Akureyri, Iceland

Introduction to Akureyri, Iceland

On your journey to Akureyri you’ll sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, a wonderful prelude to your time on shore. If you’re looking for culture then head to Listagil, the centre of arts, crafts and design in Akureyri. To discover the surrounding natural wonders, take a sightseeing tour to Godafoss, ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Myvatn. A visit here also offers the rare chance to go whale watching and see these splendid creatures in their natural environment: look out for Blue, Fin, Humpback, Minke and Sei whales.

Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. The perfect destination for nature lovers, the waters surrounding the town are teaming with rare, native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises to go in search of.

In the town centre, there are many museums, galleries and exhibitions to discover and enjoy, offering an insight into the diverse culture of Akureyri and Iceland as a whole. ‘Arts Alley’ – the main street that runs directly through the town – is Akureyri’s cultural hub. Here you will find the very best galleries, exhibitions and restaurants that the town has to offer.

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Horse riding in Akureyri, Iceland

HORSE RIDING IN AKUREYRI

  • Enjoy a horse riding experience
  • Take in the beautiful natural surroundings
  • The Icelandic horse is unique due to the five gaits 
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Iceland is not only famous for its spectacular landscape, history and culture - its horses have also been the subject of much praise and attention.

These tough, strong animals bore the brunt of a long and arduous working day and were also the only means of transport for both people and goods. They were bred for the harsh elements, in an environment where only the strong survive. The present day horses are the result of their ancestors having survived the rigours of extreme winter conditions and volcanic petulance. The Icelandic horse has many characteristics unique unto itself. The most obvious being its ability to perform five gaits. The gaits are the fet or walk, the brokk or trot, the tölt or faster type of walk, the skeid or canter and the stökk or gallop.                     

After a short transfer to the riding centre you will meet your horse and your ride will last approximately one hour. You will be taken to the beautiful and quiet surroundings of the Eyjafjörður Valley, where you will ride along the banks of Eyjafjarðará River. There is a diversity of flora and in spring there is a variety of nesting birds.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for those used to horses and also for beginners. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and is not recommended for pregnant ladies or guests who suffer from chronic back problems. The minimum age for participation is eight years old and an adult must accompany children. Riders must not exceed 250 pounds (17 ½ stone) in weight. All participants will be required to wear helmets which are provided.


Godafoss Waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland

Tour A - Jewels of the North

 

  • View the highlights of the area on this comprehensive tour
  • Experience the natural geological phenomena
  • Have your camera ready for some unusual photo opportunities
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 8 hours
LimitationLimiited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
As well as seeing Akureyri, reputed to be the nation’s loveliest town, you will head out into the Icelandic countryside and view some of the natural landscapes for which the country is known.

This tour leads from Akureyri, the cultural and commercial centre of the north. Experience the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord as you head towards Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods – a beautiful crescent of cascading water. The name was derived from the time Thorgeir, law speaker of the old Icelandic Parliament, tossed all his carvings of the Norse gods into the waterfall when he publicly declared that Iceland would be a Christian nation from then onwards. You will have time here for photographs.

Proceed to Lake Mývatn which, in springtime, is a breeding area for a great variety of ducks. The area around the lake is of tremendous geological interest. On your journey be prepared to witness the striking geothermal field at Námaskard– full of mud pots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles.

Continuing, you drive to Dimmuborgir, or Dark Fortress, Nature Reserve – one of the most visited spots on Lake Mývatn. This is an area of only about one kilometre in diameter. You will make a stop here to view the magnificent lava landscape and its strange formations – including pillars, arches and a lava labyrinth. This mystical location has been the source of numerous folktales in Iceland.

Just a short drive from Dimmuborgir is Skútustaðir pseudo-craters, you will stop here and have the opportunity to investigate. The craters at Skútustaðir were formed when, during volcanic eruptions, bogs were heated to extreme temperatures, causing the water in the bogs to turn into steam and expand, thus causing explosions that pushed volcanic ash aside to leave the pseudo craters. This is a popular site for bird watchers and are protected as a natural wetlands conservation area. You will have lunch at a restaurant in the Skútustaðir area.

Your tour continues along the shores of Lake Mývatn back to Akureyri. Enjoy a short city tour before making your way back to the port.

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Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, as the sites visited do not have easy access. Uneven, unmade, rocky and gravel paths will be followed, and there are some inclines to negotiate. To get the most out of the tour, there will be a moderate amount of walking throughout. However, the Godafoss waterfall, the pseudo craters at Skútustadir, Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, as well as part of the steam vents, sulphur deposits and fumaroles at Námaskard can be seen from the coach or without going far from the coach. At Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth some walking is required to experience the landscape. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects - although they do not bite they can be annoying. Please note that the coach used may not have air conditioning. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Any changes made on the day of the tour may incur a charge to your onboard account. Dress warmly in layered clothing to face the unpredictability of Icelandic weather. Good sturdy shoes are highly recommended.


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Tour B - Sights of Akureyri

  • Delight in the spectacular sight of the Godafoss waterfall
  • Drive through Akureyri and stop at the Botanical Gardens
  • Little walking makes this tour ideal for most
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Take this sightseeing tour to see the town of Akureyri and the impressive Godafoss waterfall, with little walking required.

The journey begins from the town of Akureyri and takes you along the coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord heading towards Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods - on the River Skjálfandafljót. The coach will stop as close as possible, in order to view these impressive falls, which carry a huge volume of water. You then have the option of walking, to get closer to the waterfall. From the waterfall it is then possible to follow an uneven gravel path along the river to reach Fosshóll, where the coach will be rejoined. This walk takes approximately 15 minutes. For those guests preferring not to walk, the coach will wait a few minutes for photos to be taken, and then drive the short distance to Fosshóll, on the eastern bank of the river.

You will then have a pleasant drive along the fjord back to the charming town of Akureyri. Here we will continue with a short sightseeing tour of the old quarter. Akureyri has long been the economic and cultural centre of Northern Iceland. Its importance as such can be seen in the architecture of many of the town’s older buildings that bear a strong Danish influence from the time that Iceland was part of the Danish kingdom.

A short visit is made to the Botanical Garden, founded in 1912 which contains examples of every plant species indigenous to Iceland as well as an extensive collection of high latitude and high altitude plants from around the world. This is the perfect way to end the tour with its offering of peace and quiet.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The walking involved is considered relatively easy and most of the sights can be viewed from the coach. To see the waterfall a little walking is required. There are sloping, unmade, grass and gravel paths at the Botanical Garden. Please note that the coach used may not have air conditioning. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Warm layered clothing and sturdy shoes are highly recommended. All participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided.

Tour BX - Sights of Akureyri

  • Delight in the spectacular sight of the Godafoss waterfall
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Akureyri
  • Little walking makes this tour ideal for most

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Take this sightseeing tour to see the town of Akureyri and the impressive Godafoss waterfall, with little walking required.

Your your commences from the town of Akureyri and takes you along the coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord. After a drive through lush and fertile farmlands, we’ll reach Goðafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods”- on the River Skjálfandafljót. The coach will stop as close as possible, in order to view these impressive falls, which carry a huge volume of water. You then have the option of walking, to get closer to the waterfall. From the waterfall it is then possible to follow an uneven gravel path along the river to reach Fosshóll, where the coach will be rejoined. This walk takes approximately 15 minutes. For those guests preferring not to walk, the coach will wait a few minutes for photos to be taken, and then drive the short distance to Fosshóll, on the eastern bank of the river.

You will then have a pleasant drive along the fjord back to the charming town of Akureyri, colourfully framed by the sea and the mountains. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the old quarter of Akureyri. Akureyri has long been the economic and cultural centre of Northern Iceland. Its importance as such can be seen in the architecture of many of the town’s older buildings that bear a strong Danish influence from the time that Iceland was part of the Danish kingdom.

Next you’ll head to Akureyri Church for a brief visit offering great views over the fjord. The Church houses many interesting artefacts, including a stained glass window which is a part of a set from England’s Coventry Cathedral. It was brought to Akureyri for safe-keeping during World War II.

From the church you’ll have the option of walking down Artists Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries before reaching down town Akureyri. Here you can end the tour by relaxing in one of the cafés, enjoying some time at leisure or returning to the ship in your own time. Others will be escorted by the guide back to the ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The walking involved is considered relatively easy and most of the sights can be viewed from the coach. To see the waterfall a little walking is required. Please note that the coach used may not have air conditioning. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. If you choose to remain in town at the end of your tour, it is your own responsibility to return to the ship in time for sailing.

 


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Tour C - Polar Flight to Grimsey Island

  • Travel by plane to the gem which is Grimsey Island
  • Discover this remote island, and Arctic climate, on foot
  • See the small village at the harbour – home to just 100 people
Price£360.00 - £380.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours (30-minute flight, each way)
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Just north of the Iceland mainland lies the island of Grimsey. It is 5.3 square kilometres of green, grassy land on top, with sides fortified with perpendicular rocks. People often visit this northernmost Icelandic settlement in order to set foot over the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate to state this – that is exactly what you will be doing today.

Board your plane in Akureyri and fly directly to the island, enjoying stunning views as you fly over the Arctic Circle. On your way you might see the grand view of the wild mountains on both sides of the Eyjafjördur. Once you get closer to the island, beautiful coves decorated with basalt columns lay before you as well as the 100 metre high sea cliffs on the east coast.

Conditions for bird watching are unique – the extensive bird colonies are said to include at least 60 different species, of which 36 nest on the island. These include kittiwakes, puffins, fulmars, guillemots and Arctic terns. The waters around Grimsey are some of Iceland’s richest in fish. The approximate 115 inhabitants of the island are mainly fishermen and farmers. A guided walk will lead you to the highlights of the island.

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Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility – due to an hour and a half’s guided walk on Grimsey Island and the boarding of the aircraft.  Please be mindful that the steps to board the plane are very steep. Passengers must be able to fit into a standard aircraft seat. Please also be aware of low flying, swooping birds whilst boarding the plane. Please note that the sighting of particular sea birds cannot be guaranteed after mid August, and all sightings are dependent on both the season and the weather. It is very unlikely that icebergs will be viewed from the plane. We recommend wearing sensible shoes and warm clothing – layers, including a windproof jacket, that you can remove if necessary are best. The flight is subject to cancellation due to bad weather, in which case a full refund will be given.


Myvatn Natural Baths, Akureyri, Iceland

Tour D - Myvatn Natural Baths

 

  • Enjoy a leisurely dip in wonderful, natural surroundings
  • Discover Lake Mývatn - one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures
  • See one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls
Activity Tour
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

What better way to enjoy a visit to one of Europe’s most spectacular and unique destinations, than to include a soak at one of Iceland’s newest health spas?

Located in the heart of northeast Iceland, approximately 105 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, is Lake Mývatn. Shaped by repeated volcanic eruptions and seismic activity through the ages, the landscape around the lake is a spectacular panorama of surreal lava, crater and cave formations, sulphur-streaked mountains, and sweeping wetlands teeming with plant and birdlife.

Mývatn Nature Baths’ tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth’s crust. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, the warm, soothing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths benefit both skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of well-being which lingers on as a lasting memory of a visit to this area at Europe’s outer limits. After approximately one and a half hours of relaxation, you will make a stop at the beautiful Godafoss Waterfall before making your way back to Akureyri.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users, as all facilities at Mývatn Nature Baths have easy access – however all participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Please note that this is not a swimming pool for regular swimming – rather a unique, relaxing bathing experience. There are different pool areas, all of which have depths suitable for adults who do not swim. Sloped paths avoid steps for those who can’t manage them and a sloped access to the pool also has a handrail. Shoes must be removed before entering the changing room. There are separate changing areas and showers for men and women. For reasons of hygiene, participants must take a shower without swimwear before entering the pools. Lockers are provided. Please note that the coach used may not have air conditioning and the tour may operate in a different order to that described. Guests should bring their own swimwear and towels. If you forget your own towel, one can be hired for approximately £3 (payable in Icelandic Krona or by credit card). It is recommended for those with diabetes to keep hydrated and eat at the Nature Baths. If you have high blood pressure or heart condition you should check with a doctor and limit your time in the Baths. Pregnant guests can enjoy the baths, but should limit their time in the water.
 
There is no minimum age, parents must evaluate themselves if they want to take their child to the Nature baths. Have a young child wear a hat if it's windy and ask the staff about the lagoons temperature before entering.
 
Goðafoss waterfall can be viewed from the coach.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Whale Watching, Akureyri, Iceland

Tour EXC - The Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

  • Visit the whale capital of Iceland – globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world from which to watch whales
  • Experience the gentle giants of Húsavík
  • Admire the “Waterfall of the Gods”

 

Price£245.00 - £260.00
DurationApproximately 8 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

 

Húsavík is considered the capital of whale watching in Iceland due its wide open bay, rich marine life and excellent spotting rates. This tour offers the unique opportunity to enjoy magnificent wildlife and to witness whales and birds in their natural habitat.

The tour commences from Akureyri with a drive along the coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord and through the Icelandic countryside. Eventually you will reach the little and friendly town of Húsavík that has become the capital of whale watching in the country. You will board the whale watching ship where the friendly crew welcomes you and informs you of the various species which may be seen during the trip. The boat takes us to the pristine marine waters of Skjálfandi Bay where we’ll keep a lookout for whales and dolphins. Like all wild nature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, the potential for whale watching from Húsavík is excellent.

After your whale watching adventure you’ll have lunch and then visit the informative Whale Museum. The museum provides detailed and interesting information about whales and their habitat. The Whale Museum is one of the most visited places in the north of Iceland and has ample room to display whale skeletons of several species and fascinating facts about whales.

From Húsavík you’ll drive back to Akureyri with a stop at Goðafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods”. The Waterfall is one of Iceland’s most beloved waterfalls and a popular viewing stop with locals and tourists.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a walk of approximately 800 metres to reach the boat, which is boarded by a ramp and a few narrow steps down to reach the covered lower deck where the toilet facilities are. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. The top deck, which is not covered, gives good viewing opportunities but it can be rather cold. Warm clothing and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all. There will not be enough window seats for all guests - so standing may be required to get the best view. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. We cannot guarantee the success rate of seeing whales or other sea life, as these creatures live in their natural free environment. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. Lunch will include a two course meal with tea/coffee. Any other drinks will be at guests own expense. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Any changes made on the day of the tour may incur a charge to your onboard account.

 


Whale Watching, Iceland

Tour F - Whale Watching

  • The potential for whale watching in Iceland is excellent
  • Join a whale watching boat
  • Have binoculars ready for a real wildlife treat
Boat Tour
Price£85.00 - £95.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Iceland is one of the best locations to experience whale watching. On this tour seek out the abundance of marine life in the waters surrounding Akureyri. These ideal feeding grounds attract over twenty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises – including blue, fin, humpback, minke and sei whales.

From the pier in Akureyri you will be welcomed on board the whale watching boat for an approximate three hour boat trip to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and sea life. As the voyage begins you will be given information about the various species which may be seen, and excitement soon grips both guests and crew as you look out for whales ‘blowing’ or lifting their tails.

As well as whales spotted in Eyjafjörður, seabirds and other marine mammals are regularly sighted. These include the fun loving harbour porpoises and white beaked dolphins which often come close to the boat in order to play in the surf. We hope you will not be disappointed as Iceland is known as the whale watching capital of Northern Europe.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a walk of approximately 800 metres to reach the boat, which is boarded by a ramp and there are 12 narrow steps down to reach the covered lower deck where the toilet facilities are. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. The top deck, which is not covered, gives good viewing opportunities but it can be rather cold. Warm clothing and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all. There will not be enough window seats for all guests - so standing may be required to get the best view. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. Like all wild nature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. It can be a lot colder on the water than on land. We recommend dressing warmly in layered clothing and waterproof jackets.  

 

 

Off the Beaten Track, Akureyri

Tour H - The Vacant Valley By 4x4

  • Brace yourself for an adventure in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Enjoy an exciting way to explore Iceland
  • Experience the natural surroundings
Activity Tour
Price£245.00 - £265.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
The countryside of Iceland has many beautiful gems that are not easily accessible to those without the proper means of transport. This tour offers the unique opportunity to travel to a deserted valley in a super 4x4 truck, where you will learn more about the local folklore and get to enjoy the scenic landscape.

Leaving the quayside in a 4x4 truck, you will embark on an exciting journey to the vacated valley of Barkárdalur. You will follow the rough trail to the old turf farm house of Baugasel, which was the last inhabited farm in the valley until it was abandoned in 1965. On the way you will uncover a beautiful hidden waterfall and cross a river in the 4x4 truck.

After you have enjoyed the sights at the vacant valley, you will continue to a nearby valley where one of the most famous ghost stories took place in 1394, at the church of Myrká. It is said that the ghost is still trapped under a spellbound rock which can be seen in the graveyard of Myrká. On your way back to Akureyri, you will take a different route and enjoy the lush countryside of Eyjafjörður.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the tour will be conducted by English-speaking drivers. Different super trucks or jeeps will be used, and all hold different amounts of guests. Be prepared to get bumped around - you will be in the 4x4 for most of the duration of the tour. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for guests with neck or back problems, or pregnant ladies. There is a moderate amount of walking involved, over uneven ground and sloping terrain. The tour may operate in reverse. The minimum age for participation is seven years – all children must be accompanied by an adult and if you are wishing to book a child space on this tour, please contact the tours department before booking as your child may require a child seat for the jeep. We recommend warm layered clothing and good sturdy shoes. Please keep in mind that tours are subject to weather. 

 

Akureyri, Iceland

Tour J - Discovering Hrisey Island

  • Discover the island of Hrísey - home to just 200 people
  • Enjoy superb views of the ocean and the mountains that line the fjord
  • Embark on a tour of the island, by farm wagon
Activity Tour
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationVery limited spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Be invited on to the island Hrísey to uncover the small and friendly island, which rests peacefully in the Eyjafjörður Fjord. To reach the island, you will first drive along the coastline of the fjord, to Árskógssandur. Here you will board a ferry for a short but scenic cruise to the tear-drop shaped island of Hrísey. The island now has a population of 200 people, it is rich in vegetation and the islanders take immense care of their gardens and houses, making this small island village very charming. The islanders are also very environmentally conscious and have long pursued a project of sustainability and an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The island is an ideal sanctuary for many different species of bird, due to having no natural predators and the birds are protected by law. The ptarmigan is often seen there, walking fearlessly on the streets, seemingly uninterrupted by its proximity to man. You will enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the island, travelling in a cart pulled by an uncovered farm-style wagon – the most authentic way to experience this hidden gem.

After you’ve discovered Hrísey Island you will take the ferry ride back to the mainland, where you will be transported back to Akureyri.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be a moderate amount of walking over uneven, gravel and grassy terrain. Unfortnately this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. All participants must be agile enough to board the farm wagon for panoramic drive of the island, which will last approximately 40 minutes. The ferry ride will take approximately 15 minutes each way. Please note that bird and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. We ask all guests visiting the island to treat it with respect. In order to enjoy this unique experience, the islanders have the right to alter the itinerary if necessary. Dress warmly in layered clothing to face the unpredictability of Icelandic weather. It is recommended you wear good sturdy shoes.

 

Godafoss Waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland

Tour K - Nature, Folk & Flora

 

  • Delight in the spectacular sight of the Godafoss waterfall
  • Visit Laufas Farm
  • Enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens

 

 

Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Be ready to embark on a journey which explores some of the highlights of Akureyri and its surrounding area.

Your tour commences from the town of Akureyri and takes you along the coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord. After a drive through lush and fertile farmlands, we’ll reach Goðafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods”- on the River Skjálfandafljót. The coach will stop as close as possible, in order to view these impressive falls, which carry a huge volume of water. You then have the option of walking, to get closer to the waterfall. From the waterfall it is then possible to follow an uneven gravel path along the river to reach Fosshóll, where the coach will be rejoined. This walk takes approximately 15 minutes. For those guests preferring not to walk, the coach will wait a few minutes for photos to be taken, and then drive the short distance to Fosshóll, on the eastern bank of the river.

Your pleasant drive continues through a wide-open valley until you reach Dalsmynni, a lesser known part of the valley. Formations on the hills suggest that a once large pro-glacial lake occupied the valley and shaped its present form.

You will continue to Laufas Folk Museum, which originally served as a manor farm and vicarage. The turf farmhouse dates back to 1866 and contains the usual household and agricultural implements used by the gentry during that period and earlier. The Laufas Farm became a vicarage at the onset of Christianity in Iceland. Although the current church was built in 1865 there has been a church at Laufas since Thorgeir declared Iceland a Christian nation.

You will then have a pleasant drive along the fjord back to Akureyri. A short visit is made to the Botanical Garden, containing examples of every plant species indigenous to Iceland as well as an extensive collection of high latitude and high altitude plants from around the world.

After your visit you’ll conclude your tour with a short sightseeing tour of the old town of Akureyri before returning to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking involved is down to the discretion of the individual however, to see the waterfall a little walking is required. The Laufas museum is not wheelchair accessible and there are sloping, unmade, grass and gravel paths at the Botanical Garden. Please note that the coach used may not have air conditioning. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Warm layered clothing ready to face the unpredictability of Icelandic weather. Good sturdy shoes. All participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided.
 

Tour N - Glacial Canyon River Rafting

  • Experience the magnificent West Glacial River Canyon
  • Enjoy a river rafting adventure in the Icelandic wilderness
  • End your tour with a relaxation soak in an outdoor hot tub
Activity Tour
Price£260.00 - £280.00
DurationApproximately 5 1/2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Do you have a thirst for adventure? Want to experience mind-blowing scenery, bubbling hot springs, action combined with relaxation which will deliver a splash of unforgettable memories. Join us on this river rafting adventure tour through the magnificent West Glacial River Canyon.

The journey starts with a scenic drive to the base camp in Skagafjörður fjord, with a local guide. Once arrived you will gear up and have safety instructions before you head down to the river to enjoy your one and a half hour rafting through the glacial canyon. On the way you’ll have the opportunity to sample hot cocoa from nature’s own kettle and the brave ones might want to try a little cliff jumping. This tour is ideal for those who want to enjoy a gentle water experience with the combination to explore Icelandic wilderness from the depths of the canyon with its high walls and extraordinary geology.

 

After the rafting you can unwind in the outdoor hot tubs before you enjoy the famous and delicious Icelandic meat soup.

 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Although the tour only involves walking, all participants must be physically able. Life jackets, wet suits, helmets and rafting booties will be provided and must be worn. Please come dressed wearing your swimming costume and warm long sleeve clothing. Do not forget a change of clothes and a towel. Please bear in mind that it can be chilly on the open water and be prepared to fall into the cold water and have to climb back into the boat. You will have approximately 90 minutes on the water. You must be 12 years and older to participate on this tour

 


Tour O - Diamond Circle

  • Explore the wonders of Iceland from above
  • See one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls
  • Discover magnificent canyons and mountain ranges as you fly through the country’s striking landscape
Price£360.00 - £390.00
Duration2 Hours
LimitationLimited Availability
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Are you ready to be amazed by Iceland’s stunning landscape? The Diamond Circle Air Tour takes you on a classic sightseeing scenic flight over Godafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. If you are a fan of the TV series ‘The Game of Thrones’ be ready to fly through the dramatic landscape where the show was captured.

On this route you will explore the natural wonder which is the Godafoss Waterfall, the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, located along the River Skjálfandafljót. Then you will fly amidst the enchanting landscape of Lake Myvatn. Be amazed by this geothermal phenomena. From Lake Myvatn you will fly over Vatnajökull National Park to see Dettifoss, a spectacular waterfall where cascades plunge from a height of 144 feet (44 meters) into a narrow canyon.

As you leave the Dettifoss waterfall you will follow the incredible canyons, before heading towards Akureyri. Ensure to relax and embrace the north-east coastline as the Troll Peninsula mountain range comes to view in the west.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 ICELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for those who are able to get in and out of a coach and airplane independently. Therefore this tour isn’t recommended for those in wheelchairs. It is suggested pregnant women should assess their condition before joining this tour. This tour requires minimal walking. The transfer to and from the airport is non-guided. The pilot provides commentary during flight. Comfortable, layered clothing is recommended. For reference toilet facilities will be available at the airport only.


Tour P - Discover Birds of the North

  • Acquire a new knowledge of Icelandic bird life
  • Explore one of Iceland’s greatest natural treasures
  • Experience Iceland’s bird museum
Price£105.00 - £125.00
Duration8 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

On this journey you will experience a unique bird-watching tour alongside an expert local guide. You will get the opportunity to discover the birds of Iceland as you travel around the magical Lake Mývatn and its surroundings.

Your tour begins with a stop at Goðafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods”. This name refers to an important historical event that took place at the Althing in the year 1000. Þorgeir, a chieftain and leader of the Althing, proclaimed that Iceland should become a Christian nation and upon returning home he threw his pagan icons into the waterfall in a symbolic gesture.

Next you will make your way to one of Iceland’s greatest natural treasures. As you drive through the arctic tundra you will reach the bird oasis of Lake Mývatn. This lake and its surrounding wetlands have remarkably large fauna of water birds, especially ducks. On the tour you’ll travel around the lake, making stops at the most ideal locations for observing the birds. It is expected you will see barrow’s eye and harlequin ducks, Slovenian grebe and the great northern diver. If you are in luck you may also see a gyrfalcon or a merlin!

After gathering your newly acquired knowledge of Lake Mývatn’s bird life, the next stop on your trip is a visit to the bird museum. The Bird Museum hosts the largest known private bird collection in Iceland.

Additionally this tour includes a couple of visits to the main geological attractions within the area. You’ll visit Námaskarð, a colourful geothermal field clouded with steam rising from below the earth’s surface. Before you drive back to Akureyri from the Mývatn area you’ll visit the vivid green pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 ICELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. This tour isn’t recommended for wheelchair users or those who have limited mobility. All tours are subject to weather. Dress accordingly to Icelandic weather, which can be very unpredictable. Dress is warm layered clothing and good sturdy shoes. The itinerary of this tour is subject to change if necessary. The lunch includes soup, salmon and coffee or tea.  Please note that like all wild nature experiences sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Tour Q - Beer Spa & Kaldi Brewery

  • Take a relaxing soak in the beer tubs at Kaldi Beer Spa
  • Experience the local produce in an unique way
  • Unwind with surrounding views of Iceland’s stunning scenery 
Duration4 Hours
LimitationLimited availability
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

On this tour you will be taken on a leisurely journey from Akureyri to Árskógssandur where you will visit Kaldi Brewery. Here you will get to experience a relaxing soak in beer tubs at the Kaldi Beer Spa.

Once arrived at the Kaldi Brewery your guide will escort you through the brewery and increase your knowledge about their local beer selection and the methods of brewing. You will be given the opportunity to taste the variation of beers and at the end of the tour you will get to keep your Kaldi beer glass!

After you’ve tasted the local produce you will make your way over to the Kaldi Beer Spa where you will bathe in a big tub filled with beer, water, hops and yeast. These beer baths are proven to be very cleansing for the skin and to have very positive effect on our health.

The tubs are located in private rooms and each tub can accommodate one of two persons at a time. The bathwater is undrinkable, however you will not get thirsty, as there is a Kaldi beer draught at every tub for you to enjoy while relaxing in the bath! The relaxing doesn’t end here. After your bath you can move onto the relaxation room or you can go outside and enjoy two outdoor hot tubs with amazing views over Hrísey island and the nearby mountains.

After experiencing this wellness resort you will make your way back to Akureyri.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 ICELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users, considering they can get on and off the coach unaided and get in and out of the spa facilities unassisted. Please come already wearing swimwear under warm clothing – layers are best.  Towels and robes are provided.
 

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