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Special Tours

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“whale watching”(153 reviews)
“northern lights”(295 reviews)
“boat trip”(48 reviews)
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Special Tours operates sea adventures from Reykjavik city centre with over 20 years of experience. Whale Watching tours all year round and then Northern Lights by Boat, Puffin Watching, Sea Angling, Reykjavik by Sea and a New Years Fireworks Cruise...more
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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 yesterday via mobile

Let me preface this by saying we didn’t get to go on the boat. Rather than canceling, they moved this tour to a coach bus. While we were slightly disappointed, we appreciated that they didn’t cancel the trip entirely. Special Tours takes great care in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michiewishie
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are many different operators running tours out of Reykjavik Harbour but we chose Special Tours after reading the reviews (mostly positive). Tour guide was great - she was a Marine Biologist so had lots of information to give. The overalls that were provided were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Noelle0512
Reviewed 4 days ago

The trip wasn't as exciting as we expected. I think we chose poorly and should have gone for a whale watching tour in a different area with less people.

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Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Voyage766542
Reviewed 5 days ago

East to get to and find meeting spot in Old Harbor. Great seafood restaurant nearby. Crew was professional and entertaining. Cloud cover prevented us from seeing more than a glimpse of the lights so we are getting a free voucher for a future trip. It...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Judy G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were provided with warm and waterproof overalls to enable us to stay out on deck in sub zero temperatures, and were lucky that the waters of Reykjavik Bay were calm with little wind, and visibility was excellent. Sadly, we saw no whales despite the...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dgxtra
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Myself and 6 year old son joined special tours for a whale watching trip having read some negative reviews recently I was slightly worried . But I assure you there’s no need to be. The crew are very knowledgeable and we were lucky enough to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ben L
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't see the Northern Lights, which is a risk you take when you sign up for one of these trips. There are many factors - cloud cover, activity levels, etc. - that affect your chances, and it's not predictable or within anybody's control. So,...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CocktailMom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous Trip!.. well organised and although it was a freezing cold day we were kept warm with the overalls given to us when we got on the boat.. the cafe on board was also great for a hot chocolate on route.The highlight obviously was when...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meander08945424613
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Humpback whales are one of the four most common species that we encounter on our tours, and we've had some fantastic sightings of this individual recently. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

special tours where brilliant and always on time .would use again and recommend to others.thankyopu for making our trip special .More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wanderer42373208984
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our staff. We are running our Instagram competition so if you were able to get any good or fun photos...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t bother with the northern lights tour. Save your money and just rent a car and go somewhere dark. The boat goes into the water with light pollution on both sides. They claim that they go into darkness to see the lights, but the lights...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LovelyLilLulu
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, and thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience with us on the northern lights tour. Our boat does allow us to escape the light pollution from the city, but you can still see the city lights...More

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Kali A
2 October 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Kali, Thank you for the question! Our Classic Whale Watching boat takes up to 198 passengers. The boat was originally used as a ferry and had capacity for 241 passengers. We have remodeled the boat and decreased the... More
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monkeylove3386
7 November 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for your question - our larger boats do have a bar area where we sell coffee, hot chocolate, tea, snacks, sandwiches, alcohol etc. The smaller boats (our puffin express and RIB whale express boat) do not... More
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Mel H
16 October 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Mel, We do not have parking spaces assigned to us, but there is plenty of parking nearby. There is a free parking lot very close to us and several pay to park lots nearby. If you want to stop by our ticket office... More
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