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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri provided by Elding Whale Watching Akureyri

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
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About
Experience the incredible humpbacks in the Eyjafjord on board our comfortable sight seeing ship. Family friendly and great value whale watching tour operated up to 4 times a day from Akureyri in North Iceland. Elding is an environmentally friendly company and recognised worldwide for its environmental efforts. The aim, mission and goal is to minimise the operational impact on the environment while offering an unforgettable experience at sea.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Book your desired boat departure time, and make your own way to the harbor in downtown Akureyri. Then, board your spacious ship, Iceland’s only high-speed, specially modified whale watching vessel, and make use of the provided thermal overalls, raincoats, or blankets. The ship accommodates up to 200 passengers and provides unobstructed views of the seas from cinema-style viewing platforms. As your ship sails, admire the rugged coastline of Eyjafjord, Iceland’s longest fjord. Drink in the surrounding, snow-capped mountains, and chat to the whale watching guides to learn about the humpbacks that visit the area. The summer sun brings a cornucopia of marine food into the fjord, triggering a feeding frenzy from these larger-than-life mammals. Learn about the lifecycles of the humpbacks as your ship uses its speed to reach far and deep parts of the fjord, leaving no likely viewing area unexplored. Scan the seas for whales, and with luck, enjoy some sightings of the mammals as they swim and breach in the waters. You’ll find ample indoor and outdoor seating for viewing the sea in comfort, plus a bar and café for refreshments (own expense). Your cruise ends when you disembark at Akureyri.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Book your desired boat departure time, and make your own way to the harbor in downtown Akureyri. Then, board your spacious ship, Iceland’s only high-speed, specially modified whale watching vessel, and make use of the provided thermal overalls, raincoats, or blankets. The ship accommodates up to 200 passengers and provides unobstructed views of the seas from cinema-style viewing platforms. As your ship sails, admire the rugged coastline of Eyjafjord, Iceland’s longest fjord. Drink in the surrounding, snow-capped mountains, and chat to the whale watching guides to learn about the humpbacks that visit the area. The summer sun brings a cornucopia of marine food into the fjord, triggering a feeding frenzy from these larger-than-life mammals. Learn about the lifecycles of the humpbacks as your ship uses its speed to reach far and deep parts of the fjord, leaving no likely viewing area unexplored. Scan the seas for whales, and with luck, enjoy some sightings of the mammals as they swim and breach in the waters. You’ll find ample indoor and outdoor seating for viewing the sea in comfort, plus a bar and café for refreshments (own expense). Your cruise ends when you disembark at Akureyri.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7090P11
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Warm overalls, raincoats or blankets on board
  • Professional guide
  • Overalls and blankets available to lend
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Elding Whale Watching Akureyri, Oddeyrarbót 2, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that weather in Iceland is unpredictable and that the tour can be cancelled due to rough seas.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travellers
Inclusions
  • Warm overalls, raincoats or blankets on board
  • Professional guide
  • Overalls and blankets available to lend
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Elding Whale Watching Akureyri, Oddeyrarbót 2, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that weather in Iceland is unpredictable and that the tour can be cancelled due to rough seas.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 31 Jul 2020
A note from Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
Efforts are made to invite passengers to stay 2 meters apart from others whenever possible, but guests are asked to wear a face mask during the tour for their own safety. You can purchase a mask in our ticket office before departure. Hand sanitiser dispensers are available on board.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
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4.5
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,061 contributions
Whale Watching
Aug 2021
The staff leading our group were were nice and friendly. They were pretty determined to find a whale for us that day taking us over 55kms out at the very end of the fjord. It was a really long ride on the rib boat seats that are ok for awhile but start to get pretty uncomfortable the longer you sit on them. We did finally find a single humpback whale. We also saw a very large pod of white beaked dolphins that were playing and flipping so that was pretty exciting. The ride back was quite bumpy as the wind had picked up. It was a good thing we took seasickness medication or it could have been a rough outcome.

On the way back we stopped briefly to see a geothermal waterfall. With water is 88 degrees at the top so you could feel the hot mist. Very interesting.

Our guide took pictures and the office shared them with us later that day. That was really great.

We were out over an hour longer than was scheduled - assume that was because we went so far. Their effort was certainly appreciated but not sure I would do it again since so much of the tour was spent zooming across the water versus actually visiting with the whale.
Written 23 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JoviWu
Jastarnia, Poland6 contributions
Amazing!
Amazing staff and great emotions!
In general it was one of the best experiences of my life! ❤️
Thank you Whale Watching Akureyri! ❤️You are the best in Iceland! ❤️

Written 17 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Faye V
Sioux Center, IA4 contributions
Whale Watching in Iceland!
We loved the whale watching tour! Saw lots of whales and the tour guide was very informative and made sure to steer the boat in the direction of the whales whenever they spotted one!
Written 12 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HorseTrips
4 contributions
We Saw Whales
Sep 2021
The boat didn't sink. We saw whales. Five Stars.



(the other reviews said plenty, we needn't repeat it all)
Written 11 September 2021
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Mateusz M
1 contribution
Speed boat 🐋 ⛵
I really recommend speed boat!
Really fast ride and we were very close to the whale. Very nice and professional service and stuff. 🐳 Great experience.
Written 7 September 2021
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Eugene S
Colorado271 contributions
We saw whales & dolphin
Aug 2021
This turned out to be s great trip. Booking online was easy. We showed up with our coupon; got a friendly welcome; and were quickly checked in.

The 1PM cruise left a few minutes late but no bother. It was a windy day and we went out quite a ways in the fjord before we first came across some dolphins. We drove on and spotted a couple of humpback whales. The boat floated near the whales and we all got good close-up views and pictures. On the return trip we came across a large pod of dolphins. Many of them were jumping out of the water. So from the point of view of seeing the whales and dolphins the mission was accomplished.

The crew kept us informed of progress and, as we saw the whales and dolphins, they gave us information about the whale and dolphin lifecycle and behaviors.

The boat was very comfortable, especially so given the wind. There was another whale tour in a smaller boat that was bopping up and down in the swell. If you didn't have sea legs you'd likely be quite uncomfortable. Our journey was calm, given the wind and swell.

There's a snack bar on board and a big indoor area to keep warm. Most people spent the outbound trip above deck and indoors on the return voyage.

We had to go a long way to find the whales and I think the crew went further than their normal trip to ensure a great outcome. Well done.
Written 5 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bettina Benbunan
Madrid, Spain1 contribution
Terrible trip on August 11 at 5pm
Aug 2021 • Friends
Terrible trip on August 11 at 5pm. They assured us a little before leaving that the trip was going to be good. However, from the first moment on the boat they informed us that there was a lot of wind and for this reason, the other companies canceled the departure. The crossing was horrible especially when the boat had to slow down because an engine overheated. Whether watching whales or not was no longer relevant given the great physical discomfort we felt. Finally they left us 45 min from Akureyri. We had to demand a ramp to get off the ship. We returned by bus. The trip lasted 5 hours!
Written 23 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter O
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany493 contributions
Surprisingly close encounter with a whale
The trip out towards the open ocean is quite long. Luckily we saw some dolphins half way out. The other positive is their resilience to find a whale. At the end we spotted a whale really close by.
Written 9 August 2021
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Sliman B
Akureyri, Iceland1 contribution
Unforgettable
Aug 2021 • Friends
It was a great experience with knowledgeable guides, in a beautiful vessel. They take good care for you with warm Gear and hot drinks :D
You can really see beautiful whales during the trip. Just be patient and stay alert. Highly recommend!
Written 8 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

christinaballeri2020
Lakeside, MT89 contributions
Wonderful experience
This whale watching experience was everything we had hoped it would be ! We were happy to have suits available to wear while we were on deck and exposed to the elements. It was great also to have a warm seating area inside as we traveled to/from port. There was also hot chocolate available. Most importantly we saw WHALES :)
Written 24 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Agata (Poland)
It was one of the most beautiful adventures of my life. I felt very safe. I recommend it to anyone who is still hes
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Happy whale watching Akuyeri
We went on 17.00 whale watching from Akuyeri on September 3rd. All of our dealings with this company went so smooth
Keith_Wilson919
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Whale of a time (sorry for the pun)
What a great day, white beaked dolphins, humpback whales, fast jet boat ride and 'whale punch' (hot chocolate with
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Humpback sighting
Boat and crew were fantastic. They offered blankets for those who were cold. Go in summer months because being a Fl
IN3lutTabil3
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One-of-a-kind experience in Iceland, do not miss it!
We travelled to Iceland this year, with the clear intent to see whales. We tried in several places, but here in Aku
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Friendly and professional
The rib boat tour was fantastic for taking pictures and we made a little stop to the geothermal waterfall; they exp
Joe T
Joe T
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Awful time
We were signed up for the classic whale watching at 9am. We show up at 8:45 and they tell us they don’t have the 9a
Rose C
Rose C
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I think the name of this has changed.
Super experience of whale watching. We journeyed to the top of the fjord (free coffee included) and saw two hump ba
anianas90
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must-do in Iceland!
This was one of the best experiences of my life, seeing and hearing a whale so close was just a breathtaking moment
Margo7850p
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Amazing trip
My friends and I decided to take the boat whale watching tour . The team were outstanding, knowledgeable and friend
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Whale watching
In a very cold day in March 2020, we went on a boat with 20+ people in the Eyjafjord north of Akureyri and we were
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Great experience
Did this trip in March 2020 and was delighted to experience seeing a whale. Her name was Ice Woman and she appeared
elizabethvcliff
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Fantastic adventure
Absolutely loved this experience. We saw a whale which was incredible! Definitely a first for me! It was a male at
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Finally we saw whales!
Seeing Whales was one of our aims in cruising to Iceland. Overall on our cruise the weather varied between poor and
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We got to see a couple whales!
The weather wasn't perfect so we expected not to meet many whales. However, we got to see a couple who were still t
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