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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
4.5

Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

By Elding Whale Watching Akureyri
from
₱5,395.21
per adult
from
₱5,395.21
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 190 per group
Duration:
3h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English


  • Warm overalls, raincoats or blankets on board
  • Professional guide
  • Overalls and blankets available to lend
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Elding Whale Watching Akureyri, Oddeyrarbót 2, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7090P11

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that weather in Iceland is unpredictable and that the tour can be cancelled on short notice due to unfavourable conditions at sea.
  • This is a wildlife tour and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. In case of no sightings, we offer the opportunity to try again for free.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We abide by a code of conduct for responsible whale watching, which means that all sightings are on the wildlife's terms. We can therefore never guarantee up close encounters.
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri
  • Mask use in public areas is optional.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri?
Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri price starts from ₱5,086.30. Discover and book Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri on Tripadvisor
What is the Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri cancellation policy?
Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri?
Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri is hosted by Elding Whale Watching Akureyri. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Elding Whale Watching Akureyri on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7090P11

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

529irynab
529irynab
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Amazing
I went with my friend , we enjoy so much ! Our guide told us many interesting stories about whales and some places
Andrew C
Andrew C
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You think it will be cold?no it's a lot colder
These boat trips are freezing. I was wearing more than I wear in Norway in mid winter but the cold seeps in. Wear a
Mileya88
Mileya88
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10 out of 10!!
AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! We went into it not expecting to see several whales, maybe one or two max. Given that it is
Jennykutzner
Jennykutzner
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Cozy group whale watching adventure
Great opportunity to meet with the whales up close. Never guaranteed sighting of course but we got lucky this time.
marsbar63
marsbar63
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Extreme whale watching Akureyri
Our trip was great. We saw Bottlenose whales and humpbacks. The guide and captain were great. We went in the extrem
JenN5220
JenN5220
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Outstanding
We were lucky enough to get a sighting of three northern bottlenose whales in the first few minutes, but afterwards
39maes
39maes
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Incredible experience!
Had the best time on the RIB boat whale-watching with our awesome guide Anouk! They definitely delivered on their p
F2740NUmarcov
F2740NUmarcov
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Just perfect
Small group, faster boat, so closer, more whales, better view, no obstructions. Lifejackets, clothing, protection g
rrob82
rrob82
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Whales!
The tour is well organized: at the check-in they provided us all the safety equipment (and also gloves and cap were
I410XCcarmena
I410XCcarmena
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An animal lovers double adventure day
An absolutely incredible experience for animal lovers or sports enthusiasts. Skjaldarvik’s horse farm and owner was
Dream67897627669
Dream67897627669
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Great wildlife experience
The tour guide was engaging and funny, the captain was accommodating (I was in a walking boot and he invited me to
remcoc970
remcoc970
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Awesome RIB Boat tour
We had an awesome tour despite the fact we had to sail quite far to see the whales. But that's the nature factor yo
agatam08595
agatam08595
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Agata (Poland)
It was one of the most beautiful adventures of my life. I felt very safe. I recommend it to anyone who is still hes
teresa l
teresa l
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Happy whale watching Akuyeri
We went on 17.00 whale watching from Akuyeri on September 3rd. All of our dealings with this company went so smooth
Keith_Wilson919
Keith_Wilson919
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Whale of a time (sorry for the pun)
What a great day, white beaked dolphins, humpback whales, fast jet boat ride and 'whale punch' (hot chocolate with
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FEMLP
Toronto, Canada40 contributions
We booked this tour in lieu of the Shore excursion offered by Celebrity at a lower rate. We initially scheduled our tour at 1:00pm but got cancelled due to poor weather. The company offered us a choice of a refund or option to book a tour in the evening. We took the 7:30pm tour. In summary, the tour was great, as commented by an earlier review, the tour lasted in excess of 4 hours largely due to the fact that there were no whales. However, the crew persisted until a few whales were found. We spent about 45 minutes watching a handful of humpback whales surface and spout and do the things whales do in these parts. Hats off to the crew as we were ready to give up. A few words of advice, dress warmly, the temperatures on shore is no reflection when on the water. The tour operator offers warm suits for use. If you plan to sit on deck (especially at the front of the ship), you will freeze your butt off or any part of the skin that is exposed. There were a few guests that bravely (but stupidly IMO) resisted the suits for that IG moment, vanity greater than intelligence. There is room to sit at the back of the ship or indoors and avoid the elements but the view would be sacrificed as the whales tend to be some distant away and not exactly jumping out of the water as you see in National Geographic, so you need to be outside for an optimal view. Overall, the operator has no control of whether you will see whales or not (which they provide that disclaimer up front) but they were great in providing commentary and persistence. Fortunately, the sun did not set until very late as there was some residual twilight left when we returned at 11:45pm in the evening.
Written 21 August 2022
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bobbaxter
1 contribution
excellent background information; guides obviously studied and were very knowledgeable about individual whales, their characteristics & behaviours.
sensitive manoevering of boat to give excellent views without distressing them.
we've had similar experiences previously and the company well deserves its 'credit rating'
recommend absolutely without reservation. hope we'll be back
Written 24 May 2022
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Tim S
7 contributions
Wow, what an incredible experience - easily a Top 3 highlight of our trip to Iceland! We saw 2 humpback whales while we were out, and got very lucky to get an exceptional show from them. One did a full body jump out of the water 3 times, then came literally right up next to our boat to get a look at us. Just magical and the best we could've hoped for. Our guide was very, very knowledgeable and helped us understand the whales and their natural habitat better throughout our journey. The journey itself was also really worth the price - it was a beautiful ride our of Akureyri, through the fjord, and into the area where it meets the ocean. Just lovely and helped us understand the history of the area better, as well.

We were very happy with the sustainable practices the company has put in place, too. They definitely take care not to disturb or interfere with the whales, and are respectful of their space and needs. We were happy to support such a conscientious company.
Written 3 August 2022
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Steyningtraveller
Steyning, UK9 contributions
The outside of the boat got very cold due to the wind, even in August, so I was glad I had taken a hat, gloves and warm coat. They will provide warm suits to borrow. To try to see a whale we had to travel out for two hours, spend just a few minutes watching the two that were found, and then travel two miles back. So it was a long journey for a short experience but it was good of them to extend to trip to try to ensure we saw some wildlife. It was much cheaper to book direct than use the cruise ship excursion on the same trip.
Written 14 August 2022
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Eugene S
Colorado291 contributions
This turned out to be s great trip. Booking online was easy. We showed up with our coupon; got a friendly welcome; and were quickly checked in.

The 1PM cruise left a few minutes late but no bother. It was a windy day and we went out quite a ways in the fjord before we first came across some dolphins. We drove on and spotted a couple of humpback whales. The boat floated near the whales and we all got good close-up views and pictures. On the return trip we came across a large pod of dolphins. Many of them were jumping out of the water. So from the point of view of seeing the whales and dolphins the mission was accomplished.

The crew kept us informed of progress and, as we saw the whales and dolphins, they gave us information about the whale and dolphin lifecycle and behaviors.

The boat was very comfortable, especially so given the wind. There was another whale tour in a smaller boat that was bopping up and down in the swell. If you didn't have sea legs you'd likely be quite uncomfortable. Our journey was calm, given the wind and swell.

There's a snack bar on board and a big indoor area to keep warm. Most people spent the outbound trip above deck and indoors on the return voyage.

We had to go a long way to find the whales and I think the crew went further than their normal trip to ensure a great outcome. Well done.
Written 5 September 2021
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Mark552
Mitcham, UK19 contributions
This was a brilliant trip! First of all, Ania was a superb guide. I spoke to her for a while when booking the tickets at the office and her enthusiasm and love for the whales shone through then and on board she was even more insightful and engaging. Both she and the captain Arnar worked really hard to find some whales in what were tough conditions in terms of visibility - especially as I didn’t realise that they don’t use sonar or any things like that to track them and have to rely on their own skills to find them! Ania was happy to answer any question and also provided an interesting running commentary of the area as well as facts about the whales and other wildlife in the water. The boat trip in itself is really cool as you get to see the beautiful fjord and the surrounding scenery and we then had the pleasure of four separate whale sightings with Ania happy to share her photos afterwards so you can just sit back and enjoy the trip (which I did!) would wholeheartedly recommend!
Written 25 November 2021
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LynKeston
Keston15 contributions
Very well organised trip. Boat was comfortable and well equipped. Recommend using the protective overalls if you want to be on top of the boat. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and informative staff. Saw humpback whales - fabulous to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat
Written 3 July 2022
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,251 contributions
The staff leading our group were were nice and friendly. They were pretty determined to find a whale for us that day taking us over 55kms out at the very end of the fjord. It was a really long ride on the rib boat seats that are ok for awhile but start to get pretty uncomfortable the longer you sit on them. We did finally find a single humpback whale. We also saw a very large pod of white beaked dolphins that were playing and flipping so that was pretty exciting. The ride back was quite bumpy as the wind had picked up. It was a good thing we took seasickness medication or it could have been a rough outcome.

On the way back we stopped briefly to see a geothermal waterfall. With water is 88 degrees at the top so you could feel the hot mist. Very interesting.

Our guide took pictures and the office shared them with us later that day. That was really great.

We were out over an hour longer than was scheduled - assume that was because we went so far. Their effort was certainly appreciated but not sure I would do it again since so much of the tour was spent zooming across the water versus actually visiting with the whale.
Written 23 October 2021
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2007Mabuhay
56 contributions
The crew was amazing, very welcoming and super friendly. Our whale watching guide was fantastic, didn’t bother us with boring stuff but mentioned important information about birds, whales and the environment. I liked it how honest and serious she was talking about protection of the whales and the horrible whaling.
Written 23 July 2022
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Jacqui H
1 contribution
Couples
We had a great trip, saw a group of three humpbacks and followed them around for a bit. The guide was very knowledgeable and the company shared research photos from our outing with us afterwards, which makes it easy to just enjoy the experience. The company has warm overalls you can borrow, but still a good idea to dress warmly- it’s chilly out there!
Written 30 July 2022
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