Lake Mıvatn in Winter
Tour ID: INW02
Tour Duration: 7-8 hours
Coming to North Iceland Goğafoss waterfall and the fascinating nature of Lake Mıvatn area are almost a must for every visitor. The short daylight of the darkest winter months makes the landscape look even more mystical than usual.
- panoramic views of Akureyri and Eyjafjörğur
- Goğafoss waterfall
- Lake Mıvatn in winter
- Lava fields and formations
- Solfataras and fumaroles
- Chance for bathing in Nature Baths geothermal lagoon
Adult: 18.000 ISK
Child: 1-12 yrs 50% discount
Including: transportation and guidance.
Not included:Refreshments, admission fee to Nature Baths
pick up/drop off : from acc. in Akureyri included
For summer option click here.
Lake Mıvatn Winter Tour, Pick up 09:00 from accommodation in Akureyri .This winter tour to one of the most interesting spots in North Iceland focuses on the most attractive features of the Lake Mıvatn and its surroundings.
The first stop is at Goğafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland. In autumn the waterfall and the river are surrounded by lush and colourful vegetation. In winter as the temperatures go below freezing the waterfall is often partly bound in ice.
From Goğafoss the tour continues across the Fljótsheiği heath and through the valley of Reykjadalur to the Lake Mıvatn area, with first stop at Skútustağir and the Skútustağagígar pseudocraters. We drive on to Dimmuborgir, a lava maze of magnificent basalt pillars and lava sculptures. After a short walk in the park the tour continues through the lava field to Grjótagjá (road conditions permitting), 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.
Crossing the Námaskarğ mountain pass we continue along the road that passes Krafla geothermal power station to Mt.Krafla and the explosion crater Víti which marked the beginning of the volcanic eruption in 1724. From Víti crater there is a good view over Leirhnjúkur volcanic zone and the lava field formed in the Krafla fires 1975-84.
Next we explore the solfatara field of Hverir (Námaskarğ) where ground water is heated by an underground magma intrusion. Sulphur deposits are brought to the surface and the area is characterized by a strong smell of sulphur. Here we have chance for a short walk around the fumaroles and mud pits before we head for the final destination of the tour, the Mıvatn Nature Baths, where visitors get the chance to bathe in the silky smooth geothermal water (entrance fee to the spa is not included in the tour price - ISK 4.000 p.p. credit card/ cash ).
After the stop at the Nature Baths we drive back to Akureyri , estimated arrival time is around 17:00.