How big is a whale?
Have you ever wondered “How big is a whale, really?” Whales of Iceland is a grand exhibition that opened in February 2015. It's the newest and largest whale exhibition in Europe where guests can learn about these giants of the sea in an interactive and modern environment right in the heart of Reykjavík's harbor area. It's definitely worth checking out while on vacation in Reykjavik!
This year-round exhibition features life-size models of all 23 whale species found around Iceland, as well as man-made skeletons of whales. Even the leviathan of the sea, the blue whale is displayed in its full size – nearly the length of a basketball court!
There is no better way to learn about the Whales of Iceland than seeing these giants up close and personal in full-size. They are so large that you will hardly believe your eyes, and you will certainly leave with a new perspective and appreciation for these interesting and beautiful animals.
A unique perspective
The idea for Whales of Iceland was born out of increased interest in whales and their habitat around Iceland. In the past decade tourism in Iceland has increased tremendously. Whales have been one of its major and popular attractions and many whale watching tours are available around the country. Whales of Iceland hopes to educate and share a unique perspective of whales that can be combined with a journey to see them in their natural environment. The team behind the Whales of Iceland exhibition has the utmost respect for whales and their habitat and believes that by informing guests, this respect will grow and be enhanced both in Iceland and abroad.
This innovative exhibition features an interactive minke whale and information stations that educate and inspire visitors about each whale on display. Be sure to check out the interactive media displays and explore these majestic creatures in a truly spectacular and modern presentation.
Larger than life
The strictest attention to detail and authenticity for the whale models was the foremost concern for Whales of Iceland. Marine biologist Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir was consulted to confirm the accuracy of the information and descriptive materials for each whale. The subjects of this data are beautifully rendered in the life size models that are realistic in size, anatomy and color.
Still curious about whales?
Whales of Iceland is actively collaborating with other Icelandic establishments to provide guests with whale watching tours and other activities related to marine life that are within walking distance. Staff can assist guests with the purchase of tickets for whale watching tours at the exhibition or tickets can be purchased on whalesoficeland.is. A list of departing tours is available in the lobby.
After a tour of the exhibition you can enjoy light refreshments at the Whales of Iceland café – directly below a life-size blue whale – with complimentary Wi-Fi. Everyone should be able to find something to their liking in the whale gift shop with various whale-related merchandise and souvenirs, Icelandic design, books and toys. If you're planning a whale watching holiday in Iceland the Whales of Iceland exhibition is the perfect place to start. Plan your trip to Iceland and find cheap flights to Reykjavik with WOW air.
There is so much to learn about these amazing animals! Here are just a few whale facts:
Did you know …
… that sperm whales are the loudest creatures on Earth? Their clicking vocalizations can reach up to 230 decibels, much louder than a jet plane during takeoff (120 decibels). Sounds over 120 decibels are painful to human ears.
… that humpback whales feed off their own fat during the winter and eat only in the summer?
… that of all the animals that have ever lived, the blue whale is the largest? It can grow as long as three school buses and weigh as much as 150 tons. That is heavier than 150 small cars.
The Whales of Iceland exhibition is located at Fiskislod 23-25, in Reykjavik's harbor area. Getting there on foot from downtown Reykjavik is easy and enjoyable and there is also plenty of parking available.
Open every day
Summer 9am - 7pm (May 1 – September 30)
Winter 9am - 6pm (October 1 – April 30)
Adults: ISK 2,900 EUR 18 USD 25
Children age 7-15: ISK 1,500 EUR 10 USD 13
Children under 7 year: free
Senior Citizens ISK 2,000 EUR 13 USD 18