Experience the Best of the North on this spectacular tour that will take you to Iceland’s spectacular Northern region, replete with a series of stunning landscapes. Visit Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss, Dimmubrogir, Víti Crater and much more. From teeming geothermal fields to rugged volcanic plains and massive cascading waterfalls you will see some of the most beautiful places that the land of fire and ice has to offer. To top it off, we will go on a whale watching & sea angling adventure, visit a microbrewery to try local craft beer and an optional soak in the geothermal waters of Myvatn Nature Baths.
Travel in a small group with a professional adventure guide
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Pick-up: 9 a.m.
Group maximum: 18 participants
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
- Lake Myvatn
- Godafoss Waterfall
- Dimmuborgir Lava Field
- Small Group Experience
- Whale Watching - 99% sightings success
- Sea Angling
- Víti Crater
- Kaldi Microbrewery
- Craft Beer Tasting
- Dalvik Village
- Grabrok Crater
- Hvitserkur Rock Formations
- Skútustaðagigar Craters
- Namaskard Geothermal Area
- Myvatn Nature Baths (optional)
- Glaumbaer Turf Farm
- Mt. Hverfjall (view)
Pick-up in Reykjavík, a guided tour in a minibus with a professional adventure guide, free WiFi on the minibus, whale watching tour, visit to a microbrewery & beer tasting, 2 nights at a country hotel with a private bathroom and breakfast at your hotel. The entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths is not included but can be added to your booking as an optional extra (highly recommended).
Breakfast on day 2 and 3 are the only meals included. We will stop at shops and restaurants along the way where you can purchase food, snack and drinks.
Bring with you:
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. We recommend that you bring comfortable shoes.
The North of Iceland is a spectacular region crammed with some of the most beautiful and unique places in the entire country. It is reminiscent of the Arctic Circle, playing host to arctic foxes and vast mountains that tower over its snowy fields. While also having plenty of amazing geothermal paradises, ensuring that it is the absolute epitome of the land of fire and ice. It is also a great place to soak up some rural Icelandic life, with rustic villages, grass-roofed houses and antiquated churches it really does have it all. Activities include whale watching, sea angling, craft beer tasting, nature bathing and visiting the most incredible sites that the North has to offer.
When you travel from the south, it will feel like you have changed countries, entering a place of extremes that is sunnier in the summer and colder in the winter. This means that there is almost 4 hours more daylight in the summer and gorgeous black night skies in the winter, which are ideal for seeing the ethereal light show known as the Northern Lights.
It has its own unique culture, which is built around the sea, making it perfect for fishing and whale watching, which when combined with the opportunity to have a geothermal bath amidst some spectacular scenery, taste the delicious locally brewed craft beers or watch the mesmerising, flickering colours of the Northern Lights, makes for a truly glorious and enjoyable experience. We assure you that you will have an unforgettable adventure that will remain with you for the rest of your life!
Day 1 - Grábrók Crater, Hvítserkur, Akureyri, Dalvík, & Craft Beer Tasting
Our adventure begins when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation (or nearby authorized location) and start the scenic one-and-a-half-hour drive to the fascinating Grabrok Crater. This vast volcanic relic towers over the surrounding Borgarfjordur Area, offering a majestic vista from its summit. It was carved into the landscape by a massive volcanic eruption that occurred around 3000 years ago and is the ideal way to see how Iceland’s volcanic past has helped to craft its modern landscape.
- Grábrók Volcanic Crater
- Pick-up in Reykjavík
- Guided Minibus Tour
- All tour highlights of the day
- One Night Hotel Accommodation (Dalvík area)
There are a couple of other craters situated nearby, giving a profound sense of just how powerful the geothermal activity in the country is. Our friendly guide will tell us everything that we need to know about it and the easy hike is the perfect way to start our Icelandic adventure.
Next up, Hvitserkur rock formations, a visit to a local microbrewery and Dalvik fishing village.
From there we will head to an isolated fjord, famed for the sublime Hvítserkur rock formation a basalt sea stack that stands 49 meters above the blue waters of the Atlantic. Locals believe that it looks a bit like a dragon or elephant drinking from the water. While Norse legend believes that it is a petrified troll, who was turned to stone when he forgot about the dawn, having had an argument with his son. It is absolutely unique, and its loneliness gives it an enchanting beauty that makes it an unmissable attraction.
We will then head to a charming little local microbrewery for a spot of Viking craft beer tasting. Iceland has a chequered past with beer, having been the most popular drink in the county during Nordic times before changes in climate made it almost impossible to brew. It was then illegal for much of the 20th century until 1989 when it was finally re-legalized since then the beer scene has boomed with a myriad of local breweries that create unique and delicious beers. We will visit one of the oldest and most famous craft breweries, Kaldi Brewery, going for a tour around the facility and sampling the many amber delights on offer. As an extra bonus, you will be able to keep your beer flagon as a memento of your time there.
We will then head to the charming fishing village of Dalvík where we will spend the evening in a rustic country hotel. If we visit in winter, then we will be able to see the spectacular celestial light show that illuminates the winter night sky.
Day 2 - Goðafoss Waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Mývatn Nature Baths & Akureyri
The second day of our adventure will take us to the historic Goðafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods), it gets its name from the moment that the Lawspeaker of the Icelandic Parliament converted to Christianity and cast his pagan idols into its frothy white waters. Our friendly guide will tell us all about this fascinating story and show us the best place to enjoy the falls themselves and their amazing surroundings. Its angry cascade tumbles 12 meters down in a semi-circular shape: the perfect place to snap a picture of genuine natural wonder.
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Lake Mývatn
- Skútustaðagígar Pseudo Craters
- Viti Crater
- Námaskarð Geothermal Fields
- Mývatn Nature Baths (*entry fee extra)
- Akureyri capital of the North
- Hotel breakfast
- Guided minibus tour to all highlights
- One Night Hotel Accommodation (Dalvík area)
Following a short drive, we will find ourselves in the picturesque Lake Mývatn area: it is the fourth largest lake in Iceland and is populated by an array of small luscious islets. This along with the dramatic volcanic landscape and luscious vegetation that are found on its shores creates a gorgeous nature reserve that everyone is sure to appreciate. One of the caves that lie off it will be of particular interest to Game of Thrones fans, being the place that Jon Snow broke his vows with Ygritte.
Next up is Skútustaðagigar Caters, Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Víti Crater, Námakarð geothermal area, Mývatn Nature Baths and the capital of the north, Akureyri.
As we skirt our way around the lake, we will come across the sublime Skútustaðagigar Craters, which were formed by molten streams of lava flowing across swampy wetlands, which caused further steam eruptions and created the craters. What makes them especially fascinating and unique is that they are considered to be ‘pseudo craters’ because they were not actually formed by volcanic eruptions. Our expert guide will help us pick our way through these geological wonders and tell us everything that we need to know about them.
Next up on today's agenda is Dimmuborgir (the Dark Fortress), located east of Myvatn, home to the beautiful Lake Myvatn. Dimmuborgir is a large area of uniquely shaped lava fields, with sets of spectacular black volcanic structures that are dotted around the area. These geothermal sculptures have dramatic columns and pillars, cavernous caves, secret tunnels and much, much more. An otherworldly landscape that will take you back in time and make you feel as though you are walking through a fairy-tale.
We will then get back on the road, heading for the Viti Crater, whose name literally translates to hell. Icelanders have always had a sense of irony when they name the many incredible natural wonders that their county holds, and the name could not be less apt. It was created by a massive eruption of the nearby Krafla Volcano in 1724, which lasted a remarkable five years and is filled with bluey green water that gives it a striking look.
We will then travel to the alien geothermal area called Namaskard, a weird and wonderful place that is full of hot springs and fumaroles. This is caused by the geothermal activity in the area, where sulfur dyes the slopes of mountains various colors, steam rises from the bubbling hot springs and gasses are pumped out by the smoking fumaroles. The vibrant colors and smell of sulfur make this geothermal wonderland totally unique and something that you will remember for the remainder of your life.
Our penultimate stop of the day will be at the famous Myvatn Nature Baths, which is considered to be the Blue Lagoon of the North. There we will enjoy its gorgeous heated milky-turquoise waters to a gorgeous natural backdrop. The price of admission to this incredible place is not included within the tour itself but can be added as an extra or paid at the door, while those who don’t fancy a swim in one of nature’s finest spas can explore its amazing surroundings or enjoy a coffee in its café.
We will then return to our hotel in Dalvík, passing through Akureyri, which is the capital of North Iceland and the second biggest city in the country.
Day 3 - Whale Watching, Glaumbær Turf Farm & Reykjavik
The final day of our adventure will begin with a bucket list activity for almost everyone in the world when we board a whale-watching boat in Dalvik to go and see some of the largest marine species in the world. Dalvik is the whale-watching capital of Iceland and tours that depart from its shores have a 99% success rate, meaning that we are virtually guaranteed to see something.
- Whale Watching
- Glaumbær Turf Farm
- Hotel breakfast
- Whale Watching tour
- Guided Minibus Tour
- Drop-off in Reykjavík
Next up, more about the whale watching tour, sea angling, and Glaumbaer Turf Farm.
The most common of these are humpbacks, which are considered to be the best whale to watch, thanks to the spectacular way that they propel themselves out of the water. These breaches along with their friendliness, ensure that it is a truly profound experience that everyone is bound to enjoy. We also see other species, including white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, and minke whales, also occasionally spotting orcas and blue whales.
Our friendly captain will tell us everything that we need to know about these majestic giants of the deep and also teach us how to do some traditional Icelandic sea-angling, the fruits of which, we will take back to the shore and barbeque. Eating freshly grilled fish amidst amazing natural scenery is a delightful sensation and the perfect last memory of Dalvik.
We will then begin our journey back to Reykjavik, stopping at the rustic Glaumbær Turf Farm, whose 13 unique turf houses have made it a popular destination with visitors to Iceland. It is believed to have been there since 900 AD and the unique Herringbone Pattern of the layered turf is a great photo opportunity.
We will arrive back in Reykjavik at around 8 in the evening after a three-day adventure filled with incredible wildlife, glorious scenery and an array of natural wonders.