Dettifoss Day Trip from Akureyri with Godafoss and Lake Myvatn. Join us for a stunning Akureyri excursion to the gorgeous attractions of Northern Iceland, including Dettifoss, Godafoss, Namasckar, and Lake Myvatn.
On this popular and affordable tour with an experienced local guide, see the natural wonders of Lake Myvan, Nature Baths, Goddafoss waterfall, and the majestic Dettifoss waterfall all in one day. We left Akureryi and stopped at the majestic Godafoss waterfall, commonly known as “The Waterfall of the Gods,” before continuing on to the famous Lake Myvatn.
On this Dettifoss Day Trip from Akureyri, we visit popular destinations in Lake Myvatn, such as the Myvatn Nature Baths, a geothermal lagoon with mineral-rich water in the middle of lava fields, Sktustaaggar, the pseudocrater area with stunning views of the Lake Myvatn area, the Dimmuborgir Lava Formations, Game of Thrones filming locations, and the Mount Námafjall area, where you can view the bubbling Hverfjall. Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, is also on the itinerary.
- Scenery and history of Eyjafjörður fjord
- The breathtaking beauty of Goðafoss waterfall
- The myriad of pseudocraters by lake Mývatn
- Spectacular lava labyrinths of Dimmuborgir
- Boiling mud pool and hissing steam vents at Námaskarð
- Fumarole zone by the Krafla caldera
- Raw power and ear-crushing roar of Dettifoss waterfall
- The dramatic landscape of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon
- Geology and legends of Ásbyrgi
Akuyeri – Godafoss – Lake Myvatn – Namaskard – Dettifoss – Akuyeri
Journey with us to one of the most mystical regions of Iceland on a day trip from Akureyri.
We’ll depart from the city and travel along the coast of Eyjafjorður and through the Vikurskard mountain pass to the valley of Fnjoskadalur, where we’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular sites in Iceland: Godafoss.
Known as the “Waterfall of the Gods,” it is said that statues of the ancient Norse gods were cast into the beautiful cascades to mark the transition of Iceland to Christianity.
After taking photos here we’ll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur to Skutustadir and enter the phenomenal Lake Myvatn district. Here we’ll explore the numerous volcanic craters that formed around 2,300 years ago and have since filled with glacier water to form a series of dazzling lakes.
Then, we’ll travel along the south coast of the lakes to Dimmuborgir, a maze of basalt pillars shaped by cool lava.
From here we’ll travel to the nearby village of Reykjahlid where you will have the opportunity to have lunch or buy snacks.
Next, we’ll continue east to Namaskar, known for its fumarole fields which are heated by an underground magma intrusion. As a result, the area is characterized by a strong smell of sulfur.
After a short and easy walk around here, we’ll travel to the Krafla caldera, passing by the 60-MW geothermal power station that partly supplies the town of Akureyri with electricity.
Then we’ll visit the Víti (Hell) crater, whose explosive formation marked the beginning of the great Myvatn Fires in 1724. From here we’ll enjoy stunning views of the geothermal zone of Leirhnjukur and the lava field formed in the Krafla Fires (1975-1984).
Next, we’ll hop on Iceland’s main highway and enter Vatnajokull National Park. Here we’ll take a 10 to 15-minute hike to today’s main destination: Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Take in the breathtaking beauty and pose for photos before this amazing natural wonder.
Then, we’ll hike through the Jokulsarsgljufur Canyon, which 25 kilometers long, over 100 meters deep, and as old as the last ice age. During the hike, we’ll make short stops in Vesturdalur and Hljodaklettar (Echo Cliffs) before arriving at Asbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped cliff formation.
Legends state that Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Odin, stepped down there when passing by, forming the 100-meter high cliffs. Asbyrgi is sheltered from the ocean winds and is therefore highly vegetated.
After a stop in Asbyrgi we drive through the Tjornes fracture zone to Husavik, a small fishing and tourism village, and back to Akureyri where we estimate to be around 6:15 pm.
Dettifoss Day Trip from Akureyri with Godafoss and Lake Myvatn.
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