Activities and Day Tours

GEOTHERMAL WILDERNESS

See Icelandic nature in all its splendour. The steam columns from the geothermal plants at Krafla and Bjarnarflag (Myvatn) are a magnificent sight. Why not make a visit to any of the two green energy plants and get the feeling of the state of the art technology that has powered households and industries of Iceland for decades. Your way back to the town takes you past nature landmarks such as Lake Mývatn, with its unparalleled beauty, and Goðafoss, the scenic waterfall with historic connections to Iceland’s conversion to Christianity in the year 1000.

WEIRD WORLD OF ICE AND DARKNESS

Explore Lofthellir Lava Cave, located in the area of Lake Mývatn—a world of unique ice formations and darkness to experience. The cave boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in any Icelandic lava cave. Total length of the cave is about 370 meters with a ceiling height of, at its highest point, about 15 meters. During the excursion at least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this unbelievable natural phenomena with all its sparkling colours. And as you travel back, you can take the opportunity and see some of the other fantastic sceneries in the same area, such as Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), one of Iceland’s most popular natural tourist attractions.

WHALE WATCHING & BOAT TRIPS

The north of Iceland is a great area to get in touch with the giants of the ocean, the whales. With its clean, clear waters, full of life, the ocean surrounding Iceland is a good place to see the whales, as well as other creatures of the sea, mainly birds, with the puffin being the most sought after. Akureyri and nearby towns of Dalvík and Húsavík are all great for whale watching especially for seeing the giant humpback whales. Other whales one could expect are the minke whale, fin whale as well as an assortment of dolphins and porpoises.

SEA ANGLING IN THE NORTH

Eyjafjörður, the fjord of islands, one of the longest fjords of the country, is truly the place for some deep-sea fishing excitement. The fishing grounds are near and the surroundings are majestic. Boats are well equipped for deep-sea angling and the tackle awaits you on board. Beware, it might be too much to carry home. The chef at the place you are staying could hopefully help to prepare a good meal from the days catch.

DIVE THE NORTH

Scuba Diving in Iceland is truly an expedition of itself. Every plunge into its icy waters is different than the previous one. Iceland has a fascinating variety of marine life, such as sea-snails, crabs, all kinds of fish, jelly-fish, sponges and starfish. Lucky divers may see seals, and maybe even whales while exploring the exciting waters of Iceland! If you’re a diving fan then you’re in for a treat and even for those adventure-seeking visitors that are not experienced divers that want to explore parts normally hidden from the naked eye, no need to worry. Driving two hours from Akureyri you’ll find the geothermal cone Strýtan in Eyjafjörður fjord.

The only in the world that you can scuba dive to as others are found at 3000m or deeper. Around 100 liters of freshwater per second at 72°c is coming from the cone. Strýtan is the first underwater protected area in Iceland.

RIVER RAFTING

Rafting has been one of the most popular adventure activity in Iceland for years, creating a memorable family adventure for kids, teenagers and adults who want to share an unforgettable, fun-filled adventure, and Akureyri is very close to the best rafting river in Iceland. There are two options for rafting, the East Glacial River or the West one, with the East river generally being regarded as one of the top 5 rafting rivers in Europe – though some even claim it’s simply the best one. This is an action packed river, not for the faint hearted, sure to provide a great time.

Available are day trips for us normal people, but for those really wanting to kick it into high gear, a 3-day expedition style trip is available, going straight from Hofsjökull glacier, the source of the river, running every rapid on the river. That journey winds through highland desert, hot springs, glaciers, remote cabins and a truly pristine and beautiful wilderness.

The West River is an adventure suitable for families and kids as young as 6 years old. It has a riverside hot spring that’s used for mixing hot cocoa on the trip so despite being less demanding than the east river, it promises a very enjoyable family fun.

River rafting can definitely be a family activity for everyone to enjoy, or something for the toughest adrenaline junkies.. What’s always guaranteed though is an incredibly scenic and fun trip with towering canyons and stunning vistas – and some splashing action while you’re at it!

Snow mobiling

One of the most adrenaline rushes one can imagine, come from the thrill of riding a snowmobile. Incredibly powerful machines, yet surprisingly easy to maneuvre, a ride on a snowmobile (or a ski-doo if you like) is bound to be one of the highlights of your visit to the north.

You don’t need any specific experience to confidently ride, though be sure to drive carefully, as these are really powerful machines! Note: Driver’s license needed!

Day Tours, Activities and Adventures