9. Akureyri: Goðafoss, Laufas & The Christmas House Tour
Embark on an enchanting journey through the mesmerizing landscapes and rich history of Iceland. Throughout the tour, knowledgeable guides will regale you with stories of Icelanders, their heritage, humor, and local traditions, making it an ideal adventure for families and anyone seeking a memorable exploration of Iceland's hidden gems. Commence your journey with a visit to the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into Icelanders, their heritage, humor, and the local area, addressing any queries you may have. After exploring the waterfall, we head to the historic Old Turf house Laufas and then proceed to the Magical House of Christmas, making it a great tour for families. Goðafoss, located in the glacial river Skjálfandafljót, holds great significance in Icelandic history. Legend has it that a local chieftain named Þorgeir threw statues of pagan gods into the waterfall after the nation adopted Christianity. Hence, the name Goðafoss means "waterfall of the gods." Nestled by the estuary of the river Fnjóská in Eyjafjörður, Laufás exemplifies a wealthy vicarage from earlier times. The old turf-clad timber building dates back to the Middle Ages, while the current structure was erected between 1860 and 1877. As you explore the various rooms and passages, you'll find artifacts from the Laufás house and neighboring farms, offering insights into how Icelanders lived until the early 20th century. The church at Laufás features a pulpit from 1698 and is a humble yet beautiful representation of traditional Icelandic churches. The Christmas House, a year-round attraction, resembles a scene from a fairy tale book, enchanting visitors with its magical garden. Inside, you'll be welcomed by a log fire and the festive songs and scents, even during the summer months. Be sure to seek out the hidden Icelandic Yule lad's troll mother (Gryla) in her cave. The Christmas House and its shop brim with holiday magic, creating a delightful experience for all visitors. Upon returning to town, a short sightseeing tour of Akureyri awaits, completing this captivating excursion.