Private 9-Hour Godafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn & Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri

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Akureyri, Iceland
9 hours
May - Dec.
Minimum age
16 years old


Journey toward North Iceland's most impressive natural attractions on this private tour from Akureyri. This 9-hour adventure takes travelers to the Godafoss waterfall and the Lake Myvatn area before visiting the Dettifoss waterfall.

The day begins when a friendly and experienced guide picks you up in Akureyri. You'll then board a minibus that will take you comfortably to the tour's locations, starting with the Godafoss waterfall, one of Iceland's most iconic attractions. Before reaching Godafoss waterfall, pass along Eyjafjordur, North Iceland's longest fjord.

Spanning 40 miles (60 kilometers) from its mouth to Akureyri, Eyjafjordur offers picturesque views of surrounding mountains and valleys. Eyjafjordur is also a favorite destination for hikers and adventurers who wish to get closer to Icelandic nature.

As you reach Godafoss waterfall, you'll see how the volcanic landscape and rugged cliffs surround this majestic attraction. Godafoss waterfall's name originated from a pivotal moment in Iceland's history when lawspeaker Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi made Christianity the official religion of Iceland in the year 1000 AD. 

The area has several viewing spots that let you appreciate Godafoss waterfall's beauty from different angles. In addition, you'll likely see a rainbow amid the waterfall's powerful mist on a sunny day.

Next, your guide will take you to Lake Myvatn to see more of North Iceland's natural wonders. Lake Myvatn spans approximately 14 square miles (37 square kilometers) and is dotted with small islands formed by volcanic eruptions beneath its waters.

One of the area's most fascinating attractions is Skutustadagígar, a series of pseudocraters formed by steam explosions when lava flowed over wetlands. You can walk along the man-made and natural paths to get a closer look at these 2,300-year-old formations.

You'll also visit Dimmuborgir, a dramatic lava expanse covered with folklore. Dimmuborgir's name translates to "Dark Castles" in Icelandic, which perfectly describes the labyrinthine lava field with towering rock formations, caves, and unique volcanic features scattered everywhere. 

While in the area, you can explore several marked trails that wind through the lava formations. Appreciate how the black lava rocks and green vegetation create a striking contrast like no other.

Your next stop is the Hverir geothermal area, known for its boiling mud pots, steaming vents, and colorful mineral deposits. In addition to the visible boiling mud and steam, you'll notice a distinct smell of sulfur in the air. You can explore wooden boardwalks and trails that wind through the geothermal area, providing safe access to view the various features up close.

After enjoying the geothermal wonders of Hverir, the guide will take you to the powerful Dettifoss waterfall. Considered the second most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss plunges over a cliff that spans approximately 330 feet (100 meters) wide and drops about 150 feet (45 meters) into the Jokulsargljufur canyon below. Well-marked hiking trails and viewpoints on both sides of the river are open, so you can truly appreciate the beauty of the Dettifoss waterfall.

Before you return to Akureyri, you'll make a quick stop at the enchanting Grjotagja cave. Known for its beautiful geothermal hot springs, the Grjotagja cave once served as a popular bathing spot due to its warm, mineral-rich waters. However,  bathing is no longer permitted today due to water's fluctuating temperatures.

Still, the cave's beauty is worth admiring. There's also a spot where you can have your photo taken while standing on two tectonic plates separating the Eurasian and American continents. If there's still time, you make a final stop at Eyjafjordur to take more pictures before heading back to Akureyri.

Don't miss this chance to experience the beauty of North Iceland on this private tour of the Godafoss waterfall, Lake Myvatn, and Dettifoss waterfall. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Free Wi-Fi on board
Fully guided tour
Transport by comfortable minibus
Pickup in Akureyri is available upon request



What to bring

Weather-appropriate clothes
Sturdy walking shoes
Water bottle and refreshments
Camera and tripod

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