Water activity

Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

4.7 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: North Sailing

Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: North Sailing

From US$ 81.51 per person

Experience a breathtaking whale-watching tour from the small fishing village of Hjalteyri, located within 15 minutes from Akureyri. The calm seas of Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, make conditions for whale watching highly favorable.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a two-and-a-half hour whale-watching tour on a traditional oak boat
  • See whales, dolphins and seabirds in their natural habitat
  • Treat yourself with a cup of hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun
Full description
It's not surprising that many northerners believe that Hjalteyri is one of the best-kept secrets of North Iceland. Eyjafjörður is a favorable habitat for marine life, so favorable in fact that whales were spotted on all of these tours in 2016. On this whale-watching tour, you'll graciously glide through the calm seas of Eyjafjörður under the guidance and expertise of a qualified crew. This tour is approximately two-and-a-half hours long. This tour gives you the unique and exceptional opportunity to get in touch with the magnificent wildlife found in the north of Iceland, most notably the majestic whales and seabirds.
  • Light refreshments
  • Live commentary on-board with a professional guide
  • Warm overalls
  • Pick-up

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  • Please make sure you are properly dressed for this tour as it can be cold out in the bay. Bring hats, gloves and good shoes.
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4.7 /5

based on 43 reviews

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It is a decidedly adventurous trip, the waves when the fjord opens are beautiful high and the adrenaline rush is great, but it's worth it: we spotted two whales, one of which is very close, and both dived, pulling out the queue, a unique experience! A padded suit is provided that keeps super warm and a heavy waxed one to put on, I suggest you bring gloves, perhaps in waterproof technical fabric. On the way back they also offered us hot chocolate and a cake. Unique experience

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August 20, 2022

The authenticity of the landscapes, the style for the boat and our guides who are deprived of their availability and the knowledge they share with us. The plot is attractive at the time of departure which consists in knowing if we are going to be able to live this magic moment. And when it happens happiness intoxicates me to discover this majestic underwater animal. I can only advise without guarantee thanks to nature.

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July 15, 2022

This has to be one of the best things I have ever done. Bothe captain of the boat and the guide were incredibly knowledgeable and we saw several humpback whales. And then to top it off we were treated to a pod of dolphins. Excellent hot chocolate and cinnamon bun too.

July 3, 2022

Product ID: 122774