Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri

A majestic whale leaping out of the waters in North Iceland.
The last sign of a diving Humpback Whale in Iceland.
The beautiful mountains of north Iceland, behind a diving Humpback Whale.
A Humpback Whale surfacing in Eyjafjörður, taking in a mouthful of food.
A pair of fulmars soar above Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland.
Seabirds live all around North Iceland and many feed in the fjord of Eyjafjörður.
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Whale watch from the ‘capital of the North’, Akureyri, and witness the unbelievable wealth of marine life in Eyjafjörður (Island fjord). No one who loves nature and wildlife, planning to travel to Iceland’s North, should give this tour a miss!

The excursion departs from Akureyri’s floating pier, which you can arrange a drop-off to, but walking is relatively easy due to closeness to town. Here, you will board your high-speed vessel, a sleek ship with a large indoor area, outdoor viewing platforms, a bar and a room of overalls you can borrow to keep warm in.

As soon as the departure time arrives, you will set off into the fjord in search for wildlife. Watching the beautiful town of Akureyri shrink behind you, and the amazing mountains of Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) loom over you, is a lovely way to start the tour. You will continue sailing until you reach the feeding grounds of the whales.

Humpback whales are the most common species sighted in the North of Iceland, especially during the summer months although they are also seen in winter. These gregarious acrobats are well-known surface performers, entertaining guests by breaching, fluke diving and feeding.

You also have the chance to see white-beaked dolphins in abundance throughout the year, as well as harbour porpoises and even seals. Other species previously reported in the fjord are the Blue whale, Orcas and Fin whales, although they are not a permanent resident in the area and quite a rare sighting on our tours.

If taking the tour in summer, you may get so lucky to see Puffins that reside in Iceland to breed during the summertime as well as countless other seabirds. While this species in particular is gone come winter, many others remain. The surroundings are as beautiful in either season, although the landscapes when covered in snow are particularly mesmerising.

For three hours, you will sail into the longest glacial fjord in all of Iceland on our comfortable and specially modified catamaran, hopefully catching sighting after sighting. It would be very unusual not to see a single whale, dolphin or porpoise on your trip, as our sighting success over the past couple of summers is 100%, but if that is indeed the case, you will be able to join another tour free of charge.

And of course, if the tour is cancelled due to weather, you’ll be able to get on the next trip that fits into your schedule.

See the whales of North Iceland during an unforgettable experience. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:30,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Excellent guidance

  • Warm overalls

  • Whale guarantee (or come again for free)

  • Free WiFi on board

  • Toilet Facilities

  • Refreshments

  • Pickup / dropoff

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Camera (if taking photographs)

Good to know:

If your tour is cancelled due to weather, or in the highly unlikely chance that you do not see a cetacean, you will get to join another tour without charge.


Did not expect to see 4 humpbacks in february, but we did and it was fantastic!

Amazing Tour with loads of Humpback Whales!

Great experience! We saw over 20 whales in Eyjafjord - they were swimming to us from all directions. Shame our boat was rather big, otherwise the whales would have gotten even closer. I've been whale watching in many places including Antarctica, Svalbard and Alaska and this was one of the best I've had.

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CHILDREN: Discounts for children are subject to the nature of the services and our service partners terms.

TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

LIABILITY: Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables, change or cancel tour dates should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather. The tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are spotted during the tour we do not refund the tour price but offer a complimentary whale watching tour valid for two years. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to sea conditions. All activities are undertaken entirely at clients own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Elding Whale Watching guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All tours and outdoor activities carry inherent risks and Elding Whale Watching does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions or are caused by factors outside of human control (Force majeure). Elding Whale watching, it’s managers and staff accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of passenger’s property on our boats. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation during your tour.

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Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri

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