Best of Akureyri
AEY-100 | Akureyri, Iceland |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Godafoss Waterfall
- Námaskarð Pass
- Lake Myvatn
You will see:
Approx. 8 hours
Max. Group Size: 60
Board your motorcoach at the pier and drive through town, taking the coastal road and traveling through the fertile farmland of the Fnjoskadalur Valley en route to Namaskard and Dimmuborgir, with views of rugged, volcanic landscape and dramatic lava formations. Upon arrival at Namaskard, witness boiling hot mud pools that let out a steady roar and dense vapors, cloaking the hot sulfur pits at one of the most active volcanic areas on Iceland.
At Dimmuborgir, which means "twilight castles," see weirdly shaped lava formations that were left exposed in the bed as this former lava lake cooled and receded. Next, we'll head to Skutustadir where large craters situated on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn are called pseudo or rootless craters. They were formed when lava overflowed the lakeshore's sodden ground.
Take a photo opportunity and then it's off to lunch where you'll enjoy a sit-down meal at a local restaurant.
Afterwards, you'll re-board the motorcoach and continue to Godafoss Waterfall. In the year 1000 the Lawspeaker Thorgeir Thorkelsson made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion Thorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall.
We'll return to Akureyri for a brief tour of the town, stopping along a scenic coastal road at a vantage point, if time allows, near the fjord for a panoramic view of the town and its harbor before heading back to the ship.
The drive between Akureyri and Godafoss is approximately 45 minutes. The return drive from Namaskard to Akureyri is approximately 90 minutes. This tour does not operate on all calls due to the duration of the ship call being too short.
The rocky areas around Godafoss Falls are slippery and wet with jagged volcanic edges; passengers should take care if leaving the designated paths to take pictures and wear appropriate footwear. Guests should stay within marked footpaths at the Namaskard area.
12 & under reduced
This tour is not suitable for physically disabled passengers.