all covered in snow. There was a little chop to the sea but our yacht cut through it easily as it left Reykjavik harbour. As we left the port be could see there were a lot of birds in the area around the islands. This isn’t unusual but the sheer quantity was, so we waited around a little while, watching the water underneath the birds.

It wasn’t long before we saw some dorsal fins and found some white beaked dolphins in quite close to the islands. The pod was about 7 strong and they were extremely curious coming up to investigate us and play with the yacht Amelia Rose.

It was wonderful watching them fish and play, and have the feeding frenzy around us with all the birds, a real moment to remember for all of our customers who all got great photos of this awesome wild life interaction. The rest of the trip went well, the inside of the yacht being a warm snug place for the customers to retreat to when they got too cold in the wind on the top viewing deck with our guides.

Several people found their way to the wheelhouse where they hung out with our friendly captain, who showed them the instruments he uses to plot our route and find our whales. From the wheel house it was nice and warm and cosy, but still with the incredible views of the snowy mountains and islands around us.

Despite heading out towards the feeding grounds the dolphins were the biggest cetacean we found that day but they put on a wonderful show and we were delighted to have them, especially so close to shore. We do get the large whales in amongst the islands but it’s an area that we more commonly see porpoises and seals than whales and dolphins.

Many people come to see the wonderful wildlife here, but they also come to see the bewitching northern lights, and we take people out again on our lovely super yacht Amelia Rose. When you book a whale watching tour with us you get 50% off your northern lights tour!

Sea Trips Reykjavik sail everyday from Reykjavík Old Harbour, Iceland. Our yacht Amelia Rose was built as a super yacht in 2003 and as such is extremely comfortable and stable, with three viewing decks, a bar, and plenty of comfortable seating. However the seas often change here, and people are affected differently by the movement of the oceans. As such we have seasickness tablets available for free at the bar. We also have warm blankets and ponchos around the yacht for your comfort, though the inside of the ship is extremely warm and snug.

For more information on our boats, our trips and any accessibility questions please email us at seatrips@seatrips.is 


What is the difference between baleen and toothed whales?

We see both toothed and baleen whales here in Reykjavik harbour, Iceland. Did you know that dolphins and porpoises are also part of the same family? www.uk.whales.org is a brilliant website that goes into a lot more detail however this is the basic description!

They write that;

“Baleen whales have baleen plates, or sheets, which sieve prey from seawater. Toothed whales have teeth and they actively hunt fish, squid and other sea creatures. Dolphins and porpoises all have teeth and rather confusingly are known as ‘toothed whales’ too!

Another obvious difference between baleen and toothed whales is the number of blowholes on top of their head; baleen whales have two whereas toothed whales have one. There are only 14 baleen whale species and they are generally larger than the 76 species of toothed whales – except for the mighty sperm whale, the largest toothed whale.”

If you are interested in learning more we recommend these websites, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/group/whale-facts/ and https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/whale They have a lot of extra learning materials about cetaceans all over the world.

A northern gannet scouting for fish

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