This outing starts with a drive along the coastline of the fjord Eyjafjörður and through lush, fertile farmland areas. We then visit the waterfall Goðafoss, before visiting the historical town of Akureyri.
See the "Waterfall of the Gods"
Legend has it that, at the Icelandic Parliament meeting at Þingvellir in the year 1000, the chieftain Thorgeir of Ljosavatn was asked to decide which religion the country would adopt. Thorgeir was a pagan himself. However, he reflected on the matter and decided that Christianity was the right choice. When Thorgeir returned home, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and cast them into the waterfall near his homestead. Since that time, the waterfall has been known as Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).
Charming Akureyri and thousands of flower species
After enjoying some time at the falls, we head back towards Akureyri, the undisputed capital of the north. Blessed with a dramatic fjord setting and an alpine backdrop, Akureyri is undeniably one of Iceland’s most attractive towns. Influences of the town’s Danish trading history remain easily visible. While enjoying a short overview of the town, you will notice the many contrasts in the town's interesting and varied architecture.
A final stop at the wonderful botanical gardens gives you a chance to stroll amongst two thousand species of local and foreign flowers. Thanks to Akureyri's warm microclimate, they actually bloom outdoors.