Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
from £77.25
Experience the incredible humpbacks in the Eyjafjord on board our comfortable sight seeing ship. Family friendly and great value whale watching tour operated up to 4 times a day from Akureyri in North Iceland.

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In Brief

Akureyri, Iceland
3 hours
All year around
Important InfoInfo
A 3 hr. whale watching tour in Eyjafjörður, Akureyri, North Iceland.


  • Warm overalls, raincoats or blankets on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Elding Whale Watching Akureyri


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Elding Whale Watching Akureyri, Oddeyrarbót 2, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that weather in Iceland is unpredictable and that the tour can be cancelled due to rough seas.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.29 out of 5 based on the last 21 recent reviews

We were able to see many humpback whales, The tour guide had a lot of great information about each specific Whale and their name, We were on the classic tour three hour on the large boat, but now we wish we would’ve taken the express tour on the smaller boat which was able to get to the whales quicker and closer, we’re a little jealous when we saw the whales jumping up out of the water right next to their smaller express boat tour
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
My tour was last year but I didn't want to fail to add my positive review. The tour is longer than the competitor's tours and we saw lots of whales as well as a seal or sea lion. We sat on front with our warm clothes and the Norwegian survival suits and enjoyed it immensely. We've been whale watching in multiple places and this trip matches well with all of them.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2018
Whales everywhere! This was a lot of fun.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Loved it! We took the afternoon tour spent the morning walking around the shopping district. User friendly no vehicles. The whale watch was so much fun. We saw several youthful whales 3 or four were having fun hanging out with each other. Our Captain, tour guide and crew were fantastic, friendly, professional,and so informative. Do make use of the coveralls they will reall keep you comfortable. Iceland does not have the same restrictions as many countries however,our Captain was very aware of the locations of the whales and kept a very respectful distance close but mot threatening. We got lots of great photos. I recommend this tour company highly. Go, have a great experience and fun!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
As we were on a cruise ship we were a bit concerned how we would find the boat for the trip. We shouldn't have worried, the office was few hundred yards away from where the cruise ship docked. A good idea is to arrive about 1/2 hour before the sailing time to ensure you can get a good seat up top. We had warm clothing on but still took advantage of the suits they supply on board. The crew member guide was extremely good and was on the look out for whales constantly. We were very lucky to have many sightings on our trip. Other passengers had gone on a trip with the same company the day before in Reykjavik and had not seen any whales. The company allow you to go again at no cost if this happens. It was a 3 hour trip and excellent value.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2017
This was tons of fun.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2017
Large boat with smooth ride. Good guides and lots of whales.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2017
It was a wonderful trip with exciting, memorable sightings of whales. The trip leaders gave lots of interesting information which added to the wonder. we were lucky enough to see about 13 whales. My advice is do not be so intent in getting the best photos as you can be so busy taking pictures that you miss the full impact of the sight of the whales and their magnificent movements.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
Great tour! We could observe many whales and the explanations of the guide were complete and clear.
• Submitted 25 May 2017
Outstanding! Knowledgable marine biologist, friendly crew, all in all great experience! Well done Elding!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2016
It was amazing!! We did see like 6 different whales!!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2016
Magnificent! We saw sooooo many whales! The guide, the captain and all the crew were amazing!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
We were thrilled to see whales up so close! We were treated to a wonderful commentary, and saw a whale about every 6-7 minutes! The boat is comfortable with a snack bar inside. Many of the passengers put on full body suits provided by the tour company. I would highly recommend you go on this tour
• Submitted 12 Jul 2016
Saw some amazing whales! The staff were very helpful and friendly.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016
Just brilliant thanks from Tom and Mary
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
Got to see a couple of young whales. Unfortunately about 100 meters away. Would try a smaller more nimble boat next time.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
The tour was a lot of fun. There were actually only a handful of people on the boat so that made it especially nice. The crew was friendly and informative, and they seemed to know where in the fjord to go. My only disappointment was the fact that we only saw two whales and no dolphins, and the boat seemed to stay in one place too long to enable further sightings.
• Submitted 30 Aug 2017
To be fair, the weather was awful - cold and rainy. However, it seemed that too many tickets were sold. It was difficult to find a seat. The promised 'narration' was minimal at best. The sea was rough and we spent the entire time waiting to get off! Supposedly one whale was seen in the very beginning of the cruise. They did offer free tickets to anyone who wanted them for Akureyri (or their place in Reykjavik) that were good for a year (I think).
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
Travelling on RIB boat was painful for my back.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
In 3 hours we saw one whale very far away , when we went whale watching in Alaska it was fantastic but in Iceland very poor excursion and cost alot
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
On the first tour (in Akureyri), a staffer told me the whales are usually too far north to be found, which means they basically are taking your money knowing you're unlikely to see anything. We didn't see any whales. They give you a voucher to get you on another tour for free, which very few people have the additional time in Iceland to take advantage of. But I did two days later, this time in Reykjavik. Again, no whales, and the guide didn't even seem to care, admitting the tour before us had no luck either. I understand the unpredictability of the whales, but I've been on two other whalewatching tours in California and Alaska, both of which were amazing. When a company knows the whales are too far out and has numerous unsuccessful tours like this, it's a scam more than anything. Go whalewatching somewhere else; there are much better uses for your money in Iceland.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019

In Brief

Akureyri, Iceland
3 hours
All year around