This tour takes you from Akureyri, the cultural and commercial centre of the north, to Godafoss, the ’Waterfalls of the Gods’. The falls’ name comes from Thorgeir, the law speaker of the Old Icelandic Parliament. He tossed his carvings of the Norse gods into the falls as a public declaration that Iceland would be a Christian nation from the year 1000 on. After you’ve had a look there, it’s time to see Lake Myvatn, a springtime breeding ground for ducks. The lake’s surroundings are really interesting in terms of geology. You’ll get to explore the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir before carrying on to Dimmuborgir, a lava landscape with strange formations, columns and arches. The striking geothermal field next to Namafjall Mountain is another highlight, with its mudpots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles. As you pass through Reykjahlíd village, your tour takes you along the shores of Lake Myvatn before heading back to Akureyri with a spot of city-based sightseeing en route to the pier. As for lunch, you’ll tuck in at a great restaurant in the Myvatn area.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.