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Whale Watching and White-Water Rafting from Akureyri

Hjalteyri, Iceland

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


With spectacular deep-canyon scenery and relentless white water, the East Glacial River is consistently rated one of Europe’s best rafting rivers. This must-do Iceland experience takes you on an action-packed rafting day tour through the picturesque gorge. Wildlife enthusiasts will also appreciate whale watching while some of the largest creatures of the animal kingdom feed in Eyja Fjord.
  • Combine white-water rafting with whale-watching in Eyja Fjord
  • Paddle Class IV rapids on the East Glacial River
  • Learn white-water rafting techniques from river guides
  • Round-trip transport from Akureyri Backpackers
All rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves
Excellent guidance
Free onboard WiFi
Included on River Rafting:
Included on Whale Watching:
Overalls to wear during the tour
Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers
Riverside refreshments (food and hot drinks)
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Akureyri Backpackers Hostel

Return Details

Whale Watching Akureyri
Start your outdoor adventure with an early morning pickup from Akureyri Backpackers, or make your own way to the base camp at Hafgrímsstaðir, located about 1 hour away. You'll receive a drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, and gloves to keep you warm. After a safety briefing, set off with qualified river guides on an unforgettable, heart-pumping journey down the East Glacial River gorge.

Marvel at Iceland's untamed beauty while paddling the Class IV+ white-water rapids — turbulent waters strong enough to satisfy any adrenaline seeker. It's a powerful ride, but no previous rafting experience is required.

Back on shore, you're served warm riverside refreshments before the return drive to Akureyri Backpackers. From here it's a short walk to the harbor where you'll depart in the late afternoon on a whale-watching tour of Eyja Fjord, home to migratory humpback whales. Board the 200-passenger, specially modified whale-watching vessel, which offers spectacular lookouts from its viewing platforms. With ample indoor and outdoor seating, a bar and a cafeteria, the speedy cruise ensures a comfortable ride in Iceland's deepest fjord. 

While sightings cannot be guaranteed, in summertime you are likely to observe humpbacks as well as possible minke whales, blue whales, and white-beaked dolphins. 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Grade 4 rafting
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • OPERATED BY Elding Whale Watching

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Whale Watching and White-Water Rafting from Akureyri?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Product code: 7090P14

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