Akureyri Tours
Explore the unique cultural and natural attractions in and around Iceland's "Capital of the North".

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Akureyri Tours

Explore the unique cultural and natural attractions in and around Iceland's "Capital of the North".
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Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package

Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over ten days, you will take a guided circle tour of the highlights of Iceland, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Lake Mývatn area, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle. None who want to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland should overlook this opportunity. The guided tour comes with a clear itinerary, meaning you barely need to organise a thing. It is also conducted in a comfortable minibus, making your journey as cosy and intimate as possible and taking away any fears of driving on Iceland’s icy roads. Other than the 8 full days of guided adventure, all transfers and accommodation will be sorted for you, including the return airport transfer and 2 nights of stay in the capital. There are no hidden costs upon arrival; all arrangements are included in the price, and the Blue Lagoon can easily be added. Joining this tour could not, therefore, be any easier. You will head counter-clockwise around Iceland, seeing its South Coast, Eastfjords, dramatic northern territories, and the incredible West, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Not only will you get to see Iceland’s most famous sites, but this package will take you to hidden places very few know about, so you can experience the vastness of the empty nature in peace. Furthermore, you can add adventure to the trip, by opting to take excursions while booking; it is possible to glacier hiking, whale watching, horse riding, lava caving, and to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave. All these excursions are available to you at a special discounted rate, should you elect to add them to your holiday upon booking. By using this great opportunity, you can not only make your holiday even more magical but save money at the same time.   Of course, as you are travelling in winter, when the days are short and nights are long, this tour presents many opportunities for you to see the Northern Lights. Due to the fact that you will spend time traversing very remote areas throughout the dark hours, with little light pollution, your chances are even greater. Immerse yourself in Iceland, by seeing as much of it as possible over ten days. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
22 reviews

Duration:
10days
Available:
Aug. - Apr.
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9 Day Summer Self-Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland Clockwise with a focus on the South Coast

Experience the best Iceland has to offer on this 9-day self-drive tour around the country with a focus on the South Coast. Witness the natural wonders that have made Iceland one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world, while taking advantage of the long summer days bathed in the midnight sun. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to take it all in, while having the freedom to choose your own adventure. Your tour will begin as soon as you arrive in Iceland. Your vehicle will be waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport, meaning there is no need to worry about transfers. You will then start an incredible 9-day journey.  Travelling clockwise around Iceland’s famous Ring Road you will see the remarkable landscapes and attractions that Iceland is known for. You will begin by leaving the capital of Reykjavik and heading into the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  You will then head towards the Capital of the North, Akureyri before exploring the geothermally active region of Mývatn. As you then head eastward, you will get a glimpse into the untouched, remote regions of the country that are home to quintessential Icelandic country life. You will explore places of unmatched beauty, full of history. You will then see the magical South Coast starting with Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon before visiting enchanting places like the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and passing through the ever-changing landscapes of the coast. You will see some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world, including Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, before making your way to Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. After all of this, you will then come back to Reykjavík to soak up some more of this vibrant Capital City in the North Atlantic. To add some extra thrill, wonder and adventure to this package, you will be able to add some additional activities during the booking process. You could hike on a glacier, delve into the depths of a volcano, go whale watching in the north, visit the many incredible natural spas and so much more. The icing on the cake with this tour is that your accommodation and itinerary are taken care of in advance, meaning that you can focus on absorbing the life-changing experiences you will have without having to worry about the fine details. This 9-day self-drive tour is the perfect way to see the best Iceland has to offer in summer while still having room to go at your own pace. See the wonders of the land of fire and ice, dappled in the almost everlasting light of summer. Don’t miss the chance to create lasting memories with a dream Iceland vacation. Pick a date to check availability.  

Duration:
9days
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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Eyjafjord Humpbacks | Whale Watching from Akureyri

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.
4.5
37 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
All year
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Lake Myvatn Sightseeing & Hot Springs Tour from Akureyri

Hop on this tour for a unique journey across the diverse landscape of Iceland. This tour is for those who love to explore Iceland’s volcanic marvels and any animal lovers who visits our shores! You'll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and whizz across the land all the way to Lake Mývatn, stopping at various unforgettable points throughout the tour. Goðafoss is your first stop, a waterfall named “The Gods’ Waterfall.” It is said that in the year 1000 AD, law-speaker Þorgeir declared Christianity to be the law of the land because he believed that religious differences between the Christians and the pagans could tear the country apart. Thus united, Þorgeir returned home after the parliament meeting. On the way, he stopped at this fall and threw figurines of the Norse gods into the water, casting off his own pagan beliefs in the process. Next, you will visit Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters on the south shore of Lake Mývatn, formed when scorching lava flowed over the entire area, met up with the cool lake water, and exploded in the rapidly cooling temperatures. You'll continue on to Dimmuborgir, the “dark cities,” where lava formations and pillars are plenty and tell mysterious tales and sagas. Then, you go to the underground hot springs of Grjótagjá and the Námafjall geothermal area, where you'll see various sulphur pits, steaming fumaroles, and boiling mud pools. In the summertime, you’ll be able to proceed to the Krafla volcano site and pass by the geothermal steam energy plant, a route that is usually closed due to snow in the winter. For the next stop, you will get to enjoy the panoramic view of the Leirhnjúkur volcano, the Víti explosion crater that was formed during the Myvatnseldar eruption in 1724. And to cap off your Mývatn adventure, you'll relax in a two-hour nature bath in a geothermal pool surrounded by vast lava fields, while enjoying the view of the great lake Mývatn, a nature preserve for the thousands of birds winging through the skies overhead. The entry fee is not included in the tour price but is available as an extra. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the sensational north! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
29 reviews

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri

Hunt for the Northern Lights in their prime location, North Iceland, on this winter tour from Akureyri. If you're staying in this part of the country and wish to have a guided experience enjoying the mystic appeal of the Aurora, this is the tour for you. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and taken outside town limits to the beautiful countryside in the fullness of night. This is to provide you with the best possible conditions to view the Northern Lights, which is darkness and clear skies. Akureyri is in the far north of Iceland, making the winters there darker and longer than in the capital region of South Iceland. Akureyri is also a much smaller city, so you won't need to drive as far out into the night to escape the town's light pollution. For centuries, viewers of these magical lights have tried to explain what they were, before realised as particles from solar winds reacting with gases in the atmosphere. Some cultures believed that they were messages from the dearly departed or the godly fires of the creator up in the sky. Winters in the North are often heavy with snow and ice, so you might not want to drive out yourself in search of the Aurora Borealis. You can let your experienced local driver and guide do that for you, guaranteeing you a safe and pleasant journey.  It may be best, as well, to bring your camera for a keepsake of this unforgettable experience, and a thermos of something warm to ward off the chill as you search the night skies, for veils of glimmering light flashing between the stars. Don't miss your chance to be a part of an unbelievable display of colour, light and texture on a cold, dark night, like something out of a fairytale, and join this popular winter adventure of hunting for the Aurora. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.4
11 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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Highland Day Tour | Departure from Akureyri

Immerse yourself in the wild Icelandic nature on this hiking tour of the rhyolitic mountains of Kerlingarfjöll in the highlands. Hike through the otherworldly landscapes, through geothermal valleys and up kaleidoscopic hills, and take a dip in a natural, warm hot spring. Those travelling to the northern town of Akureyri and want to spice up their holiday should not let this opportunity pass them by. On the morning of your tour, you’ll meet your guide in Akureyri and board a large 4x4 jeep. You will then be driven out of town and into the barren Icelandic highlands where a day of adventures and stunning natural beauty awaits you.  You’ll drive the rough road Kjölur that leads from Akureyri into the highlands. The 600-700 metre high mountain pass will take you past rivers, lakes and mountains, providing a bare and desolate scenery, reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic movie.  Your destinations, Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll, are located between the glaciers Langjökull in the west and Hofsjökull in the east. The geothermal area of Hveravellir is like an oasis situated between barren sands and mountains. It is dotted with colourful sinters, smoking fumaroles and a hot pool with warm sky-blue water.  You’ll get a chance to bathe in the warm, geothermal waters of the pool in Hveravellir. Both hot and cold water flow in the pool, creating the perfect bathing temperature. The experience is only heightened by the beautiful views of Kjalhraun lava field and Langjökull glacier.  On this tour, you will also get to visit the hidden gem of Kerlingarfjöll geothermal area, located in the centre of the highlands. You’ll hike through the untouched wilderness of the region, past hot springs and still pools, while colourful mountains of rhyolite rocks tower over you. Get to know the unique Icelandic nature on this exciting jeep tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.0
1 review

Duration:
12hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Grand lux Lake Myvatn Tour | Nature Baths & Lunch

This tour will connect amazing nature, fantastic local farm cuisine and a relaxing time at the geothermal hot spring of Mývatn Nature Baths. You'll get a luxury experience at an affordable price as you'll travel in a small group in an SUV to some of Iceland's most beautiful sites accompanied by a professional guide. The tour starts in the morning when you are picked you up from your accommodation in Akureyri or the local airport. You'll then drive away from the town, on the east side of Eyjafjörður fjord, to the first stop of the day, the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall.  From there you will be driven to Lake Mývatn where you will find numerous sightseeing spots like Dimmuborgir lava fields, Grjótagjá hot spring, and Námaskarð geothermal area. The landscapes around the lake itself are also spectacular. Lake Mývatn is steeped in both history and folklore, from space explorations and Game of Thrones to trolls and yule lads. Your local guide will tell you all about the stories and legends of the place as you traverse the area. Near the lake, you'll find the beautiful cowshed farm resort and restaurant. You'll get to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch at the restaurant of either lamb or char from the lake, as well as get a fantastic view of Hverafjall mountain as you enjoy the food.  After lunch, you'll get to relax at the geothermal hot springs at Mývatn Nature Baths. The warm water will soothe any aching muscles as you soak in the blue water, surrounded by lava, lake and volcanoes.  After towelling off, it is time to drive back to Akureyri where you can enjoy the relaxing and cosy atmosphere that the 'Capital of the North' has to offer.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Godafoss Waterfall and Admission to the Myvatn Nature Baths | Luxurious Day Tour from Akureyri

Experience the beauty of ‘the Waterfall of the Gods’, witness the Lake Mývatn area and bask in the healing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. This tour is perfect for anyone in north Iceland wishing to indulge in luxury without missing out on essential sightseeing. This tour begins as you are picked up from a predetermined location in Akureyri, ‘the Capital of the North’; the excursion is designed to be personal, thus you can be guaranteed a small group. Once you are all gathered, you will make your way east, towards Lake Mývatn. En route, however, you will stop at the mighty and iconic Goðafoss waterfall, a feature as renowned for its breathtaking beauty and power as it is for its history. Located in the glacier river Skjálfandafljót, it is twelve metres high and thirty metres wide. Its name, which translates to ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, comes not from its appearance though you would be forgiven for thinking so, but for its role in Iceland’s conversion to Christianity over a millennium ago, in 1000 AD. The lawspeaker of Iceland at the time, a man called Þorgeir, chose Christendom over the Old Norse Faith under the threat of invasion from Norway, and to symbolise it, tossed idols of the Old Gods into this waterfall. After marvelling over Goðafoss and learning about its history, you will continue your journey east, passing through the spectacular Lake Mývatn region. You can expect to see vast lava fields, serene waters with unusual rock formations cropping from them, and rows of craters as you travel. Your destination, however, is the Mývatn Nature Baths.  Located by the tiny, quaint settlement of Reykjahlíð, which overlooks the lake, these geothermally heated pools are renowned for their healing waters, beautiful surrounding nature and steam baths. It is the perfect location to recharge, a lovely place to take a break in a busy holiday, and the admission is included in the price. Once you have fully enjoyed the lagoon and facilities for over two hours, it is time to return to Akureyri, back along the scenic route from which you came. Combine sightseeing and relaxation in Iceland’s North, with this excellent tour to Goðafoss and the Mývatn Nature Baths. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5hours
Available:
All year
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Horse Riding, Cuisine & Hot Tubs | North Iceland Day Tour

Enjoy a fantastic afternoon horseback riding through the quintessential landscapes of North Iceland, with the added bonus of both a local special cuisine and a relaxing hot bath to end the day. Your tour begins with a picturesque 15-minute drive from Iceland's northern capital, Akureyri, to your destination for the day at the stables.  Here, you will meet your friendly and certified horse riding guide who will proceed to provide you with a safety briefing, a rundown of the basic principles of horse riding and all of the necessary equipment. When you are ready, it's time to head out to the yard to have your designated horse chosen by the guides. Then it's out onto the trail! You will savour the breath-taking sights of North Iceland while your horse trots though sweeping meadows and canyons. Don't worry too much about getting lost—you'll be in convoy with other riders and, besides, your horse knows where it is going. You will be horseback riding for an hour and a half, even trotting along the seashore and up into the surrounding hills.  After the horseback riding section of the tour, a two-course dinner awaits your arrival at an amazing countryside restaurant. Here, the menus are served with the local’s organic produce, ensuring a fresh, delicious and authentically Icelandic meal.   After you have grabbed some tasty grub, the night can be spent in one of two ways. You can enjoy a relaxing bath in a hot tub coupled with a panoramic view of the surroundings or, alternatively, take a leisurely stroll on the beach while enjoying the sea breeze. Don't delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can enjoy a horse ride in North Iceland with the promise of a warm meal and soak afterwards. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
2 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Dettifoss Waterfall & Asbyrgi Canyon Tour from Akureyri

Join this tour to explore the beautiful Diamond Circle and see some of the most secluded locations in northern Iceland. Nature lovers should not miss out on seeing magnificent waterfalls, serene lakes, and majestic canyons on this tour. You'll be picked up in the town of Akureyri in the North, and driven to your first location; the incredible Goðafoss waterfall. This incredibly wide fall's name means 'the waterfall of the gods.' It was here in 1000 AD Iceland began to convert to Christianity.  You will then travel to Lake Mývatn, an incredibly picturesque body of water in the heart of volcanic land. There will be time for some sightseeing and photos before heading to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. This majestic cascade is 100 metres (328 ft) wide and plunges down 45 metres (150 ft) to the beautiful Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.  From there you'll move on to another waterfall, Selfoss. Although smaller, this cascade is no less spectacular, where the water flows over black volcanic rocks down into a deep basin. Next up you'll get to explore the impressive Ásbyrgi canyon, one of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions. This stunning canyon is shaped like a horseshoe and is surrounded by cliffs reaching as high as 100 m (328 ft).  Inside the canyon is a gorgeous valley, and hidden between the high, green grass and tall fir trees is Botnstjörn, a beautiful lake which many waterbirds call home. Though we now know that Ásbyrgi was likely formed by glacial flooding after the last Ice Age, local legend holds that this is the footprint of Óðinn’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. If road conditions are favourable, you'll also be able to visit Hljóðaklettar, or 'echo cave'. This cave, inaccessible during the harsh winter months, is formed by a peculiar clustering of basalt columns, which have twisted over and around each other to form a hollow in the rock. Its acoustics are something to experience. In springtime, you can visit Tjörnes, where hundreds of puffins and rock ptarmigans nest. After the tour, there will be a short coffee stop at the quaint village Húsavík before returning to Akureyri. Don't miss out on this journey to discover the remote northwest! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
4 reviews

Duration:
11hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Private Diamond Circle Tour in North Iceland | Visit Dettifoss and Lake Mývatn

The Magical Nature and Diversity of the North  The Diamond Circle Classic is a tour that covers a lot of ground and includes most of North Iceland’s highlights in one day. Europe's most powerful waterfall Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn one of the world’s most diverse nature reserves in terms of unique geology. The north coastline where the Arctic Circle almost touches a shore and birds' nest in the cliffs during summer.  The tour starts with looking at the Godafoss waterfall, some say it’s the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. From there a short drive to the Lake Myvatn area where one can see volcanos resting and waiting patiently until next eruption, fumaroles and steam vents and proof of how geothermally active the area is. After taking a short brake for restrooms and refreshments the tour heads towards the dramatic and captivating landscape of Jokulsa Glacier River formed by glacier floods thousands of years ago after a catastropic volcanic eruption in Vatnajokull Glacier.  After a drive along the scenic Arctic coastline we stop in Húsavík, a quaint fishing village, and have a look at what many consider the most charming harbour area of Iceland, before driving to Akureyri.  Diamond Circle gives you access to the best Iceland has to offer. Dynamic waterfalls, stunning nature, active geothermal areas and lively bird life. An expert local guide will take you through this magical and rough terrain as you sit back and relax.  From June to the middle of August, we stop at Tjörnes Peninsula where you'll be able to observe puffins nesting in the impressive cliffs by the coastline.  Lunch is not included but you will be able to purchase something to eat at a cafe/restaurant during the day  The weather is always a major player when traveling in Iceland, so a good idea is to bring with you warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and sturdy shoes. bring warm hat, scarf and gloves.

Duration:
1day
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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2-Hour North Iceland Snowmobile Tour

Join this exciting tour and look forward to fun in the snow while whizzing across the Icelandic countryside on the back of a snowmobile. This excursion is perfect for those who want to experience breathtaking panoramic views with a touch of adrenaline. You will make your way up the scenic pass to the meeting point at the parking lot on Mount Fálkafell. Don't worry about directions, after booking your guide will be in touch with all the details of how to get to the base camp. It is here that you will be provided with all the gear you need to face the frozen mountains including gloves, warm overalls and a helmet. Once you are suited and booted, you will then be introduced to your Skidoo. Following a short safety presentation on how to operate your vehicle, the real adventure gets underway! Climb aboard and follow your guide into the brilliant and bright snow-lands of the spectacular Eyjafjörður fjord. Don’t worry if you’ve never driven something similar before, the controls are intuitive and instructions clear and concise. Dashing across the icy expanse of one of the country’s most beautiful fjords you will be fully immersed in Icelandic nature for a thrilling 2-hours. As you gaze across the landscape above the clouds, you’re guaranteed to be awestruck by the stunning untouched wildness of Iceland’s sub-arctic mountain tops. It will undoubtedly prove challenging to believe that Iceland’s second largest urban area continues to buzz not far below. You will be guided across the mountains to several viewpoints where you will have the opportunity to dismount and immortalise your epic journey with your camera. Reaching remote spots impossible to get to otherwise, this excursion promises to be an unforgettable and exhilarating experience bound to evoke a feeling of being on top of the world. Few winter activities can compete with the snowmobile experience; don’t miss this thrilling opportunity spend an afternoon exploring the empty white expanses of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date!

Duration:
2hours
Available:
All year
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10-Day Cruise Around Iceland by Sea

Explore the incredible country of Iceland in a unique and immersive way by booking this ten-day cruise circumnavigating the island. You’ll get to spend time in each of its diverse and spectacular regions, and see many of its most iconic sites. This tour sets out from Reykjavík Harbour, before cruising clockwise around the island. You’ll stop at the dramatic Snæfellsnes Peninsula; the remote and otherworldly Westfjords; four diverse locations in north Iceland; the Eastfjords; and the Westman Islands. Each day you will have the complete freedom to explore these fascinating areas, taking in the incredible nature and soaking up the local culture. You’ll also have plenty of time to take tours that will allow you to immerse yourself even further into this awe-inspiring land. There are many advantages to taking a cruise. For example, by night you will sail under the midnight sun past some of the world’s most impressive scenery. You’ll also have countless opportunities to look out for seabirds, dolphins and whales. More practically, you will not need to worry about driving or booking accommodation, and all meals will be provided. You'll have guides on board to answer any questions and provide presentations, and a great entertainment programme. Of course, there is also no more wonderful feeling than falling asleep after enjoying a day in one incredible location, and waking up somewhere completely new, ready to go again. Don’t miss this immersive circumnavigation of Iceland by ship. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10days
Available:
May. - Sep.
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13 Day Northern Lights Package | Guided Tours to the Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland on this 13-day winter package that will take you around the island to the country's most famous destinations such as Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Lake Mývatn, as well as a few hidden gems. This holiday is perfect for those who wish to discover a winter wonderland at a relaxed pace without having to worry about driving in icy conditions. After you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, your pre-organised airport transfer will deliver you to your hotel in Reykjavík. You will then have a full day to recharge after your flight and to visit one of the top spas in the world, the Blue Lagoon. Fully rested and ready for adventure, you will embark on an expertly guided 8-day minibus tour around the famous Ring Road which will also include the well-loved Golden Circle route as well as a day on the spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula. Every evening your accommodation will be taken care of and you can choose to enrich your days with action-packed adventures that you can decide upon as you make your booking. These include horse riding, snowmobiling, glacier hiking and even the chance to enter an ice cave inside a glacier! As well as daily opportunities to search the skies for the alluring and elusive Northern Lights, there will be several opportunities to unwind in geothermal pools and hot springs. Once you have circled the island, familiarise yourself with the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík. You will have two whole days to fill with a choice of exciting activities such as a day trip up to the Highlands in a super jeep or a geothermal helicopter tour. Even if you would rather just relax in Reykjavík, this winter tour presents you with no lack of choice. Discover Iceland in all its winter glory and book this vacation package today! This is one of the most popular winter excursions available, so wrap up warm and hop on. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
13days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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Duration:
6days1hour
Available:
Sep. - Mar.
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Children's Horse Riding Lesson

Let your kids meet and learn about the gentle, calm and well-trained Icelandic horse with this 45-minute children's horse riding lesson. This is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the unique animals, and for parents to learn with them. Animal lovers travelling in northern Iceland should not let this opportunity pass them by. You'll meet your guide at a guesthouse just outside the town of Akureyri in North Iceland. The guide will first introduce the children to the horses by taking them to a nearby field where they will help round up the horses and bring them back to the corral. Then they will help brush and saddle the horses which will give them time to get used to being around the animals. The child will then get into the saddle, and the guide will teach them the commands to make the horse go and stop, and how to turn right or left. After that, the guide will lead the horse by the reigns around the corral. If the child feels comfortable enough, the guide might take the horse by the reigns and lead them down to a beach where they can ride around the fjord. After that, they can try and go a short distance alone if they'd like. They'd travel along a nearby horse path or perhaps a little further, depending on their age and experience. Be prepared that your kid's clothes can get dirty and remember that in Iceland - even in summer - it can be cold, windy and rainy. So do not forget to take warm clothes, to enjoy this fantastic adventure! After the lesson, the whole family is welcome in the guesthouse to relax. There is free tea, coffee and cake, and you’re welcome to unwind in the onsite hot tub where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding fjords.  Book this brilliant children's horse riding lesson for an unforgettable family adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
45minutes
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Cruise Excursion | Lake Myvatn Minibus Tour from Akureyri Port

Join a sightseeing tour of the beautiful natural attractions in Iceland's northern region. This is the perfect day trip of lava fields, waterfalls, astounding natural beauty and hot springs in the North of Iceland, not to be missed by any nature lover making a short stop during a cruise holiday. The tour starts shortly after your ship docks at Akureyri harbour. You'll board a minibus and head towards the magical Lake Mývatn area, first making a stop at the impressive and historical Goðafoss waterfall. This 12-metre high waterfall may not be tall, but it sure is beautiful and plays a big role in the conversion to Christianity in Iceland's history. You'll continue towards the gorgeous Lake Mývatn, known for its rich flora and fauna. First up, is a stop at the otherworldly Skútustaðagígar Pseudo Craters. Iceland is known for being a land of both ice and fire, and these craters were formed through volcanic activity, through explosions that occurred when flowing hot lava encountered the cold water in the lake. Nearby there are the hauntingly beautiful Dimmuborgir lava fields, sometimes called 'The Entryway to Hell'. This location is full of lava pillars and outlandish rock formations, rich with mythology, folklore, and ghoulish walking trails. You'll also explore the beautiful cave of Grjótagjá, where a crystal blue hot spring can be found on the rift of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Warning, the water is too hot to enter, although a few years ago the heat was stable enough for Jon Snow and Ygritte to warm their bodies in a fiery scene from Game of Thrones. Your final stop by Lake Mývatn is the geothermal area of Námaskarð or simply 'Hverir', meaning 'Hot Springs'. Here you'll find countless boiling mud pools, bubbling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and smelly sulfur pits. Along the way, a number of photographic stops will be made, according to weather and visibility. Finally, you'll be returned to the harbour in Akureyri, in time for the departure of your cruise ship.  Make the most of your cruise ship stop in Akureyri town and join this fun-filled tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
6 reviews

Duration:
6hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Dog Sledding with Husky on Snow | Akureyri, North Iceland

Get the ultimate Arctic experience and join this fun-filled dogsledding tour in northern Iceland. Breathe in the cool mountain air as you whizz across the snow on a small sledge pulled by adorable Huskies. Those travelling to the town of Akureyri and want to spice up their holiday with a unique adventure should not miss this tour. You'll be picked up in the morning at your accommodation in Iceland's 'Capital of the North', Akureyri, or from the town's domestic airport. From there, 2 qualified guides, or mushers, will take you to the best slope available in the vicinity of the town. The musher will tell you everything you need to know about this ancient method of transportation, dogsledding, from how it started to the encouraging words to use and how to steer, stop and slow down the sledge. Then, there is nothing left but for you to take the lead of your own dog sledge, pulled by the kennel's charming Huskies. For half an hour to one hour, you and your new four-legged friends will race across the powdery snow, surrounded by nothing but northern Iceland's beautiful wintery landscapes. You will feel the wind in your hair and the adrenaline surging through your veins as you whizz past white hills and snow-topped mountains on this exciting tour. After your ride, you'll get to cuddle and pet these friendly and adorable pure bred Siberian Huskies. You will also get to have your picture taken with the dogs to commemorate this adventure in the North before you return back to Akureyri. Gather up your favourite people and come along on this unique, family-friendly adventure just outside of Akureyri town. Meet the charming Huskies and race through the beautiful winter landscapes of northern Iceland on this fantastic dogsledding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
6 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
Jan. - Apr.
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Private Day Tour of Northern Iceland | Departure from Akureyri

Experience the highlights of north Iceland. Come along on a private day trip from the town of Akureyri to see cascading waterfalls, geothermal areas and otherworldly landscapes. Those looking to see the best of the North with their friends and family should not miss this opportunity. You'll be picked up in the town of Akureyri in the morning and driven to a beautiful waterfall with a historical significance, Goðafoss waterfall, also known as the 'Waterfall of the Gods'. Then you'll continue to the Lake Mývatn area, where you'll stop at the Dimmuborgir region for a short stroll in the fascinating landscape, characterised by strangely shaped lava rock foundations. Dimmuborgir is one of the filming locations of the HBO show Games of Thrones, and once you are there, you will understand why. It is a place like no other and gives the visitor the feeling of being in a fairytale. After Dimmuborgir, you'll stop at Námaskarð, an active geothermal area with boiling mud springs.  You will then drive further until you reach Dettifoss which is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. It is, without doubt, one of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls and it is located in the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park. On your way back, you'll stop at the Mývatn nature baths, where you can have a nice soak and relax in the lagoon, so make sure you bring your swimsuits on this tour. After the soak, you'll be driven back, with an optional stop at a restaurant located close to the nature baths, for light dinner. You will have your private guide/driver who has decades of experience travelling in the region and can share his knowledge and stories. Since these are small, private tours, there is some flexibility in timing, and you can travel at a speed that fits your group. So why wait? Experience the nature of northern Iceland on this exclusive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Bjorbodin Beer Spa in North Iceland

Soak yourself in a spa, full of beer with this unique tour in north Iceland. Those who love hot spring bathing, but want to try something different, should make sure they book this tour. Iceland‘s very first beer spa opened in June 2017. The perfect destination for any beer lover, Bjórböðin SPA is located in Árskógssandur in the north of Iceland, close to the town of Akureyri. Since the town of Árskógssandur was already known for its brewery, a beer spa was a logical next step to open up in town to visitors. In the spa you can soak away the stress of modern life by relaxing in a bath of warm, young beer and live beer yeast. To add to the experience, you can do so with a cold beer in your hand. The effects of the yeast are very beneficial, with an extremely powerful effect on the body and skin. It is recommended that visitors leave the yeast on their skin to do its magic and that they do not shower for 4 hours afterwards.  After a 25 minute soak in a private bathtub (that can take one or 2 people), guests are taken to a relaxation area for another 25 minutes. This treatment is both cleansing for the skin and has a very positive effect on health. Note that the beer in the tub is undrinkable, but there is a draft beer tap alongside every hot tub, for visitors aged 20 and over (the legal drinking age in Iceland). If you are aged over 20, you can help yourself to a cold drink while you bathe. There is also an outside beer hot tub for bigger groups and a new restaurant with beer-related food on site.  Try something new and unique, and do it with a beer in hand. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
7 reviews

Duration:
60minutes
Available:
Jan. - Sep.
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Winter Wonderland of the North | Christmas Tour from Akureyri

Discover the northern Christmas spirit, combined with a relaxing time and amazing nature dressed to impress in its wintery garb. This tour combines nature and landscape, from waterfalls and lava fields to myths of old. You'll travel in a small group in an SUV, for a full luxury experience, to some of Iceland's most beautiful sites accompanied by a professional guide for the whole duration of the tour. You'll visit the Mývatn Nature baths for relaxation in the geothermal azure waters surrounded by amazing landscapes, visit the Christmas House and even meet Icelandic historical creatures, such as our Yule Lads and maybe even trolls, all accompanied by a local storyteller to guide you through your trip. The tour starts in the morning when you are picked you up from your accommodation in Akureyri or the local airport. You'll then drive away from the town, on the east side of Eyjafjörður fjord, to the first stop of the day, the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. From there you will be driven to Lake Mývatn where you will find numerous sightseeing spots, like Dimmuborgir lava fields. There we will head out on foot to meet the yule lads, who wander around the area looking for people to chat and play games with. Then, to warm up, we will visit Grjótagjá hot spring and Námaskarð geothermal area.  Lake Mývatn is steeped in both history and folklore, from space explorations and Game of Thrones to trolls and yule lads. The landscapes around the lake itself are spectacular and form some of Iceland's most amazing geological features. Your local guide will tell you all about the stories and legends of the place as you explore the lands, offering a selection of Icelandic Christmas songs as you go. After a long day of exploring and enjoying the nature and the amazing locations Mývatn has to offer, it is time to relax at the geothermal hot springs at Mývatn Nature Baths. A sister site to the Blue Lagoon, the Nature Baths are smaller and calmer, and much loved by locals. The warm water will soothe any aching muscles as you soak in the blue water, surrounded by lava, lake and volcanoes. After towelling off, it is time to drive back to town. On the way, you'll make a stop in the Eyjafjörður area to visit the Christmas House to drink in the Yule spirit and drink in the smell and sights of true Christmas. After that, your guide will drive you back to Akureyri where you can enjoy the relaxing and cosy Christmas atmosphere that the 'Capital of the North' has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
December
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5-Day Minibus Tour of the North | Departure from Akureyri

Experience the diverse landscapes of North Iceland, such as mountains, fjords and valleys carved out by ice age glaciers, and out of this world volcanic scenery. This 5-day tour is perfect for anyone wanting to behold the incredible sights of the North in a comfortable manner with a knowledgeable guide. Your adventure begins in the vibrant town of Akureyri. You will be picked up at the airport or close to your hotel, where you will get to know your local guide and the rest of the small group of travel companions. After a tour of the town often called the Capital of the North, you will head inland to one of the valleys of Eyjafjörður to visit a typical Icelandic farm where you will get to enjoy light refreshments and befriend the locals. Over the course of the next five days, you will be whisked away to all the highlights of the area, including Húsavík, Lake Mývatn, and two of Iceland's most amazing waterfalls, Goðafoss and Dettifoss. The tour is conducted with a small group, with a maximum of 16 passengers to ensure a pleasant atmosphere and the best possible experience. Bask in the mist of Goðafoss waterfall and then continue to Lake Mývatn where you'll spend the day exploring all the natural volcanic wonders, including the Skútustaðir pseudocraters, the dark fortress Dimmuborgir and the fumarole field at Námaskarð. In the summer, the lake itself is teeming with birdlife, so keep your eye out for fulmars or merlins. Culture lovers will get a treat visiting the turf house at Grenjaðarstaður folk museum, before heading to Húsavík where you will have the time to visit the whale museum in town. When you head back to Lake Mývatn, you can visit the renowned Nature Baths for a relaxing soak. If you, however, have the energy left for adventure, your tour provider can help you arrange extra activities available in the area. On the final day, you will head to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, where you'll get to take your time to enjoy its majesty. In the afternoon, you'll return to Akureyri with time to fit in some optional tours if you wish.  Get to know the wonders of North Iceland now. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
5days
Available:
May. - Nov.
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Private Tour of North Iceland from Akureyri | Tailor Your Own Trip

Jump aboard this private day tour of north Iceland, and personalise what you see based on your interests and desires. Over eight hours, your guide will take you wherever you want to go in this spectacular, diverse region. This tour starts when you are picked up from Akureyri, and finishes when you are dropped back off. What you fill the time in between with is entirely up to you. Of course, your experienced local driver and guide can help you make a plan, but if you have certain sites on your agenda you don’t want to miss out on, you are welcome to make your own. You could choose, for example, to head east, and witness the three spectacular waterfalls along the river Skjálfandafjlót: Hrafnabjargafoss, Aldeyarfoss and Goðafoss. In summer, they are picturesque and beautiful, whereas, in midwinter, they are surrounded by snow and largely frozen, making for dramatic sights. These waterfalls are en route to Lake Mývatn, one of the country’s most diverse and popular areas. Not only is the lake itself beautiful, with its wealth of birdlife and strange geological structures that twist from the surface, but it is surrounded by unique wonders. Dimmuborgir is one such example, its name translating to ‘the Dark Fortress’ due to the scale of the lava rock formations here. Fans of Game of Thrones, especially those travelling in winter, will recognise this area as the shooting location of the Fist of the First Men. Another unusual nearby feature is the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar, which you can ascend and encircle; more dramatic is the Víti crater at Krafla volcano, which has a dark history of raining fire on the region. This tour also comes with access to the Mývatn Nature Baths, to break your day up with a revitalising swim. Travelling further east will take you to Námaskarð Pass, a geothermal area of bubbling mud-pits, steaming fumaroles, and colourful earth, dyed by elements rising from below. This is en route to Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, the force of which must be seen to be comprehended. If you did not linger too long at any of the above locations, you should also have time to visit the spectacular horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon; the size and shape of it led believers of the Old Norse Religion to think that it was created by a stomping hoof of the god Oðin’s enormous eight-legged steed. While all these wonders lay to the east of Akureyri, there is a wealth to see to the west and north too. You could use the day to witness the beauty of the Trollaskagi Peninsula and the fjords Eyjafjorður and Skagafjörður; to bask in the serene Infinity Pool in the village of Höfsos; or to go seal-watching on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. This day promises to introduce you to wonder after wonder; which of these you see, however, is entirely up to you. Do not miss this private tour that you can tailor to your interests. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
1day
Available:
All year
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The Beer Spa from Akureyri | Transfer and Admission

Embrace the bizarre with this unconventional spa tour, in which you revitalise your skin and health in a bath of beer. This tour is excellent for those who love relaxation, new experiences, unique culture, and of course, beer. This strange adventure begins when you are picked up in Akureyri, the ‘Capital of the North’. Once you and your small group are all gathered, you will head out to the village of Árskógssandur, by Dalvík, which is just twenty minutes drive away and the location of the spa. Either alone or with one other person, you will be invited to a wooden tub filled with young beer, hops and live yeast. As unusual as it sounds, many claim that a beer bath such as this does wonders for your skin and revitalises your health. The beer you bask in is, of course, undrinkable, but you will be provided with a pint on the side to help you relax and embrace the experience. It should be noted that while eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds are welcome on this tour, the legal age for drinking in Iceland is twenty, so they will have to skip the pint. The brewer of the beer you will relax in and drink is local craft brewery Kaldi. One of the most famous Icelandic labels, you are sure to enjoy the unique flavours imbued in the liquid. Getting tipsy off of Icelandic craft beer is also very easy to frame as a cultural activity, as microbreweries are incredibly popular around the island. You’ll stay in the beer tub for twenty-five minutes, before moving to a relaxation room for another twenty-five. After that, you have an hour to enjoy the rest of the spa. There are other hot tubs (with just geothermal water in them) you could enjoy, which boast beautiful views over the spectacular fjord Eyjafjörður, as well as saunas. There is also a restaurant on-site that you can visit and make the most of. After two hours at the Beer Spa, you will return to your vehicle and be whisked back to Akureyri. No doubt, you will feel incredibly refreshed, revitalised, entertained after your time in the Beer Spa. Do not miss this unusual but rewarding experience in North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
2 reviews

Duration:
3hours
Available:
Jan. - Sep.
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About Akureyri Tours

Akureyri, known as Iceland’s ‘Capital of the North,' is the largest urban settlement outside the southwest region. Here, you can partake in a great number of tours and activities that introduce you to Akureyri's fascinating history and culture. 

Many scheduled tours exploring North Iceland use Akureyri as a departure point. These include tours of the Diamond Circle sightseeing route, Goðafoss waterfall, whale watching tours, visits to Lake Mývatn and nearby nature baths, to name only a few.

1. When is the best time of year to visit Akureyri?

The best time of year to visit Akureyri depends on what you plan to see and do. Akureyri is easier to reach in summer, and there are a greater number of tour options available from the town. In the wintertime, visitors to Akureyri may prefer to spend their time skiing and snowboarding on the nearby, mountainous slopes.

2. What are the main attractions in Akureyri?

Akureyri's city centre is lined with museums, cafés, shops and galleries. On a hill, overlooking the centre, is the ever-popular Akureyri Church and close by are the Botanical Gardens and one of Iceland's best swimming pools. Sitting just outside the city centre is the Christmas House or Jólahúsið, an attraction well-loved by locals.

3. Can you see the northern lights in Akureyri?

Yes, it is possible, though Akureyri is not optimal for watching the aurora borealis, given the town's light-pollution. However, there are Northern Lights tours by bus, jeep and boat tours that depart from the town in order to ensure better sightings.

4. Where can I stay in and around Akureyri?

Akureyri and its surrounding area boast a wealth of accommodation options, including hotels, hostels, bungalows and guesthouses. It is best to book your room well in advance, however, as it is common for accommodation in Akureyri to be fully booked, all throughout the year.

5. How far is Akureyri from Reykjavik?

Akureyri is 380 km (236 mi) from Reykjavik, the capital city in Iceland. Driving between locations will take approximately five hours by car. On scheduled tours, this journey may take longer, depending on the itinerary set by the tour operator for the trip.

6. Do any planes fly between Akureyri and Reykjavik?

Yes, planes fly daily from Reykjavík Domestic Airport. The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes.

7. Is Akureyri on the Ring Road?

Yes, it is. This means it is relatively easy to access all-year-around as the Ring Road is regularly cleared of any snow and is well-maintained.

8. What facilities are there in Akureyri?

Akureyri is one of Iceland’s largest towns. There are museums, shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, a botanical garden, medical facilities, supermarkets, swimming pools and gas stations. There are also a range of tour guides running sightseeing tours of the city's surrounding areas, making it a destination that travellers could spend several days in.

9. Is it better to stay in Akureyri than in Reykjavik for the majority of my trip?

It depends entirely on what you plan to see and do, but the main attractions of both cities can be explored within the space of a day. However, for a greater choice in downtown attractions and accommodation, Reykjavík is a better bet.

10. How many people live in Akureyri?

Akureyri is home to approximately 18,000 residents.

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