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Explore Lake Myvatn

The Natural Attractions Around Lake Myvatn - Departs From Akureyri Port

This unique tour has been specially designed for cruise ship passengers. We adjust the time for departure and return based on the ship’s docking time at Akureyri Port. The return time is always one hour before the cruise ship’s departure. On our beautiful journey, we’ll visit the most stunning places in the area such as Goðafoss waterfall, the Dimmuborgir lava gardens, and Grjótagjá, the hot spring cave.


Duration: 5-6 hours

Departure time: Tailor made for each Cruise Ship

Group maximum: Tailor made for each Cruise Ship

Available: May 1st - September 30th

Age limit: 3 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Skútustaðagígar Pseudo Craters
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
  • The Rift Between the Eurasian & American Continents
  • Grótagjá cave
  • Mt. Námafjall/ Hvarír/ Námaskard Geothermal Area

Icnluded

  • Fully guided tour (in English)
  • Transportation

Not included

  • Refreshments, during the tour
  • We take a break break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café

Departure & Return

The duration of this tour is 5-6 hours and departure and return schedule is as follows:

  • 08:00 – 13:00/14:00
  • 09:00 – 14:00/15:00
  • 10:00 – 15:00/16:00
  • 11:00 – 16:00/17:00
  • 13:00 – 18:00/19:00
  • 15:00 – 20:00/21:00

We return at least 1 hour before Cruise Ships departure time. Please double check if your ship’s arrival and departure fit with the tour schedule before booking the tour.

 

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Rainjacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Dress in layers
from:
14 900 per adult

Children (3-12): 7 450


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We’ll pick you up at Akureyri Port and set out towards the magnificent Lake Mývatn area. Our first stop is the Goðafoss waterfall a.k.a. the “waterfall of the gods”. Its name refers to the period when Iceland switched from the old religion to Christianity more than a thousand years ago.

As the legends go, pagan idols were thrown into the rumbling cascade when Iceland officially converted to Christianity. The water drops from a height of 39 ft. (12 m) over a length of 38 ft. (30 m). What makes it especially picturesque is its unique horseshoe shape.

Goðafoss, the Waterfall of The Gods

Goðafoss, the Waterfall of The Gods

As we continue our trip, the next stop will be at the Lake Mývatn area. We’ll pay a visit to the highly interesting Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, which were formed in a great number due to explosions when the hot lava met the ice-cold water from the lake.

Pseudo craters by lake Myvatn

Pseudo craters by lake Myvatn

Just a few minutes from here, we’ll stop at the “Dark Fortress” Dimmuborgir lava fields. This is an impressive area full of hair-raising lava pillars and odd rock formations that are rich in mythical sagas and ghoulish trails. Our local tour guide will tell us all about Iceland’s seven Santas and the many trolls who live among these strange sculptures.

Dimmuborgir Lava Gardens

Dimmuborgir Lava Gardens

Next, we’ll come to the warm underground hot spring in Grjótagjá rift. The place has been increasingly popular since it served as the filming location of an epic scene in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.

 Grótagjá hot spring cave

Grótagjá hot spring cave

Our final stop by Lake Mývatn is the steaming hot geothermal area of Hverir (or Námaskarð), where we’ll wander over colorful mineral painted soil among boiling mud pools, steaming fumaroles, and sulfur pits.

Hverír/Námaskard Geothermal Area

Hverír/Námaskard Geothermal Area

Various other photo stops can be added to the tour, if the weather permits. The tour ends with our return back to the port in Akureyri in time for your cruise ship’s departure.

The river below Godafoss

The river below Godafoss

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn

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