We’ll pick you up at Akureyri Port and set out towards the magnificent Lake Mývatn area. Our first stop is the Goðafoss waterfall a.k.a. the “waterfall of the gods”. Its name refers to the period when Iceland switched from the old religion to Christianity more than a thousand years ago.
As the legends go, pagan idols were thrown into the rumbling cascade when Iceland officially converted to Christianity. The water drops from a height of 39 ft. (12 m) over a length of 38 ft. (30 m). What makes it especially picturesque is its unique horseshoe shape.
As we continue our trip, the next stop will be at the Lake Mývatn area. We’ll pay a visit to the highly interesting Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, which were formed in a great number due to explosions when the hot lava met the ice-cold water from the lake.
Just a few minutes from here, we’ll stop at the “Dark Fortress” Dimmuborgir lava fields. This is an impressive area full of hair-raising lava pillars and odd rock formations that are rich in mythical sagas and ghoulish trails. Our local tour guide will tell us all about Iceland’s seven Santas and the many trolls who live among these strange sculptures.
Next, we’ll come to the warm underground hot spring in Grjótagjá rift. The place has been increasingly popular since it served as the filming location of an epic scene in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.
Our final stop by Lake Mývatn is the steaming hot geothermal area of Hverir (or Námaskarð), where we’ll wander over colorful mineral painted soil among boiling mud pools, steaming fumaroles, and sulfur pits.
Various other photo stops can be added to the tour if the weather permits. The tour ends with our return back to the port in Akureyri in time for your cruise ship’s departure.