Winter Highlights of North Iceland
Tour ID: INW01
Tour Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
North Iceland has much to offer all year around. Winters can be really magical after the landscape gets covered by layers of snow. This tour offers 2 nights in Akureyri – the “capital of the North” and 2 nights at Lake Myvatn. Here there are no city lights to distract the clear winter nights. Sometimes, on a clear moonlit evening and with northern lights playing in the sky, drive through the night might almost feel like daytime as the light reflects on the surrounding moutains, and even more so when snow covers the land. It is like magic!
- Town of Akureyri
- Rural area of Eyjafjörđur
- Chance to hunt for Northern lights
- Gođafoss waterfall
- Volcanic landscape of Lake Mývatn area
- Nature Baths
- Old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjađarstađur
- Fishing village of Húsavik
- Whale Museum
Departures: September - April
Minimum: 2 participants
Price per person from: ISK 206.500
Single room supplement: ISK 24.900
• Flight Reykjavík-Akureyri-Reykjavík incl.airport taxes
• Airport transfers in Akureyri
• 4 nights hotel accommodation in double room with private facilities, including breakfast
- Akureyri & surroundings
- Gođafoss/Lake Mývatn with drop off at Mývatn
- Húsavík & Countryside Tour
- Entrance to Nature Bath incl. transfer to/from hotel in Mývatn (1x)
- Detttfoss waterfall
• Transpćort Mývatn-Akureyri
Not included: meals others than specified, optional tours
Day 1, Tuesday:
Flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri and transfer to the city. We start a 4-hour tour of Akureyri and the surrounding area. During the tour we drive through the old centre with charming old houses that are surrounded by lush vegetation. The church of Akureyri towers over the downtown area. In clear weather we drive up to the hills above Akureyri from where we get a great view over the town and the fjord. Then we head on for one of the valleys in Eyjafjörđur area where we also visit one of the typical Icelandic farms and get the chance to meet the animals.
After the tour, check in at the hotel in Akureyri and the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town centre, visit the local swimming pool. In the evening possibility for optional Northern lights tour if weather permits (not included).
Day 2, Wednesday:
Daytour to Gođafoss waterfall and Lake Myvatn area. The next days you will stay overnight in Lake Myvatn area. Gođafoss waterfall whether bound in ice or not is definitely worth paying a visit. The volcanic area of Lake Myvatn with the lava fields and various types of volcanic craters is a magical place during winter time. During the sightseeing tour we stop at major sights of interest. After the tour drop off at the hotel close to the lake.
During the cold winter months large parts of the lake freezes over which offers possibilities for various activity on the ice. Weather permitting possibility for an optional Northern Lights tour in the evening (not included).
Day 3, Thursday:
Daytour to Husavik and the countryside (approx 5 hrs). Get to know Iceland of the past and present. We drive to the hydro electric power station on the beautiful Laxá river and visit the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjađarstađur. Continue to the fishing village of Húsavik which has become particularly known as a whale watching centre. Though winter months are not the right time to see whales in nature, a visit to the whale museum will be just as interesting.
After the tour free time or transfer to Nature Baths and relax in the pleasantly warm geothermal water of the lagoon and the steam bath. In the eveninig - weather permitting, you have a possibility for optional northern lights tour.
Day 4, Friday:
Daytour to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and is an unforgettable experience, particularly in winter time. On this 4-5 hour tour super jeep tour you get the opportunity to see the nature at its best. We also see the waterfall of Selfoss and the basalt canyon of the river Jökulsá. The drive to Dettifoss takes about 1 hour and then we walk down to the waterfalls. Be prepared for snowy conditions! It is great fun but can sometimes be a little difficult to walk in the snow, so remember warm clothing and waterproof hiking boots and be prepared for everything!
After the tour transfer to Akureyri where you stay the next next.
In the evening possibility for an optional evening northern lights tour (only possible until mid April!)
Day 5, Saturday:
Transfer to Akureyri airport in time for your flight to Reykjavik. On Saturdays there are 4 flights a day during winter months, the earliest departing at 09:55, the last one at 18:55. If you choose a late afternoon /evening flight then you have a possibility for an additional optional tour in the morning.
Optional tours: from Akureyri and Myvatn are not included in the package, and can be pre-booked.
The tour can be combined with the South Iceland programme. Extra nights and optional tours can be added in Myvatn or Akureyri.
Ski slopes on Mt.Hliđarfjall offer good possibilities for alpine and cross-country skiing and are only a short distance from the town (late November-April)
Possibilities for additional tours and activities at Lake Mývatn (dependent on ice/weather conditions):
Dettifoss super jeep tour
Jeep Safari: Hverfjall, Ludent, Krafla
Northern Lights evening tour from Lake Mývatn or Akureyri
Cross-country skiing tour
Go-karting and other fun activities on ice (depending on ice/weather conditions)