Akureyri Cruises, Iceland
- You’ll hear the thundering rush of water and feel the mist drench your clothes long before you arrive at the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall. This is a natural masterpiece not to be missed.
- Bypass the beauty parlour and visit the natural spa near Lake Myvatn. You’ll be able to stew in a series of geothermal pools and moisturize your skin with volcanic mud.
- It may only be 60 miles from the Arctic Circle but Akureyri has some of the best weather in Iceland. To get an idea of how warm it is, you only have to wander through the Botanical Gardens where more than 2,000 plant species flourish.
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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.
Behold the natural beauty of Iceland on this top tour. Surrounded by mountains, Akureyri’s a town where urban, rural and marine life mix easily, and a proud community spirit prevails. During a short sightseeing tour you’ll get to see what remains of the old town before crossing the fjord and heading for the mighty Godafoss, or ‘Waterfalls of the Gods’. Through the sweeping valley Fnjoskadalur, you’ll drive into the section known as Dalsmynni. Formations on the hillsides suggest a large pro-glacial lake once occupied the valley. You’ll get to see lots of buildings of historical significance, including The Laufas Folk Museum, the Turf Farmhouse, and the church which was built in 1865. Afterwards, you’ll set off on a scenic drive along the fjord, back to Akureyri. Along the way, call in at the Botanical Gardens, home to indigenous species plus a huge collection of plants from around the world.
Take a trip to the whale-watching capital of northern Europe, where you could spot blue, fin, humpback, minke and sei whales. Excitement will grip everyone on board – crew included – as you look out for whales ‘blowing’ or lifting their tails. Sailing from Husavik harbour, the course takes you across the bay to the mighty mountains of Kinn, which rise more than 1000 metres above sea level. It’s worth bearing in mind you’re in a natural area so sightings aren’t guaranteed. That said, the success rate for seeing certain species is very high. After lunch, you’ll receive a warm welcome at the Husavik Whale Centre. At this award-winning centre, you can learn more about the whales’ habitat around Iceland. Then it’s time to see Godafoss, the world famous ‘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. When you’ve had a look there, head for the nearby gift shop to pick up reminders of your day.