Whale Watching and Golden Circle Tour

From: € 156
Duration: ~ 10 hours

This tour combines some of Iceland's biggest attractions and most popular tourist activities making it the perfect day tour for visitors to Iceland. The tour starts with whale watching from Reykjavik out to the waters of Faxaflói bay, which is the feeding ground for numerous species of whales and sea birds. Arriving from whale watching the tour commences on to Iceland's most popular tourist route, the Golden Circle that loops out of Reykjavik to Þingvellir National Park, up to Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall, and back to Reykjavik



  • See whales and dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Observe the rich bird life of Faxaflói Bay
  • Enjoy nature and history of Þingvellir National Park
  • Experience the power and beauty og Gullfoss waterfall
  • Stand next to an erupting hot spring at Geysir geothermal area


  • Complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • Golden circle tour
  • Professional tour guide

Tour Itinerary

Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Your trip starts with a whale watching tour from Reykjavik, where you’ll get a chance to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment on just out from Reykjavik on Faxaflói bay. 

Rich Bird life of Faxaflói Bay
The bird life of Faxaflói bay is rich and diverse all year round. Largest flocks are seen in late winter, when Capelin migrates to the area, drawing in thousands of birds and whales to gorge on this life-giving nourishment. 

Whales of Iceland Exhibition
After whale watching, you can visit the "Whales of Iceland Exhibition" which is the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe, featuring around twenty-five life-size specimen of whales that live in the waters around Iceland.

Golden Circle Tour 
Following whale watching you'll head out on the Golden circle tour that covers Iceland's biggest natural attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir geothermal area.

Þingvellir National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park, is one of most significant place in Iceland in terms of nature and history. It is the birthplace of the Icelandic Viking age Parliament Alþingi (930 AD), where laws were made and medieval justice carried out. 

Þingvellir is home to lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest natural lake, and is the place where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia meet and drift apart.

Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most popular natural attractions of the Golden Circle trip. Standing next to the double cascade waterfall as it thunders down into the narrow Hvítárgljufur canyon is an unforgettable experience.

Geysir Hot Spring Area
At Geysir geothermal area, one of the highlights is the hot spring Strokkur that erupts with scalding water every 5 minutes.

Please note

  • In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are seen during your tour, you will receive a complimentary ticket to join the tour another time for free

Pickup points

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Pickup Info

  • Please have your e-voucher or ticket out to show the driver.
  • Shuttles pick up passengers 45 min. before the scheduled tour departure time.
  • This whale watching tour is operated by our partner "Elding Reykjavik Whale Watching" that picks you up from your hotel, guest house and or at your designated bus stop takes you directly on the tour.  
  • To help ensuring the quickest possible collection we kindly ask you to stand by for pick up in front of your hotel, guest house or at your designated bus stop when pick up starts.
  • Shuttles transfer passengers to the departure point for this tour at Reykjavik Harbour, by Ægisgarður pier.
  • After the whale watching outing the tour continues on to the Golden Circle which is operated by Gray Line Iceland.
  • Please note: after the tour, passengers are dropped off at either their pick-up point or the closest possible point.

Check the status of your tour, including live Northern Lights tour updates, at book.grayline.is.

Need some help? Our call center is open 24 hours every day of the year. 354 540 1313 or e-mail iceland@grayline.is

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Rating & Reviews

Great tour


The whale watching was cancelled due to bad weather, but the golden circle tour was really great, I would recommend it 100% and our tour guide was very good also.

24 April, 2019 by Mrs Claire Lowman on Grayline Tour

Incredible Experience


Gray Line were excellent throughout the whole experience. Booking was easy, followed up by fantastic tour guides and a very well planned out day. Would highly recommend Gray Line.

23 April, 2019 by Ms Shannon Murray on Grayline Tour



The site was easy to navigate & search option informative. I found all info needed.

19 April, 2019 by Ms Evie Baldwin on Grayline Tour

Beside little leg room very good!


Everything worked out very well. Good guide an very professional! The seats were the only setback (very little leg space)

27 February, 2019 by Mr Michael Schellinger on Grayline Tour



Grandes profesionales, guías con mucha experiencia. No pudimos ver ballenas el día que teníamos contratado y nos dieron un ticket para poder volver a intentarlo, y la segunda vez lo conseguimos! .

06 December, 2018 by Ms ISABEL SERRADA on Grayline Tour


Excellent service and very friendly staff

20 November, 2018 by Ms Fiona Mullen on Grayline Tour


I had a great time and learned about Iceland. I would recommend your tours because you picked me up on time daily, your drivers were friendly and courteous and the sites were amazing.

16 June, 2018 by Mrs CARMEN ROPER on Grayline Tour


They had a terrific, knowledgable and witty guide by the name of Mr. Jacob.

19 May, 2018 by Mr ROBERTO PALILEO on Grayline Tour

Excellent experience


Very well organised. Pick up from hotel on time and pick up from whale watching to golden circle tour on time. Clean and well maintained bus. Our tour guide was friendly, interesting, informative and helpful.

01 May, 2018 by Ms Michaela Mc Comiskey on Grayline Tour



01 May, 2018 by Ms Nina Lagh on Grayline Tour


Really well organised. Hotel pick up was always on time and really handy.

26 April, 2018 by Mr James Shelton on Grayline Tour


Very good

22 April, 2018 by Mr Andrei Zemlianov on Grayline Tour

Amazing day or with Gray Line


What an amazing day. Whale watching in the morning followed by the express Golden Circle tour in the afternoon. Both trips had knowledgeable guides who made this a fun, learning experience.

20 April, 2018 by Mrs Leanne Magee on Grayline Tour

Fabulous Trip


Such a fabulous and well organised trip Saw Minke whales and dolphins in the morning and then all the Golden Circle highlights in the afternoon. Both guides were great. Would highly recommend this trip

08 April, 2018 by Mrs SUE TOMLINSON on Grayline Tour

Professional, fun, and worth it!


Questions are answered quickly and online/website pretty easy to navigate. It would be helpful to have more information about the tours as they vary by season (for example, what kind of whales/marine life to expect depending on time of year).

26 March, 2018 by Ms Cynthia Chen on Grayline Tour


Online booking was easy and convenient.

14 March, 2018 by Mr Donald Schulz on Grayline Tour



Timing was perfect. Never 5 mins later than they said they would be. Communication was amazing, always received updates on our trip as by email. Drivers and tour guides were always professional and helpful. I would recommend this company to all my friends and family

10 February, 2018 by Mr Martin Buswell on Grayline Tour


I was informed late on the south coast and whale watching.The northern lights wasnt expalne that we can not see the it on our naked eyes.

23 November, 2017 by Mr CLAY De Los Santos on Grayline Tour

Good trip, poor booking process


Web site did not work, then i asked for help which came, but then after paying I had no booking sheet! Then it was sorted out. But not a good process. I would say a poor process which was overcome by helpful human intervention.

18 May, 2017 by Mr Peter Holman on Grayline Tour


professional and punctual, on time and very friendly.

08 May, 2017 by Mr craig gregory on Grayline Tour


Everything was on time and ran smoothly, the guides were very good!

25 April, 2017 by Mr Samuel Dowell-Bennett on Grayline Tour


We went on 3 trips organised by gray line and each provided comfortable , clean coaches Prompt and pick ups and drop offs The tour guides were all knowledgable, friendly and funny The trips were all excellent

24 April, 2017 by Ms Victoria Coverley on Grayline Tour

Left us halfway through the tour. Be careful if doing a combo tour!


We was already on a tour with Grayline, it was the combo tour with the whales and golden circle. After the whale tour the bus left without us and were told to stand in the wrong place. Grayline offered a 10% refund which I feel is not enough given the amount of stress caused which meant the rest of our trip was ruined.

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20 April, 2017 by Mr adam cosgrove on Grayline Tour




03 April, 2017 by Ms YING JU LAI on Grayline Tour


Greyline forgot to pick us up for the Whale watching, after 30 minutes waiting in the cold and some investigation we only just made the boat. Golden Circle Tour was very rushed, and we had to wait at one location for a long time while the driver fixed the hole in the bus floor.

28 March, 2017 by Ms Ali Wratten on Grayline Tour

Excellent service by Gray Line Iceland


It was good after all.

18 March, 2017 by Ms JOANNA LIM on Grayline Tour

Excellent service by Gray Line Iceland


Quick process to book online. Sometimes discount codes are available.

15 March, 2017 by Ms Kerin Miller on Grayline Tour

Good service by Gray Line Iceland


The tour guides and the driver are very friendly and professional

12 March, 2017 by Ms Brittany Peterson on Grayline Tour

Beautiful scenery, uncomfortable bus!


Tour area was beautiful! Could not hear guide for first part of trip. Bus full to capacity, so felt a bit like a sardine! But worth it for the beauty of Iceland!

07 March, 2017 by Mrs Laura Bence on Grayline Tour

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