July 2017 • Canon G9x camera
Akureyri is a town in the north of Iceland. Nicknamed the ‘Capital of the north’ it is one of the best places to witness Humpback whales in the wild on the Eyjafjörður (Eyjafjord). We went on a 2 hour tour with Elding Whale Watching Akureyri company. A small, fast RIB boat would get us far enough out in the fjord to get a glimpse of the Whales at a safe distance. We were lucky today as we had perfect weather conditions.
Humpback whales are the most common species sighted in the North of Iceland during summer. They are currently classified as Least Concern (LC) by IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Humpback Whale. Below are a few shots I managed to take as the whales would brifely appear and disapear in an instance.
After the whale tour we went to the city center to get some lunch and wander around. The town is also a stopping point for cruise ships during the summer months.
Below are some shots of the town. If you climb up to the Akureyrarkirkja (The Church of Akureyri) you get some nice views of the marine port.
Short hike to see the wonder of Lake Sørvágsvatn floating above the ocean
Sailing the Beagle Channel to see Sea Lions and the iconic lighthouse