Leaving Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”, the bus heads towards the impressive Goðafoss falls - the "Waterfalls of the Gods”. Legend has it that Thorgeir of Ljosavatn, a chieftain present at the Parliament meeting at Thingvellir, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be adopted by the Icelanders in the year of 1000. He was a pagan himself, but after a period of profound thought, he decided that Christianity was to be the religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them unceremoniously into this waterfall near his homestead.
From this time on, the waterfall has been named Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). After enjoying some time by the falls we head back towards Akureyri.
Now wearing the crown as the undisputed capital of the North, blessed with a pristine fjord setting and alpine backdrop, Akureyri is undeniably one of the most attractive towns of Iceland. Influences of its Danish trade past prevail and whilst enjoying a short overview of the town, visitors will be sure to notice the many contrasts in the town’s interesting and varied architecture.
A final stop at the wonderful Botanical Gardens gives guests the chance to stroll amongst 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers which, incidentally, bloom outside thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate. This tour is highly recommended for both the physically challenged guests and for those wishing to see and learn a lot in a relatively short amount of time.