Have you been on a whale safari in Iceland and have you not seen any whales? Or do you think a whale safari at sea is too wild and do you still want to see these magical animals with your own eyes? It is possible to come face to face with these beautiful and giant animals in the capital of Iceland.
The museum’s collection is the largest of its kind in the world and takes you on a journey of discovery along the many whale, porpoise and dolphin species in the waters around Iceland. Through images and sound you will learn everything about these special animals that have lived in the waters of our world for tens of thousands of years, but are unfortunately threatened with extinction today.
23 life size whale replicas
The Whales of Iceland museum in Reykjavik features 23 life-sized replicas of the different species of whales, porpoises and dolphins that live in the waters around Iceland. The highlight of the museum is without doubt the 25 meter long blue whale and the over 16 meter long Potvis (Sperm whale). You can also admire the endangered North Atlantic right whale (North Atlantic right whale) life-size in the museum.
The replicas in the museum are indistinguishable from the real thing thanks to the many man-hours that went into building the replicas of the whales. Each whale is hand painted and every characteristic of the whales has been recreated in detail. All whales in the museum are built from a live whale spotted in the sea around Iceland. Many replicas are made to touch and therefore feel like a real whale.
It is possible to book a guided tour in the museum. Every day at half past 11 and two o’clock there is a tour through the museum together with a guide, which you can participate in for free if you have an entrance ticket. It is also possible to learn more about the museum and the whales through the audio guide which can be easily listened to by scanning the QR code in the museum. The audio guide has no fewer than 16 languages, including English, German, Icelandic and Dutch. This way you can listen to all information in Dutch, ideal for smaller children who do not yet understand the English language very well. There is free WiFi in the museum and you can use headphones for free.
Whale Café & The Whale Souvenir Shop
In the museum you will find a mock beach with a cafe for up to 70 people where you can relax and buy coffee, tea and quick snacks. In addition to the Whale Cafe, there is also a souvenir shop where you can purchase all kinds of nice whale and Icelandic souvenirs. A large part of the products sold here are local handmade products.
Ticket prices Whales of Iceland museum
Do you want to visit the Whales of Iceland museum? Tickets for adults and children aged 16 and older cost 19.30 euros per person, a ticket for children between 7 and 15 years costs 10 euros. Especially for families there is a family card which costs 38.60 euros and gives access to 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 6 years old are free when accompanied by an adult. Prices quoted may have changed due to the exchange rate of the Euro against the Icelandic Krona.
You can book your tickets for the Whales of Iceland museum in Reykjavik easily and quickly online via the GetYourGuide website or via the Tiqets website. You can pay in euros so that you are not bothered by the exchange rate of the Icelandic Krona against the euro and the additional costs for a payment in foreign currency.
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Accessibility and opening hours
The Whales of Iceland museum is located at Grandi erea, Fiskislóð 23, just outside the center of Reykjavik. The Grandi erea area is located behind Reykjavik’s old harbor where daily whale watching tours depart. So if you want to spot real whales after the museum, you can continue in one go.
If you want to walk to the museum, it is a short 15-minute walk from the center of Reykjavik. You can also travel to the museum by bus, for which you need to take bus line 14 to Grunnslóð. The hop-on hop-off bus in Reykjavik also stops at the museum. Of course you can also drive to the museum with your own (rental) car. There are sufficient parking spaces at the museum where you can park for free.
The Whales of Iceland museum in Reykjavik is open daily, except December 25, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
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