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How to Spend 2 Days in Akureyri

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How to Spend 2 Days in Akureyri
With two days to spend in the northern outpost of Akureyri, you’ll have enough time to explore the town and its restaurants and galleries, get offshore for some of Iceland’s best whale watching, soak up the dramatic natural scenery of the north, and even sneak in some relaxation. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in Akureyri.

Day 1: Whales and Relaxation
Morning: Bundle up this morning for one of Akureyri’s most popular activities: whale watching. Aboard a high-speed boat, head out into Eyjafjord in search of humpback whales, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and dolphins. Sightings are almost guaranteed in summer.

Afternoon: Warm up this afternoon with a uniquely Icelandic form of relaxation at the Beer Spa. Step into a hoppy bath of young beer and live beer yeast to help ease sore muscles and cleanse the skin. Each tub has its own tap of cold beer as well, so you can imbibe as you soak. 

Night: Polish off your first day in Akureyri by treating your tastebuds to some local flavors on a guided food tour around town. A local foodie will lead the way as you hop from one place to the next, sampling local specialties such as lamb, seafood, traditional Icelandic bread, and the country’s favorite spirit, Brennivín.

Day 2: Diamond Circle
Morning: Akureyri makes the perfect base for exploring the natural wonders of Iceland’s Diamond Circle. Spend today on a guided tour of this route, starting with a morning visit to two of the country’s most famous waterfalls, Godafoss and Dettifoss. Don’t forget your camera, as both are spectacular.

Afternoon: Continue your journey along the Diamond Circle to Iceland’s fourth-largest lake, the volcanic Lake Myvatn. This geothermically active region is known for its craters and lava formations, as well as an abundance of birdlife (15 species of ducks live here). If time permits, spend some time soaking in the Myvatn nature baths. 

Night: You’re in one of the best areas of Iceland to see the northern lights, so take this evening to head out in search of the natural phenomenon. Choose between a 4WD tour and a nighttime cruise to escape the light pollution of town, and keep warm with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
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Whale Watching from Downtown AkureyriWhale Watching

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

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Maximize your chances of seeing humpback whales on this Eyjafjord whale watching cruise from Akureyri. Iceland’s longest fjord is known for attracting these massive mammals for summer feeding. Board a high-speed, specially adapted ship capable of covering all the likely viewing areas, and watch for whales from the viewing platforms and decks. Choose from several departures, including a late-night cruise (June to August), with use of thermal coveralls, raincoats, or blankets included.
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Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from Akureyri

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Go in search of the Northern Lights on a nighttime tour from Akureyri. Travel by 4x4 Jeep outside of town to escape any light pollution, and watch the dark sky for one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular shows. This area of northern Iceland is one of the best places to see the lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, so don’t miss the chance while you’re here. Hot chocolate and an Icelandic doughnut will keep you warm and awake while you wait for the lights to appear.
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Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond CircleAir Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

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There are few better ways to admire the striking landscapes of north Iceland's Diamond Circle than from the sky. During this flight from Akureyri, you’ll enjoy aerial views of world-renowned natural landmarks including Lake Myvatn, Godafoss, and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. See, too, the visionary tableau of Vatnajökull National Park and relish the intimate atmosphere of this small-group tour, limited to only seven guests.
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Whale Watching Small-Group Tour from AkureyriWhale Watching

Whale Watching Small-Group Tour from Akureyri

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Iceland’s north coast is one of the best places in Europe to see whales in their natural environment. This 2-hour whale watching cruise from Akureyri is limited to 12 passengers for a personalized experience, and offers the chance to spot humpback whales, mink whales, white-beaked dolphins, and more.
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 Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss Day Tour from Akureyri

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Explore the Icelandic landscape around Lake Mývatn on this day trip from Akureyri by 4x4 Jeep. This area of northern Iceland is home to natural wonders like Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’), Dettifoss (Europe´s most powerful waterfall) and Hverarönd (hot springs). See craters and lava formations, and be amazed by the incredible geology of this island in the Atlantic.
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Private Lake Mývatn Tour Including Nature Baths Day Trips

Private Lake Mývatn Tour Including Nature Baths

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Combine natural sights with serious relaxation on this day trip to Lake Mývatn and the waterfall of Godafoss from Akureyri. After stopping to see the impressive cascades of water at Godafoss, you’ll continue to the volcanic lake to admire the natural beauty of the area. Finally, head to the Mývatn Nature Baths for a soak in the blue geothermal pools and steam baths before your return to Akureyri.
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Wellness of Local Beer SpaDay Spas

Wellness of Local Beer Spa

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If you've already been to the Blue Lagoon and natural hot springs, try a completely different spa experience. This tour from Akureyri takes you the Beer Spa in Bjórböðin where you can soak in a tub filled with beer, water, hops, and yeast. Not only is the experience unique, but it is also cleanses the skin.
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