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Located on the south-west coast of Iceland is the capital city of Reykjavik, which offers a combination of whale watching, culture and stunning scenery.

Sitting on the southern shores of Faxa Bay, Reykjavik is ideally situated for whale watching, to see humpback and minke whales, as well as birdwatching to see puffins, Arctic tern, greater scaup, common eider and ringed plover.

Aside from the birds and whales, Reykjavik is an interesting cultural city to visit. With colourful buildings, shopping and fine dining, as well as several museums, galleries and parks, it is ideal for a city break. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, minke whale, Atlantic puffin, common eider, tufted duck
  • Where: South-west Iceland, Iceland

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Self-drive

A self-drive itinerary combining Iceland's natural geological wonders with its rich marine life, travelling from the north of the country, westwards along the coast, and ending in Reykjavik. Enjoy whale watching trips in search of humpback and minke whales, and explore peninsulas for seal colonies and pelagic birdlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea