HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTH ICELAND

Day 1:
Check in for your flight to Akureyri (duration 45 min.). Meet and greet from our office upon arrival at Akureyri airport and transfer to your accommodation.
There are several flights a day between Reykjavik city and Akureyri. If you decide for an early flight then you have a possibility for another optional tour (needs to be pre-booked).

Day 2:
Lake Mývatn guided coach tour, departing at 08:15. This tour to one of the most interesting spots in North Iceland focuses on the most attractive features of the Lake Mývatn area and its surroundings. The first stop is at Goðafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland.
From Goðafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to the Lake Mývatn district where we first stop at the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir. Next stop is at Dimmuborgir, a lava labyrinth of magnificent basaltic pillars and lava sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir the tour continues through the lava field to Grjótagjá, which used to be a popular underground bathing cave among the locals before the Krafla Fires (1975-1984) when the water became too hot to bathe in.
We continue east over the Námaskarð mountain pass to the Krafla caldera. Along the way we pass a 60-MW geothermal power station that partly supplies the town of Akureyri with electricity. Our destination is the explosion crater of Viti (Hell) but its formation marked the beginning of the great Myvatn Fires in 1724. From Viti there is a good view over the geothermal zone of Leirhnjukur and the lava field formed in the Krafla Fires. Next we explore the solfatara field of Hverir at Námaskarð where ground water is heated  by an underground magma intrusion.  After a short walk around the fumaroles and mud pits we head for the final destination of the tour, the Nature Baths, where visitors get the chance to bathe in the silky smooth geothermal water (entrance fee to the pool not included, to be paid on the spot). After the stop at the Nature Baths we drive back to Akureyri where estimated arrival time is around 17:30.

Day 3:
The town of Húsavík is known as the whale watching centre of Iceland. On this day you get the chance to spot some of the largest creatures on earth. Take the morning bus to Húsavík (approx. 1 hour drive). After arrival in Husavik you have time to explore the town on your own or visit any of the museums, such as the Whale Centre, The Municipal Museum or the beautiful wooden church on the harbour.  At 13:30 the boat departs from Husavik harbour for a 3-hour whale watching tour, looking for whales in the Skjálfandaflói bay. Alternatively, you may take take morning sailing and have have free time after the boat tour. The schedule bus will bring you back to Akureyri just after 18:00..

Day 4: Transfer to Akureyri airport for the flight back to Reykjavík.  If you choose a late afternoon or evening flight, then you have possibility for another optional tour.


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