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About tour

Set sail for a guided whale watching tour aboard the comfortable Lilja ship. Cruise and observe the majestic humpback whales breach and the playful minke whales glide through their Arctic home in Akureyri, the whale capital of Iceland.


  • Watch Humpback and Minke Whales
  • Sail Comfortably
  • Sightsee Icelandic Fjords
  • Enjoy Guided Boat Tour


  • Guided Boat Tour
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Free retry in case of no sightings
  • Warm Floatable Safety Overalls
  • Wi-Fi, Café, Souvenirs and Restrooms Onboard

What to bring

  • Warm Outdoor Clothing
  • Water and Windproof Jacket
  • Warm Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Camera

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Sept
Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
Departs From Akureyri
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No min age
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No




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Embark on a sail for thrilling encounters with humpback and minke whales and witness the magic of these magnificent marine creatures!

Expect comfort and convenience aboard the Lilja, a stable and fast cruise ship. It is equipped with both indoor and outdoor seating designed for optimal whale watching and scenic enjoyment.

Once we set sail from Akureyri and get farther away from the coastline, you will experience the breathtaking beauty of Icelandic fjords at a distance. It is a perfect opportunity to capture impressive photographs on our way into the ocean. 

Next up, watching the whales! You will observe their awe-inspiring breaches, graceful movements and playful interactions, taking away experiences that will stay long after you step off the ship. During the cruise you will learn about whales from the experts. Our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the lives of these incredible creatures, deepening your appreciation for the ocean and its wonderful biological world. 

This tour prioritizes sustainability and responsibility when it comes to tourism practices, minimizing our ecological footprint and respecting the delicate marine ecosystem. Your safety comes first, with top-notch equipment and strict protocols ensuring a safe journey. 

Don’t miss out on the adventure and book your spot on the Lilja today and have a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience in Akureyri. Explore the wonders of the aquatic world and create memories that will be hard to beat!

While we strive to ensure unforgettable whale encounters, the tour remains dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Our experienced captains prioritize passenger safety and comfort when making informed decisions. Despite our best efforts, sightings are never guaranteed. However, in the case of no sightings, we offer a FREE chance to try again!

Bear in mind that the tour departure is from the Special Tours Ticket Office in Akureyri. Please arrive with a valid form of ID for check-in before boarding the Lilja.


Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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