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Perched on the banks of the vast Eyjafjordur fjord, beneath a string of Iceland’s highest peaks, Akureyri makes an ideal base for myriad outdoor activities year-round. Here are a few popular adventures to be enjoyed just beyond the country’s second city.

Whale Watching
Iceland’s longest fjord (37 miles/60 kilometers), Eyjafjordur and it’s mineral-rich depths attract majestic minke and humpback whales in the summer months, making whale-watching tours a popular activity. With dolphins, porpoises, and seabirds also in attendance, it’s an all-around wildlife-watcher’s haven. Cruise out into Eyjafjordur’s deep waters and, wrapped up snugly against the harsh winds, look out over the waves for sightings of these amazing marine creatures.

Rafting
For action-packed adventure on the water, full-day rafting tours are hard to beat. Using Akureyri as a base, head into North Iceland’s Austurdalur valley to test your mettle against the powerful torrents of the East Glacial River’s Class 4+ rapids. For something a little more family-friendly and relaxing, take to the West Glacial River from Hafgriímsstadir and follow the current through the spectacular canyon scenery. And if time is on your side, 3-day rafting expeditions delve deeper into the Icelandic wilderness—passing glaciers, hot springs, and untamed wilderness along the way.

Hot Springs
The geothermal energies at work below ground make Akureyri and the Lake Myvatn region the ideal place to experience a little well-earned rest and relaxation. When you’re done tackling the waves and exploring the caves, indulge in a soothing respite at the Myvatn Nature Baths. Here mineral-rich waters flow from a nearby hot spring and provide an idyllic setting for a tour-ending soak.

4x4 Jeep Safaris
Iceland is crisscrossed by rugged off-road routes, and one exciting way to reach the island nation’s far-flung destinations is on a 4x4 Jeep safari. Strap in and set out from central Akureyri into the open Icelandic wilderness, where you’ll discover natural gems such as the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, strung out along the spectacular Diamond Circle route.
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Traditional Oak Ship Whale Watching Tour From Husavik

Traditional Oak Ship Whale Watching Tour From Husavik

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Realize your dreams of watching humpback whales and orcas in their natural environment on a 3-hour Original Whale Watching tour from Húsavik, capital of whale watching in Iceland. After selecting a departure time to suit your schedule, climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak ship and set sail for a prime whale-watching destination on the icy ocean. With luck, marvel at the majestic mammals as they dive and plunge before your eyes, listening to informative commentary from your guide as you observe.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

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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  • 3 hours
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Whale Watching Small-Group Tour from Akureyri

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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  • 2 hours
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Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri

Goðafoss- Waterfall of the Gods Tour from Akureyri

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An easy and short tour to Goðafoss, also known as the water of the gods, which played a role in the christening of Iceland. We drive to the waterfall and spend some time there and then we head back to Akureyri, stopping at some good photo points on the wat.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Whale and Puffin Watching around Skjálfandi Bay from Husavik

Whale and Puffin Watching around Skjálfandi Bay from Husavik

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Coastal Iceland is home to a spectacular range of native wildlife, but to see the best of it you have to take to the waves. With this tour, cruise out into Skjálfandi Bay by traditional wooden oak boat, and watch the waters for dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. Spot colorful puffins and other seabirds with live on-board commentary, and keep warm with a refreshing hot chocolate.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

Whale Safari and Puffins RIB Boat Tour from Húsavík

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Discover Iceland’s most iconic wildlife with a 2 - 2.5-hour whale and puffin tour from Húsavík on an RIB speedboat. Enjoy views of the Skjálfandi Bay as you skim along the coast, covering an expansive territory in the high-powered craft. Watch for massive blue whales and acrobatic humpbacks, and learn about life beneath the surface from your experienced guide. During the breeding season of mid-April through mid-August, visit ‘Puffin Island’ to find a thriving colony of brightly-colored birds before returning to Húsavík.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

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See the big three landmarks of northern Iceland with this day trip to Lake Mývatn and the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls. With a carefully prepared itinerary, you’ll maximize your time at each site, going straight to the vantage points and learning about the geology of the region from a guide. Extra stops include the Grjótagjá lava cave and Mývatn Nature Baths; just note that entry is extra.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

Traditional Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

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Watch for nimble humpbacks and massive blue whales on this whale watching adventure from Húsavík on a traditional Icelandic oak boat. Enjoy stunning views of the Skjálfandi Bay and Vík mountains as you explore the coastline, a thriving pilgrimage place for marine mammals in the summer season. Learn about Iceland’s wildlife and culture with live commentary from your experienced guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour from Husavik

Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour from Husavik

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Sometimes whale watching cruises on huge boats make it hard to be able to actually see the ocean life unless you board first and claim the best spots. This whale watching tour from Husavik is on board an RIB boat limited to just 12 passengers, so you’re never in competition for the best vantage points. Plus, its easy to stay warm and safe with an included warm suit and life jacket.
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  • 2 hours
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Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River

Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River

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Splash through the Icelandic wilderness and enjoy family-friendly adventure on this 3.5-hour rafting trip on the West Glacial River from Hafgrímsstaðir. Climb into your drysuit at the rafting base in Hafgrímsstaðir. Then, travel onward by bus to the banks of the choppy but gentle West Glacial River. With your paddle in hand, hop aboard your raft and follow the current downstream. Navigate the course with your guide and enjoy breathtaking views over the rolling riverbanks. Finish your adventure with a cliff jump and a swim in the glacial waters.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri

Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri

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The Icelandic horse is known for its unique gait called tölt. The breed is only truly Icelandic when it is on the island, so don't miss the chance to ride one while you are here. This horseback riding tour takes you into the countryside and is suitable for all levels, whether or not you have ridden before.
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  • 1 hour
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Whale Watching on a Traditional Oak Sailing Ship from Husavik

Whale Watching on a Traditional Oak Sailing Ship from Husavik

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Go whale watching aboard a traditional Icelandic schooner during this 3.5-hour excursion from Húsavík. Learn about Icelandic sailing traditions and take in the wild, rugged, natural scenery of the sea. Light refreshments included.
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  • 3 hours
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Original Carbon Neutral Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

Original Carbon Neutral Whale Watching Tour from Húsavík

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Whale watching is a popular activity for visitors to Iceland, but it can be tricky for animal lovers to find a tour that is sustainable and non-invasive. This whale-watching cruise from Húsavík is the perfect choice – using low-sound, carbon-neutral boats to ensure minimal disturbance as you admire the whales in their natural environment.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlíð, North Iceland
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West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlíð, North Iceland

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Float over class 2 and 3 rapids in the West Glacial River on this guided rafting tour. After getting outfitted in the included wetsuits and helmets, enter the canyon on a raft with your onboard and experienced guide. Make your way down the river, enjoying views of the high canyon walls and unique geology.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale Watching Tour on board a Traditional Oak Ship from Hjalteyri

Whale Watching Tour on board a Traditional Oak Ship from Hjalteyri

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The north coast is one of the best places for whale watching in Iceland, and this cruise from Hjalteyri maximizes your chances of spotting the majestic creatures. Set sail across the Eyjafjörður fjord on a traditional oak ship, tuck into refreshments on-board, and look out for minke, humpback, and orca whales.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from Akureyri

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Whale Watching from the Heart of Akureyri

Whale Watching from the Heart of Akureyri

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Come face to face with the world’s largest mammals on this half-day whale watching excursion from Akureyri, Iceland’s scenic northern port city. Listen to stories about the history and culture of the region from your guide. Then, enjoy comfortable, first-class amenities as you cruise through Torfunefsbryggja Harbor, including an on-site bar with hot and cold drinks for purchase.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small Group Tour

Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small Group Tour

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North Iceland boasts many natural wonders, including lava formations, waterfalls, thermal pools, and more. This small-group tour from Akureyi covers the best in a convenient day trip, including an optional swim at Myvatn Nature Baths. Marvel at the waterfalls at Godafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; view Lake Myvatn, hot springs, and the Dimmuborgir lava fields, and then choose to bathe in the naturally heated Myvtan baths. Hotel and airport pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Family Friendly Horse Riding Tour in Skagafjörður

Family Friendly Horse Riding Tour in Skagafjörður

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Mount your Icelandic horse and set off with your small group to discover Skagafjörður’s striking landscape on this family-friendly riding tour, suitable for any level of experience. Soak up scenic views and benefit from your guide’s insider knowledge as you trot along ridges, rivers, and rolling trails, keeping warm with gear rental and a hot drink provided.
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  • 1 hour
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Diamond Circle, Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri
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Diamond Circle, Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

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If you only have time for one day trip from Akureyri, make it a tour of the Diamond Circle, a circuit that takes in some of North Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders. This full-day small-group tour visits the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, the Hverir hot springs, Lake Mývatn, and the Víti crater. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Kerlingarfjöll Highlands Day Tour in a 4X4 from Akureyri
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Kerlingarfjöll Highlands Day Tour in a 4X4 from Akureyri

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Iceland is renowned for its natural wonders but few travelers get chance to explore the wild landscapes of the north. Venture off-road into the remote Kerlingarfjöll Highlands on this full-day tour from Akureyri and admire the striking rhyolite mountains, explore the Hveravellir geothermal area, and take a dip in a natural hot spring. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
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4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

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Of all the natural jewels in northern Iceland, see the ones that most interest you on a customizable private day trip from Akureyri for up to eight people. Travel by 4x4 vehicle to waterfalls, craters, lakes and more, such as Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss or the Mývatn Nature Baths. With a guide, create an itinerary that suits you and your group.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Husky Petting and Pictures in Akureyri (private)

Husky Petting and Pictures in Akureyri (private)

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Have you ever dreamed to spend a unforgettable moment with huskies surrounded by a incredible nature in North Iceland
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Classic Tour from Akureyri

Northern Lights Classic Tour from Akureyri

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Spotting the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult. Rather than simply counting on getting lucky, you can hugely improve your chances by joining this tour that takes you into the countryside, far from light pollution, in the company of an experienced aurora-hunter guide.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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