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“Amazing”
Review of Special Tours

Special Tours
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US$ 181.59*
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus...
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Special Tours Wildlife Adventures is known amongst passengers and partners for its ambitious & hard working team, aiming for great adventures for every tour and for every client. Our main focus is comfort and personal service, while making sure we protect and respect the environment. We have a skilled & friendly crew, as well as an experienced guide on every tour.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To start with the people at special tours were great to deal with. Booked the Northern Lights tour. Went the 1st night of our stay. Enjoyed the boat trip but the lights sadly stayed away. Booked on the next night at no extra cost, an what a night it was. The lights came out in full force dancing across a beautiful clear nights sky.
Advice to others get to the boat half an hour before your due to travel. Get well wrapped up. Use the overalls they provide. Stay outside for the duration. It's definitely worth it.

Thank lynse35
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and tour with our company, and will pass the compliments along to our staff and crew. We can never guarantee when and where the lights will appear, but whenver we do not have sightings we offer everyone the chance to come for free to try again - glad that this option worked for you and you were able to see the lights!

The boat opens for boarding 60 minutes prior to departure, so everyone is more than welcome to come early, grab a pair of overalls and head to the top deck to pick their favorite spot.

We are running our Instagram competition so if you have some good or fun photos from your tour just use the tag #AhoyReykjavik to enter. We pick one winner each month and that person gets their ticket refunded.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew

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"warm overalls"
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"smaller boat"
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"cancelled due"
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"marine biologist"
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"puffin tour"
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"minke whales"
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"hot drinks"
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"cold night"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing tour! We had a great time! It was a long day but well worth it!! Such a fantastic day but be sure to bundle up as it can get very windy. Would recommend. Tour guide was very informative.

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

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you had a great time with us on your tour, and will pass the compliments along to our guide. It can indeed get a bit windy and chilly out on the open sea, so we always provide thermal overalls for our passengers to use during the tour. We also recommend wearing good shoes and bringing a scarf, hat, gloves, etc.

We are running our Instagram competition so if you have some good or fun photos from your tour just use the tag #AhoyReykjavik to enter. We pick one winner each month and that person gets their ticket refunded.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a cruise starting at 9:00 am, you have enough time to drop your luggage at your hotel and get to the dock. Takes about 3 hours. Knowledgable guide and friendly staff.

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

Dear Margie,

Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your morning whale watching tour with us and will pass along the compliments to our guide and crew. The tour is between 3-3.5 hours in duration, depending on weather and sightings. We are running our Instagram competition so if you have some good or fun photos from your tour just use the tag #AhoyReykjavik to enter. We pick one winner each month and that person gets their ticket refunded.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very impressed by this company. The original booking organisation had booked us on the wrong date, and special tours went out of their way to fit us in. The guide was very knowledgeable. The facilities on the boat were good - with extra cold-weather gear available to borrow. We saw the northern lights beautifully.

Thank cathandrichard12
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you very much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with our company, and on your boat tour to see the auroras. We are very flexible, as we understand that things can change while you are on vacation (or dates can be incorrect). As long as we have availability we are happy to reschedule at no extra cost. We will pass along the compliment to our northern lights guide as well.

We are running our Instagram competition so if you have some good or fun photos from your tour just use the tag #AhoyReykjavik to enter. We pick one winner each month and that person gets their ticket refunded.

Thank you again for taking the time to write your review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland.

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice cruise outside of Reykjavik's harbour we did encounter a humpback whale but I always seemed to be on the wrong side of the vessel and didn't really get a good view of him/ her! ( be prepared to run around and elbow to get a good view).

Lots of dolphins were visible and we were out for a good amount of time too. Hot drinks and snacks are available on board and not too badly priced either (for Iceland).

Commentary throughout the tour with the chance to get some hands on with some of the more preserved parts of a whale or two toward the end of the cruise.

Leave your email on the pad in the cabin to receive Free pictures of the wildlife seen that trip ( much better than the distant fins I took).

I enjoyed the trip but I can only give it an average very hit and miss as to what you will see but give it a go and may Ràn smile upon you.

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

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your review - we are glad that you enjoyed your boat tour with us. The whales can appear, disappear and reappear quickly, so our guides do their best to keep everyone informed of where they are surfacing. White-beaked dolphins and humpback whales are two of the four most common species that we see on our tours. Our classic whale watching tours on Andrea feature the educational and interactive focus you mention, where we pass around whale bones, teeth and baleen plates with our guide.

Whenever possible, our crew takes pictures during the tours. These photos are then available via email or on our Facebook page a few days after the tour. We can never guarantee sightings of wildlife, but had a 73% success rate for the month of March. We always keep our fingers crossed and hope for a little help from Rán and Ægir :)

Thank you again for taking the time to write a review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew

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