Whale Watching in Akureyri & Reykjavík
Join this tour to see some of the most beautiful environments in Iceland, on land and sea. You’ll make the most of your stay and go whale watching in South and North Iceland, all in 2 days of fun.
This open ticket gives you the unique opportunity to see whales in their natural habitat in two places, Reykjavík and Akureyri on this classic tour! You can either contact our sales representatives to book your preferred departure time or show up on the day and hop onto one of our available tours.
The first whale watching tour from Reykjavik begins at the Elding ticket office by the Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik.
The summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales, giving you the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.
Sighting success on previous tours is 91.40%; however, cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability of our shores. The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins, Harbour porpoises, Humpback whales and occasionally Killer Whales/Orcas and even Fin whales!
If you are also making your way up the south coast, or taking a full Ring Road tour, to Akureyri during your vacation, you can stop for another tour of the bay there. Eyjafjordur fjord is home to many Humpback whales, that year after year return to the fjord to find plentiful food. This tour begins at the floating pier Oddeyrarbót 2, next to the cultural centre Hof in Akureyri. Our newly renovated and specially modified whale watching ship is capable of carrying 200 persons with spectacular views from cinema-style viewing platforms.
With ample indoor and outdoor seating, bar and cafeteria, you can be sure that the ride is comfortable and pleasant, even at speed. Sightings of Humpback whales in summer 2016 have been 100% and among them there have been reports of Blue Whales and White-beaked dolphins. If you don't see a whale, you are welcome to join the tour again, free of charge!
Take this opportunity to see what the whales of Iceland can do! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."
- Available: Feb. - Nov.
- Duration: 2 days
- Activities: Whale Watching
- Difficulty: Easy
Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 100 km away from the Arctic Circle. It is Iceland’s second-largest urban area with a population of about 17,800.
Akureyri is an important fishing centre and port, but in the last few years tourism, industry, higher education and services have become the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
An international airport is located about 3 km from the center. A large number of cruisers also stop at Akureyri. One of Iceland's best skiing sites is found by Akureyri, at Hlidarfjall.
Traditionally Akureyri has survived on fisheries and some of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, like for example Samherji, have their headquarters there. Other large companies include Brim, Nordurmjolk, and Vifilfell hf, the largest brewery in Iceland.
FSA/Akureyri Hospital is a major employer in the area and is one of two major hospitals in Iceland.
Akureyri has excellent facilities for travelers and is located a short drive from many of Iceland’s top natural, cultural and historical attractions.
Nature & Landscape
Akureyri is surrounded by mountains, the highest one being Kerling (1538 m). The area around it has rich agriculture and a beautiful mountain ring.
The innermost part of the fjord, Pollurinn ('The Pool') further lends the town a special character. The climate in Akureyri is generally very pleasant.
The islands Hrisey in the middle of Eyfjordur and Grimsey, straddling the Artic Circle, both belong to the municipality of Akureyri. Hrisey is often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur' and Grimsey 'The Pearl of the Artic' and these beautiful and peaceful islands are highly popular with travelers.
History & Culture
During World War II the town was an important site for the Allies and the town grew considerably after the war, as people increasingly moved to urban areas.
Akureyri has a strong cultural scene, with several bars and renowned restaurants. Folk culture in general is more prevalent there than in Reykjavik. During the summer there are several notable festivals in Akureyri and its surroundings.
Sites of interest in Akureyri include the brand-new Hof concert hall and Akureyri’s many museums, The Nature Museum, Nonnahus, a.k.a. Jon Sveinsson Memorial Museum, for the writer, David's house or David Stefansson Memorial Museum, for the poet, Akureyri Art Museum.
Akureyri also has several churches, Akureyrarkirkja being the most notable, as well as beautiful botanical gardens. The old town is particularly charming, ideal for a nice walk.
Departure time : Flexible
Two Whale Watching tours
Free Wi-Fi on board
What to bring:
Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather
Good to know:
Stay warm in the unpredictable Icelandic weather. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.