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Published May 26th 2019
Don't get the hump with these whales
If you've ever wondered just how big some whales are then this exhibit is the perfect place to go.

Floating whale

The whales on display here are from the waters around Iceland, all of them are handcrafted and painted life-size models that have been suspended from the ceiling, if you want to you can touch the displays they feel soft and squishy.

There is a multi-language audio guide available that provides interesting facts and information about the whales as you walk around and takes roughly 30 minutes.

You'll find information about each of the whales beside them and many interactive displays that allow you to learn more about individual whales and how they live and breed with the ability to hear an audio description of what is written on the signs, and you can push a button to select your preferred language.

Smaller displays

The displays are lit in blue ambient lights, and you hear underwater sounds all around you as you walk around helping to give you a feeling of being immersed in an underwater world. There are also some Virtual Reality headsets that allow you to get more absorbed into their underwater world by giving you the perspective of looking at the whales from the sea floor.

For visitors with kids, there is a small play area they can run around in while the parents take in more of the displays.

As it's all on one level, it is wheelchair friendly, and there are drinks and freshly baked pastries available, with plenty of space to relax and enjoy them.

The souvenir shop sells whale themed items and local handmade products.

Based on our visit here with two kids, it would take you less than two hours to look at all the displays, and given the low cost of entry, it's well worth a look as it's both interesting and entertaining. Parking is free, and if you want to go and see some whales in the wild, it's only a short walk to the whale watching area where you can book a tour.

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Why? Explore the waters around Iceland
When: Open daily 10AM to 5PM (except 25th December)
Phone: ( 354) 571 0077
Where: Fiskislóđ 23-25 – Reykjavík 101
Cost: Adults 2,900 ISK Children 7 - 15 years 1,500 ISK Families 5,800 ISK Kids under 7 years old : free admission
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