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Outdoor Adventures from Akureyri

By Viator, December 2017

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Perched on the banks of the vast Eyjafjordur fjord, beneath a string of Iceland’s highest peaks, Akureyri makes an ideal base for myriad outdoor activities year-round. Here are a few popular adventures to be enjoyed just beyond the country’s second city.

Whale Watching
Iceland’s longest fjord (37 miles/60 kilometers), Eyjafjordur and it’s mineral-rich depths attract majestic minke and humpback whales in the summer months, making whale-watching tours a popular activity. With dolphins, porpoises, and seabirds also in attendance, it’s an all-around wildlife-watcher’s haven. Cruise out into Eyjafjordur’s deep waters and, wrapped up snugly against the harsh winds, look out over the waves for sightings of these amazing marine creatures.

Rafting
For action-packed adventure on the water, full-day rafting tours are hard to beat. Using Akureyri as a base, head into North Iceland’s Austurdalur valley to test your mettle against the powerful torrents of the East Glacial River’s Class 4+ rapids. For something a little more family-friendly and relaxing, take to the West Glacial River from Hafgriímsstadir and follow the current through the spectacular canyon scenery. And if time is on your side, 3-day rafting expeditions delve deeper into the Icelandic wilderness—passing glaciers, hot springs, and untamed wilderness along the way.

Hot Springs
The geothermal energies at work below ground make Akureyri and the Lake Myvatn region the ideal place to experience a little well-earned rest and relaxation. When you’re done tackling the waves and exploring the caves, indulge in a soothing respite at the Myvatn Nature Baths. Here mineral-rich waters flow from a nearby hot spring and provide an idyllic setting for a tour-ending soak.

4x4 Jeep Safaris
Iceland is crisscrossed by rugged off-road routes, and one exciting way to reach the island nation’s far-flung destinations is on a 4x4 Jeep safari. Strap in and set out from central Akureyri into the open Icelandic wilderness, where you’ll discover natural gems such as the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, strung out along the spectacular Diamond Circle route.

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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri, Akureyri, null
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Whale Watching from Downtown Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the incredible humpbacks in the Eyjafjord on board our comfortable sight seeing ship. Family friendly and great value whale watching tour operated ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.00
Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri, Akureyri, Dolphin & Whale ... 
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Diamond Circle Tour with Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Embark on 4x4 Jeep tour to the diamond circle and explore majestic placesincluding Waterfall Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn, Hverir (hot springs), Víti ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $287.03
Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Embark on a 4x4 Jeep tour to Lake Mývatn and the surroundings. Explore the North of iceland and see enchanting places such as Goðafoss waterfall ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $273.14
Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River, ... 
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Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Gentle rapids, stunning scenery, and natural riverside hot springs make the West Glacial River the perfect playground for paddlers of all ages! ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $143.51
Askja and Holuhraun Day Tour from Lake Myvatn, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Askja and Holuhraun Day Tour from Lake Myvatn

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a day trip Jeep tour to the heart of the Icelandic Highlands. See attractions such as Askja Caldera, Víti Explosion Crater, Drekagil Gully, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjahlíð, Iceland
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $320.59
White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River, ... 
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White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Exciting rapids, mind-blowing scenery, and one of the most remote single-day river settings on Earth make the East Glacial River Iceland's signature rafting ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.68
Private Tour: 'Game of Thrones' North of the Wall Locations and Lake Mývatn, Akureyri, Day Trips
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Private Tour: 'Game of Thrones' North of the Wall Locations and Lake Mývatn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Combine Iceland’s natural splendors with dramatic ‘Game of Thrones’ TV locations, on a full-day tour from Akureyri, Lake Mývatn or Húsavík. With ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $1,240.71
Lofthellir Ice Cave from Akureyri, Akureyri, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Lofthellir Ice Cave from Akureyri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the wondrous underground world of Lofthellir Ice Cave on this guided day tour from Akureyri. Journey out to the volcanic Lake Mývatn, then ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.32
3-Day Rafting Expedition: Glaciers, Hot Springs, and Grade 4 Whitewater, Akureyri, Day Trips
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3-Day Rafting Expedition: Glaciers, Hot Springs, and Grade 4 Whitewater

Far more than just a rafting expedition, this trip is a highlight reel of desert moonscapes, sprawling glaciers, hot springs, super-jeep crossings, world-class ...  Read more

Location: Akureyri, Iceland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,792.78

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