A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.
Lake Mývatn is a magical location that is home to tens of thousands of birds, including, most notably, thirteen species of ducks. The area surrounding Mývatn is of tremendous geological interest and is one of the few places in the world where Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, grows.
The bubbling mud-pots and fumaroles of Námaskarð are a striking geothermal field full of sulphur deposits and boiling springs. With its incredible colours, vents blasting steam from the earth and the loud popping of air bubbles in the mud-pots, the experience is truly otherworldly.
A short ride onwards is the mystical lava landscape of Dimmuborgir, a dramatic place where the strange formations of volcanic rock have provided inspiration for many Icelandic folktales. The name itself means “dark fortress”, an appropriately mystical epithet for this peculiar terrain.
Finally, before heading back to Akureyri, we will visit the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, formed by explosions of gas during the cooling of boiling lava over the wetlands near the lake. These craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural conservation area.