Akureyri - Jewels of the North
Available all year
Iceland’s longest Fjord – Eyjafjordur.
View of Akureyri and surrounding mountains.
Godafoss falls - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
Short City Sightseeing.
The tour starts by driving along the coast of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur, from where you get an excellent view of Akureyri and its surrounding mountains. After crossing Víkurskard-pass we view Fnjoskadalur valley, where clear geological remains from glacial and post-glacial times can be seen. The first stop is by Godafoss falls - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland; the water of the river Skjalfandafljot falls from a height of 12 m over a width of 30 m. In 1000 A.D., at the meeting of the Althing, the Icelanders voted to adopt Christianity. The wooden idols of the Norse mythology were thrown into the falls in a symbolic gesture that swept away the old religion. Thus the Godafoss literally means the "Waterfall of the Gods”. From there we drive directly to the Lake Myvatn area, stopping by the unique craters at Skutustadir before having lunch. After lunch we visit the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and countless unexplored grottos then continue to the gurgling purple and yellow sulphur cauldrons at the high temperature thermal field of Namaskard, which are so hot that they actually boil. We head back to Akureyri with short city sightseeing en route.
Included: 1 Meal – Soup, and bread and fish of the day.
Remarks/requirements: Dress according to local weather conditions with good footwear (closed toe recommended) with a rubber or non-slip sole. Bring a camera!
Walking information: ALL WALKING IS OPTIONAL and most sites can be viewed through the motor coach windows. There are no actual steps at most of the stops at the time of writing, but some inclined surface levels occur. Surface underfoot is grass/mud/gravel and there are rough pathways throughout. Anyone with mobility challenges is kindly asked to travel in the company of an able bodied career or request assistance from the ship.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
Language: English and German.
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