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Whale Watching Tours from Akureyri?

By Iceland Review

Iceland’s second-biggest town could start offering whale watching tours from next spring.

The whale watching company Elding, which also owns and runs Whale Safari, has announced that it is in talks with the North Iceland town of Akureyri in an effort to secure space at its harbor for whale watching trips.

According to DV, the company hopes to begin offering whale watching in Akureyri in April with one large boat for 150-200 passengers and two speedboats which take 12 passengers each.

“We believe that development also needs to take place out in the country. It changes year-to-year where the best whale watching is, and there have been a lot of humpback whales in Eyjafjörður over the last five years. There is a fair amount of pressure from our agents to go north,” says Rannveig Pétursdóttir, director of Elding.

Húsavík, in northeast Iceland, is often called the Whale Watching Capital of Europe, but Elding does not operate there. Elding is the biggest whale watching company in Iceland and operates primarily out of Reykjavík, where there are certainly the most tourists—but not the most whales.

Akureyri is located at the landward end of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður. This means it is sheltered from the strongest winds and highest waves, but it is also at the mercy of whether or not whales choose to enter the fjord. Luckily they have been doing so in large numbers over recent years.

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