Join this tour for an unforgettable journey of north Iceland in summer. Travel through the countryside, now awake after the long winter, dotted with sheep and Icelandic horses at play, through volcanic craters and magnificent mountains.
You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and taken to the indomitable Goðafoss, a powerful waterfall which gives life to the surrounding land.
Goðafoss means 'God's Waterfall; it was named during the conversion of Iceland to Christianity in the year 1000 AD. Upon returning from the Alþingi where the religion was adopted throughout the land, the law-speaker threw his figures of the Norse gods into the water here, changing Iceland’s history forever.
Next, you’ll visit the largest bird sanctuary in Europe, a short distance from the shores of Lake Mývatn. Despite its beautiful, stark landscape, Iceland has few native animal species, and so we care deeply for our birds.
The wetlands around the lake are a protected space for the dozens of species who visit our shores in the warmer months. In particular, you’ll view many types of ducks and other seabirds wheeling through the sky, nesting, or scanning the waters for their next meal.
The spectacular scenery continues at Dimmuborgir, 'the Dark Fortress'. Formations of lava leftover from an enormous lava tube which collapsed long ago have created dramatic caves, castles and towers of rock that loom over the pathway.
Then, you will take in the incredibly varied landscape of Námaskarð geothermal area, located between the Krafla volcanic area and the desert plain of Mývatsöræfi.
Bubbling mud springs and hissing steam vents add colour and noise to this experience; take a deep breath and smell the primordial sulphur in the air. This area is also unexpectedly colourful, where mineral deposits in the mud and rock have streaked the lava field in a rainbow display.
You will glide by the mountain Herðubreið and take in new lava deposits on the raw landscape of Holuhraun lava field before stopping at the huge volcanic crater Askja to admire the crystalline lake at the bottom, reflecting the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains.
While there, you will admire the grim, desolate expanse of the nearby crater Víti, which is the Icelandic word for 'hell'. Finally, you’ll be delivered back to Akureyri for an evening of rest.
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