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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri provided by Elding Whale Watching Akureyri

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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
190
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    190
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
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 +852 30184991
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
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
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Mark552
Mitcham, UK16 contributions
This was a brilliant trip! First of all, Ania was a superb guide. I spoke to her for a while when booking the tickets at the office and her enthusiasm and love for the whales shone through then and on board she was even more insightful and engaging. Both she and the captain Arnar worked really hard to find some whales in what were tough conditions in terms of visibility - especially as I didn’t realise that they don’t use sonar or any things like that to track them and have to rely on their own skills to find them! Ania was happy to answer any question and also provided an interesting running commentary of the area as well as facts about the whales and other wildlife in the water. The boat trip in itself is really cool as you get to see the beautiful fjord and the surrounding scenery and we then had the pleasure of four separate whale sightings with Ania happy to share her photos afterwards so you can just sit back and enjoy the trip (which I did!) would wholeheartedly recommend!
Written 25 November 2021
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kolarz s
Bydgoszcz, Poland3 contributions
Thank you so much to our guide Ania for sharing this amazing whale watching! It really brings a new light to how beautiful these marine animals are. It was the best adventure in Akureyri. We saw three the most graceful and beautiful sea creatures. Great job Elding Crew!
Written 21 November 2021
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,152 contributions
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
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JoviWu
Jastarnia, Poland6 contributions
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
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Faye V
Sioux Center, IA4 contributions
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
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HorseTrips
4 contributions
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
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
Colorado272 contributions
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
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Bettina Benbunan
Madrid, Spain1 contribution
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
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Trip36161026120
Dear 586bettinab, Sorry to hear that this was your experience of our services, but we would kindly like to clarify a few things you have mentioned in your review. The weather wasn't perfect on this day, but not so bad that the tour needed to be cancelled. The other operator you mentioned not going out have very different boats to ours, which may not be as well equipped with handling the longer swells. Due to the wildlife being further North in the fjord than usual, the captain made a decision to sail to where they were (the other option was to sail back, potentially without seeing any whales). Luckily we managed to see 6 humpbacks and a big pod of dolphins, so our efforts weren't for nothing. Sadly one of the two engines on board eventually stalled and had to be turned off. This caused our speed to decrease drastically and we were left with no other option than to sail to the closest harbour and drive back to Akureyri by bus. For this reason, we did not have a ramp available on board, as it was not planned to end the tour elsewhere and this also unfortunately increased the total duration of the tour. We understand that these factors combined were disappointing, but unfortunately things like this are unpredictable and understandably out of our control. We can only do our best in a difficult situation such as this and hope you still managed to enjoy the wildlife encounters. All the best, The Whale Watching Akureyri team
Written 17 November 2021
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Peter O
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany493 contributions
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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Great wildlife experience
The tour guide was engaging and funny, the captain was accommodating (I was in a walking boot and he invited me to
remcoc970
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Awesome RIB Boat tour
We had an awesome tour despite the fact we had to sail quite far to see the whales. But that's the nature factor yo
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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
teresa l
teresa l
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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
debbiea730
debbiea730
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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
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
LippoLappo
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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
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
986carmen
986carmen
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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
V1935LDchristined
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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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