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Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour
"Your Reykjavik sightseeing tour includes short stops at the following attractions:BessastadirVisit the presidential residence at Bessastadir built between 1761 and 1766 and home to Iceland's president. You’ll also stop in the town of Hafnarfjordur famous for having one of the largest settlements of elves and other mystical beings known as the ""hidden folk."" You will also visit the old fishing harbor and when possible the famous fish market.PerlanIn Reykjavik you'll go to the Perlan building which was built on water tanks that hold the city's hot water supply. Here you can enjoy the spectacular view over Reykjavik and its surroundings from Perlan’s top-floor revolving restaurant.Hofdi HouseExplore Hofdi House in northern Reykjavi where the all-important summit between President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. You will also visit Hallgrimskirkja (the largest church in Iceland and one of its tallest structures) the University of Iceland area and the old town center
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Gulfoss and Geysir Express Half-Day Trip from Reykjavik
"You will visit Thingvellir where the Icelandic parliament Alpingi was established in 930. It is here in this geologically unique place that the slowly diverging tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. In 2004 Thingvellir was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. The to the spouting hot spring of Geysir and Strokkur. Continuing your journey to Hveragerdi a small but beautiful horticultural town you will see how geothermal energy has been harnessed for the unique greenhouse cultivation of all kinds of vegetables exotic fruit and flowers."""
From EUR63.00
 
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
"The tour begins with a visit to the Nesjavellir power plant a geothermal area in the picturesque landscape of Lake Thingvallavatn (this part of the tour may not be included in winter). This really is ""green"" renewable energy as more than half of Reykjavik's population gets its energy from the Nesjavellir geothermal plant. Your tour also includes a visit to Thingvellir where the Icelandic parliament Althingi was founded in 930 making it the oldest functioning parliament in the world. It is here that the slowly diverging tectonic plates of America and Europe meet. Your tour continues to the beautiful waterfall of Gullfoss a highlight of any visit to Iceland along with the incredible spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. You will also visit Skalholt church
From EUR66.00

Whale and Puffin Watching Tips (10)

Take a Boat Tour to see Puffins

The absolute highlight of our stopover in Iceland! My husband is an avid birder, and this was on his Life List. I booked the Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey Island from Reykjavik through Viator, but there were several other companies offering the same type of tour (just go to the kiosks at the Old Reykjavik Harbor).

The little islands where the puffins were was not far from the mainland, so we were able to get there quickly and see the guys. And we didn't see one or two - oh no! There were DOZENS of these cuties! We had a guide on the boat who told us about the area, and about the puffins - he was excellent. LOVED this tour and would do it again!

If you have them, definitely bring binoculars. You can see the puffins as they fly, and on the island, but you see them REALLY well with the binocs. :-)

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TravellerMel
Sep 08, 2016

Whale watching

On one of the sunny days i decided to go Whale watching, since i didn´t want to get wet in the cold weather i chose a bigger boat. I did see fairly close but only foe seconds some Minky Whales, definately to short to get any pictures. There where also some Dolfins juming around in the distance, since the boat bounced quite a lot in the waves it was difficlt as well to get pictures. One did see also some Puffin birds swimmind in the sea.
If you have never seen Whales or Dolfins it´s worth doing the trip, but in Southest Asia i saw both closer and better...

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lotharscheer
Aug 15, 2016

ABOARD ANDREA & A FEW BODY PARTS

i wrote a tip earlier regarding my whale watching tour which turned out to be not very successful as only two whales were momentarily spotted and most people did not manage to catch a glimpse of them. Many of the passengers were cold and disappeared inside the boat, some of them took a nap and others sat in the lounge/restaurant. We were then treated to a talk about whales, dolphins and birds while the tour guide passed parts of the animals around for people to inspect more closely. Photographs were taken of parts of flippers, vertebrae and ear drums and turned out to be quite interesting but did not make up for the non-sighting of the huge mammals.

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davidjo
Jul 22, 2015

NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON'T

A few companies operate whale watching tours but is it worth it?
This morning I boarded a boat for the three hour trip expecting to see at least one whale jump out of the water. We were given a welcome speech, safety instructions, some info about the MINKE WHALE and thirty minutes later I was standing out on the deck along with twenty other tourists, all dressed in floatable overalls, gazing in all directions looking for the whales. Even with the overalls supplied it was very cold due to the wind, butcafterc15 minutes the first ocean beast was spotted, and some of us were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of his back as he swam and disappeared forever. Another whale was spotted by the German guide but I guess not many of us spotted it. For the next hour we were told to look here and there as several puffins and other birds were near the boat. Even a few dolphins were seen, but after an hour most whale watchers had returned to warmer lounge in the boat, some were even taking a nap.
CONCLUSION
I guess if you were lucky enough to see a whale jump a couple of times in close proximity to the boat it would have been considered a successful trip but for me, still feeling the effects of the cold conditions I consider it money down the drain, 9,000 kr. The German guide did explain a lot about the whales and passed a few body parts around for all to see, but in the end it was not worth it, as when the whales were spotted there just was not enough time to take the all important photograph. Admittedly the company lets you come aboard the next day free, if no whales were spotted! But whales were spotted , but just for a split second.
However I improvised and have a fantastic photo of a whale jumping full length out of the water, even if I cheated a little by taking a photo of the beast on a postcard at a souvenir shop on the way home!!!

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Jun 16, 2015
 
 
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No whales, but dolphins

I fyou want to take the tour, be prepared: apparently dolphins = whales. so you might see only few dolphins jumping. if you are lucky; first time we didn't see anything, so we got other tickets (that was nice of the company), and second time 4 dolphins. so I lost 2 days of my trip in Iceland and payed 57 euros for some dolphins... it is not what I wanted. check youtube as well and then think again if you want to go.

ZefirasN
Oct 17, 2014

Whale Watching

Iceland is considered one of the top places in the world to see whales right off the coast. We took the company Special Tours since they allow 2nd and 3rd chances in case you don't see whales and so glad we did … one the first outing we didn't see anything and came back for a 2nd chance and glad we did. On the 2nd trip we saw several Minke whales, and dolphins … We paid 8500 ISK about $73 US dollars … we worth it since they give you multiple times to see the whales …..

They also provide warm full jump suits for days that the cold and wind really come up and are included in the price also there is a small cafe on the 2nd floor.

The staff were friendly and great …. I would recommend this company ….

The trip starts at the small old harbor and runs for about 3 1/2 hours.

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jlanza29
Oct 13, 2014

The Puffin-express - Puffins in Reykjavík.

The largest puffin colony in the world is in Iceland, in a volcanic island just off the south-shore of Iceland, Vestmannaeyjar or "Westman islands".

But you don't have to go far to see puffins in Iceland, just pop down to the Reykjavík Old Harbour and hop on the Puffin express, which takes you for an hour-ride in the Reykjavík bay to the nearby islands, Akurey and Lundey (lundi is the icelandic name for the puffins), where the puffins nest.

The boat-ride takes 15 minutes and the stop is half an hour very close to the islands, so you can have a look at the birds swimming in the sea and flying over your head. It is a great experience which I recommend especially on a sunny day.

There are ca 15.000 pairs in Akurey and ca 10.000 pairs in Lundey so you are guaranteed to see some birds :) All in all there are 10 million puffins in Iceland, making it the most common bird here.

The Puffin express leaves 3 times a day at 10:30, 14:30 and 16:30 from May 15th to August 20th, but private tours are available. The price is 20 Euros for adults.

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Regina1965
Dec 13, 2013

Whale and puffins watching

If in your travel plans you also have to go the the South and the North of Iceland, avoid wasting time and money in whale and puffins watching tours in Reykjavik.

Even if you com back happy because you've seen one hundred puffins flying away from you as the boat approaches and the back of whale quite far away from you, please note that the best place for puffins watching is the South of Iceland where thousands of them nest every year, mainly on the Vaestmann islands. If you want to have good pictures of them you have to approach them from land and not from sea. Puffins fly away when they notice a boat approaching but they're curious and if you approach them quietly and you're lucky enough, you can get few meters from them, enough for a close-up shot.

For whale watching the place is Husavik, no doubt!

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gmg61
Aug 03, 2008

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See the Puffin

If you are short on time, you can take a quick trip from downtown Reykjavik out to a small island off the coast where the puffin nest. There are literally thousands of them.

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jlynyc
Sep 28, 2010

Whale Watching Cruise

Iceland is one of the world's greatest destinations for Whale Watching. Tours run about $100 for a 4 hour tour.

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Oct 15, 2006

Things to Do Near Reykjavík

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Hallgrimskirkja

Worth a visit to this unusual modern cathedral that dominates the skyline of the city. Take the lift to the top for great views across the city and harbour. It is extremely windy up there and in the...
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Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is our biggest church (kirkja=church) and is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a reverend and hymn writer (1614-1674) who wrote the beautiful hymns "Passíusálmar" which are Iceland's...
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Perlan

Perlan (literally, "the pearl") is one of Reykjavík's most striking buildings. You will no doubt see it as you come in the city from Keflavík Airport. Built atop the water tanks that supply...
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Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa Concert and Conference Center stands right next to the harbour and cannot be missed if you are spending any time in Reykjavik. There are several floors in the building with many concert halls...
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Reykjavik 871

During construction for a new hotel in 2001, a Viking-era longhouse was discovered under the streets of Reykjavík, and it has been preserved right where it was found (the hotel was completed,...
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Videy Island

Viðey is an island off the shore of Reykjavík and it only takes 5 minutes to sail there with Viðeyjarferjan ferry. It is 1,6 km2. In Viðey was an Augustinian monastery from 1235-1539 and excavations...
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