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Northeastern Region, Iceland

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Húsavík: Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Icelandic Kayak Trip

3. Icelandic Kayak Trip

Enjoy a scenic sit-on-top kayak trip down Svartá-river in close proximity with the Icelandic nature. During the relaxed tour down the calm river you will get a chance to paddle your way through exciting fjords and get carried away by gentle streams of the river. This tour has been one of the most popular ones renowned for immersing guests into Icelandic beauty. Check in at Bakkaflöt where you will put on dry-pants, jacket and life-vest. You will then be driven 15 minutes upriver from Bakkaflöt where you will receive instructions on paddling and river safety. Your guides are international experienced guides who know the river and streams by heart. After the trip it is necessary to relax in our hot tubs. It's a good recreational activity for anyone at any skill level. You have to be at least 12 years unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please specify when booking if you will be bringing individuals younger than 12.

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What people are saying about Northeastern Region, Iceland

Die Tour war mit einem großen Segelschiff aus Holz. Das Schiff war ziemlich groß, sodass alle genug Platz hatten und man nicht zwischen andere Personen gequetscht war. Wir haben einige Buckelwale gesehen und ein paar mal auch ganz nah am Schiff. Die Crew und der Guide waren super und haben alles top organisiert. Auf der Rückfahrt gibt es noch eine heiße Schokolade und eine Zimtrolle. Uns hat die Tour sehr gut gefallen und wir können sie sehr weiterempfehlen!

This was by far the best whale-watching trip we have ever been on. It took a while to spot the first whale, but after that, there were whales spouting off both sides of the ship almost continuously. We saw one Minke, at least six humpback whales, and a rare blue whale! Being on the sailing ship was an added bonus. Truly, a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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.

Superb excursion in very different places. Very good organization. Guide at the top. Only downside, too bad there is no translation into French. Or have an audio guide available..

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