Closer to Nature | Whale & Bird Watching from Akureyri

Closer to Nature | Whale & Bird Watching from Akureyri
RIB vessels provide you with much more intimate experiences with the whales and birds of Eyjafjörður.
The birds you may see include gulls, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets and puffins.
Whale watching with the mountains of Eyjafjörður in the background is spectacular.
You will be able to see every bump and barnacle on the whales you see from your RIB.
At five metres long, Humpback Whales have longer pectoral fins than any other species.
Humpback Whales are most common in Eyjafjörður, while Minkes are most common from Faxaflói.
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Join this two-hour whale and bird watching tour from Akureyri. This tour is for anyone who is eager to see north Iceland's spectacular wildlife.

Eyjafjörður, the fjord which Akureyri is nestled, is renowned for its wealth of Humpback Whales and Atlantic Puffins. This tour provides an incredible way to see them, on a RIB vessel that seats a maximum of twelve. This means no one will be blocking your views, you can have a personal relationship with your guide, and your experience with the animals will be very intimate.

You'll set out from Akureyri's harbour, surrounded by enormous flat-topped mountains. You can enjoy the sea-spray on your face and beautiful nature until the whales start to materialise.

Tours into Eyjafjörður have 99% success rates, so you will be incredibly unlucky if you don't see a single cetacean (whale, dolphin or porpoise). Even if this is the case, however, you'll be able to join another tour for free.

Humpback Whales are the most frequently seen species and renowned around the world for being the most entertaining in their surface behaviour. Humpbacks regularly breach clear of the water, and always raise their tails before a dive, creating fantastic photo opportunities. You may also see other marine mammals such as Blue Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins and Orcas.

Puffins nest around Eyjafjörður in their thousands, and, due to your closeness to the water in a RIB, you'll be able to make out details such as their colourful beaks and emotive eyes. They only come to Iceland from May to September, so don't miss your chance to see them.

After two hours on the sea, you'll be returned to Akureyri, and can use the rest of your day to either explore the Capital of the North further or for another tour. 

See the animals of Iceland up close on this personal, exhilarating tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Akureyri, Eyjafjörður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00. 12:00, 14:00,

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Excellent guidance

  • Overalls

  • Neoprene gloves

  • Goggles

  • Life vests and necessary safety equipment

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited for rainy or chilly weather (e.g. wool sweater, gloves, hat)

  • Sturdy shoes for the boat (flat-bottomed shoes recommended)

Good to know:

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.

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We took the first RIB tour of the morning, and the trip did not disappoint! Though it was early in July, with record high temperatures, we were thoroughly bundled up (the tour company provides overalls and even had extra hats & gloves for those who hasn’t brought them with them.) The trip out was bouncy, fun, and full of anticipation while the guide shared pertinent info. Before too long we had spotted a single whale from a distance, and the speed of the boat & captain’s frequent communication with other boats in the area allowed us to get safely up close to watch a few humpback whales taking time to eat. Many a whale tail is featured in our photos from the trip, while the beautiful setting of Akureyri and the Iceland Sea remains in our hearts.
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