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Best Whale Watching in Akureyri? Try Hjalteyri!

Where is the best whale watching in Akureyri? With a 100% whale sightings rate, you should be excited to go whale watching in Hjalteyri. Located only 15 minutes from Akureyri, the whales-in-every-tour reputation puts this small village on the map as one of the best places in Iceland to go whale watching!

Close to Akureyri, the capital of the North Iceland, you will find the small village of Hjalteyri. Located only 15 minutes from Akureyri, Hjalteyri is one of the best places to go whale watching near Akureyri due to its position in the fjord. Being right next to traditional whale watching areas in Eyjafjörður fjord, it takes less time to reach the whales than from Akureyri. Therefore, passengers spend more time observing whales in their natural habitat! Additionally, the traditional Icelandic oak boat that is operated in Hjalteyri makes the whale watching experience much more authentic.

Whale Watching in Akureyri

Whale watching in Akureyri is becoming increasingly more popular. For those that don’t have the opportunity to visit Húsavík, the whale capital of Iceland, Eyjafjörður fjord is a great plan B. However, Akureyri is not the only place in Eyjafjörður fjord to meet the gentle giants of the sea.

Hjalteyri is a hidden gem off the beaten track. With roughly 50 inhabitants, Hjalteyri is a small town with a big heart. Bringing people together with unforgettable whale watching tours and great delicacies at the wonderful Eyri Restaurant, Hjalteyri should be on your Iceland bucket list!

Could the Best Whale Watching in Akureyri be in Hjalteyri?

Akureyri or Hjalteyri, that is the big question. Although both have many good qualities, Hjalteyri outranks Akureyri in one important field: the success rate!

In Hjalteyri, whales have been spotted in every tour. Yes, that is not a typo. Every tour. Additionally, the tours in Hjalteyri only take two hours. Because of Hjalteyri’s unique location next to traditional whale watching that is all the time it takes. Therefore, if you want to see whales in Iceland, you should visit Hjalteyri!

Furthermore, there is only one boat in Hjalteyri. That boat is actually the first vessel in Iceland to begin scheduled whale watching tours! For over 20 years, Knörrinn has been visiting whale watching areas and creating unforgettable memories for our passengers.

Visit Hjalteyri - Home of the whales in Iceland

Visit Hjalteyri – the Home of the Whales in Iceland

Unsurprisingly, Hjalteyri is known as the home of the whales in Iceland. The most frequent visitor in Eyjafjörður fjord is the Humpback whale. Being sheltered by mountainous coasts, the humpback whales can easily feed on plankton and krill in the fjord. Since they have plenty of food to feed on, they stay in the fjord for months. Particularly over the summer time, when they are large in numbers.

Visit Hjalteyri, the home of the whales in Iceland, and experience an unforgettable whale watching tour close to the Arctic Circle.