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Northeastern Region, Iceland

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Húsavík 3-Hour Original Whale Watching Tour

1. Húsavík 3-Hour Original Whale Watching Tour

Experience the Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has turned Húsavík into Iceland’s whale-watching capital. On this 3-hour activity you’ll marvel at the natural beauty of Skjálfandi and have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins and sea birds. Enjoy a smooth, safe sailing adventure in a traditional Icelandic oak ship and treat yourself to a cup of hot cocoa and some cinnamon buns on the return trip. This tour has been recommended by thousands of satisfied visitors to Iceland from around the world. The Original Husavik Whale Watching tour is an authentic wildlife activity operated by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

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Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

2. Akureyri: 3-Hour Classic Whale Watching Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of the Eyjafjord's humpback whales and other marine life in their natural habitat on a 3-hour tour from Akureyri. Discover how the warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and plenty of food to the fjord for the larger-than-life mammals.  Benefit from the services of specially-trained whale watching guides who are experts at spotting the animals. Listen as they tell you about the behavior of the whales and answer any questions you may have. Journey aboard the only specially-modified, high-speed whale watching ship in Iceland. Capable of carrying 200 people, it provides spectacular views from its cinema-style viewing platforms. Relax aboard the boat and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor seating. Purchase drinks and snacks along the way from the on-board bar and cafeteria. Experience a pleasant and comfortable ride, even at speed, and share your adventure live on social media with the free Wi-Fi.

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Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

3. Húsavík: Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour

After you have been equipped with a warm safety overall and a life vest, step aboard a modern RIB speedboat to begin your exciting adventure. Head out to the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay while your specialized guide demonstrates safety on-board and gives you live commentary on the sights encountered along the way. Your first visit will be Puffin Island during the nesting period (April 15 – August 20 approximately), where you can observe thousands of colorfully-beaked puffins, often called "the Clowns of the Ocean." The high speeds of your boat will make it more likely you will spot some of the bigger whales, such as the majestic blue whales and acrobatic humpback whales. Watching whales in their natural environment from a RIB speedboat is a unique experience.

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From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

4. From Húsavík: Traditional Whale Watching Tour

Climb aboard a traditional Icelandic oak boat and experience a traditional whale watching tour from Europe's whale watching capital at Húsavík. Sail out into the bay and prepare to be captivated by the work of Mother Nature. Your specialized guide will give a safety demonstration on board the boat and then feed you live commentary on all the sights you will encounter. Skjálfandi Bay is known for its rich wildlife, including numerous types, shapes and sizes of whale. Keep a look out for the acrobatic humpback whales and giant blue whales. This is wild nature and therefore unpredictable, but your chances of seeing whales in their natural environment is very high. Sail back to Húsavík harbor and enjoy the stunning scenery.

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Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

5. Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Do something different on your visit to Iceland and look for wildlife aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship. Discover the magic of the ocean and get back to nature off the north coast of Iceland. Depart from the harbor in Húsavík and spend 3 hours aboard the oak ship looking for whales and other marine life. Experience the traditional coastal culture of Iceland as you get hands-on and help to raise the sails. Assist the skipper as you cruise around the breathtaking bay of Skjálfandi, created over the centuries by glacial activity. Avail of the services of an attentive crew, who will supply you with warm clothing when needed. Sip tasty hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, available free of charge.

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Lake Mývatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

6. Lake Mývatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

The Lake Mývatn area is considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Iceland. Begin your 8-hour tour with a stop at Goðafoss Waterfall, a picturesque and iconic site located on the Skjálfandafljót River. Your next stop in the Lake Mývatn area will be the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar. You’ll also see more of the area’s highlights, including the Hverir mud pools, Grjótagjá rift and the Dimmuborgir lava fields among others. The final stop of the day is at the Mývatn nature baths, where you’ll have the option of relaxing in a natural pool of geothermal water, located in the middle of lava fields and with great area views.

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Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

7. Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

After being collected from your nearby hotel, you will drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. Out here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Also called Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon visible only in the far northern hemisphere. They are a unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps. Your goal is not only to find the right sights for best photograph, but also to take your time to enjoy this fragile single moment that will never come again, but you may well remember for the rest of your life.

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Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

8. Húsavík: Big Whales and Puffin Island Tour

After checking in in the ticket office, be escorted to the dressing room to receive warm water-resistant overalls and life vests. Sit back and peel your eyes across the rocking waves of the Atlantic, looking for any sign of life. Make sure to bring hats and gloves—it's always colder in the bay than in the town. When everybody is ready the guide will show the way to the boat where passengers will find their seats and get informed about safety regulations on board. The first pit-stop is Puffin Island (during puffin season which is from 1st May- 20th August). Circle around the Island, enjoying the view of thousands of sweet-looking puffins during their breeding period. The next destination is whale watching in Skjálfandi Bay, an area renowned for its rich wildlife, Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll mountain ranges. There are 20 different species of cetacean in Iceland, the most common being Humpback and Minke whales. There is a chance to spot rarer species like Orcas, Harbour Porpoises, Blue Whales, etc. With a smaller vessel like a RIB, your captain can get much closer to where these animals swim as small boats make less noise, and are less likely to deter whales. After 2 hours of cruising the ocean, begin the return journey back to the harbor. On your way, you will likely pass one of the numerous nesting Puffin colonies that live in the area—just another fantastic reason to come aboard. So don't delay any longer. Hurry now and you too can go whale watching in Húsavík using the nimble RIB boat. Check availability by choosing a date.  

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Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

9. Reykjavik: 8-Day Small Group Circle of Iceland Tour

Your 8-day Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik, then sets out along the Golden Circle, passing by Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. As you admire the hot water spouting from the earth, learn about the history of Iceland from your expert guides. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades, and hike on an ancient glacier. The highlight of the day is a trip to the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Explore Skaftafell National Park on day 3 and marvel at the white sheets of ice as they contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, explore an Ice Cave and blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlon. Spend the evening looking out for the stunning Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On day 4, follow your guides through the East Fjords in search of native wildlife such as wild reindeer. As you pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live, learn about the culture and way of life in the nearby small villages. After a cozy night’s stay in a sleepy Icelandic village, explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Then continue to the Námaskarð Pass where the earth boils and bubbles in front of your eyes. On day 6, visit the fjord of Eyjafjörður, spend some time getting to know local farmers at Kaffi Kú, and stop by Hauganes for a Whale Watching Tour. Try some Icelandic delicacies if you fancy it, then stay overnight in Borgarnes. On day 7, explore the capital of the north at your own leisure, before heading out to the Saga Trail to visit Reykholt where the medieval poet Snorri Sturluson lived. On day 8, see the incredible Snæfellsjökull glacier on Snæfellsnes Peninsula and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy an optional underground tour of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave first, then head on South to see the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano spewing actual lava. In the evening, you’ll return back to Reykjavik, where your 8-day adventure ends.

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From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

10. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

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What people are saying about Northeastern Region, Iceland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 725 reviews

My family and I agree that this was best vacation (tour) we’ve ever taken. Our guide, Rocky was fantastic. Everyone on the tour was captivated by his knowledge of the island. We very much enjoyed his tales; myths and truths! The minivan experience was very comfortable. Rocky’s playlist was on-point and thoughtfully arranged. The activities and guides were spectacular. On this tour we participated in glacier hiking, cave touring, horseback riding and whale watching. The stops along the trip were breathtaking; we saw beautiful waterfalls, caves, geysers, black sand beaches, glaciers, lakes and even reindeer! My family and I plan on returning to Iceland again and I will recommend Troll Expeditions to everyone I know!

This tour was definitely a highlight of our trip to Iceland! Our guide was amazing and he told us that they had spotted a place with lots of whales the same morning! We saw more than 10 hampback whales! It was absolutely amazing. We were all very quite, watching the whales diving and showing us their tails! Very emotional moment, I almost cried! On the way back they offered us hot cacao and cinnamon rolls to warm up. We felt blessed for this experience!

We went on a tour in November, so it was really cold, but the crew gave us overalls and an extra coat to protect us from the water splashes. At the beginning, we didn't manage to see a lot of whales, but the crew decided to stay on the water longer to give us a chance of seeing whales. In the end we got lucky and managed to see a whale for a full minute from close by. Truly a great experience!

We were a small group of 6. Everything was was well organized and our guide was the best. We started each day around 8-9 am and arrived before dinner at the next stop. The minibus was comfy and Wi-Fi was available all time. Our guide made us feel like guests, not just customers. I would travel again this tour.

We went at the end of the whale season so our expectations were very low but the crew knew exactly where to go and we got lucky. They were very informative and provided us with warm clothing and hot chocolate. Pictures don't do them justice!