Whale Watching with Elding

One of the most amazing things about Iceland is the marine life, and by this, we’re really talking about the whales. If you’re walking through the Old Harbor, why not stop and go on a whale watching tour?

We recommend the classic whale watching tour with Elding.


You’ll search for 2 hours to see these rare animals in their natural environment. Traveling by boat is a part of the wonder of this tour, as the view is stunning and the sensation of the waves is very special.

Oh yeah, and we too our 6 year old McDonalds burger with us sightseeing as Reykjavik was just stunning that day. Don’t worry, he was safely inside when we were out on the water.


Once you are on the boat, you will notice the tour staff has a vast knowledge of the whales and other sea life. You will learn about the nature in the ocean in addition to other facts about Iceland.

While you are searching for the whales it might get really cold and windy, but don’t worry: Elding will offer you one of their special jumpers to keep you warm.


Seeing any kind of whale or dolphin will be really exciting. Everyone will start taking pictures, but a secret tip is to simply just enjoy. Once they start to show up you will be captivated by their presence. Be present with it! Try to really take in what you are seeing. They can disappear very quickly so it is best to appreciate them first hand, rather than later when you are looking at your pictures.


If you feel sick, don’t worry about telling someone in the staff. They will help you immediately.

You should know that it is not always certain that you will see these magnificent sea animals, as their nature is just wild. Sometimes it becomes difficult due to the seasons of the sea and environment factors. Regardless, it will be a really cool experience.


Where Should I Buy my Groceries?

When you arrive at Bus Hostel you might be asking yourself where you should buy some pasta or Skyr for keeping you energy up. Reykjavík has plenty of supermarkets, but which is closest to the hostel? Nothing is too far from the hostel, but if you’re in a pinch, here’s what’s close by:

The closest small supermarket is Sunnubúðin. It’s located on Mávahlíð 26, and it’s only a 7 minute walk from the hostel.

Opening hours

Weekdays: 09:00-22:00

Weekends: 10:00-22:00

There’s another store nearby that’s opened 24 hours and sells warm snack foods. It’s called 10-11, and it’s just across the street from the hostel. A word of caution: 10-11 is one of the most expensive groceries in Iceland, so it might be best to buy what you absolutely need from there instead of doing a full shop.

The best choice is Bónus. Why? It’s the cheapest grocery store in Iceland. You can find one in Kringlan, the shopping mall just 15 minutes straight from the hostel, but if you’re heading into town, then there are also two of these supermarkets on Hallveigarstígur and Laugavegur.

Opening hours

Monday – Thursday: 11.00 – 18.30

Friday: 10.00 – 19.30

Saturday 10.00 – 18:00

Sunday 12.00 – 18:00

We have 2 fully stocked kitchens where you can cook and store your food. So start planning a meal with your new Bus Hostel friends!