Akureyri Water activities

Our most recommended Akureyri Water activities

Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

1. Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a cruise trip from Akureyri. Listen to your guide's commentary and discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the onboard bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with free Wi-Fi.

Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

2. Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

Enjoy a 2-hour whale and bird watching tour starting from the floating pier in Akureyri. Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, starting from the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. With only 12 passengers on each boat, take part in an adventure of a lifetime on an intimate whale watching tour.   The specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. The RIBs are fast and small boats that will also get you quicker to the whales and cover a bigger area as you search for the wild life. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life with out disturbing them in their natural habitat. If you have a passion for nature and love for adventure, this is the tour for you.

West Glacial River Family Rafting

3. West Glacial River Family Rafting

Enjoy a trip through the magnificent West Glacial canyon. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxing trip and take in some breath-taking scenery. For family rafting the West is the best. The West Glacial River is classed 2-3. The trip starts and ends in the onsite boathouse. The friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment needed for tackling famous glacial rivers. The guides will provide wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece, and a towel. Take a 20 minute drive towards the West Glacial river. Your trip leader will give a full safety briefing. You will then be divided into crews and assigned a boat and most of all your guide. Once on the river you will enter the canyon with its high walls and amazing geology. Along the way you may stop for a unique hot chocolate and for some cliff jumping for the brave ones. The bus will be waiting for the short drive back to the base where the hot tubs await. The trip time is around 3 hours.

East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

4. East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

The East Glacial river has a reputation of being one of the most exciting rivers in Europe.  The trip begins at a boathouse where your friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment and information needed for tackling the famous glacial rivers. Wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties are provided. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm sweater or fleece, and a towel. Once you are all changed you will be driven to the East valley. Your trip leader will give a safety briefing with all of the safety information needed to get the most out of your trip. Take to the river rafting 16 km through the East Glacial canyon. Tackle rapids such as Alarm Clock, Commitment, Screaming Lady, and of course the famous Green Room. Depending on the water levels you will also stop for some cliff jumping for those that feel they need a little more excitement.The bus will meet you at the end where steaming bowls of hot soup will be waiting for. After a short 20 minute ride back to the base you can unwind in a hot tub.

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What people are saying about Akureyri

Das Boot war etwa 14m lang, also doch kleiner als erwartet und auch die Anzahl der anderen Touristen hielt sich in Grenzen. Es war ziemlich kalt als wir Mitte September gefahren sind, aber ws gab Overalls und heiße Schokolade + Tee und Kaffee zum aufwärmen! Wir haben 3 verschiedene Buckelwale gesehen. Die Tour war super! Der Anbieter Elding whale Watching ist ein Familienbetrieb und Naturschutz ist wichtig. Die Wale werden nicht verfolgt und dadurch unter Stress gesetzt. Trotzdem kamen wir sehr nah an sie. Die Tour ist zu empfehlen!

It was a great overall experience . Very personable, funny, beautiful and educated ( marine biologist ) guide Gemma and fantastic, competent boat captain ( hunk from Germany ) . Highly recommended activity if you are visiting the area and interested in whale watching . The speed boat ride was awesome .

Fantastic experience! Several whales are allowed to see up close. Good guide who gave a lot of info, both guide and captain have a very good eye in spotting the whales. The suits are certainly warm enough, you will get gloves and glasses. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

The trip was great, although in hindsight we have reservations. There was a whale that was circled by 3 boats, whether that is environmentally conscious and likes the whale we now dare to doubt. But the boat, the crew and the guide are waiting great.

It was really great to watch the whales. I recommend