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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 this luxurious private Jeep tour. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want. This tour is perfect for any free-spirited adventurers that wish to travel in style and comfort. This tour will not only provide you with a large 4x4 Super Jeep, specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain, but also a personal guide that will spend a full day taking you across this marvelous country.  You can go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. You will also have the chance to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands, all the while keeping your base in Reykjavík. With this tour, whatever is possible to do within 12 hours will become a reality. The spacious Super Jeep will pick you up in the morning, at which point the day is yours. Your luxurious vehicle’s capabilities when it comes to alternative terrains means you have the option to see more sights than on the standard bus. There are also no other guests to delay or rush you, outside of those that you choose to bring along.  If you are not sure where you want to go, your expert guide can help you make up an itinerary to the most popular places or take you away from the crowds to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Just tell them your wishes, and they will plan accordingly. You'll be surprised just how much of this island you can see in a day.

Reykjavik: Wild North Exploration by Super Jeep

3. 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.

Akureyri: Hraundrangi Peak 10-Hour Private Climb

4. Akureyri: Hraundrangi Peak 10-Hour Private Climb

Have a chance to climb one of Iceland's most spectacular mountains with a Hraundadrangi Peak climbing experience. Climb up a lava column rising 1075m meters above the sea using climbing gear. Take a few hours to approach the base of the climb before attempting the 80-meter ascent to the peak. Use crampons and an ice axe in the winter. Enjoy time to relax, take in the views, and snap some amazing photos along the way. Rappel back down from the peak and hike to the car at the end.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 389 reviews

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!

My group has been upgraded to the express whale watching. It was fantastic! We had a nice tour of Akureyri coast, we passed by many different interesting locations as the herring factory. And of course we were so lucky to see 3 whales. It was incredible. We really loved the tour and our guide Anna and the team were amazing. Definitely recommended.

Very nice and very well organised trip. We could not see the whales because of the period (end of april) but the company gave us complimentary tickets lasting 2 years for another trip free of charge. The guide (Anya) was perfect!

Fantastic trip, nothing was to much trouble for the guide, an amazing experience :) Only issue was the Black Death, blew me tits off!

Unbelievable tour. Saw a humpback whale multiple times. The staff was amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.