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Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and nestled at the head of Eyjafjörður is Iceland’s ‘second city’ of Akureyri. Offering whale watching and Northern Lights viewing opportunities, this is an ideal base for discovering the north coast.

Although classed as a city, Akureyri has a delightful small town feel. It is home to charming gardens to stroll through; a duck pond attracting oystercatchers, terns and pink-footed geese; and a number of historic houses and churches to admire, including the town's centrepiece of Akureyri Cathedral, built in an Art Deco style.

Being close to the Arctic Circle means - during the late Autumn to early Spring months - there may be opportunities to view the magical Northern Lights as they dance their way across the night sky. Due to Akureyri’s location at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord at 60 kilometres, whale watching excursions can be enjoyed, with humpback and minke whales being spotted within the fjord. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, minke whale, harbour porpoise, white-beaked dolphin, Arctic tern
  • Where: North Iceland, Iceland

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Iceland’s Natural Wonders Self-drive

A self-drive itinerary combining Iceland's natural geological wonders with its rich marine life, travelling from the north, westwards along the coast, and ending in Reykjavik. Enjoy whale watching trips in search of humpback and minke whales, and explore peninsulas for seal colonies and pelagic birdlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea