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Námaskarð Geothermal Area: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Akureyri: Myvatn Lake, Craters, & Waterfall Tour

1. From Akureyri: Myvatn Lake, Craters, & Waterfall Tour

On our Myvatn Lake, Craters & Waterfall Tour from Akureyri we will explore the highlights of this magical region and its and unique landscape. This region has experience intense volcanic activity over the millennia and this has shaped and influenced the landscape in fascinating ways. We enjoy a stop at Góðafoss water, where the water falls in a 30m wide semi circle. The contrast between the foaming angry falls and the black volcanic rock is really striking to behold. Góðafoss, or waterfalls of the gods, symbolises the switch from worshiping the pagan gods and following Christianity. We explore the remarkable pseudo craters that border lake Mývatn. These numerous grassy knolls are not as they may appear volcanic craters. No lava spewed or flowed for them. Rather they were formed when lava flowed into the wetlands bordering the of the lake. The meeting of boiling magma and the waters of the lake resulted in steam explosion in the ground here, giving them their crater shape. We enjoy a walk through Dimmuborgir lava fields and admire the distinct and strange formations of lava rock. It is common in Iceland for children to see troll-like shapes in lava rock. Námaskarð is a barren landscape scarred by boiling geothermal water with mud pools. Experience the strong smell of sulfur which hangs in the air here but be sure to stick to the marked walking paths. After this wonderful day exploring Mývatn, we return to Akureyri and drop you to the same place you started the tour in the morning. We are confident that you will have loved your day with us and will take great memories of Iceland onward with you.

Akureyri: Mývatn Nature Baths and Goðafoss Waterfall Tour

2. Akureyri: Mývatn Nature Baths and Goðafoss Waterfall Tour

On this wonderful 6 hour tour from Akureyri, visit some of the highlight of North Iceland and enjoy the quintessential Icelandic experience, soaking outdoors in the natural heated waters of a geothermal hot-springs. Your tour begins at Akureyri´s cruise ship terminal. Our tour schedule is tailored to fit your docking times so you needn´t worry about being back late to the docks. We also provide packed lunches so that we can devote more time to sightseeing. You can choose between a chicken or vegan packed lunch. Just tell your guide at the start of the tour. The first stop of the day is to the picturesque surrounding of Góðdafoss waterfall. The waterfall is winder than it is high and curves in a crescent shape. Góðafoss is noteworthy for a symbolic role in Icelandic history, when a local chieftain threw his pagan statues into the falls, representing the moment Icelanders adopted christianity. We continue onto Lake Mývatn and view this unique landscape from a special viewing point. The Mývatn area and its strange landscape was heavily affected by volcanic forces, with ancient eruptions resulting in the pseudo craters that dot the lake and surrounding areas. The highlight of the day is arguably our visit to Mývatn Nature Baths, the blue lagoon of the north. The water here is naturally heated by geothermal forces below the surface and is said to have healing properties. Lounge and relax in the various pool areas and enjoy spectacular views of Mývatn. Our last stop of the day is at Námaskarð geothermal area. Here mud-pools and hot-pools dot the area. Steam and the smell of sulphur lingers in the area. This barren landscape seems a world away from the green craters on Lake Mývatn. We return to Akureyri and our tour ends at your cruise ship.

From Akureyri: Diamond Circle Guided Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Akureyri: Diamond Circle Guided Day Trip with Lunch

Explore the top natural attractions along Iceland's Diamond Circle Route on a guided day trip from Akureyri. See the waterfalls at Dettifoss, visit the charming seaside village of Húsavík, and much more. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus at the cruise ship terminal in Akureyri and get ready for your full day of sightseeing. Your first stop, Goðafoss waterfall. Marvel at the powerful falls and watch as the water cascades down from a height of 12 meters. Make the most of the walking trails here, taking in a view of the falls from several different vantage points. Next, make your way to Ásbyrgi Canyon, a horse-shoe-shaped valley surrounded by vertical cliffs, before heading to Dettifoss waterfall, the second-largest waterfall in Iceland by volume. Take a break from Iceland's dramatic landscapes with a visit to the idyllic village of Húsavík and see the town church. Located in the heart of the village, this small wooden church is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Hop back aboard your bus and head to the Tjörnes cliff viewpoint just north of Húsavík to take in fantastic panoramic views of the sea and Öxarfjörður fjord. From here, make your way to the Námaskarð hot-spring area to learn about the country's ancient volcanic eruptions and see the impact of ongoing geothermal activity firsthand. End your tour on a high note as you pass the iconic Lake Mývatn, famed for its beauty and strange surrounding landscape on your way back to the cruise ship terminal, where your Icelandic adventure comes to an end.

From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Godafoss Cruise Ship Day-Trip

4. From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Godafoss Cruise Ship Day-Trip

Discover the magical wonderland of Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall with an experienced local tour guide. We set off from Akureryi Port with a stunning drive along Eyjafjord to Godafoss waterfall and then onto the famous Lake Myvatn. The tour stops at top popular attractions in Lake Myvatn and the Myvatn Nature Baths. This great value tour includes: Small group tour with an experienced local tour guide and Transport (16 - 17 seater minibus) Pick up and drop off to Akureyri Port Drive along the stunning Eyjafjordur, the longest fjord in Iceland on the way to Godafoss waterfall, the famous 'The Waterfall of the Gods' Lake Myvatn Area including: Lake Myvatn: A lake formed 2300 years ago by a basalt lava eruption Hverir Mud Pools Hverarönd in Námaskarð natural steam vents Dimmuborgir Lava fields and formations with lava pillars known as the Dark Castles Myvatn Nature Baths A wonderful geothermal lagoon in lava fields. Enjoy the bath or relax in the Kvika Restaurant (please note food, drink and entrance fee are not included in the price). If you opt not to use the Nature Baths the guide can take you to visit the Grjótagjá rift and cave: Part of the rift between the Eurasian & American Continents and an old bathing cave while others in the group use the Nature Baths. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR SHIP'S DOCKING TIMES PLEASE CONTACT THE ACTIVITY PROVIDER FOR CONFIRMATION THAT YOUR SHIP IS SUITABLE FOR THE TOUR.

From Akureyri: Hverir and Lake Myvatn Geothermal Baths Tour

5. From Akureyri: Hverir and Lake Myvatn Geothermal Baths Tour

Lake Myvatn Classic tour travels through some of the most spectacular and unique landscapes in Iceland. On this tour you will see waterfalls, lava sculptures, bubbling mud pits and steaming vents, underground caves, volcanoes, craters and end the day relaxing in the geothermal waters of the Nature baths. This 4th biggest lake in Iceland is surrounded by lava fields, craters, panoramic views and amazing bird life. This tour takes you to: Dimmuborgir a unique area of lava sculptures and rock formations, Hverir where you can explore the steaming and bubbling mud pits, the underground caves at Grjótagjá. Ending the day at the Myvatn Nature Baths where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters. A day at Lake Myvatn is a day to remember. The tour departs from Akureyri. The first stop gives you the best views over Akureyri and Eyjafjörður. After a short photo stop we drive on to Goðafoss waterfall. One of Iceland´s most beautiful and uniquely shaped waterfalls. Here we tell you why the falls are important in Icelandic history and give you enough time to explore the area close up. Then we head on to Myvatn. We stop at the pseudo craters for a short while before continuing on to Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir is a unique and very interesting area. Visitors are given time to walk among the unusual lava sculptures, pillars and caves. Our guides know everything about this area and will be happy to walk with you and explain how the area was created 2,500 years ago, as well as tell you a few folktales about the local trolls. After a lunch break overlooking Dimmuborgir, we visit the former nature baths located on the tectonic plates between Europe and America. The last volcanic eruption in Myvatn was in 1984 from the volcano Krafla and lava from this eruption is visible everywhere you look. Hverir is an area of bubbling sulphur mud pits and steaming vents, watch your step as you explore this unique area! The Myvatn Nature Baths is our final stop and we recommend you enjoy this optional extra. The geothermal waters are the perfect place to relax before driving back to Akureyri. During the winter months the frost, low lying sun and often snow add something extra to this amazing tour of Myvatn.

From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion

6. From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

7. Akureyri: Day Trip to Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland during a day tour of Goðafoss Waterfall and Lake Mývatn. Visit a local hot spring and bathe in the soothing water of the nature baths. Leave Akureyri and drive along the scenic coast of Eyjafjordur, one of the longest fjords in the country. The first stop will be Goðafoss, a breathtaking 39-foot-tall waterfall, located in the Skjálfandafljót River. Next, head to Lake Mývatn, whose landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms due to a lava eruption 2,300 years ago. Continue on to the cave of Grjótagjá and stop at the hot spring area at Hverarönd in Námaskarð. Take advantage of the opportunity to relax in the steam baths and geothermal water of Mývatn Nature Baths. On the way back to Akureyri, see the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar. The last stop will be in Eyjafjordur where you will have time to take plenty of photos with the fjord as your backdrop.

From Akureyri: Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Guided Tour

8. From Akureyri: Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Guided Tour

Discover Northern Iceland on this guided tour with transportation between attractions. Stop off at all of the area’s must-see natural landmarks, including the Eyjafjordur fjord, the Godafoss waterfall, and Mount Námafjall. Then, take a dip in the Myvatn Nature Bath geothermal lagoon. Enjoy transportation from your hotel in Akureyri to the tour’s first location, the Godafoss waterfall, known locally as ‘The Waterfall of the Gods’. On the way, you’ll drive along Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord. Next, explore the geological feats in the Lake Myvatn area, including Skútustaðagígar, a field of pseudocraters formed by lava flow, the Hverir mud pools, and Grjótagjá, an ancient lava cave. You’ll also see Höfði, the site of iconic filming locations including Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  At your next stop, take the opportunity to visit the Myvatn Nature Baths. Unwind in the milky blue waters of the geothermal lagoon, and enjoy a drink at the adjoining Kvika Restaurant. The tour will end with transportation back to Akureyri.

Iceland: Lake Myvatn and Godafoss 4x4 Tour by Bus

9. Iceland: Lake Myvatn and Godafoss 4x4 Tour by Bus

Gaze at the wonderful Eyjafjordur fjord as you drive to the rushing waters of the Godafoss Waterfall. See the bubbling mud pools of Hverir. Be amazed by natural steam vents at Námaskarð. Gaze at the lava pillars in Dimmuborgir. Visit the geothermal pools at Myvatn. Start your tour with a pickup at your hotel, airport, or port. Hop on board the bus and drive along Eyjafjordur, one of the longest fjords in Iceland. Take in the stunning display of mountains along the way. See the Godafoss Waterfall, which is 39 ft (12 meters) high and 98 ft (30 meters) wide. Arrive at Lake Myvatn, formed 2300 years ago by a basalt lava eruption. Visit the Skútustaðagígar, a pseudocrater area formed by lava flowing over wetland. Continue to Hverir Mud Pools, a geothermal spot famous for bubbling pools of mud. Take in the scenery at Námaskarð and Hverarönd, known for natural steam vents. Go to Grjótagjá Cave, a bathing cave with hot springs. Follow your guide to Mount Námafjall, a spectacular volcanic mountain. Discover the formations of lava pillars, known as the Dark Castles at Dimmuborgir Lava fields. Keep going to reach the geothermal pools at Myvatn Nature Baths, overlooking a beautiful blue lagoon. Bathe in the pools if you like, or eat in the restaurant. Witness filming locations for Game of Thrones, at Höfði, and Star Wars. End your tour and be dropped off in Akureyri or Lake Myvatn. Discover the magical wonderland of Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall with an experienced local tour guide. We set off from Akureryi with a stunning drive along Eyjafjord to Godafoss waterfall and then onto the famous Lake Myvatn. The tour stops at all the top attractions of Lake Myvatn and the Myvatn Nature Baths.

Mývatn, Craters, Lava fields, Hot Springs, Goðafoss & Lunch

10. Mývatn, Craters, Lava fields, Hot Springs, Goðafoss & Lunch

Nature - Culture - History Highlights of the day - Myvatn Lake - Pseudo-craters at Skutustadir - Dimmuborgir Lava Fields - Geothermal area of Hverir at Namaskard - Godafoss Waterfall (The Waterfall of the Gods) Included: - Transportation from Akureyri Cruise Terminal - Bus and Guidance - Packed lunch (chicken sandwich, chocolate and juice) Lake Myvatn is one of the most scenic places in Iceland mostly because of the magical landscape created by the geothermal powers which created the island. Be prepared to enjoy a magical landscape filled with alluring craters and striking lava formations. When we arrive at the Lake Myvatn area, we stop at Skutustadir, known for its symmetrically formed pseudo craters, which are among the best known in the world. From Skutustadir there is a also good view of Lake Myvatn and the mountains around the lake. Next stop is at Dimmuborgir Lavafields, with strange lava formations, a surrealistic place. Then we head to the geothermal area of Hverir at Namaskard, one of the most spectacular places in the country, with it's solfataras (boiling sulphur mudpits) and widely different colors. A short break to have lunch before the next destination: the Waterfall Godafoss, famed not only for its beauty, but also as the scene of historical events from the saga times. It is one of the most spectacular and historic waterfalls in Iceland. The name means the "waterfall of the gods". Is is about 12 meters high (36 feet) and 30 meters wide (90 feet), and it forms a horseshoe shape that creates a stunning spectacle of water and mist. You will have about 45 minutes to explore the waterfall, take photos of this natural wonder and, if you like, grab a coffee at the Godafoss Coffee Shop. After admiring the waterfall, you will board the bus again and head back to Akureyri. Pick-up is at the harbour 1 hour after the arrival of the ship, and departure 30 minutes later. When you have booked the tour, please read the information regarding the pick-up time and place carefully. This tour is a great way to experience some of the best sights and sounds of northern Iceland in a short time. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Book your spot today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!.

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It was wonderful excursion! Our tour guide, Kjartan, was absolutely marvelous! His professionalism, knowledge of the area, and pleasant personality made this a wonderful trip! He accompanied us at every drop of location and explained what we were seeing and why it was an important part of Akureyri and Iceland in general!!One of the best tour guides I have had in my many excursions throughout the years! Would definitely do another excursion with him and your company!

Fabulous Guide! Completely immersive experience due to our personable guide. We particularly enjoyed hearing about the mischievous Icelandic elves who create mayhem, and about the hilarious junior college graduation traditions. Our guide made us understand how people can find joy even through the dark cold winter. And Iceland has some of the most delicious sandwiches I've ever had - good rustic bread, delicious fillings, crisp garden vegetables.

Our tour was awesome! Bartek (his pseudo-nickname) was wonderful! We felt special and we were so appreciative of his expertise, his safe driving skills, and his command of the English language. He was knowledgeable, informative, clear in his articulation, and very pleasant and personable! If we were here a second day, we would absolutely ask him for another tour! Many thanks and happiness wishes.

We really appreciated being picked up at the port. The kindness and availability of the guide/driver were very appreciated. Of course if this guide had spoken French, I would give it a 5 star. First experience with you and I will repeat the experience!!! THANKS

Our guide Lilia was fantastic. So helpful and so informative. Made it a really fantastic day