Did you know that that dolphins evolved from a relative of the hippo? or that the North Atlantic right whale has the largest testicles in the animal kingdom? Nor did I prior to visiting the Whales of Iceland Exhibition.
I LOVE this museum and would definitely recommend it! Being faced with the sheer scale of some of these whales is a amazing. The atmospheric lighting, the whale songs and the whole set up of the place is really engaging.
I particularly liked the fact you can download an app and listen to the audio of the tour before you go! (It's on their homepage. The app is FREE to download and is available in English, Icelandic and German.) Being able to listen to the tour prior to visiting made it easier to engage the kids with some of the fun whale facts we might otherwise have missed. It also meant I could prime them with things to find out and whales to find while we were there. They were really excited before we even arrived.
One of the whales invites kids to climb inside - this was a big hit with us! We also liked sitting on whale bean bags watching footage of whales swimming by.
Good cafe and gift shop... Big thumbs up from all round.
There is a live guided tour of Whales of Iceland offered daily at 10.30 and 13:30 for all ticket holders at no extra cost.
Address: Fiskislóð 23-25 – Reykjavík 101 Tel: (+354) 571 0077 Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 but check before you go as it didn't open until 12 when we visited because it was out of season.
Adults - 2,900 ISK
Children 7 - 15 years - 1,500 ISK
Families - 5,800 ISK (Two adults and two children)
Kids under 7 years old : free admission (One adult per two children)
Discounts available with menningarkort (Reykjavík Cultural Card)