Lake Myvatn, the Nature Baths, and Whale Watching | Departures from Akureyri and Reykjavík

Whales often breach right in front of the guests on whale watching tours.
A fumarole perpetually blows steam into the air in the Námaskarð geothermal area.
A bubbling mud pot in the Námaskarð geothermal area.
Loved by all, the puffin is Iceland's unofficial national bird.
Whale-watches in North Iceland have success rates of 99%.
Whale watching tours allow for up close encounters with the gentle giants of the sea.

Immerse yourself in North Iceland, with a combo trip to see the wonders of Lake Mývatn and the incredible whales of Eyjafjörður. This tour is perfect for those who love to make the most of every moment on their holidays, and balance sightseeing, relaxation and excursions.

The day will begin when you are picked up from Akureyri, although you can add flights to and from Reykjavík when you are booking if you are not otherwise travelling to the North. En route to Lake Mývatn, you will stop at the mighty Goðafoss, an awe-inspiring waterfall with a fascinating history, and learn about it from your guide.

You will then reach lake Mývatn, where there are a wealth of places to see; you will start by walking along the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, before heading over to the geothermal area at Hverir. You will then go to where the earth is tearing apart due to plate tectonics, at a place called Grjótagjá Rift, before reaching the Dimmuborgir lava fortress.

Depending on the time and weather conditions, you may see other spots such as Mount Krafla and the explosion crater of Víti. The final place in the Mývatn area you will definitely have access to, however, is the Mývatn Nature Baths where you will bask in the beautiful healing waters.

Once you have recharged, you’ll be driven back to Akureyri and get dropped off at the harbour. Here, you will find your whale-watching vessel, which has several outdoor viewing platforms, an indoor area, and a cafe.

You will set out for Eyjafjörður, and start your hunt for the majestic creatures of the deep. Whale-watches in North Iceland have success rates of 99%. The most common species is the humpback whale, but you may also see white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, orcas, beaked whales, fin whales, and even blue whales. You are also very likely to spot some puffins.

After your whale watching excursion, the boat will whisk you back to Akureyri; whether staying or flying back to Reykjavík, your evening will no doubt be spent reminiscing over an incredible day.

Do not hesitate to book this tour combining sightseeing, whale-watching, and hot-spring bathing. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Akureyri, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Eyjafjörður, Skútustaðagígar, Grjótagjá, Krafla, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Mývatn Nature Baths
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:45

Free pickup.
  • Professional Guide

  • Pick up and drop-off in Akureyri

  • Entrance to the Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Whale watching trip

  • Flights from and to Reykjavík (can be added during booking)

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and towel

Good to know:

Sighting success is 99%, however the cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability of our shores. Most common species are Humpback whales. If no whales or dolphins are seen on your tour we will offer you a complimentary ticket for our classic whale watching tour, valid for two years in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

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Guide to Iceland does not add any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services. As the terms and conditions of each tour operator may vary, please read the terms and conditions of each operator you purchase a tour from.

Sagatravel terms and conditions

Booking and Payment
To confirm your booking you are required to fully pay the tour price.
Once we have accepted your booking and received your payment, the contract between us will become binding and we will send you the payment confirmation and service vouchers.

In all tours operated by Saga Travel we offer children 0 - 12 years old 50% discount. Price discounts for children in tours operated by Saga Travel co-operators are subject to the nature of the provided services and terms of each service partners.

Cancellation of Booking
Any cancellation must be notified in writing by the person who made the booking.
If you cancel your tour:
a)  More than 29 days prior to the start of your tour, you will only be charged 10% of the tour price.
b)  Between 8 and 28 days, you will be charged 25% of the tour price.
c)  Between 2 and 7 days, you will be charged 50% of the tour price.
d)  Less than 48 hours before the start of your tour or after the commencement of the tour, you must pay the full tour price.  This includes all bookings made within 48 hours before the start of the tour.

Cruise Ship Cancellations
For cancellation because your Cruise Ship can not dock in the port we offer 80% repayment

Changes or Cancellation by Saga Travel
Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour. For example:  Do to weather and/or road conditions or if the minimum number of clients required for a tour is not fulfilled.  It is unlikely we will have to make any changes to your tour however we do plan the arrangements months in advance. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your tours begins.  When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. We will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not however be in a position to refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.

Information Provided
Any information provided by Saga Travel on such matters as climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Saga Travel.

Adventure Travel and Client Responsibility
It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved in this sort of tour and you accept that in visiting remote and mountainous regions there is an element of on-tour flexibility. The itinerary stated in the tour dossier is indicative only and not a guarantee that a particular route will be followed or place reached. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen tour and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment.

Personal Travel Insurance
Individual travel insurance is not included in the quoted prices. It is strongly recommended that clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance against contingencies, including compensation for medical costs and cancellation fees.  In the event of emergency medical rescue and/or repatriation from a tour by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client.
All luggage and personal equipment are, at all times, at your own risk. We will not be responsible whatsoever for any loss, damage to your luggage and/or personal equipment.

Medical & Dietary Conditions
If you are affected by a medical condition which may affect your or other people's enjoyment of the tour, you must advise this at the time of booking. Similarly you must advise us of dietary conditions and preferences at the time of booking.

Independent Travel Arrangements
We will not be responsible or liable for your actions or your safety for any independent travel you undertake before, during (if you choose to leave) or after the tour.

Complaints Procedure
If you have a complaint about the tour you should make it known to your guide/leader at the earliest opportunity.  If you feel your complaint has not been properly dealt with we shall endeavour to agree a settlement with you.  Any outstanding complaint not resolved during the tour should be notified to us in writing within 30 days of the scheduled date of return.

Our Liability & Compensation
Saga Travel will accept liability for the negligence of its employees causing direct physical injury to passengers only to the extent that it is obliged under Icelandic law. We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property, and in particular for the consequences of flight cancellations, vehicle accidents, strikes, sickness, Government or customs or police intervention or other such happenings amounting to force majeure. By confirming your booking with Saga Travel you acknowledge that we have taken all reasonable steps to safeguard its liability in this respect.

Variation of Booking Conditions
The booking conditions may only be waived by a director of Saga Travel in writing. When you confirm the booking form you agree to accept all these booking conditions, and when we accept your booking we agree to carry out our obligations to you as defined in tour information provided to you. Both sides of this agreement are made subject to, and must be interpreted and enforced according to Icelandic law in a Icelandic court.

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 


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Lake Myvatn, the Nature Baths, and Whale Watching | Departures from Akureyri and Reykjavík

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