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Northeastern Region, Iceland

Day Trips

Our most recommended Northeastern Region, Iceland Day Trips

From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

1. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice-cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

2. Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

Do something different on your visit to Iceland and look for wildlife aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship. Discover the magic of the ocean and get back to nature off the north coast of Iceland. Depart from the harbor in Húsavík and spend 3 hours aboard the oak ship looking for whales and other marine life. Experience the traditional coastal culture of Iceland as you get hands-on and help to raise the sails. Assist the skipper as you cruise around the breathtaking bay of Skjálfandi, created over the centuries by glacial activity. Avail of the services of an attentive crew, who will supply you with warm clothing when needed. Sip tasty hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, available free of charge.

Dalvík: Whale Watching Speedboat Tour

3. Dalvík: Whale Watching Speedboat Tour

Experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of racing through the water as you go in search of whales and dolphins around the North Iceland coastline. Meet humpback whales, spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbor porpoises, and sometimes even a magnificent blue whale, fin whale, or killer whale. Cruise along and take in the picturesque landscape of Eyjafjordur. Travel from Dalvik to Akureyri, and even to Grimsey which lies in the Arctic Circle. Have the chance to see puffins that breed in the bay in the summertime between April and August. Relax in suspension seats, which make the tour safer and give more comfort when traveling fast through the water. Head home having seen the rich abundance of Icelandic wildlife.

Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

4. Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland during a day tour of Goðafoss Waterfall and Lake Mývatn. Visit a local hot spring and bathe in the soothing water of the nature baths. Leave Akureyri and drive along the scenic coast of Eyjafjordur, one of the longest fjords in the country. The first stop will be Goðafoss, a breathtaking 39-foot-tall waterfall, located in the Skjálfandafljót River. Next, head to Lake Mývatn, whose landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms due to a lava eruption 2,300 years ago. Continue on to the cave of Grjótagjá and stop at the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Take advantage of the opportunity to relax in the steam baths and geothermal water of Mývatn Nature Baths. On the way back to Akureyri, see the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar. The last stop will be in Eyjafjordur where you will have time to take plenty of photos with the fjord as your backdrop.

North Iceland Wonderful West: 3-Hour Family River Rafting

5. North Iceland Wonderful West: 3-Hour Family River Rafting

On this 4-hour rafting excursion of North Iceland you will wind your way through the irresistible landscapes of the Vesturdalur Valley, before drifting deep into the staggering beauty of the West Glacial River canyon. Jump in the river, have a splash, or just relax and take in the magnificent scenery. The trip takes things at an easy pace and is suitable for anyone aged 8 or over who wants a day of fun, combined with soft adventure in dramatic scenery. Featuring bubbling hot springs and a mind-blowing landscape, everyone, from the novice rafter to the whole family can enjoy a gentle white-water experience and the unique opportunity to explore the Icelandic wilderness from the depths of the West Glacial River's magnificent canyon. As you negotiate gentle rapids, through the twists and bends of the towering gorge, you will pause to sample hot cocoa from nature's own kettle, get caught up in a friendly water fight, bathe your soul in the invigorating glacial runoff, or simply kick back and let your troubles drift away with the meandering waters! Looking for more action? Then check out our “Beast of the East” rafting trip!

Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

6. Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

After being collected from your nearby hotel, you will drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. Out here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Also called Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon visible only in the far northern hemisphere. They are a unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps. Your goal is not only to find the right sights for best photograph, but also to take your time to enjoy this fragile single moment that will never come again, but you may well remember for the rest of your life.

From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

7. From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

After being picked up in a super jeep, you will venture to Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, known as the waterfall of the Gods. Your tour will then continue to Lake Mývatn. This ancient lake was formed by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and is surrounded by rare volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents. Driving deeper into this otherworldly landscape, you will get a chance to see the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Then gaze at the incredible might of Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. As you embark on your return journey, you will stop to investigate Skútustaðagígar, and area of pseudo craters, and the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir. These are among the most popular tourist attractions in the Mývatn area. Finally, you will stop in Eyjafjordur and admire the scenic view over the fjord to Akureyri.

Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

8. 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).

West Glacial River Family Rafting

9. West Glacial River Family Rafting

Enjoy a trip through the magnificent West Glacial canyon. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxing trip and take in some breath-taking scenery. For family rafting the West is the best. The West Glacial River is classed 2-3. The trip starts and ends in the onsite boathouse. The friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment needed for tackling famous glacial rivers. The guides will provide wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece, and a towel. Take a 20 minute drive towards the West Glacial river. Your trip leader will give a full safety briefing. You will then be divided into crews and assigned a boat and most of all your guide. Once on the river you will enter the canyon with its high walls and amazing geology. Along the way you may stop for a unique hot chocolate and for some cliff jumping for the brave ones. The bus will be waiting for the short drive back to the base where the hot tubs await. The trip time is around 3 hours.

From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

10. From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 393 reviews

The tour was great, there are many stops to see different things and take pictures. Our guide was knowledgeable and he made sure we would have the best experience possible. Judging by the reviews, the stop at the nature baths seems to be included in certain tours but not others, and that was a bit confusing for me since I didn't see anything saying there would be a stop there. Our group did stop at the baths for 2 hours, and I was unaware of this. If you don't want to go in the baths, you can still go for a walk in the beautiful surrounding area. Overall a great experience

Top tour and you saw everything, it was a great day and the weather cooperated. You have to be aware that you only get a brief glimpse of everything, if you want to see everything on this tour in peace, you can need 1.5 days. What wasn't great was that we had to wait for guests from another ship and so the departure was postponed by an hour, which we then missed to explore the city.

Our guide, Thomas, was extremely knowledgeable (especially for a non native) about Iceland - the history, culture and the sites we were visiting. He drove and guided us seamlessly. We drove a lot, but with frequent stops we still felt like it was an active tour. He even make a couple of extra stops to allow us to see some incredible views.

It was very nice organized and informative trip. The weather was not perfect for us but the beauty of nature still impressed us to the maximum. Definitely worth it. Highly recommended if you want to experience the diamond circle !

Beautiful ship, great crew, saw 2 humpback whales. One of them swam around the ship for a good 3/4 hour and surfaced again and again. An incredible experience