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Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

1. Hjalteyri: Whale-Watching Boat Trip

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.

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

2. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see.

Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

3. Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

This tour takes us through breathtaking landscapes and beautiful scenery. To arrive in Siglufjörður, we will have to pass through 3 tunnels, but our tour will take us a bit further and through the 4th tunnel to an enjoyable viewing point. We will be making short stops in the Village of Hjalteyri, a unique town from the herring era. As well as having a look at Hauganes and Árskógssandur. We'll pass through Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður, two nice fishing towns. There will be time to explore Siglufjörður and the Herring Era Musem (subject to them being open).

Reykjavik: Wild North Exploration by Super Jeep

4. Reykjavik: Wild North Exploration by Super Jeep

You will begin your Icelandic adventure with pickup from your central Reykjavik hotel, from where you will set out along Iceland’s rugged west coast. Marvel at the dramatic scenery as you take the road less traveled, past an endless panorama of jagged mountains, crystalline lakes, and rugged lava fields. Jump out along the way at Bifröst to stretch your legs with a short hike through the twin craters of Grábrók and Grábrókarfell. As you traverse the ancient landscape, you will hear how the craters were formed over 3,400 years ago whilst stopping to take photos looking out along the valley. Back in the Jeep, you will continue to another natural wonder, the 82-foot-deep canyon of Kolugljúfur. After driving along the side of the canyon, you can hop out to admire the views over the river gorge and its pair of waterfalls, as your guide recounts local folk stories about the troll woman "Kola", who once inhabited the canyon. You will then pay a visit to the Borgarvirki Fortress as you approach the wild north coast, taking time to explore the unusual basalt citadel, set within a volcanic plug. Be sure to climb the steps to the cliff top, from where the views span the valleys and lakes below. The next stop is the coastal haven of Vatnsnes, a natural beauty spot with a rocky beach and 49-foot basalt arch of Hvítserkur jutting out of the water. Grab your camera and head down to the beach, where you’ll also find one of Iceland’s largest seal colonies basking on the rocks and splashing around the shore. There’s just time to get a glimpse of local life on the remote peninsula with a stop at the town of Hvammstangi, before setting out on the return journey to Reykajvik. Finally, after an action-packed day, you will arrive back in the city where your tour ends with drop off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about North Iceland

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 596 reviews

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

Although it was quite cold that day (end of July), the North Sailing team provided us with warm overalls and long raincoats. We could see porpoises. The crew was very nice and considerate. We were told a lot about whales.

A great tour that starts away from mass tourism in the very small town of Hjalteyri. The crew put a lot of effort and we were able to see several whales. A lovely experience, highly recommended.

We had a great tour with lots of interesting information and several whale encounters. A heartfelt thank you.

Our guide was wonderful and the captain made sure we were close enough to the whales.