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Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

4.6 / 5

81 reviews

Activity provider: Elding Adventure at Sea

Akureyri: 2–Hour Whale Watching Express by RIB Speedboat

Activity provider: Elding Adventure at Sea

From US$ 158.13 per person

Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, a place of serene beauty, full of marine life and framed by massive, glacier-carved and snow-capped mountains.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Learn everything about the Eyjafjord wildlife
  • Get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer
  • Cover a bigger area in search for whales thanks to the RIB boats
Full description
Enjoy a 2-hour whale and bird watching tour starting from the floating pier in Akureyri. Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, starting from the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. With only 12 passengers on each boat, take part in an adventure of a lifetime on an intimate whale watching tour.   The specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. The RIBs are fast and small boats that will also get you quicker to the whales and cover a bigger area as you search for the wild life. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life with out disturbing them in their natural habitat. If you have a passion for nature and love for adventure, this is the tour for you.
  • Guide
  • Overalls
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Goggles
  • Life vest and necessary safety equipment
  • Pick-up service
  • Toilets on board
  • Food on board
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People under 4 ft 8 in (145 cm)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet at the floating pier Oddeyrarbót 2, next to the cultural centre Hof in Akureyri at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Signed waiver

Know before you go

  • Dress warmly for the northern ocean, so if you have it, bring warm outdoor clothing like a wool or fleece sweater, some warm headgear and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes are recommended
  • Please be aware that the weather can change rapidly in Iceland and therefore the captain could decide to cancel the tour on short notice for safety reasons
  • Please note, the minimum age is 10 years and the minimum height is 145 cm
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 81 reviews

Review summary

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Fantastic experience! Several whales are allowed to see up close. Good guide who gave a lot of info, both guide and captain have a very good eye in spotting the whales. The suits are certainly warm enough, you will get gloves and glasses. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

September 24, 2022

It was a great overall experience . Very personable, funny, beautiful and educated ( marine biologist ) guide Gemma and fantastic, competent boat captain ( hunk from Germany ) . Highly recommended activity if you are visiting the area and interested in whale watching . The speed boat ride was awesome .

September 21, 2022

We didn’t see any whales on the tour but it was a once in a lifetime experience and is worth the money for the ride alone! very fun guide with lots of knowledge about marine and aviary life, plus the general area along the fjord and an amazing captain, our whole group enjoyed it thoroughly and even if we got free tickets for another chance to see whales, I’d gladly pay to experience it all over again! Thank you for an incredible afternoon!

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April 19, 2022

Product ID: 69415