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Our most recommended North Iceland Nature & Adventure

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.

Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

2. Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

This tour takes us through breathtaking landscapes and beautiful scenery. To arrive in Siglufjörður, we will have to pass through 3 tunnels, but our tour will take us a bit further and through the 4th tunnel to an enjoyable viewing point. We will be making short stops in the Village of Hjalteyri, a unique town from the herring era. As well as having a look at Hauganes and Árskógssandur. We'll pass through Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður, two nice fishing towns. There will be time to explore Siglufjörður and the Herring Era Musem (subject to them being open).

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

3. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on a 4x4 Super Jeep that is specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want within a 12-hour period.  Have the option to go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands. Be picked by the spacious all-terrain vehicle in the morning and head off to your desired destination. Ride in the Super Jeep to see more sights than you can reach on a standard bus. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private transportation service.  Get help crafting the perfect itinerary from your guide, or choose to have your guide create a tour the most popular places. Have the option to pick a trip to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Let your guide know where you wan to go and get a tailor-made experience. 

Reykjavik: Wild North Exploration by Super Jeep

4. 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

5. 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

4.7 / 5

based on 1,031 reviews

Incredible! We were lucky enough to see whales (humpbacks) every 3-5 minutes; they were amazing! The captain and crew were experts at spotting and then quickly getting as close as possible, at one point we were no more than 10 metres away from a whale diving. A member of staff spoke continuously through a speaker, alerting people to where the whales were and also giving a host of facts about the whales we were seeing. We were giving warm suits, a waterproof jacket and a hot chocolate & cinnabun. Overall, it was my wife and I's highlight of our Iceland honeymoon. Can't recommend enough!

We had a fantastic time with Valþór, he went over and beyond what we hoped of the trip taking us to places well off the beaten track. The jeep we were in was incredible, so much so we couldn’t help but feel a little smug after seeing the mini buses with hoards of people in. Booking a private tour was the best decision we made and his knowledge of Iceland was excellent. We had an amazing time and would strongly recommend spending the extra and having a private tour with Valpor. Thank you again!

We got to see 4 humpback whales and it was an amazing experience! The captain and the guide were very good and competent, we were provided with antifreeze suits and at the end of the tour we were given hot chocolate and a good cinnamon candy. Value for money in my opinion excellent! Highly recommended !!

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

Perfect trip for sightseeing. We, family of 7, had an Amazing day.