Magical 6-Hour Whale-Watching and Northern Lights Combination Tour from Akureyri

You’ll enjoy two exciting activities, whale-watching and northern lights hunting, on this fantastic six-hour tour from Akureyri.
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Akureyri, Iceland
6 hours
Feb. - Nov.
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Grab the opportunity to enjoy two exciting activities in a single day on this six-hour whale watching and northern lights tour from Akureyri. Winter travelers keen to see majestic whales in the afternoon and the aurora borealis dancing in the sky by night should book this combination tour now.

This tour starts with an afternoon whale-watching excursion, lasting between 2.5 and 3.5 hours. You'll meet your guide and group at the Akureyri harbor, ready to climb aboard the boat and begin your adventure!

You'll head out into the beautiful Eyjafjordur fjord when it's time to depart. It's a gorgeous setting with stunning views across the water and surrounding mountains.

Eyjafjordur is Iceland's longest fjord and one of the country's best whale-watching locations. Your expert guide will share insights about Icelandic whales and answer any questions.

The less-crowded winter season is an excellent time to enjoy whale watching. You'll have plenty of space on the viewing deck for unobstructed views, and the snow-covered mountains provide a picture-perfect backdrop.

If you need to warm up, head to the boat's indoor area and grab a hot drink, such as tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. The boat is comfortable and offers travelers a pleasant ride, even on the coldest days.

You'll likely see harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, and various sea birds. Belugas are more commonly found in North Iceland's seas during winter rather than summer as they migrate from the Arctic into areas with less ice. 

You may also be lucky to spot great whales such as minke or humpback whales. In the unlikely situation, you do not see whales or dolphins during your excursion, you can join another time for free.

After a memorable boat trip enjoying wildlife and nature, you'll head back to the Akureyri harbor. Then you'll have free time in the town before your northern lights tour begins in the evening. Grab a meal from one of the many excellent restaurants, rest at your accommodation, or enjoy sightseeing around the city.

Your northern lights guide will decide by 18:00 whether the conditions are optimal for the aurora borealis that night. If the forecast looks favorable, you'll head away from the city in a minibus, ready for a spectacular winter-only experience.

The northern lights part of this tour takes between 2.5 and three hours. Your guide will tap into local knowledge to determine the best location to see the aurora borealis. Most importantly, it will be a scenic countryside location without any risk of city light pollution.

When the lights appear amid the starry winter sky, it's an indescribable feeling. As you stare at the natural phenomenon overhead, you'll feel a sense of awe at the beauty surrounding you. 

You'll have plenty of time to enjoy watching the sky adorned in color, and your guide will offer tips on taking excellent photos for lasting memories.

After a fantastic night out enjoying Iceland's nature at its best, your driver will take you back to Akureyri.

Don't miss the chance to enjoy a magical six-hour winter excursion, including whale watching in the afternoon and northern lights hunting at night, by booking this combination tour from Akureyri. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Whale-watching boat tour
Warm overalls to wear on the boat
A qualified naturalist as your whale-watching guide
Northern lights bus tour with Akureyri transfers
English-speaking guide
Assistance with photography



Whale Watching
Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing, including a hat, gloves, and thick socks

Good to know

You can purchase tea, coffee, and hot chocolate on board the boat.

The total tour time is approximately six hours, with free time in Akureyri between your whale-watching and northern lights excursions.

This tour depends on weather conditions. If you don't see any whales or dolphins, you can book the whale-watching portion of the tour again for free. Similarly, if you do not see the northern lights, you can try again on another evening for free.

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