Whales, Eyjafjord and Akureyri

2 Hour humpback whale & bird watching tour starting from the Floating Pier at Hof Cultural Centre in downtown Akureyri in North Iceland everyday May 15th to 31st of October.

Trip Difficulty: Moderate/Adventure Tour

Experience getting up close to the incredible humpback whales of the Eyjafjord, starting from the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. With only 12 passengers on each boat we can guarantee an adventure of a lifetime on this intimate whale watching tour. Our specially made RIB boats allow you to get closer to the whales and wildlife than any other boat can offer. The RIBs are small and fast boats that get you to the viewing area quickly and cover a bigger area as we search for the wildlife. This means a bigger chance of spotting whales, dolphins and bird life with out disturbing them in their natural habitat.

The Eyjaford is narrow and deep, with 60 km of sheltered waters, and just 6-10 km wide, it is absolutely perfect for our RIB boats. It is also a place of serene beauty, full of marine life and framed in by massive, glacier carved and snow capped mountains. To ride out the fjord is an adventure and photo opportunity not soon forgotten. But we are here for the whales and wildlife, and there is plenty of it. The local population, the Eyjaford humpback whales, are already becoming world famous. They cruise the fjord in summer in a feeding frenzy and reach the height of their activity when the warm summer sun shines throughout the day and night in June, July and August. They are the star of the show here, but we also occasionally spot minke whales, dolphins, harbour porpoises, seals and rarely killer whales.

If you have a passion for nature and love for adventure, this is the tour for you.  

We promise. 


This great whale watching tour starts from the floating pier at Hof Cultural Centre, right in the center of down town Akureyri. There we will equip you with arctic weather gear to keep you warm on the ocean, including a special suit, gloves and goggles.

Before we gear up our immensely powerful boats and cruise out the longest fjord in Iceland, we review the safety rules, how to ride comfortably in the boat and how we interact with and respect the whales and our surroundings.

Tour highlights

Only 12 passengers per boat with private wildlife guide and specially trained RIB boat captain.

• Visit and get closer to the majestic and playful Eyjafjord humpbacks.

• See and experience the longest fjord in Iceland, fenced in by glacier carved mountains just below the arctic circle.

• Starts from downtown Akureyri, right next to the Hof Culture Centre.


The incredible Whale Safari Whale Guarantee: If you don´t see whales on your RIB tour (very unlikely) you can go again for free, this time around trying the bigger boats. And get this, you can choose where you go again, in Reykjavík or in Akureyri.

Including: Expertly guided  whale and sightseeing tour on a 12 seat RIB boat. Warm suit that you will wear over your own clothes that keeps you "dry" and toasty. We also supply special gloves and goggles (you can wear your glasses underneath).

Location of starting point: Whale Safari ticket office right next to the Hof Cultural Centre in downtown Akureyri. You can't miss it.

Duration of trip: 2 hours.

Hotel pick up: No need, Akureyri is not a big place. You can walk to us from almost any accommodation in town. If you have your own car, there is plenty of parking right in front of our office.

Departure times and dates: 

  • From the 15th of April to the 14th of June  two departures a day at 10:00 and 14:00
  • From the 15th of June to the 31st of August four departures a day at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00
  • From the 1st of September to the 31st of October two departures  a day at 10.00 & 14.00

Availability: Check the calendar and online booking window above. We recommend booking this tour in advance, as it sells our frequently.

Minimum: No minimum number of participants for 10:00 and 14:00 departures. Minimum 2 person for 12:00 and 16:00 departures.

Age limit: 10 Years or 140 cm height.

Bring with you: Dress warmly for our 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 note: 

  • This tour may not be suitable for pregnant women. Consult your doctor before signing up.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those with history of back problems or back injury. Consult your doctor before signing up.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those over the age of 65 years.

Cancellations due to weather: We sometimes need to cancel the whale watching part of this tour due to winds in the main whale habitat area. In such an event we will offer you two choices:  Go on the Akureyri Whale Watching tours which is on a much bigger boat that can sail in stronger winds. and get a partial refund. Or the more boring choice...a full refund. :) 

** We will supply you with a very warm overall and more gear, as well as having some sweaters to lend.