THE PEARL – HRISEY ISLAND

Peaceful, yet festive

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Pearl of the North, Paradise for bird watchers

Visit peaceful, yet festive Hrísey island, the second largest island in Iceland after the Vestman islands.

We depart from Torfunefsbryggja in Akureyri for a 4.5 hour wonderfully scenic excursion. Once in Hrísey you will enjoy a guided tour on a tractor, indulge on a deliciously fresh seafood meal at a cute local restaurant and have fun while being entertained by some local musicians.

Not only is Hrísey an extraordinary little island when it comes to it’s unique culture and the friendly locals who are incredibly helpful and open minded. Hrísey it also a real paradise for bird watchers. A home to a wide variety of birds, such as the ptarmigan, which changes colours from winter to summer and is never hunted on the island.

There are very few automobiles on the island, but instead the inhabitants use old tractors to get around. Some of them have even been specially equipped so that they can transfer passengers. This is just one of the many examples on how these wonderful people go about their daily lives and have a one of a kind way of doing thing.

  • BOOK YOUR TICKET here or by contacting us via email or phone (+354 4626800)
  • Put on your warm clothes, layer up. Bring sunglasses too and binoculars if you have them.
  • Check in at our ticket office no later than 20 minutes before departure. 

Departures June - September 15th

18:00

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Why visit Hrisey Island with Ambassador?

Our company has celebrated a tremendous success since the owner, captain Magnus Gudjonsson, started his marine adventure tours from the northern town of Akureyri in the summer of 2013.

Our whale watching sighting rate has been as high as 99% and we are very grateful for all the wonderful reviews we get online.

We are very ambitious about our excursions. We want to make sure that our guests have the best experience possible, and to provide them with that we make sure that the staff is as professional as can be. All our tours are locally guided ensuring maximum knowledge and a quality experience and our vessels are all first class.

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Tour fact sheet

  • Approximately 4.5 hour tour
  • 360° panorama from top deck
  • Commentary through on board sound system
  • Heated indoor cabin with toilet facilities
  • Comfortable cushioned seats & ample space
  • Professional guides
  • Calm waters, easy cruise
  • Light snacks and drinks available on board

  • “Stunning scenery, with whales!”
    I wandered in to the office and asked if they thought there was much chance of seeing whales that day. I was drily informed by a guide that the probability was between 99-100% so I booked and am so glad I did! We saw lots of minke whales and humpbacks, with some of the humpbacks coming very close to us....

    tea_n_see / Austrailia
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  • “First Class Experience!”
    Today we went on their last whale watching trip of the year, they end now until next Spring. And what a way to finish! We saw minke and humpbacks playing and diving no more than 5 metres from our boat. For over an hour we watched and photographed these amazing creatures, seemingly oblivious to us being there.

    Andy-S60 / England
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  • “Unbelievable experience”
    We could not keep count on the many whales we saw, so close up that I felt like I could just reach out my hand and touch them. What an amazing experience. We were on a high speed boat so we could just follow the whales and get up very close again and again. We also saw the warmest waterfall in Europe. Excellent trip with nice details in addition to the main purpose of seeing whales. Beautiful view of the mountains surrounding the fjord.

    soleybs
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  • “Close enough to touch the whales!”
    My husband and I did the speed boat tour on our honeymoon, and we had a fantastic time! We saw harbor porpoises, minke whales, and humpbacks so close that they sprayed water on us. Our guide Mary was knowledgeable and fun to have with us. I would highly recommend this your for anyone who loves beautiful views and marine life!

    Alex K
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  • “Best excursion in Iceland for us!”
    We went whale watching on the extreme ribbed boat on October 22. Our captain Örn and our guide Anna were amazing! We were able to get up close to all the whales! It was an amazing experience! We saw about 6-7 different humpbacks and a few minke whales. It was so worth the money. I would really recommend the extreme boat tour because you can see the whales so well from the small boat and with just a few people around you. It is also fast enough to cruise over to a whale when you start to see it from far. I think this was my favorite thing I've experienced in Iceland!

    Allissa M
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  • “Used Ambassador for Northern Lights Viewing

    Ambassador took us on a northern lights viewing tour in Akureyri and needless to say, we are so glad that we went along. At our hotel, the Icelandair Akureyri, they recommended that we go out on a boat to see the northern lights because their forecast said there would be a good chance of catching them. Well, we listened and spent the $100 to go and have nothing but a lifetime of memories.

    We saw the aurora borealis in all the colors you can possibly imagine, dancing, bouncing and just at their best. It was a frigidly cold night, but the boat staff did their best to offer us blankets and let us go down to the bottom, covered deck to keep warm. It was a lovely experience and Ambassador made it possible.”

    LeHungryPlanet
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