Water activity

Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

4.7 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: North Sailing
Water activity

Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: North Sailing

From US$ 81.45 per person


Experience breathtaking whale-watching from the small fishing village of Hjalteyri, a 20-minute drive from Akureyri. Embark on a scenic boat trip and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a two-and-a-half hour whale-watching tour on a traditional oak boat
  • See whales, dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat
  • Treat yourself with a cup of hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun
Full description
It's not surprising that many northerners believe that Hjalteyri is one of the best-kept secrets of North Iceland. Eyjafjörður is a favorable habitat for marine life, so favorable in fact that whales were spotted on all of these tours in 2016. On this whale-watching tour, you'll graciously glide through the calm seas of Eyjafjörður under the guidance and expertise of a qualified crew. This tour is approximately two-and-a-half hours long. This tour gives you the unique and exceptional opportunity to get in touch with the magnificent wildlife found in the north of Iceland, most notably the majestic whales and seabirds.
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Tour guide
  • Live commentary
  • Light refreshments
  • Warm overalls
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What to bring

  • Hat
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Gloves
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to bad weather, you will be given the option of another date or a full refund
  • If no whales are seen on the tour, you will be offered another whale-watching tour free of charge
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 43 reviews

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This has to be one of the best things I have ever done. Bothe captain of the boat and the guide were incredibly knowledgeable and we saw several humpback whales. And then to top it off we were treated to a pod of dolphins. Excellent hot chocolate and cinnamon bun too.

March 23, 2023

Incredible! We were lucky enough to see whales (humpbacks) every 3-5 minutes; they were amazing! The captain and crew were experts at spotting and then quickly getting as close as possible, at one point we were no more than 10 metres away from a whale diving. A member of staff spoke continuously through a speaker, alerting people to where the whales were and also giving a host of facts about the whales we were seeing. We were giving warm suits, a waterproof jacket and a hot chocolate & cinnabun. Overall, it was my wife and I's highlight of our Iceland honeymoon. Can't recommend enough!

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March 23, 2023

È una gita decisamente avventurosa, le onde quando il fiordo si apre sono belle alte e la scarica di adrenalina è tanta, ma ne vale la pena: abbiamo avvistato due balene, di cui una molto vicina, ed entrambe si sono immerse tirando bene fuori la coda, un esperienza unica! Viene fornita una tuta imbottita che tiene super caldo ed una cerata pesante da mettere sopra, vi consiglio di portare dei guanti, magari in tessuto tecnico impermeabile. Durante il rientro ci hanno anche offerto cioccolata calda e un dolce. Esperienza unica

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 122774