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Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

1. Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland during a day tour of Goðafoss Waterfall and Lake Mývatn. Visit a local hot spring and bathe in the soothing water of the nature baths. Leave Akureyri and drive along the scenic coast of Eyjafjordur, one of the longest fjords in the country. The first stop will be Goðafoss, a breathtaking 39-foot-tall waterfall, located in the Skjálfandafljót River. Next, head to Lake Mývatn, whose landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms due to a lava eruption 2,300 years ago. Continue on to the cave of Grjótagjá and stop at the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Take advantage of the opportunity to relax in the steam baths and geothermal water of Mývatn Nature Baths. On the way back to Akureyri, see the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar. The last stop will be in Eyjafjordur where you will have time to take plenty of photos with the fjord as your backdrop.

From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

2. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice-cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

3. Akureyri: 3-Hour Northern Lights Tour

After being collected from your nearby hotel, you will drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. Out here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Also called Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon visible only in the far northern hemisphere. They are a unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps. Your goal is not only to find the right sights for best photograph, but also to take your time to enjoy this fragile single moment that will never come again, but you may well remember for the rest of your life.

From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion

4. From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

Akureyri: Hunt for the Northern Lights

5. Akureyri: Hunt for the Northern Lights

Get away from the light pollution of the city and enjoy a night of hunting for the elusive northern lights after dark. The solar activity that produces northern lights has been very active this winter so it's the perfect time to go. The areas around Akureyri are some of the best places to see the aurora. Your tour will take you out of the city, away from residential light pollution, for the clearest view of the night sky. You may even get to see the Milky Way if you're lucky. Based on the predictions, the guides will choose which direction to go from Akureyri for the best possibility of seeing the awe-inspiring northern lights. It might be a long night, so Kleina, an Icelandic twisted donut, and hot chocolate are provided to keep up your energy and help you stay warm. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring your camera. Your guide will give you tips and pointers for spotting the northern lights as sometimes they start very faintly. You can opt for pickup from your hotel, or you can meet the tour guide with the van at the meeting point.

From Akureyri: Goðafoss Waterfall Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. From Akureyri: Goðafoss Waterfall Tour with Hotel Pickup

An easy and short tour to Goðafoss, also known as the water of the gods, which played a role in the christening of Iceland. We drive to the waterfall and spend some time there, and then we head back to Akureyri, stopping at some good photo points on the way if weather and time allow. On the way to Goðafoss, we drive on the east bank of Eyjafjörður and pass through the valley of Fnjóskadalur.

From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

7. From Akureyri: Private Dettifoss Waterfall Super Jeep Tour

After being picked up in a super jeep, you will venture to Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, known as the waterfall of the Gods. Your tour will then continue to Lake Mývatn. This ancient lake was formed by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago and is surrounded by rare volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents. Driving deeper into this otherworldly landscape, you will get a chance to see the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Then gaze at the incredible might of Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. As you embark on your return journey, you will stop to investigate Skútustaðagígar, and area of pseudo craters, and the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir. These are among the most popular tourist attractions in the Mývatn area. Finally, you will stop in Eyjafjordur and admire the scenic view over the fjord to Akureyri.

Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

8. Akureyri: Siglufjörður Four Tunnel Private Day Tour

This tour takes us through breathtaking landscapes and beautiful scenery. To arrive in Siglufjörður, we will have to pass through 3 tunnels, but our tour will take us a bit further and through the 4th tunnel to an enjoyable viewing point. We will be making short stops in the Village of Hjalteyri, a unique town from the herring era. As well as having a look at Hauganes and Árskógssandur. We'll pass through Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður, two nice fishing towns. There will be time to explore Siglufjörður and the Herring Era Musem (subject to them being open).

From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

9. From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

10. East Glacial River Extreme Rafting

The East Glacial river has a reputation of being one of the most exciting rivers in Europe.  The trip begins at a boathouse where your friendly and professional guide will provide you with all of the equipment and information needed for tackling the famous glacial rivers. Wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets, and rafting booties are provided. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm sweater or fleece, and a towel. Once you are all changed you will be driven to the East valley. Your trip leader will give a safety briefing with all of the safety information needed to get the most out of your trip. Take to the river rafting 16 km through the East Glacial canyon. Tackle rapids such as Alarm Clock, Commitment, Screaming Lady, and of course the famous Green Room. Depending on the water levels you will also stop for some cliff jumping for those that feel they need a little more excitement.The bus will meet you at the end where steaming bowls of hot soup will be waiting for. After a short 20 minute ride back to the base you can unwind in a hot tub.

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What people are saying about Akureyri

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 346 reviews

Our guide was Mike and he was great! He was on time at the morning and always very kind with us. He knows a lot about Iceland culture (he is from UK) and speaks 4 languages. We followed the tour as the description and gave us plenty of time to enjoy every stop. We totally recommend to take this tour.

Very informative guide, clean comfortable transport and fascinating itinerary. Only 14 passengers in the mini-bus and our guide got us to each site ahead of huge crowds of cruise passengers on coach excursions.

Thomas was an excellent tour guide. He was very thorough and very knowledgeable. Excellent tour and I would recommend it to everyone

Enjoyed it very much. Good driver/guide. Very helpful with wheelchairs.

Great guide. Great information about the area. Learned a lot!