The RIBs are small & fast boats that get you to the viewing area quickly and cover a big area in search for the wildlife. Our specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life without disturbing their daily activites in the natural habitat.

WHAT IS A RIB BOAT?

RIB stands for Rigid-Inflatable Boat and is a very special kind of inflatable power boats. They are lightweight but with high performance abilities which make them extremely stable, nimble and therefor sea-worthy - as well as super fun to zoom around on for whale and puffin watching!  RIB boats are actually so stable that they are often used as rescue crafts by search and rescue teams in difficult sea and weather conditions.

WHY CALL THEM ÞRUMA?

Excellent question! Þruma is the Icelandic word for Thunder which we thought was the perfect way of identifying the vessels in our fast fleet of RIB boats. At the moment we are the proud owners of the largest RIB fleet in Iceland consisting of six Þrumas or Thunders: Þruma I, Þruma II, Þruma III, Þruma IV, Þruma V & Þruma VI in Reykjavík as well as Sólfar I & Sólfar II that zoom around the salty waters up north in Eyjafjörður by Akureyri. 

WHY WHALE WATCHING ON A RIB BOAT?

Well, why wouldn't you? Because in our opinion the RIB boats are the ideal way to experience what the open waters have to offer. No words can easily describe the serene feeling of being at sea level with the magnificent wildlife. The ride itself is simply an exhilarating adventure as you cruise around the North-Atlantic waters in the small open air boat. The speed alone gives us the chance to cover a larger area during tours in comparsion with larger, slower boats. Also with the boats being so manoeuvrable our experienced captains can easily position them in ways that offer great sightings at the same time as we focus on disturbing the wildlife as little as possible.  

IS IT SAFE?

We welcome you aboard the RIB boats as they are very stable & seaworthy. Each year all of our boats are inspected by the Icelandic Transport Authority making sure they fulfill all requirements. To make sure everything is working properly the boats also go through routine maintenance regularly throughout the operating season. Our whale watching boats are also equipped with brand new and high performance suspension seats. The shock absorbing seats increase safety and comfort and highly reduce the risk of injuries. Our captains are  specially trained RIB boat captains and all crew members are trained and licensed by the Maritime Safety and Survival Centre of Iceland. 

Let's meet the fleet!

Þruma I - 7797

Specially designed and built for Whale Safari at Gdansk, Poland in 2015

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Views: 360 degrees at sea level
  • Length: 10.5 meters
  • Width: 3.6 meters
  • Weight netto: 3.300 Kg
  • Power: 2 x 300 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 55 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers:  12 + captain & guide

Þruma II - 7798

Specially designed and built for Whale Safari at Gdansk, Poland in 2015

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Views: 360 degrees at sea level
  • Length: 10.5 meters
  • Width: 3.6 meters
  • Weight netto: 3.300 Kg
  • Power: 2 x 300 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 55 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers:  12 + captain & guide

Þruma III - 7735

Þruma III  is a Techno Marine boat specially designed in Krokowa in Poland as a passenger vessel in 2007

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Length: 12 meters
  • Width: 3.65 meters
  • Weight netto: 4.500 Kg
  • Power: 2 x 300 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 50 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers: 12 + captain & guide

Þruma IV - 7804

Specially designed and built for Whale Safari at Gdansk, Poland in 2016

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Views: 360 degrees at sea level
  • Length: 10.5 meters
  • Width: 3.6 meters
  • Weight netto: 3.300 Kg
  • Power: 2 x 300 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 55 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers:  12 + captain & guide

Þruma V - 7633

Þruma V was originally built as a rescue craft. It was built in Poland by Parker in 2007.

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Views: 360 degrees at sea level
  • Length: 9 meters
  • Width: 3.14 meters
  • Weight netto: 2000 kg
  • Power: 2 x 225 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 45 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers:  12 + captain & guide

Þruma VI - 7773

Þruma VI or Duus was built as an open air passenger craft. It was built by Parker in Polland in 2009

  • Type: High powered RIB boat
  • Views: 360 degrees at sea level
  • Length: 9 meters
  • Width: 3.14 meters
  • Weight netto: 2.200 Kg
  • Power: 2 x 300 HP Suzuki Outboard
  • Max speed: 55 knots
  • Cruising speed: 35 knots
  • Passengers:  12 + captain & guide

Whale Safari Tours from Reykjavík

Choose your wildlife adventure leaving from Reykjavík Old Harbour

Whales, Puffins & Reykjavík

This is our greatest adventure! Get as close to the whales, dolphins and puffins as possible with out disturbing them in their natural habitat. Small groups of 12 persons in our fast RIB boats means you get an intimate experience you wont forget.

2 Hours kr 21,990

Premium Puffin Tour

Puffins are cute, interesting and in Reykjavík! From the 1st of May until the 20th of August we offer this ultimate puffin adventure tour. Up to 9 daily departures from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík getting up close & personal with the puffins!

1 Hour kr 9,990

Reykjavík: Classic Whale Watching

The classic and original whale watching tour from Reykjavík. The specially modified whale watching ships and crew will take you out in search of a wide variety of whale species. Operated up to six times day, all year round.

3 Hours kr 10,990

Premium Whales & Midnight Sun

Enjoy the golden hours of the seemingly endless midnight sun out on the waters. This evening tour leaves at 20.00 during the summer months from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. It is the ideal way to make the most of your day in Reykjavík.

2 Hours kr 21,990

Classic Puffin Tour

The classic puffin tour is just that...a pure classic. Perfect for the whole family out on an easy and fun bird watching tour of the Faxaflói Bay. Four daily departures from May 1st to August 15th

1 Hour kr 6,500

Private Puffin Tour

Would you like to enjoy your puffin tour in an extra personal way with a chosen few? Then this is the option for you.

1 Hour kr 130,000

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise

Search for northern lights on this thrilling winter cruise where we maximise your chances of sightings!

2,5 Hours kr 10,990

Private Tours

If your schedule doesn't fit our schedule you can rent our boats privately and dream up any adventure. We will do our best to make it happen and tailor make your unique tour request.

2 Hours kr 170,000