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Special Tours

#12 of 49 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Reykjavik Features Animals
101 Reykjavik | Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 560 8800
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Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik, seeing the aurora borealis on the North-Atlantic Ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won't forget. Free pick-up, warm overalls and free hot drinks are provided. This tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions and therefore we reserve the right to cancel if the circumstances are not favorable.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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101 Reykjavik | Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did a puffin and whale tour back to back with Julia/Yulia as our lovely, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Great to have a marine biologist's knowledge to learn about the environment and creatures we saw. My puffin tour I sat in the right hand side...More

Thank Megan R
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us-and that you came back with us more than once :) We will absolutely pass along the compliment to Giulia (Julia). We also appreciate the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We selected Special Tours for whale watching based on their great Tripadvisor recommendations and were not disappointed - except that we didn't see any big whales. The crew couldn't be any nicer or more informative. The boat is well maintained and new looking, and no...More

Thank ek1310
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. White beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales are three of the four most common species that we see out in the bay. The...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a "combo" with them for both the puffins and the whale watching. The booking was done online and was smooth and also an easy check-in. We also had very calm seas this day. Puffin watch: We took our a smaller boat out called...More

Thank Matt H
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Matt, Thank you for your review-we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us. While we can get closer to the island during high tide, our captains also have to pay attention to the wind speed and direction as this can...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on whale watching and northern lights by boat tours with them. Due to heavy winds, whale watching was canceled on the day we booked. Cancellation information was provided with enough info beforehand, so we were able to change our plans. Both tour were...More

Thank jennyberlin2017
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us. Our tours are always weather dependent, so when conditions are not safe to sail we always cancel the tours. We are glad to hear that our...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went out on the boat and it was a great trip with an experienced and knowledgable guide. However, we only saw 5 Minke Whales and a few porpoises, none of which offer much in the way of excitement. The flyers all show Humpback whales...More

Thank Hugh B
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for your review-we are happy that you enjoyed your tour and will pass along the compliment to our guide. Minke whales and harbour porpoises are two of the four most common species that we see in the bay, with the other...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

We went early am at 9am for the Whale watching and then got off to do a 12:30pm Puffin tour. The whale watching tour only had 10-15 people so it was great for us to run from side to side to see the whales without...More

Thank irrum
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for your review-we are happy to hear that you saw some of our whale friends out in the bay area. Minke whales and white beaked dolphins are two of the four most common species that we see out in the bay,...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went on a whale watching trip when we visited reykjavik this month. It was amazing! The scenery was beautiful and the journey to the whale feeding grounds was lovely. We saw some minke whales and porpoises, and were lucky enough to...More

Thank Kieran T
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass along the compliments to our guide, Jonathan. Minke whales, harbour porpoises and humpback whales are three of the four most common...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017

Went both days on 14 and 15 April. That's basically the last tour of the season! Could see the aurora but the colour was pretty faint. On the final day, the captain together with Jonathan allowed us a great view of the Aurora as it...More

Thank AshleyJHow88
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us and were able to see the northern lights. Whenever we do not have sightings or the sightings are not very strong we invite our passengers to...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Wow, what a magical experience! We were so lucky to see the Northern Lights and were treated to beautiful poetry and melodies by a crew member! Our tour guide Jonathan did a great job explaining the Northern Lights and pointing things out to us. Also,...More

Thank Kam W
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Hello, and thank you so much for this lovely review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with our reception team and on the tour, and that you saw the lights. We will definitely pass along the compliments to both reception and...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017

We were a little nervous about whether we would be cold - but the company supplied everybody with special expedition suits for staying warm and safe. The boat was shipshape and seaworthy, and everyone on the crew was kind and helpful. Best of all, the...More

Thank Nanauq
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights. It definitely gets cold out at sea, but we always provide the thermal overalls on board...More

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Lindsay F
Are there overalls that will fit plus size people on the boat tour?
9 March 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Lindsay, Our boats have overalls ranging from size XS-3XL. Please let us know if you have any additional questions and have a lovely day! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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jenandbazburton
Hi there, We have been told that the best cod fishing is done between February and April - we are coming to Iceland 1st - 6th April but cannot find any boat charters offering tours then. We often fish in Northern Scotland and always enjoy a charter on holiday - can anyone point us in the right direction - we have warm clothes! There will be 4 of us - me, my wife and two boys (11 and 9) but keen fishermen! Thanks in advance, Baz
6 January 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Baz Our Sea angling tours unfortunately don't start until in the beginning of May. The reason for that is that we take out a boat that is just a little bit too small to brave the winter waters and thus we have to... More
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87ClaireM
Hi we are off on a northern lights boat trip in February, we are already on a day trip and should be back by 19.00pm but was enquiring if anyone knew the pick up times from hotel and how far ahead you have to be outside or in the entrance of the hall for ?
29 December 2016|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, pick up for the Northern Lights by Boat in February starts always at 20:00 :) Best regards, Nadja
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