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.
4.8
28 reviews

Duration
10 days
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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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
47 reviews

Duration
3 hours
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
30 reviews

Duration
8 hours
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
3 hours
Available
All year
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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
12 hours
Available
Jun. - Oct.
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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
3 hours
Available
All year
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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
11 hours
Available
All year
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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
1 day
Available
Jun. - Oct.
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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
10 days
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
2 reviews

Duration
13 days
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Duration
6 days
Available
Sep. - Oct.
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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
45 minutes
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
6 hours
Available
All year
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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.
4.6
7 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
All year
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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
8 hours
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
10 reviews

Duration
1 hour
Available
May. - Mar.
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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
5 days
Available
May. - Nov.
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North Iceland Snowmobile Adventure

Race through the hills and valleys of northern Iceland on this exciting snowmobile excursion. This tour is perfect for any seekers of thrill who wish to spice up their holiday with an icy adventure. The tour starts in Akureyri, located just 100 kilometres away from the Arctic Circle. There you will be picked up in the town’s centre and driven to Súlur, the beautiful cone-shaped mountain that overlooks the city. If you prefer, you could also drive towards the snowy peaks yourself and meet your guides at the foot of the mountain. Once you arrive at the snowmobiling basecamp, you will be fitted with protective gear such as thick overalls, a helmet and a pair of gloves, and given a quick safety briefing where you'll learn to operate the vehicle. Your local guide will also tell you a little bit about this area north of Súlur mountain; it’s rolling hills, freezing river and uninhabited valleys. Then there is nothing left but to mount your vehicle and explore the snowy landscape by speeding across the plains. You’ll zigzag in the powdery snow along the dunes and ridges of the mountain with the adrenaline surging and the fresh mountain air in your lungs. Racing through the snow can work up an appetite, which is why your guides will bring authentic local food for your to sample after your ride.  If you think the traditional snacks aren’t going to be enough to satisfy your hunger, you can ask the guides to bring their ‘barbeque sledge’; an outdoor grill fitted with skis so that you can have some tasty treats cooked for you high up in the mountains. Don’t hesitate any longer and book now for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hit the snow at full speed and get to know the beautiful mountains in northern Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
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Duration
2 hours
Available
Dec. - May.
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Private Lake Myvatn Day Tour

Marvel over the diverse wonders of the lake Mývatn region on this private day tour. Where you go, and how long you spend at each destination, is all in your hands. This is a perfect excursion for those who seek to immerse themselves in Iceland's natural beauty, without having to worry about travelling on anybody else’s terms. Your guide will pick you up from your Akureyri accommodation in the morning, and transport you to the Mývatn region. En route, you will pass the incredible Goðafoss waterfall, and stop to marvel at its power and learn about its fascinating history. After that, you will continue east, and what you see next is entirely in your own hands. There are many fascinating places to visit in Mývatn. You can observe seething geothermal areas, such as at Mount Námafjall and Hverir, or bathe in naturally heated water in the Myvatn Nature Baths. Those interested in Iceland's raw volcanism would enjoy the lava fortress of Dimmuborgir and the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar, and avid birdwatchers should spend some time at the lake itself to see a wealth of life. How you choose to see these sites is up to you. You could leave it all in the hands of your guide, and get them to show you and tell you about as many places as possible, or you could fully invest in a couple of destinations and spend your day taking them in. If you are a fan of the HBO Series Game of Thrones, you could even tailor your tour to hit as many filming destinations as possible. The only possible limitation on this tour is that some areas can become inaccessible in winter. While most places still can be reached, Mount Krafla and the Víti explosion crater are closed off in bad weather. There is still plenty in the area to entertain yourself with, however. Once you have made the most of your day, you will head back to Akureyri. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Mývatn, and do so on your own terms. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration
8 hours
Available
All year
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Sightseeing Tour from Akureyri | Waterfalls & Myvatn Nature Baths

Immerse yourself in the stunning nature of North Iceland on this wide-ranging sightseeing tour that concludes with a relaxing soak in the healing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths. Anyone looking for the perfect day in North Iceland should not let this incredible excursion slip by. Your adventure begins with a morning pickup in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. You will then drive along the scenic coastline of fjord Eyjafjörður, all the way through the lush valley Fnjóskadalur. Remember to pack your camera since the sightseeing has barely begun. The first proper stop of the tour will be at Goðafoss, 'the Waterfall of the Gods'. Then, you will head to the Lake Mývatn area, one of the North’s most prized natural pearls. The lake’s volcanic landscapes are dotted with lava pillars, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot vents. Some of the highlights of Lake Mývatn include the pseudocraters Skútustaðagígar, the eerie rocky citadel that is Dimmuborgir, and Grjótagjá—a cave and ancient bathing spot filled with natural hot water. You will also be visiting both the waterfall Selfoss, and Europe’s most powerful waterfall called Dettifoss which boast a cascading drop of 45 metres and a width of 100 metres, as well as one of the most impressive canyons in all of Iceland. You will also make your way to the hot spring area of Námaskarð Pass, so get ready to enjoy a first-hand experience of Iceland's geothermal activity, as the area’s ground heat is maintained by the volcano Krafla. Last but not least, you will be brought to the Mývatn Nature Baths to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating soak in their renowned mineral-rich waters. Don’t miss out on your perfect day enjoying the attractions of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
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Duration
9 hours
Available
All year
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Diamond Circle Excursion from Akureyri | Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi

Witness the stunning landscapes of North Iceland on this guided Diamond Circle tour from Akureyri. Anyone looking to experience the volcanic landscapes and powerful waterfalls of the North should not let this opportunity pass. Your adventure begins as you get picked up in a 4x4 vehicle in the morning and set out from Akureyri, Iceland’s Capital of the North. The first stop will be at the majestic Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods), named so because an Icelandic high chieftain thew his statues of the Norse Gods into the cascading falls to mark the nation’s religious conversion to Christianity 1000 years ago. Goðafoss is one of Iceland’s most grand and powerful waterfalls, boasting a width of no less than 30 metres and a drop of 12 metres. Prepare to feel the rumbling beneath your feet as you feast your eyes on this natural wonder of the North. Next up is the area around Lake Mývatn, where you will visit the boiling mud pits close to Námafjall Mountain. The landscape is that of great natural catastrophes as well as mysterious beauty. You will also be treated to a short stop by the crater Víti which sits by the infamous Krafla Volcano. After having explored the Lake Mývatn area, you will continue to the waterfall Dettifoss, which surpasses even Goðafoss in size, boasting a drop of 45 metres and a width of 100 metres. Watch as the muddy glacial water cascades into one of Iceland’s most impressive canyons below. After visiting Dettifoss, your excursion continues alongside the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon until you reach the scenic Vesturdalur Valley. From there, you will be brought to the echoing cliffs of Hljóðaklettar, known for their stunning basalt rock formations. It’s safe to say that you should bring an empty memory card since you will want to take an endless amount of photos of everything you see on your journey. The next stop of the tour is at the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi, dedicated to the Norse Gods through the legend of Óðinn’s horse Sleipnir who is reputed to have stepped his hoof down there from the heavens. After all this incredible sightseeing, you will be treated to a lunch stop in the charming village of Húsavík before heading back to Akureyri, where you can reminisce about the sights you just saw with the rest of your travel companions. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance of witnessing some of the most celebrated pearls of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.0
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Duration
10 hours
Available
May. - Oct.
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See The North! | Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

Come and see for yourself the wealth of attractions that make North Iceland so famous with this fantastic guided sightseeing tour. This is an excellent tour opportunity for those travellers to Iceland looking to expand beyond the major attractions of the southwest and, instead, maximise every second of their time on vacation. Your day will begin by being picked up from your accommodation in Iceland's charmed northern capital, Akureyri, before heading out to the dramatic waterfall, Goðafoss. Goðafoss is known as "The Waterfall of the Gods" given its place in history; upon adopting Christianity in 1000 AD, the early Icelandic settlers chose to dispose of their pagan idols in frothing waters of Goðafoss, abandoning their former beliefs through this symbolic action. From there, you will continue on to Lake Mývatn and its gorgeous, volcanic surrounding landscape. Rich in bird life and interesting flora, you will first make a stop at the cragged Dimmuborgir ("Dark Fort"), an area of dried magma that, over the centuries, has come to resemble an ominous castle. You will also visit the geothermally active field of Hverir as well as the dazzling blue interior of Grjótagjá lava cave.  Once your time at Lake Mývatn has come to fruition, you will begin to make your way to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, a thick curtain of hurling, cascading, frothing water that seems to stand in stark contrast to the hard, grey landscapes that surround it. Dettifoss is 100 meters wide and drops 45 meters down into the gorge, Jökulsárgljúfur. You will take a closer look at Jökulsárgljúfur, the largest gorge in all of Iceland, before heading back to Akureyri. Book now for your chance to experience all of the above and more with this fantastic sightseeing tour around the beautiful attractions of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 
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Duration
9 hours
Available
All year
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Arctic Circle Express

Take flight as you journey into the Arctic Circle. In this unique day tour, you will depart from Akureyri in Iceland’s North and head towards the island of Grímsey, Iceland’s gateway to the Arctic. This tour is perfect for those who want to experience a special view of Iceland while also setting foot in the Arctic Circle, something very few can say they have done. Your tour will begin at Akureyri airport. A small aircraft, perfect for sightseeing will await you along with an experienced pilot. Once you are airborne, you will be able to take in the breathtaking beauty below. You will fly over the scenic Troll Peninsula. This area has some of Iceland’s highest mountains where dramatic cliff faces fall over fjords and the sea. Your flight path also offers the opportunity to see whales on their migration. Lucky passengers have seen pods of humpback whales travelling north, a truly spectacular sight. In just 30 minutes you will arrive on the island of Grímsey, the most northern point of Iceland. Grímsey is the only part of Iceland that truly sits in the Arctic Circle. You will receive proof that you have set foot in the Arctic soon after arrival. To celebrate you can experience some traditional Icelandic cuisine before exploring parts of this mostly untouched island. Many visitors travel to Grímsey to witness the Atlantic Puffin in its natural habitat. These stout birds, with colourful beaks, nest here in abundance during the summer months. The island has a lack of predators which creates the perfect sanctuary for these feathered icons. Once you have snapped those incredible puffin shots, you will be able to take in the incredible vistas of Grímsey. After about 2 hours you will then return to your plane and take to the sky once more; witnessing the vibrant sights below before touching town again in Akureyri. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Iceland from a different perspective and venture to the Arctic Circle. Pick a date to check availability.
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Duration
3 hours
Available
May. - Oct.
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Whale Watching in Akureyri & Reykjavík | Two Port Ticket

Book this ticket to have two whale watches in Iceland, one from Reykjavík and one from the northern town of Akureyri. Iceland's whale life is one of its major attractions, and every whale watch is completely different, with a world of possibility. By booking this tour, you will have an open ticket from each of these ports. You can either book specific dates, or just show up at each office and jump on an available trip. From Reykjavík, your whale-watch will set out into Faxaflói Bay. Here, the most common species of great whale is the Minke Whale, which you will hopefully see in abundance. Humpback Whales are also very common, especially in the heights of summer. From Akureyri, you head into the fjord Eyjafjörður. Here, the opposite is the case; you are more likely to see Humpbacks, but Minkes are still a common sight. In both locations, Harbour Porpoises and White Beaked Dolphins are very common, and both have a wealth of birdlife. In summer, this includes puffins. No matter where you are whale watching from in the country, you also have a slight chance of seeing other creatures such as Beaked Whales, Orcas, Pilot Whales, and even Blue and Fin Whales.  On neither tour do you need to worry about the cold of the sea air; both whale-watching vessels have indoor areas and the option of borrowing overalls, as well as bars which offer hot drinks, as well as other beverages. Another similarity between the two whale-watches you will embark on is the fact that the surrounding nature will be mind-blowing. From Reykjavík, you'll be able to see the Whale Fjord, Hvalfjörður, as well as Mount Esjan and the Reykjanes Peninsula. From Akureyri, you will be able to see the incredible mountains of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, as well as the stunning coastline of Eyjafjörður. If you do not see any cetaceans (whales, dolphins or porpoises) on either one of the tours, you will get a free ticket to try again, valid for two years. Take this opportunity to see the whales of Iceland . Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."

Duration
2 days
Available
Feb. - Nov.
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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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