Join us on this 3 day adventure in West and North Iceland, we’ll be visiting the Borgarfjörður area, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Akureyri and Mývatn area. For those who want to visit North Iceland and make the most of the trip, this tour is the perfect choice for you.
Not only will you visit the Mývatn area, but you’ll also go on a journey into the world’s largest man-made ice tunnel, called Intotheglacier, as well as go underground into Vatnshellir Lava Cave. Mývatn Lake is an active volcanic area with frequent earthquakes, beautiful volcanic wonders and the lake itself attracts many species of migrating birds in the summer. You’ll also visit Krafla volcano and caldera before unwinding and relaxing in Mývatn Jarðböð Spa.
All of this and more still is planned for this 3 day tour, if you’d like more details please refer to the itinerary below.
Pick up between 8.30 – 9.00 AM, at your accommodation, or meet us at bus stop number 8, next to Hallgrímskirkja church, downtown.
We head towards Borgarnes village and Borgarfjörður and to Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland, where you go on an ice tunnel journey. A monster truck will take you on the top of the glacier, passing magnificent landscape. Once on top of the glacier, a tour guide will take you inside a man made ice tunnel, the world´s larges man made ice tunnel in the world. With temperatures around 0°C (32°F), it´s important to dress well. Stop at the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls before heading to the north, passing Grábrók mountain on the way to Akureyri. Overnight at Hotel in Akureyri.
Nicknamed the “Capital of North Iceland”, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre for the north coast of Iceland. It‘s easy to be fascinated by Akureyri with it‘s with brightly painted wooden houses, cosy bars and steep streets leading up to the beautiful church. Even the traffic lights are cute, with stop lights in the shape of red hearts.
After breakfast head towards East Iceland. On our way to the beautiful Mývatn area, we stop by the amazing Goðafoss, „Waterfall of the Gods“, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. The name derives from the year 1000 when the lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. When Þorgeir returned home from the Parliament Alþingi, he supposedly threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall, symbolizing the shift in Iceland´s official religion.
The Mývatn area is situated atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, at the divergent boundary between the North Americal Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Mývatn Lake, Lake of the Midgens) is a gem of the North. Mývatn and it´s environment is known for diverse geological wonders, rich birdlife and biological activity. It is the 4th largest lake in Iceland, characterised my volcanic features, coves and inlets and its surface is dotter with 50 small islets and skerried. The lake is part of a fissure swarm named after Krafla, in a syncline between fault lines. The area was created following an eruption over 2.000 years ago and is still an active volcanic system. The surrounding area is covered in lava pillars and pseudocraters. Midges are abundant in the area and these tiny flies give the lake its name. On and around the lake there is varied birdlife and Mývatn is the habitat of many kinds of lake and marsh birds. However, much of Mývatn’s fame can be attributed to the fact that during summer, there is a greater variety of duck species gathered on and around the lake than anywhere else in the world.
Dimmuborgir, Dark Fortress, is an area of dramatic rock formations. It is a large area composed of various volcanic formations, big lava rocks, lava pillars, and volcanic caves, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel. Dimmuborgir is the home to Iceland´s Jule Lads. Look our for them when you walk amont the great lava pillars.
NÁMASKARÐ PASS OR HVERARÖND AND NÁMAFJALL MOUNTAIN
Námaskarð, Hverarönd, is one of the most beautiful natural phenmena in Iceland. It is an area of constantly changing patterns of hot springs, boiling mud pools, mud pots and fumaroles. Everything is at a boiling point in the stunning arctic desert. No vegetation in sight. The boiling heat and constant emission of fumes has made the ground completely sterile, thus unfit to sustain flora and fauna. Walking in the area make you feel like you have entered another planet.
Krafla is a central volcano with a caldera of 10 km (6.2 miles) in diameter. Krafla formed during the last interglacial period and has since been filled almost to the rim with volcanic material The collapse of the caldera probably followed the eruption of a sheet of tuff which is exposed around the caldera. There have been frequent volcanic acvitites in the area during historical time. In the years 1724-1729 there was an eruption episode in the Krafla-Námafjall fissure swarm, known as the “Mývatn fires”. Volcanic events took place in the Krafla caldera and on the Krafla fissure swarm during 1975-84 “The Krafla fires” that are a striking repetition of what happened during the “Mývatn fires” in the 1720’s. Enjoy the amazing volcanic landscape before entering the relaxing atmosphere at the Jarðböðin Spa.
JARÐBÖÐIN MÝVATN NATURE BATHS
Mývatn Nature Baths have a naturally heated man-made lagoon, with mineral-rich waters known for their health-giving properties. Relax in the alkaline bathing lagoon and enjoy the beutiful scenery that surrounds the spa. After unwinding in the warm water, head back in Akureyri. In the afternoon a short city tour and dinner on your own. Overnight at same hotel in Akureyri.
AKUREYRI, SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA TO REYKJAVÍK
After breakfast enjoy Snæfellsnes Peninsula before returning to Reykjavík.
HELLNAR AND ARNARSTAPI VILLAGES
Hellnar and Arnarstapi are small and ancient fishing villages. The beach at Hellnar has amazing rock formation which we will visit.
DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR BLACK BEACH
Djúpalónssandur black beach. Djúpalónssandur black beach is a bay at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The black small pebbles on the beach have been smoothed by the ocean waves, and amongst them are scattered rusty parts of a wreckage of a ship that stranded in the area in 1948. In the old days fishermen used to test their strength by lifting heavy rocks, that still lie there. Heaviest is Fullsterkur (“full strength”), weighing 154 kg, next is Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) weighing 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) weighing 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.
Lóndrangar cliffs are rock peaks that have formed by erosion of the surrounding material. Lóndrangar are volcanic plugs of basalt, at 75 and 61 meters of height.
KIRKJUFELL AND KIRKJUFELL WATERFALL
Kirkjufell, located on the northern site of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, and with the Kirkjufell waterfall in the vicinity makes a wonderful nature stop.
Return to Reykjavík in the evening.
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