Gošafoss, Laufįs, Christmas House - Combo
Tour ID: IN 05A
Tour Duration: 4 hours
High mountains surround Eyjafjöršur, Iceland's longest fjord with the town of Akureyri nestled at the foot of the hills by the sea. Glacial valleys and the coastline provide fertile land for the many farms that are thriving there. Interesting historical sites are dotted around the area.
- Akureyri, the capital of the north
- Mountains and valleys of Eyjafjöršur
- Scenic views
- Icelandic country life
- Laufįs turf farmhouse museum
- Christmas house where Christmas spirt lives all year round
Departures: May to September
Duration: 4 hours
Prices per person: ISK 11.000,-
Transportation and guidance
Gošafoss - the Waterfall of Gods plays a large part in Icelandic history. The legend tells of a local chieftain Žorgeir, who threw statues of the pagan gods into a waterfall after the nation became Christian. Gošafoss is one of the waterfalls on the glacial Skjįlfandafljót River, the largest and most beautiful of them all. Its location by the ring road gives easy access to this gem of nature.
Laufįs turf farmhouse museum in Eyjafjöršur is located by the estuary of the Fnjóskį River. The old farm is a good example of a wealthy vicarage in earlier times. The house that is a turf-clad timber building, has a history that goes right back to the Middle-Ages. It has been rebuilt regularly through the centuries whenever needed. The present day construction was rebuilt in present form between 1860 - 1877.
The Old Farmhouse at Laufįs was last inhabited in 1936. In 1948 the National Museum's Historic Building Collection took the old house under protection and since then it has been a museum.
Kaffi Kś is our next stop. Its a café is located on the floor above the cowshed from where visitors can also observe the cows. We stop here for good time for you to see how a modern Icelandic farm work, you get time to meet the animals and have possibility to buy refreshments.
Continuing the circle we stop at the Christmas House: Open all year round, this magical house looks like it came straight from a fairy tale. Outside in the garden there are plenty of hidden things for you to find and enjoy! Entering the Christmas House you are greeted with the warmth of a log fire and the songs and the scents of the festive season.
Even the toilet is something to see. Try to find the Santa's troll mother (Gryla) hidden in her cave. The Christmas House is a magical place to visit, all year round.
On arriving back to the town we take you on a sightseeing tour of Akureyri.