Enjoy an amazing journey by minibus through this area of extreme contrasts with great bird life and flora, geothermal activity, geology and many places which feature in the Icelandic Sagas. The Lake Myvatn area is considered by many to be the most dramatic and also the most beautiful place in Iceland.
This tour departs from Akureyri city in North Iceland
Duration: 8-9 hours
Pick-up: 30 min before departure
Available: All year
Age limit: No limit
Difficulty: Easy / sightseeing
- Godafoss Waterfall
- Pseudo Craters - Skutustadagigar
- Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
- Continental rift
- Mt. Namafjall
- Game of Thrones filming locations
- Myvatn Nature Baths
Meeting point: Saga Travel Information Centre or free hotel pick up. Pickup begins 30 minutes before departure (see departure times in booking engine).
Included: English guided tour, transportation in a minibus, pickup and dropoff in Akureyri.
Bring with you: Good walking shoes, bathing suit and towel (can be rented), water bottle, warm clothing during winter time.
Not included: Meals, Myvatn nature baths admission fee
Children (0-11): 50% off
During the tour we take a break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café.
After hotel pick up in Akureyri, we begin our day by stopping at Godafoss Falls on our way to Lake Myvatn. This magnificent waterfall plays an important role in the Icelandic history, particularly in connection with the introduction of Christianity.
According to the Sagas, chieftain Thorgeir of Ljosavatn threw his pagan idols into the falls when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, hence the name Godafoss, meaning "waterfall of the idols".
From there we start our amazing journey through areas of extreme contrasts, bird life, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga. The area of Lake Myvatn is considered by many to be the most beautiful and at the same time the most catastrophic place in Iceland.
We will see the pseudo craters of Skutustadir. These "craters" were formed during volcanic eruptions when lava flowed over wetlands, eventually resulting in steam eruptions and forming these medium-sized craters.
We'll aslo walk in an interesting laberynth of lava formations called Dimmuborgir. Meaning "Gloomy Castles", their dramatic structures are one of Iceland's most popular natural tourist attractions, reminding travelers of an ancient collapsed citadel. It's a world of fairy tales indeed.
The hot springs of Namaskard cover a rather large area. The pigments and minerals found in the ground make us think of a painter's palette. The whole place is filled with lots of bubbling mud pots, and steam coming out of the ground. The stench of sulphur is just amazing, adding to the feeling of being in an otherworldly realm.
Towards the end of the tour there is an option of visiting the beautiful Myvatn Nature Baths for a relaxing geothermal bath in the silica waters of the so-called Blue Lagoon of the North. The entrance fee is not included in the tour price.
The characteristics of this water are unique in many ways. It contains a large amount of minerals, is alkaline and well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria do not thrive in the lagoon making chloride or any other disinfectant redundant.
After a relaxing bath we head back to Akureyri where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Map - (click to enlarge)
Disclaimer: Due to weather and / or road conditions the itinerary might be altered, or the tour cancelled. In the latter case, you would be either re-scheduled, or fully refunded.
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