Highlights of North Iceland
Tour ID: IN57
Tour Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
North Iceland offers many major highlights worth visiting. Mountains, fjörds, glacial valleys, lava fields, volcanoes, geothermal springs and other wonders of nature can be observed in this part of the country.
Akureyri is often referred to as the capital of the North. It is an educational and cultural centre, a charming town with numerous interesting museums, the northern-most botanical garden in the world and an 18-hole golf course. Located at the base of the longest Icelandic fjord which opens to the north, summer evenings offer a great display of colours in the sky as the sun sets on the horizon.
- Eyjafjörđur, the longest fjord in Iceland
- Akureyri, the capital of the north
- Gođafoss waterfall
- Lake Mývatn
- Pseudocraters of Skútustađir
- Lava formations at Dimmuborgir
- Volcano Krafla and the crater Viti
- Hverir solfatara field at Námaskarđ
- Nature Baths
- Húsavík - a fishing town and the "whale centre"
- Whale watching
Departures: June - August 2017
Price per person from:
|In double per person :
|Option 1: Hotel, double/twin room with private facilities, incl. breakfast||ISK 163.500||ISK 43.700|
|Option 2: Studio Modern Apt.for 2 persons, with private hot tub, self-catering||ISK 143.700||ISK 45.500|
|Option 3: Guesthouse, double/twin with shared facilities, incl. breakfast||ISK 128.800||ISK 15.500|
- Flights Reykjavík-Akureyri-Reykjavík with airport taxes
- Arrival/departure transfers in Akureyri
- 3 nights accommodation, double/twin room/apartment
- Gođafoss/Mývatn guided coach tour
- Whale watching tour incl.bus transfer and guided boat tour
For winter option click here.
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).
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 Gođafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland.
From Gođafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to the Lake Mývatn district where we first stop at the pseudocraters of Skútustađir. 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 Námaskarđ 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 Námaskarđ 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.
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.
Additional nights and optional tours can easily be added to the itinerary. Ask for availability and price.
The tour can also be combined with the package IS63 - Highlights of South Iceland.
Discounts may be applicable in May and September. Please send us inquiry for your preferred travel dates.