4x4 Tour | Lake Myvatn & Powerful Dettifoss Waterfall from Akureyri

4x4 Tour | Lake Myvatn & Powerful Dettifoss Waterfall from Akureyri
Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall.
Dettifoss is one of the natural features that makes up the Diamond Circle sightseeing route.
In winter time, Lake Mývatn is as stunning as it is in summer.
The rock formations that frame Dettifoss waterfall add to the cascade's dramatic appearance.
The mud pots at Námaskarð are otherworldly.
The dream-like mud pots and fumaroles of the Námaskarð geothermal area are stunning to behold.
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Come along on this tour of the lesser-known northern coast. While it has many of the same exciting geothermal features, waterfalls, rivers, valleys and hiking trails as the South Coast, it is often overlooked.

This tour offers a chance to see the Lake Mývatn area from the comfort of a powerful 4x4 Jeep/Van that can handle the toughest off-road terrain. You'll be picked up from your accommodation in Akureyri and drive along the coast of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful mountains and hills.

Your first stop will be Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods, which features a stunning cascade that stretches nearly the entire length of the river. The massive quantities of water churned up by this waterfall make rainbows a common sight, to the delight of visitors.

You'll continue to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the Lake Mývatn wetlands preserve which is home to thousands of birds each summer.

There are plenty of fascinating geological features to explore on your route, beginning with Hverarönd hot springs area near Námafjall mountain. This is an area so torn by the power beneath the earth's crust that it is important to stay on the marked path or you may get burned from the heat building under your feet.

You'll also visit Skútustaðagígar, an area of crags and craters created when a volcanic eruption spilt across the wetlands, exploding when the scalding lava came into contact with water from the lake.

You'll also explore the mysterious Dimmuborgir lava formations, which features arches and caves formed in the wake of yet another eruption. This place is so otherworldly that it is said you can find the Hidden People here. If a beautiful stranger offers you a magical banquet while you are enjoying the sights, do not eat it, for you may be cursed by the elves.

As a final treat on your return to Akureyri, the capital of the north, you'll stop to look out across the fjord at the city—a beautiful vista and a perfect spot for taking photos.

Tours to northern Iceland are becoming more popular each day, so don't miss out on booking this unique travel option. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Akureyri, Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Skútustaðagígar, Námafjall Geothermal Area
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:45.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pick-up at Akureyri hotels and guesthouses upon request (specify when booking)

  • Expert tour guide (English or Scandinavian languages)

  • Transportation

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Gloves

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks

Good to know:

The weather in Iceland changes quickly, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you get too warm. Please note that weather and road conditions may cause the itinerary to change on short notice or for the trip to take longer than planned. Your guide will keep you informed.

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Fantastic tour! The sights were spectecular and the company, including our guide Reynir, very pleasant.
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I cannot praise enough this tour and the guide Reynir. I was the only one on the tour and Reynir showed me and explained to me everything during the trip. He was also kind to show me some additional things which are not in the itinerary because we managed to save some extra time during the journey. Moreover the weather was great and the sights were amazing! I highly recommend this tour!
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The weather was so crazy during the day of my tour, strong wind and heavy snow...but they still operate the tour even there was only me as a single guest:) Reynir was so nice and pleasant, and also every experienced for the route. The 4x4 jeep was comfortable and "useful" while we drove to Dettifoss. The waterfalls were amazing and the ride with the 4x4 jeep was unforgettable!!
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Had a super time. Reynir -the guide/driver- picked me up right on time at my hotel. Besides Reynir and me there was just one other couple so it was a very intimate excursion. Conversation between Reynir and we passengers was easy and constant. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. He really tried to help me with my Icelandic pronunciation (not his fault I'm hopeless). The 4x4 was comfortable, but given that none of the roads on this excursion were unpaved, a 4x4 is not strictly necessary. The tour itself covers many of the"greatest hits"of the region, and it's never too long a drive between attractions. I had been to all of these before, except Dettifoss and Selfoss, but it was a pleasure to see them when I wasn't doing the driving, and even better to have a local expert to describe things.
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