Akureyri & Highlights of the North | 5 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:


5 days car rental with unlimited mileage, CDW, tax; pick up/drop off at Akureyri airport


    • Hotel -  Akureyri (1)
    • Hotel  - Lake Myvatn (3)

      Other Inclusions

      • Detailed itinerary
      • Reference guide brochure about Iceland
      • Deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
      • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.
      • Admission to Naturebaths Myvatn

      Optional Extras

      • Visitor Attractions
      • Room Upgrades
      • Car Upgrade
      • Chauffeur Driver
      • City Tours
      • Travel Protection

      5 Days / 4 Nights
      Starts in Reykjavik/ Ends in Akureyri


            Akureyri, capital of the north      

      Wonderous world of Lake Myvatn

      Volcanoes & Lava Fields

      Waterfalls - Godafoss and Dettifoss

      Geothermal Water

      Nature Baths

      This tour includes all the highlights of the north as well as some delights off the beaten track. The landscapes are diverse: high mountains, valleys and fjords carved out by the ice age glaciers and moonlike volcanic scenery that are out of this world. No tour in Iceland is complete without waterfalls and this one includes one of the most beautiful (Godafoss) and the most powerful (Dettifoss). Staying in both Akureyri and Myvatn provides a good mix of the hustle and bustle of a small town and the serenity of the countryside.

      5 Day Akureyri & North Iceland Itinerary

      Day 1: Akureyri & Surroundings

      Flight from Reykjavik, arrival to Akureyri (not included in the tour package) and pick up rental car at the airport. Time to explore the charming town of Akureyri - the Capital of the North with its cozy cafés, restaurants and shops, northernmost botanical garden, numerous interesting museums and art galleries. The surroundings offer possibilities for sightseeing drive and short hikes with scenic views. Also possibity for a an optional whale watching boat tour, horseback riding or Arctic Circle Express cruise (summer only) to Grimsey Island.

      Accommodation in Akureyri.

      Day 2: Godafoss - Lake Myvatn

      This is the day to visit Godafoss waterfall and explore the Lake Myvatn area with the abundance of natural volcanic wonders. We enter the Rift zone and along the way you will see clear signs of past activity, as recent as 1975-84. Among the highlights are pseudocraters at Skutustadir, Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castle) and the solfatara field at Namaskard with its boiling mud pits and steam vents. In summer months the Lake is teeming with bird life as various bird and duck species come nesting in the surroundings of the lake. There will also be with several possibilities for short (easy) hikes and a chance for a relaxing bath in the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon.
      During the cold winter months large parts of the lake freezes which offers possibilities for various activity on the ice.

      Accommodation in the area of Lake Myvatn

      Day 3: Husavik Country Tour

      Day to explore Husavik and the countryside. Possibility to visit the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjadarstaður which offers a glimpse into the times of the past. The thriving fishing village of Husavik has become particularly well known for whale watching and the Whale Museum. Exploration museum is another attraction where you can learn all about the exploration of Earth and get a glimpse into the universe by learning more about the astronauts who trained for their moon walk in Iceland.

      Accommodation in the area of Lake Myvatn.

      Day 4: Dettifoss - Myvatn/Askja

      Drive to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerfull waterfall which drops 45m deep into the canyon of Jokulsargljufur and explore the magnificent scenery of the national park.
      During winter it may be necessary to walk through snow to get to the waterfall but the majestic view is well worth the effort. Reaching Dettifoss is dependent on weather and road conditions during winter months. Several other options are possible for this day. If you have decided for a 4WD vehicle (group FG or I) then during the summer months you have the chance to hop over into the highlands, e.g. to Askja caldera.

      Accommodation in the area of Lake Myvatn.

      Day 5: Myvatn - Akureyri - Reykjavik

      Time for another short hike in the area. Another pearl in the nature you can visit on this day is Aldeyjarfoss waterfall at the edge of the highlands - accessible by car in summer season. In the afternoon or early evening return to Akureyri airport in time for your flight to Reykjavik or Keflavik (self organised or pre booked for you).

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