In Footsteps of Nonni
The author Jón Sveinsson - Nonni was born in the beautiful area of Eyjafjöršur: He spent his early childhood days growing up at Möšruvellir, his birth place and later in Akureyri. At the age of 12 he was given the opportunity to study abroad in France and so his travel adventures to Europe began. We visit the places where Nonni and his younger brother Manni used to play as young boys.
- Akureyri, the capital of the north
- Akureyri church
- Guided walk of Akureyri
- Nonni House
- 19th century architecture
- Panoramic views of Eyjafjöršur
- Lake Mżvatn volcanic area
- Gošafoss waterfall
Departures: June - September 2018
Minimum. 2 participants
Price per person from:
In hotel with private facilities, including breakfast: EUR 1.750
In guesthouse with shared facilities, including breakfast: EUR 1.370
In studio apartment for 2 persons with hot tub, self-catering: EUR 1.550
Included in the price:
* Flight Reykjavķk-Akureyri-Reykjavķk, incl.airport taxes
* Airport transfers upon arrival/departure in Akureyri
* 4 nights accommodation in double room
* Guided Walking Tour of Akureyri
* Entrance fee to Nonni House
* Nonni Trail guided tour
* Gošafoss /Lake Mżvatn guided coach tour
Arrival to Akureyri from Reykjavķk. You have the choice of making this trip via an early departure time schedule bus (6 hrs) or by flight (45 min., various daily flight times available). Transfer to your accommodation: hotel or guesthouse in Akureyri.
Akureyri City Morning Walk: We stroll along the old streets of Akureyri, with its charming wooden houses, with a history of their own. As we walk along Ašalstręti, the oldest street of Akureyri and pass by some historical buildings and we can take in the amazing views surrounding Akureyri. There too is a large pond where it is possible to see some local bird wildlife; nesting swans, geese, ducks and other birds. Towards the southern end of the street we finally reach the museum area which is home to an old tiny wooden church and the Nonni House Museum. Nonnis Museum is the childhood home of the author Jón Sveinsson known better by his nickname Nonni. His books focus on his childhood adventures in Akureyri and the surrounding area. They have been translated into 40 languages and so have become popular even in countries as remote as China or Japan.
The museum also represents a very good example of a historical dwelling in Akureyri towards the end of the 19th century. To learn more about the history and life in Akureyri there is a chance to visit also the municipal museum next door. The guided walking tour ends at the Nonni Museum. Here is a perfect opportunity to extend your walk by taking the so called Nonni Trail: from the Nonni House you hike uphill to a large stone called Nonnasteinn (Nonnis stone). It has been told that Nonni ran uphill to this stone to contemplate his future, after he had learned that he was to travel abroad for studies.
(More about the author Jón Sveinsson Nonni here: http://www.nonnitravel.is/en/moya/page/jon-sveinsson)
Instead of walking back to the city from the museum it is also possible to take the city bus which is free. There are two routes available from the bus stop near to the museum; one takes you straight back to the town center or you can choose the longer loop route that takes you through the newer parts of Akureyri finishing back in the town centre.
Today we make a short excursion along the Nonni childhood trail, driving the old road through the countryside and visiting Nonni's birth place Möšruvellir.
Optionally it is possible to change the sightseeing by car into a Nonni Cycling Trail where you visit the same places that the guided minibus tour would include, but allows you to determine your own pace.
Short description of the optional biking tour (surcharge): Car transfer will be arranged to the starting point of the cycling tour, about 7 km north of Akureyri, where you collect the rented bicycles. Armed with your detailed itinerary and map for the tour you are now ready to go! During the tour there will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops as well as short breaks to have time to take in the magnificent views. All of the places that we pass on this cycling trail are mentioned in one of the books about the young Icelandic boy, Nonni. As we progress along the way we are visiting Nonnis playground and end up at his childhood home. Our cycling adventure ends at Möšruvellir, Nonnis birthplace, the location of a beautiful rural Icelandic church and a remarkable historical site.
Light refreshments at the end of the tour in this scenic setting before being picked by our transfer vehicle and driven back to Akureyri.
Guided full day coach tour to Gošafoss waterfall and Lake Mżvatn, where we visit the major sights of its wonderful nature.
We drive along the eastern coastal road of Eyjafjöršur, Icelands longest fjord before crossing the Vikurskarš mountain pass. Descending to Fnjóaskadalur valley we soon reach Lake Ljósavatn set in between the mountains. The first stop of the day will be Gošafoss waterfall Waterfall of Gods, which played a significant role at the time of Christianization and is one of the most beatiful waterfalls in North Iceland.
Continuing through the Reykjadalur Valley we reach the area of Lake Mżvatn known for its natural beauty, variety volcanic craters, lava fields, solfataras and fumaroles, all surrounded by ice-age table mountains and mountain ridges.
We will have a look at the unique pseudocraters at Skśtustašir, take s stroll through the lava maze of Dimmuborgir. We visit the solfatara field Hverir at Nįmaskarš with boiling mud pits and steam vents, characterized with a rather strong smell of sulphur.
Before leaving the area we make a stop at the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon where you have the possibility for a relaxing soak in the pleasantly warm water of the lagoon and the steam baths.
After the stop at the Nature Baths we return to Akureyri.
Free day to enjoy the town of Akureyri. Possibilities to add in an optional excursion or an additional bicycle tour, please ask for further details. Late afternoon or early evening transfer to Akureyri airport / bus terminal for your and departure to Reykjavik.