Iceland Day Tours – Akureyri


We know everyone is interested in different tours when planning their trip to the island. Take it from us, this sampling highlights some of the most popular day trips you can choose, but there are many more excellent options not listed. Tell us what activity you are interested in and we can match up the tours that best suit your needs. We offer tours starting in Reykjavik or Akureyri, or if you’re on a self-drive, in numerous places along the way. Just ask!

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Tour Notes
  • Be charmed by Akureyri, Iceland's Capital of the North
  • Cross the Arctic Circle on Grimsey Island
  • Go whale watching from Akureyri, Husavik or Hjalteyri
  • Tour the Diamond Circle - Husavik, Asbyrgi Canyon, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss Waterfall
  • See caves, calderas and Game of Thrones lava landscapes

Seasonal – please contact us for more details.

Most pricing is shown per person in ISK (Icelandic Kronur). Prices are based on seasonality and are subject to change by the tour operators without notice. Entry fees may apply that are not included in the rates.

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Beyond the Arctic Circle

Cross the Arctic Circle to Grimsey Island.
Grímsey Island is bisected by the Arctic Circle and lies about 40 km away from the mainland. It is surrounded by stunning cliffs from where it slopes gently southward to green fields and pastureland. All around the island are bird cliffs where a multitude of sea birds nest. All in all about sixty species of birds can be found on this fascinating island. Close to Basar farm on the island’s northern half, a signpost at 66 degrees and 33 minutes north marks the Arctic Circle. Travellers can get a certificate from the local authorities to show that they have crossed the Circle.

This tour departs from either Akureyri or Reykjavik.

From Akureyri: TBA
From Reykjavik: TBA

Husavik Original Whale Watching

Experience the Original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has built a reputation for the town of Húsavík which has been coined “the Whale Watching Capital of Iceland”. Discover the magnificent nature of Skjalfandi Bay observing whales, dolphins and sea birds in their natural habitat. Enjoy the smooth, safe sailing in a traditional Icelandic oak boat, guided by our professional crew especially trained in responsible conduct with whales, and treat your self to a cup of hot cocoa and a cinnamon bun. Recommended by thousands of satisfied travelers worldwide, the Original Husavik Whale Watching tour is an authentic wildlife adventure by the pioneers of whale watching in Iceland.

Operates from March 01 to December 15, 2018. Also available as a Carbon-neutral tour from May 1 to September 30.

Adult: ISK10,500 Child (7-15): ISK4,500 Child (under 7): free

Whales, Puffins and Sails, Husavik

Step aboard, hoist the sails and participate in a real sailing adventure on board one of our authentic and traditional sailing ships. Discover the magic of the ocean in this beautiful autumn sailing on board our traditional Icelandic schooner. This tour is a nice opportunity to enjoy the wild nature while getting to know old ways of sailing and discovering the sailor in you.

Adult: ISK12,500 Child (7-15): ISK4,000 Child (under 7): free

Hjalteyri Whale Watching

Try a unique whale watching tour from the charming village of Hjalteyri, a well kept secret in the heart of North Iceland, only a 15 minute drive from Akureyri. Surround yourself in history and visit the old village of Hjalteyri, which has a population of 43 inhabitants. Step aboard our traditional oak boat, Knörrinn, North Sailing‘s first whale watching boat, for a quiet sailing in the calm seas of Eyjafjörður, a favourable habitat of marine life. This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get in touch with the great wildlife of the North, including whales and seabirds, all under the guidance and expertise of our most qualified crew. The old herring meal and oil processing factory in Hjalteyri was the largest of its kind in Iceland. The factory shut down in 1966 and now hosts various activities. Enjoy the scenic surroundings of Hjalteyri and experience the aura of old times. Hjalteyri is a well kept secret in the heart of North Iceland. You can also join this tour with a short return bus ride from Akureyri.

Adult: ISK8,900 Child (7-15): ISK3,000 Child (under 7): free

Northern Lights, Akureyri

This tour is a Northern Lights hunt experience. To go into the dark, frozen winter night and observe an unbelievable display of colour, light and texture, is like waking up in a fairy-tale, full of mystery and magic. We drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on weather. The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, are a natural phenomenon visible in the Northern Hemisphere. A unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps.

Operates: Daily, September 01 to April 15

Price: from ISK8,900 per person

Arctic Coastline and Micro Brewery

Tour gives you an opportunity to experience the coastal life in Eyjafjörður Fjord and Tröllaskagi Peninsula. The picturesque coastline route, with the mountains of hovering above, is a road less travelled and offers the tranquillity of rural Iceland. During this delightful day we travel by the Eyjafjörður coastline to Siglufjörður Fjord, focusing on coastal life and the beautiful seaside surroundings on the way. We take our time to walk on a black sand beach in Ólafsfjörður Village. From there we travel to Siglufjörður Village, the shooting location on the popular Icelandic TV series “Trapped”, setting the right atmosphere for the thrilling series. Among other stops is the busy harbour area of Dalvík Village, one of the biggest port in Icelandic fishing industry, and the old herring factory in Hjalteyri Village. The tour ends with a special visit to Kaldi Brewery, Iceland’s first micro-brewery, were we will get to taste their
products, along with local food, matched with their brew.

Operates: September 01 to April 30 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Price: from ISK19,900 per person

Dettifoss Waterfall Explorer

The perfect tour to fully experience the magic and power of the great Dettifoss Waterfall. We take our time to find the best sights for photographing depending on weather and other conditions during that particular day. The tour starts by going straight from Akureyri to Lake Mývatn where we make a short stop, and you get a chance to see the magnificent area. Then we drive towards Dettifoss Waterfall, going off the main road. We arrive at Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, where a mass of water, mud and sand rumbles into Iceland’s most impressive canyon from Vatnajökull Glacier. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, 100m wide and with fall of 44m. There is a short walk from the parking lot to the best viewpoints of the waterfall, and adjacent waterfalls of Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss. If the ground is covered in snow (which it is usually in winter), we use snowshoes to make the hike easier.

Operates: November 01 – June 15 / Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Price: from ISK26,900

Cave Exploration Lofthellir Winter Challenge

This exciting tour takes you to Lofthellir Cave, a unique lave cave filled with ice formations, stalagmites and sculptures. The tour starts with a scenic drive from Akureyri to Lake Mývatn, which takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon arriving to Lake Mývatn we exit the main road and enter the wilderness. During the winter season the route to the cave can get rough, due to snow and ice, so we bring along the snowshoes along. The track is usually around 40 minutes hike across a rugged lava field. Thus we combine the pristine untouched snow covered lava fields around the cave with an underground exploration. Once at the cave we spend at least one hour inside the cave, exploring the ice formations, darkness and strange atmosphere inside 3000 year old lava tunnel. On route to and from the cave we explore the lava fields and craters around Lake Mývatn, especially the crater row of Lúdentarborgir. On the way back to Akureyri we stop by Goðafoss Waterfall, a beautiful and powerful waterfall in Skjálfandafljót river. You may also join this tour in Lake Myvatn.

Operates: November 01 – April 30 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Price: from ISK38,900 (join in Akureyri); ISK17,900 (join in Lake Myvatn)

Akureyri Horseback Riding

Get to know the famous Icelandic horse.
During the 3 hour Akureyri Horseback Riding tour we go to Skjaldarvík Guesthouse, located 10 minutes drive outside Akureyri, for a one and a half hour riding tour in the beautiful surroundings with a view over the sea and fjord. We take it easy so this tour is perfect for beginners but we also provide horses for those with more experience and stamina. You will get to know the Icelandic horse as a magnificent riding horse and off course to ride “tölt” the specific gate which this horse is so famous for. After the riding tour you are welcome to stay at Skjaldarvík, the restaurant offers lunch, dinner and light refreshments.

Operates: Daily, year round

Price: from ISK10,900

Askja Caldera Tour, from Myvatn

This Askja Caldera tour is the perfect to experience the barren interior and the lunar-like landscape of the Icelandic highlands. The Askja area is one of the main location where NASA trained their Apollo Astronauts before the first lunar landing. Iconic landmarks such as Herðubreiðalindir Oasis and Drekagil Gully are visited and number of other off the map sights and places. We catch a glimpse of where the Icelandic outlaws lived in the middle ages when they’d been banished. We might also be able to spot trolls, ghosts and other creatures that are said to live in the area and have haunted travellers for centuries.

Krafla Wilderness Walk, from Lake Myvatn

The Krafla Wilderness Walk tour is a small group hiking tour exploring the Krafla lava fields, created by the massive volcanic eruptions between 1975 and 1984. The Lake Mývatn area, both the nature and the society, are heavily influenced by the eruptions. The newly created lava fields give a unique opportunity to see first hand how geological activities sculpt the landscape. Our expert local guide will also give you a rare insight on how the eruptions influenced the people living in the area, being only a few kilometres from their backyards. The hike is slow through a rough terrain and we take our time enjoying the raw nature and panoramic scenery.

Operates: Daily, June 1 – October 31

Price: from ISK22,900

Game of Thrones and Lake Myvatn (Private tour)

On the Private Game of Thrones and Lake Mývatn tour we go behind the scenes of the popular series Game of Thrones and go beyond the Wall. At the same time visit some of the North Iceland’s highlights, such as Kálfaströnd, Dimmuborgir “Dark Castle” and Grjótagjá rift. We walk in the woodland of Höfði where we experience an incredible panoramic view over the land North of the wall, and can let our imagination run wild. Not to mention the great photo opportunities that this view offers. Authentic and personalized tour with a local guide, covering a number of shooting locations, but still with enough time to explore, recreate scenes of the series for yourself and interact with your tour guide on how they were created.

Operates: All year, on request

Price: from ISK133,900 (vehicle for up to 7 people and driver guide, 7-9 hours)

  • Varies by tour. Please inquire.
  • Day tours booked as “stand alone” and not in combination with an escorted tour, self-drive or accommodation booking may be assessed a booking fee. Ask your travel consultant for details.
Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Iceland
  • Transfers not indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages unless listed in tour description
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

These tours can be as active as you’d like them to be! Ask us for more suggestions!

We offer many more day tours than those shown above. If you have a specific interest we can match a tour to suit your needs in areas all around Iceland. Just ask.

Activity tours can be added to our self-drive programs on a pre-booked and pre-paid basis, thus guaranteeing you space on the tours you want to do. Day tours do sell out well in advance during certain times of the year, depending on the type of tour and size of group. Avoid disappointment and book ahead!

Many day tours can be quoted as private tours for your party – please inquire.

We offer many more activity tours than those shown above. If you have a specific interest we can match a tour to suit your needs in areas all around Iceland. Just ask.

Activity tours can be added to our self-drive programs on a pre-booked and pre-paid basis, thus guaranteeing you space on the tours you want to do. Day tours do sell out well in advance during certain times of the year, depending on the type of tour and size of group. Avoid disappointment and book ahead!

Many day tours can be quoted as private tours for your party – please inquire.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.