Lake Myvatn Winter Excursion | Departure from Akureyri

Lake Myvatn Winter Excursion | Departure from Akureyri
To travellers at Grjótagjá chasm, where the tectonic plates meet. Near Lake Mývatn.
travellers taking pictures of the snow-covered winter wonderland that is the Mývatnssveit countryside.
Steam rises from the bubbling mud at Námaskarð geothermal area, near Námafjall mountain, north-east Iceland.
Hverfell, or Hverfjall crater-mountain, stands tall and watches over the smaller pseudocraters and lava fields near lake Mývatn.
A wire fence where snow had slowly taken over, creating a window of ice.
Steam flows from a mount in the Námaskarð area, where the geothermal activity is used for bread baking by locals.

Join us on north Iceland's most popular day tour to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area. This is a wonderful 8 hour winter day tour from Akureyri, combining history, culture, and extraordinary nature. You'll explore the most attractive features of the area, including waterfalls, lava fields, volcanos, geothermal areas and famous filming location, but the TV show Game of Thrones along with some well-known films, such as Fate of the Furious and Star Wars, were filmed in the area.

The tour starts in Akureyri, a lively and energetic town with about 20.000 inhabitants. First, we drive east from the town where we cross the Eyjafjörður fjord heading to Goðafoss waterfall. One the way you can enjoy the view of the beautiful mountains surrounding the fjord, the ocean and the town.

The first stop is at the historical Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Next, the tour continues to the Lake Mývatn district, a naturally pure winter wonderland. There we explore unique pseudocraters, and a lava labyrinth formed when a partly cooled lava lake drained out. 

Then we visit an underground cave that used to be popular among the locals before the last eruption in the area (1975-1984) when the water became too hot for bathing. Today the cave is known as the “Love Cave” from Game of Thrones. In this area it is easy to see the rift between the North American plate and the Eurasian plate, and how they are drifting apart.

Now we drive into the highland to visit a crater called Víti (Literally: Hell) formed in an eruption 300 years ago. After that, we explore a high-temperature area with spectacular fumaroles and boiling mud pools. The area is characterised by a strong smell of sulphur.

Finally, we visit the fantastic Mývatn Nature Baths, where visitors get the chance to soak in a geothermal lagoon located in the middle of a lava field.

At the end of the day, we drive back to Akureyri where the estimated arrival time is between 16:00-17:00.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Feb.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Skútustaðagígar, Krafla, Víti in Krafla, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Mývatn Nature Baths
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:55.

We offer pickup at the Akureyri domestic airport upon arrival of flight NY112 and NY114.

  • Transportation

  • Experienced local English speaking tour guide

  • Entry to Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Bathing suit and a towel (can be rented)

Good to know:

The itinerary may be altered due to weather/road conditions. This may result in cancellation of the tour or delayed schedule.

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