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Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

1. Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a 3-hour tour from Akureyri. Discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food to the fjord for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the on-board bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with the free Wi-Fi.

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North Iceland Wonderful West: 3-Hour Family River Rafting

2. North Iceland Wonderful West: 3-Hour Family River Rafting

On this 4-hour rafting excursion of North Iceland you will wind your way through the irresistible landscapes of the Vesturdalur Valley, before drifting deep into the staggering beauty of the West Glacial River canyon. Jump in the river, have a splash, or just relax and take in the magnificent scenery. The trip takes things at an easy pace and is suitable for anyone aged 8 or over who wants a day of fun, combined with soft adventure in dramatic scenery. Featuring bubbling hot springs and a mind-blowing landscape, everyone, from the novice rafter to the whole family can enjoy a gentle white-water experience and the unique opportunity to explore the Icelandic wilderness from the depths of the West Glacial River's magnificent canyon. As you negotiate gentle rapids, through the twists and bends of the towering gorge, you will pause to sample hot cocoa from nature's own kettle, get caught up in a friendly water fight, bathe your soul in the invigorating glacial runoff, or simply kick back and let your troubles drift away with the meandering waters! Looking for more action? Then check out our “Beast of the East” rafting trip!

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Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

3. Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

Enjoy a 2-hour whale and bird watching tour starting from the floating pier in Akureyri. Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, starting from the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. With only 12 passengers on each boat, take part in an adventure of a lifetime on an intimate whale watching tour.   The specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. The RIBs are fast and small boats that will also get you quicker to the whales and cover a bigger area as you search for the wild life. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life with out disturbing them in their natural habitat. If you have a passion for nature and love for adventure, this is the tour for you. EarthCheck certified, the boats carry the Blue Flag. In 2008, this tour received the Environmental Award of the Icelandic Tourist Board and Vakinn Endorsed Travel Service and Enviro Gold in 2012.

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West Glacial River Family Rafting

4. West Glacial River Family Rafting

Enjoy a trip through the magnificent West Glacial canyon. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxing trip and take in some breath-taking scenery. For family rafting the West is the best. The West Glacial River is classed 2-3. The trip starts and ends in the onsite boathouse. The friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment needed for tackling famous glacial rivers. The guides will provide wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece, and a towel. Take a 20 minute drive towards the West Glacial river. Your trip leader will give a full safety briefing. You will then be divided into crews and assigned a boat and most of all your guide. Once on the river you will enter the canyon with its high walls and amazing geology. Along the way you may stop for a unique hot chocolate and for some cliff jumping for the brave ones. The bus will be waiting for the short drive back to the base where the hot tubs await. The trip time is around 3 hours.

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What people are saying about Akureyri

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 38 reviews

The guides from viking rafting were the best rafting guides I've ever had. The little stop in the middle of the trip was so nice. The hot chocolate was amazing. The equipment we got was very good. The drysuits kept us dry, like it should. The river and it's surroundings were breathtaking.

That was really great whale watching. The ride on the speedboat was really fun and we got to see a humpback whale that kept popping up next to us. We would book this exact whale watching tour again after we saw how close the people on the "regular" boats were on the Rehling.

On time, good explanations of the landscape by the guides though she was not to hear very well in the front because of the wind. Clothes which protect oneself against the wind are helpful.

We were very good during the trip, the guide was a biologist with a great experience in locating cetaceans. We saw 3 whales, it was spectacular. If you are warm well, it is quite cold.

We saw whales !!! It was freezing cold and beautiful! In addition to good explanations about the whales and warm suits, there was also hot coffee and plenty of time. Well organized!