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Our most recommended Akureyri Day Trips

Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

1. Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

After being collected from your nearby hotel, you will drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. Out here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Also called Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon visible only in the far northern hemisphere. They are a unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps. Your goal is not only to find the right sights for best photograph, but also to take your time to enjoy this fragile single moment that will never come again, but you may well remember for the rest of your life.

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From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

2. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

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North Iceland Wonderful West: 3-Hour Family River Rafting

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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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East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

6. East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

The East Glacial river has a reputation of being one of the most exciting rivers in Europe.  The trip begins at a boathouse where your friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment and information needed for tackling the famous glacial rivers. Wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties are provided. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm sweater or fleece, and a towel. Once you are all changed you will be driven to the East valley. Your trip leader will give a safety briefing with all of the safety information needed to get the most out of your trip. Take to the river rafting 16 km through the East Glacial canyon. Tackle rapids such as Alarm Clock, Commitment, Screaming Lady, and of course the famous Green Room. Depending on the water levels you will also stop for some cliff jumping for those that feel they need a little more excitement.The bus will meet you at the end where steaming bowls of hot soup will be waiting for. After a short 20 minute ride back to the base you can unwind in a hot tub.

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From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

7. From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

After being picked up in a super jeep, you will venture to Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, known as the waterfall of the Gods. Your tour will then continue to Lake Mývatn. This ancient lake was formed by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and is surrounded by rare volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents. Driving deeper into this otherworldly landscape, you will get a chance to see the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Then gaze at the incredible might of Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. As you embark on your return journey, you will stop to investigate Skútustaðagígar, and area of pseudo craters, and the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir. These are among the most popular tourist attractions in the Mývatn area. Finally, you will stop in Eyjafjordur and admire the scenic view over the fjord to Akureyri.

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Akureyri: Hraundrangi Peak 10-Hour Private Climb

8. Akureyri: Hraundrangi Peak 10-Hour Private Climb

Have a chance to climb one of Iceland's most spectacular mountains with a Hraundadrangi Peak climbing experience. Climb up a lava column rising 1075m meters above the sea using climbing gear. Take a few hours to approach the base of the climb before attempting the 80-meter ascent to the peak. Use crampons and an ice axe in the winter. Enjoy time to relax, take in the views, and snap some amazing photos along the way. Rappel back down from the peak and hike to the car at the end.

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What people are saying about Akureyri

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 346 reviews

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.

Wonderful. In Akureyri it was raining, but they took us to a clear area an hour from the city. The guide knew what he was doing and how to find the Northern Lights which of course we were able to enjoy

Amazing! It was very cloudy in Akureyri so our guide drove us an hour north to a patch of clear sky. Hot chocolate and donuts were provided as we watched the northern lights.

We are lucky that the weather was to see the light. It was so nice,

It was one of the best things I have ever seen. Thank you Thor!